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Montenegro firm on expelling Serb diplomat despite EU call

Nov. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro will follow through with its decision to expel the Serbian ambassador, the country's foreign ministry said on Monday, despite a call from the European Union to reverse it. Just days before the inauguration of a new, pro-Serbian government, Montenegro’s...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2020. file photo, people attend church-led protest in front of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Christ's Resurrection in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's prime minister-designate on Sunday protested the outgoing government's decision to expel the Serbian ambassador from the small Balkan country just days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro Serb Cabinet. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic, File)

Montenegro's incoming PM slams expulsion of Serbian diplomat

Nov. 29, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s prime minister-designate on Sunday protested the outgoing government’s decision to expel the Serbian ambassador from the small Balkan country just days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro-Serb Cabinet. “Such acts are not in the spirit...

Montenegro declares Serbian ambassador persona non grata

Nov. 28, 2020 1:48 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s outgoing pro-Western government declared the ambassador of neighboring Serbia persona non grata Saturday, reflecting a spike in tensions days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro-Serb government in Montenegro. The small Balkan nation's Foreign...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...

Kosovo won't let Serb officials in, wants genocide apology

Nov. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would not be allowed to visit the country until he apologized for “genocide” against Kosovo's population. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla also posted on Twitter that no entry permission...

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, church leaders open the coffin of Patriarch Irinej during the procession at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more alarming by the day. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders triggers alarm

Nov. 23, 2020 10:23 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more...

A woman kisses the coffin of Patriarch Irinej during the funeral procession at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The 90-year-old Irinej died early on Friday, nearly three weeks after he led the prayers at a funeral of another senior church cleric in neighboring Montenegro, who also died after testing positive for the virus. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbian patriarch buried with few virus measures in place

Nov. 22, 2020 8:18 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people on Sunday attended the funeral of Serbian Patriarch Irinej who died after contracting the coronavirus, many ignoring preventive measures against the pandemic. Many mourners and most priests holding the funeral service in the massive St. Sava Temple in the Serbian...

Workers sit at the closed Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's main business and trade hub, Satuday, Nov. 21, 2020. Iran on Saturday shuttered businesses and curtailed travel between its major cities, including the capital of Tehran, as it grapples with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

COVID-19 deaths of Serbian clerics highlight virus worries

Nov. 21, 2020 6:50 PM EST

As coronavirus cases surge globally, the COVID-19 deaths of two senior Serbian Orthodox Church clerics — one who died weeks after presiding over the funeral of the other — are raising questions about whether some religious institutions are doing enough to slow the spread of the virus. More reports...

As virus numbers surge, precautions proving a tough sell

Nov. 21, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Here's what's happening on Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic around the world and in the U.S. THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: In Belgrade, Serbia, mourners gathered to pay respects to a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric who died of COVID-19 just three weeks after he presided over the funeral of another cleric who...

A woman kisses the coffin of Patriarch Irinej as he lies in repose at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Patriarch Irinej, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 90. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Mourners pay respects to Serb Patriarch Irinej despite virus

Nov. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Mourners on Saturday were paying respects following the death of the Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej, many ignoring preventive measures against the new coronavirus even though the head of the church died after contracting the virus himself. The coffin holding the...