Latest Serbia News

The Latest: 65 Syrian migrants land in Cyprus

Sep. 20, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of migrants (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Cyprus police say 65 people — including 24 children and 18 women — believed to be Syrian migrants are receiving medical check-ups after arriving aboard a boat spotted southeast of...

Hungary: Court cuts Syrian's sentence over migrant riot

Sep. 20, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian appeals court on Thursday lowered to five years from seven the prison sentence of a Syrian man convicted of entering Hungary illegally and of complicity in throwing rocks at police during a 2015 border riot. The case stems from rioting at the Hungary-Serbia border on...

Germany 'skeptical' on Kosovo-Serbia border correction idea

Sep. 19, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says that Berlin is skeptical about the idea of a border correction in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia. Heiko Maas, visiting nearby Albania on Wednesday, said that "there exists the fear of a domino effect." "We are skeptical and discreet on that...

12 Kosovo officials accused of paying phony war veterans

Sep. 14, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Prosecutors in Kosovo are accusing 12 government officials of misusing public money by paying veterans benefits to people they knew hadn't fought for the country. The national prosecutor's office alleged in a statement issued Friday the officials illegally paid 68 million euros ($79...

Kosovo government prepares draft law on creating a new army

Sep. 13, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has prepared three draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army, though it is not clear whether it will get formal parliamentary approval. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that any step on army transformation "will...

Kosovo president calls for political unity on Serbia's talks

Sep. 13, 2018 7:06 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president has urged political parties to work faster to unite behind a strategy to smooth ties with Serbia, which he called the only way for Kosovo to join the European Union. Hashim Thaci on Thursday called on politicians to reach a consensus soon on the government's...

Belgrade airport reopens after Egyptair jet burst tires

Sep. 12, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Belgrade airport has reopened after an Egyptair jet burst tires and blocked the only runway. Airport authorities said numerous flights had to be diverted and thousands of passengers were stranded after the Boeing 737-800 landed at 4:11 a.m. local time (0211 GMT). Flights resumed at...

Kosovo official says Serbia deal must include recognition

Sep. 11, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

BLED, Slovenia (AP) — A senior Kosovo official said on Tuesday any agreement on normalizing relations with Serbia must include the country's recognition by Belgrade and its admission to the United Nations. Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said during a conference in Slovenia that a "very complex process"...

Serbian president's praise of Milosevic triggers outrage

Sep. 10, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president's praise of Slobodan Milosevic as a "great" leader triggered outrage on Monday in neighboring states where his nationalist policies in the 1990s caused bloodshed and destruction. In his keynote speech while visiting Kosovo's Serbs on Sunday, Aleksandar Vucic...

Kosovo Albanians block roads during Serbia president visit

Sep. 9, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Albanians on Sunday blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes. During his two-day trip, President Aleksandar Vucic planned to visit a Serb-populated village in...