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The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

A man holds an icon during a protest after arrest of Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia-Montenegro tensions escalate amid church dispute

May. 20, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has pledged to protect Serbs in Montenegro who he says are threatened by the possible formation of an independent Orthodox Church in the small state, as tensions escalated between the two former Balkan allies. President Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting...

A cyclist wearing a protective mask to protect against coronavirus rides past a wedding dress store with mannequins wearing face masks, in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The store is closed because of Covid-19 lockdown. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Croatian president sets parliamentary vote for July 5

May. 20, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic on Wednesday scheduled a parliamentary election in the European Union nation for July 5. Milanovic formally set the date for the ballot after Croatia’s lawmakers voted earlier this week to dissolve parliament. The Balkan country of...

Croatian parliament dissolves for parliamentary election

May. 18, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian lawmakers on Monday voted to dissolve parliament and pave the way for a general election amid an easing of the coronavirus outbreak. The motion was supported by 105 lawmakers in the 151-member assembly, while eight were against and four abstained from the vote. ...

Serbian soldiers patrol around the center for refugees in Sid, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Serbia has sent its army to a town near the border with Croatia where hundreds of migrants remain stranded in hopes of reaching the European Union. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia deploys army near border to protect against migrants

May. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has sent its army to a town near the border with Croatia where hundreds of migrants remain stranded in hopes of reaching the European Union. The Defense Ministry said on Saturday that President Aleksandar Vucic ordered the troop deployment to “secure” three...

A woman holds a portrait of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, as people attend an anti-Nazi protest outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral during a mass commemorating members of the pro-Nazi Croatian WWII Ustasha regime, responsible for sending tens of thousands of Serbs, Gypsies and Jews to their death in concentration camps, who were killed at the end of WWII by Yugoslav communist troops, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Bosnian Catholic clerics along with Croatian state representatives and members of the Bosnian Croats community attended a religious service commemorating the massacre of Croatian pro-Nazis by victorious communists at the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Bosnians protest Mass in Sarajevo for Nazi-allied soldiers

May. 16, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of Bosnians, many wearing masks, demonstrated Saturday against a Mass in Sarajevo for Croatia’s Nazi-allied soldiers and civilians killed by partisan forces at the end of World War II. The Mass in Sarajevo was a replacement for a controversial annual...

Jewish rights group urges ban of pro-Nazi commemoration

May. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading Jewish human rights group has called on Bosnia’s authorities to ban a memorial Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. The controversial gathering of Croatia's far-right supporters has been held annually in the southern Austrian...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, an employee of the Greek parliament, wearing a face mask to protect from the coronavirus, cleans a protective plastic shield in Athens. Across Europe and beyond, parliaments and governments have had to adapt their operations to stop the virus spreading through the corridors of power. Social distancing, online debates, masks, plexiglass, hazard tape, each country's legislature has its own measures. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Plexiglass houses: Parliaments adapt to the coronavirus age

May. 12, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — “Pfft, pfft...” The sound came through loud and clear on Greece’s parliament TV during a change of speakers: the sound of disinfectant sprayed onto microphones and the new plexiglass box installed around the podium. This is parliament in the time of coronavirus. ...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 file photo, a shadow of Milica Kesler, curator and archivist is cast onto a poster of Nikola Tesla at the Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia has protested to the European Union for one of its web pages describing famous inventor and electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla as a Croat. Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Saturday, May 9, 2020 the protest note was sent to Brussels after EU’s Learning Corner for children described Tesla as a “famous Croatian” who was “one of the first people to discover X-ray imaging.” AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)

Serbia protests EU description of Tesla as famous Croat

May. 9, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has protested to the European Union after one of its publications described inventor and electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla as a Croat. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Saturday he has sent the protest note to Brussels after the EU’s Learning Corner site for...

A Croatian air force plane burns after crashing in Biljane, Croatia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Croatia’s Defense Ministry says an air force training plane crashed and two crew members were killed during a routine training flight Thursday afternoon. (Diadora TV via AP)

Croatia's defense minister resigns after fatal plane crash

May. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's defense minister resigned Thursday after an air force training plane crashed in the southwest of the country, killing both crew members. Damir Krsticevic said he is stepping down after another Croatian military aircraft, a helicopter, also crashed three months ago, killing...