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Serbian journalists protest alleged state pressure on media

Dec. 12, 2019 9:54 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A few dozen Serbian journalists on Thursday staged a protest against what they say are deteriorating media freedoms in the Balkan country under populist President Aleksandar Vucic. Members of the Independent Journalists' Association said there have been more than a hundred cases of...

The Hague court questions Kosovo's outgoing speaker

Dec. 11, 2019 12:20 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's outgoing parliament speaker says he was questioned at a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Speaker Kadri Veseli said late Tuesday that he was questioned for three hours at The Hague court without...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Kosovo, Albania to boycott Nobel Literature award ceremony

Dec. 9, 2019 7:23 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia. Handke was an opponent of NATO's airstrikes against Serbia in the Kosovo...

Kosovo prosecutor charges ex-Serb paramilitary of war crimes

Dec. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb former police officer suspected of torturing ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, according to a statement released Friday. The suspect, identified only as N.A., was part of reserve forces of Serbian...

Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

Dec. 6, 2019 11:04 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in Serbia's integration process despite its affiliation with Russia. Hashim Thaci said Serbia's leader visited...

Kosovo court jails ex-Serb minister for ethnic hatred

Dec. 5, 2019 9:53 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced a former ethnic Serb minister to two years in prison for inciting ethnic hatred. The Pristina court said Thursday that Ivan Todosijevic incited national, racial, religious and ethnic hatred when he denied a massacre of Kosovo civilians in Recak in 1999,...

Russia, Serbia pledge expanded energy, military ties

Dec. 4, 2019 10:05 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Serbia have pledged to expand their energy and military ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday after hosting his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic that they discussed Russian natural gas supplies to Serbia. Putin said Russia is willing to continue...

Belarus invites EU-hopeful Serbia to turn to Russia-led bloc

Dec. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Belarus’s president called on Serbia on Tuesday to establish closer ties with a Russia-led economic bloc despite the Balkan country’s efforts to become a member of the European Union. Alexander Lukashenko, a Russian ally, said at a joint news conference with Serbian...

Kosovo: 6 Serbs charged in moderate Serb leader’s killing

Dec. 2, 2019 7:32 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have brought murder charges against a group of six ethnic Serbs for the killing of a moderate Serb leader. A prosecutors’ statement Monday considered the six Serbs an organized criminal group that committed or helped in the killing of Oliver Ivanovic, who...