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2 migrants die after found hiding in truck tank in Serbia

May. 23, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities say two migrants are dead and two others are in serious condition after hiding in a truck tank in a bid to reach Western Europe. The men were discovered two days ago in northern Serbia when the truck driver opened the tank for washing and saw them lying...

Serbia introduces life sentence amid EU criticism

May. 21, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers have voted to introduce life imprisonment without parole for the gravest criminal acts, despite criticism from the Council of Europe's top human rights official. Parliament on Tuesday approved the changes to the Balkan country's criminal law with 159 votes in the...

Rights expert calls out Hungary on refugees, NGOs, judiciary

May. 21, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary needs to urgently address human rights violations such as the detention of asylum-seekers and the intimidation of civic groups, as well as concerns about judicial independence, according to a report released Tuesday by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner....

The Latest: North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

May. 20, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered eight migrants crammed into a hidden compartment in the roof of a truck, during a routine search at the border crossing with Serbia. The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday...

First 10 nations advance to this year's Eurovision final

May. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest came to a close late Tuesday, sending 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home. Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved ahead...

Serbia holds military parade amid tensions with Kosovo

May. 10, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia held a military parade on Friday to mark Victory Day, the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, in an apparent show of force amid rising tensions with Kosovo. The parade in the southern city of Nis included 4,000 troops, 300 military vehicles and 40 aircraft, including two...

Hungary stems migrant flow, but issue remains big in EU vote

May. 10, 2019 4:11 AM EDT

ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think the political discourse has moved on. Think again. In this month's European Parliament election, no issue rings...

2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in coup attempt

May. 9, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced two Russian military intelligence operatives and 11 others to up to 15 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the Balkan country's government and prevent it from joining NATO. The two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and...

Croatia president points to EU lack of interest in Balkans

May. 9, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member of the EU, bemoaned "a lack of understanding of the situation in southeast Europe" and also a "lack of interest."...

Night deportations from Hungary crush Afghan families' hopes

May. 8, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

SUBOTICA, Serbia (AP) — When they set off for Europe with their families some four years ago, two Afghan brothers never expected a European Union country to crush their dreams in the dark of night. Their hopes were dashed when Hungarian authorities deported the two families of asylum-seekers to Serbia a...