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Kosovo won't let Serb officials in, wants genocide apology

Nov. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would not be allowed to visit the country until he apologized for “genocide” against Kosovo's population. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla also posted on Twitter that no entry permission...

Workers sit at the closed Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's main business and trade hub, Satuday, Nov. 21, 2020. Iran on Saturday shuttered businesses and curtailed travel between its major cities, including the capital of Tehran, as it grapples with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

COVID-19 deaths of Serbian clerics highlight virus worries

Nov. 21, 2020 6:50 PM EST

As coronavirus cases surge globally, the COVID-19 deaths of two senior Serbian Orthodox Church clerics — one who died weeks after presiding over the funeral of the other — are raising questions about whether some religious institutions are doing enough to slow the spread of the virus. More reports...

As virus numbers surge, precautions proving a tough sell

Nov. 21, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Here's what's happening on Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic around the world and in the U.S. THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: In Belgrade, Serbia, mourners gathered to pay respects to a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric who died of COVID-19 just three weeks after he presided over the funeral of another cleric who...

A woman kisses the coffin of Patriarch Irinej as he lies in repose at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Patriarch Irinej, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 90. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Mourners pay respects to Serb Patriarch Irinej despite virus

Nov. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Mourners on Saturday were paying respects following the death of the Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej, many ignoring preventive measures against the new coronavirus even though the head of the church died after contracting the virus himself. The coffin holding the...

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, a girl puts on her mask in Svratiste, or Roadhouse, Belgrade's first daily drop-in center for street children, in Serbia. For years, a small house tucked away in a Belgrade residential area has been an oasis of warmth and comfort for the Serbian capital's most vulnerable inhabitants  - street children. The Roadhouse drop-in center has served the basic needs of hundreds of children who often have nowhere else to wash, warm up or properly eat.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Amid pandemic, Belgrade street kids find comfort at refuge

Nov. 18, 2020 3:23 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In a small, brightly-colored backstreet house in Belgrade a teenage girl is drying her hair, while two others eat lunch in the kitchen. A group of boys are having their temperatures checked at the entrance as a precaution against coronavirus. It's another busy day for Svratiste, or...

FILE - This May 11, 2006 file photo shows the Serb Orthodox Monastery of Visoki Decani in western Kosovo. Italian mediation on Thursday Nov. 12, 2020, helped resolve a two-decade dispute between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government and the Serb minority, allowing a key road project that bypasses the historic Christian Orthodox monastery listed as an endangered World Heritage site. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo's rival communities reach deal on World Heritage site

Nov. 12, 2020 11:43 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Italian mediation on Thursday helped resolve a long-running dispute between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government and the Serb minority, allowing a highway project that will bypass a historic Christian Orthodox monastery listed as an endangered World Heritage site. Serb Orthodox...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019. file photo, Serbian Patriarch Irinej attends a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, in front of church of St. Sava in Belgrade, Serbia. The Serbian Orthodox Church says Patriarch Irinej has been hospitalized after testing positive for the new coronavirus. Patriarch Irinej last Sunday led the prayers at the big public funeral for the church head in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije, who had died after contracting the virus. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Head of Serbian Orthodox Church in hospital with coronavirus

Nov. 5, 2020 6:20 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The 90-year-old patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, days after leading prayers at a large public funeral for the head of the church in Montenegro, who died after contracting the virus. The Serbian Orthodox Church...

Serbian police officers guard the street during a protest against a festival ''Mirdita-Dobar Dan'' organized by liberal groups from Serbia and Kosovo, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Serbian police prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in the past weeks broke into a cartoon exhibition and threatened artists in a theatre play about the 1995 killings in Srebrenica. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

Oct. 22, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: NFL's Washington team not yet allowing fans

Oct. 21, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Washington Football Team will allow only friends and family in attendance at FedEx Field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, even after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan allowed teams to fill outdoor stadiums to 10% capacity. A...

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference after talks with European Union envoy for the negotiations Miroslav Lajcak in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The EU has mediated the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the two former wartime foes for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia mulls Russian Defense Ministry presence

Oct. 20, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is thinking of allowing a Russian Defense Ministry presence in the Balkan country, something that could further strain its relations with the West. Serbia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “legal proceedings” have been launched that...