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The body is transferred from a boat to an ambulance during a search and rescue operation near Sibenik, Croatia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. A Croatian army helicopter on Monday plunged into the Adriatic Sea killing one crew member while the search is underway for the other, the country's defense minister said. (Nikolina Vukovic Stipanicev/Cropix via AP)

2nd body found after military helicopter crash in Croatia

Jan. 28, 2020 4:46 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers in Croatia have found the body of a second crew member who died when a military helicopter crashed into the Adriatic Sea, the defense ministry said Tuesday. The body was found early in the morning, along with the helicopter wreckage, a ministry statement said. The helicopter...

Croatia army helicopter crashes; 1 pilot dead, other missing

Jan. 27, 2020 9:14 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian army helicopter on Monday plunged into the Adriatic Sea, killing one crew member while the search is underway for the other, the country's defense minister said. Damir Krsticevic told reporters that an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash...

Croatia launches international bid to buy fighter squadron

Jan. 15, 2020 11:03 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — NATO-member Croatia said Wednesday it has approached seven other countries to buy a squadron of multi-role fighter jets for its air force . The Croatian government bid for a dozen used or new aircraft has been sent to the U.S., Sweden, France, Italy, Norway, Greece and Israel. The...

Emergency services at the scene after a fire at a nursing home, in Andrasevac, northern Croatia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.  A fire engulfed part of a nursing home in northern Croatia early Saturday, killing at least six people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nikola Solic)

Fire engulfs nursing home in Croatia, at least 6 dead

Jan. 11, 2020 8:20 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A fire engulfed part of a nursing home in northern Croatia early Saturday, killing at least six people, authorities said. The blaze erupted around 5 a.m. in a privately-run nursing home in the village of Andrasevac, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Zagreb, the capital. An...

President of the European Council Charles Michel, right, is welcomed by Croatia's prime minister Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Croatia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on Jan. 1, 2020 from Finland, six and a half years after entering the European bloc. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

EU hopeful Albania, N. Macedonia membership talks in sight

Jan. 9, 2020 12:01 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — After years of setbacks and disappointment, two Balkan countries' hopes for launching European Union membership talks could be realized in coming weeks, according to the prime minister of Croatia, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on Jan. 1. Albania and North Macedonia...

The Latest: Japan calls for easing of Middle East tensions

Jan. 7, 2020 11:25 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 7:40 a.m. Japan says it will urge governments to do their utmost to help ease tensions following an Iranian missile strike at bases in Iraq used by U.S. forces. The...

Incumbent president and presidential candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic waves to her supporters in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. A leftist Zoran Milanovic challenger won Croatia's highly contested presidential election on Sunday, beating a conservative incumbent — a rare victory by a liberal in recent votes in Central Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Croatia's ruling conservatives to analyze loss of presidency

Jan. 6, 2020 8:37 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's ruling conservatives said Monday they will analyze why their candidate lost a presidential election to a leftist challenger in order to prevent this from happening again at the upcoming parliamentary vote later this year. “The aim of the analysis and its conclusions...

Zoran Milanovic, the liberal opposition candidate, right, waves to supporters his headquarters claimed victory in a presidential elections in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. The exit poll carried by public broadcaster HRT and conducted by the IPSOS polling agency says Zoran Milanovic won 53% of votes while Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic garnered nearly 47%. If confirmed in the official vote tally, the result would mean a blow for the ruling conservatives while Croatia holds the European Union's rotating presidency, and before a parliamentary election later this year. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Leftist beats conservative in Croatia's presidential vote

Jan. 5, 2020 5:19 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A leftist challenger won Croatia's highly contested presidential election on Sunday, beating a conservative incumbent — a rare victory by a liberal in recent votes in Central Europe. With 99% of the vote counted, Zoran Milanovic, a former Croatian prime minister, had 53%...

Incumbent president and presidential candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic speaks in her headquarter in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The race for Croatia's next president is heading to a runoff vote. A preliminary count from an election held Sunday showed neither the incumbent nor any of the 10 other candidates won the office outright. With nearly all ballots counted, liberal opposition candidate Zoran Milanovic was leading the race with nearly 30% support. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Messy start: Croatia to elect new leader amid EU presidency

Jan. 3, 2020 4:08 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's bitterly contested presidential race is headed for a runoff this weekend to decide whether a conservative or a liberal will become the new head of state while the country holds the European Union presidency for the first time. Incumbent President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic...

PM says Croatia's EU presidency specific and demanding

Jan. 2, 2020 1:04 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia will try to help launch blocked European Union membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia while the country holds the EU presidency for the next six months, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Thursday. ‘’We will do our best to overcome problems and...