Latest Ethnic conflicts News

Albanian soccer aims for positive political message by teaming with Serbia to bid for Under-21 Euro

May. 29, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A tournament co-hosting bid by Albania and Serbia is an unlikely project in European soccer and politics. The Balkan neighbors' soccer federations have surprisingly teamed up to try to persuade UEFA to award them the 2027 men’s Under-21 European Championship in a...

Kosovo shuts 6 Serb bank branches over use of the dinar currency in a move that could raise tensions

May. 20, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police on Monday closed six branches of a Serbia-licensed bank in line with the decision on the ban of the use of the Serbian dinar currency in the country, a move that has raised tension with neighboring Serbia. A police statement said they closed...

As ethnic armed group claims to have captured a town in western Myanmar, Muslim Rohingyas flee again

May. 18, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A powerful ethnic armed group fighting Myanmar’s military government in the country’s western state of Rakhine claimed Saturday to have seized a town near the border with Bangladesh, marking the latest in a series of victories for foes of the country’s military government. ...

Sudanese paramilitary forces have carried out ethnic cleansing in Darfur, rights group says

May. 09, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group said on Thursday that attacks by Sudanese paramilitary forces and their allied militias, which killed thousands in the western region of Darfur last year, constituted a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the area’s non-Arab population. The...

Armenia's prime minister talks with Putin in Moscow while allies' ties are under strain

May. 09, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Armenia's prime minister visited Moscow and held talks Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions between the estranged allies. Putin hosted Nikol Pashinyan for talks following a summit of the Eurasian Economic Union, a Moscow-dominated...

Rape, terror and death at sea: How a boat carrying Rohingya children, women and men capsized

May. 08, 2024 01:43 AM EDT

MEULABOH, Indonesia (AP) — The boat glided across waters that were dark and still, under a night sky that was cloudless and calm. But on board, the 12-year-old girl quaked with fear. The captain and crew who she says had tortured her and three other women and girls were not...

As China's Xi Jinping visits Europe, Ukraine, trade and investment are likely to top the agenda

May. 03, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Ukraine, trade and investment are expected to dominate Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s first trip to Europe in five years, as the Asian giant rebuilds its foreign relations after a prolonged absence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Xi will start the tour in Paris...

Armenia and Azerbaijan move closer to normalizing ties as the first border marker goes up

Apr. 23, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan on Tuesday came a step closer toward normalizing relations after a bitter conflict over territory, as experts in both countries worked to demarcate their boundaries and the first border marker was placed. The two nations are working...

Armenia asks UN court to throw out Azerbaijan’s claim alleging racial discrimination

Apr. 22, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers for Armenia asked the top United Nations court on Monday to throw out a case filed by Azerbaijan over the Karabakh region that accuses Armenia of ethnic cleansing. Azerbaijan launched proceedings at the International Court of Justice in 2021 in...

Residents of four Serb-majority municipalities boycott vote on removing ethnic Albanian mayors

Apr. 21, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Residents of four Serb-majority municipalities on Sunday overwhelmingly boycotted a vote on removing their ethnic Albanian mayors from office following last year’s mayoral elections. The referendum — supported by the West — was an attempt to diffuse...