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People shout slogans during a protest against the new government in Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Protests erupt against new Montenegro govt over religion law

Dec. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the young country's new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Carrying Montenegrin flags and chanting...

The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo is covered by layers of fog, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. With the arrival of cold and foggy winter weather, eastern Europe is facing another health hazard in addition to the COVID-19  pandemic, namely dangerous air pollution. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Air pollution in eastern Europe adds to pandemic health woes

Dec. 17, 2020 1:06 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — With the arrival of cold and foggy winter weather amid the pandemic, eastern Europe is facing an extra respiratory health hazard — air pollution. Countries such as Bosnia and Serbia in the Balkans, and even European Union nations Poland and Croatia, traditionally...

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The Latest: Conn. extends pandemic jobless benefit to 38,000

Dec. 4, 2020 7:26 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an order allowing the state Department of Labor to expand eligibility for a federal pandemic unemployment program to an estimated 38,000 people who were previously disqualified. Under Friday’s order, $7.5 million from the state’s...

Kosovo Albanian Fadil Rama, right, holds a cup of water for a Kosovo Serb Blagica Dicic a lonely 92-year old woman in a remote village of Vaganesh, Kosovo on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, abandoned by all her former ethnic Serb neighbors. Blagica Dicic is in failing health, and is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that’s been abandoned by all its other inhabitants, even her own children, but Fadil Rama, 54, comes from the other side of Kosovo’s bitter ethnic divide.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb

Dec. 2, 2020 5:51 AM EST

VAGANESH, Kosovo (AP) — Blagica Dicic, 92 and in failing health, is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that's been abandoned by all its other inhabitants — including her own children. Djordje, the eldest son, has moved to Serbia's capital,...

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...

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...

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, a girl puts on her mask in Svratiste, or Roadhouse, Belgrade's first daily drop-in center for street children, in Serbia. For years, a small house tucked away in a Belgrade residential area has been an oasis of warmth and comfort for the Serbian capital's most vulnerable inhabitants  - street children. The Roadhouse drop-in center has served the basic needs of hundreds of children who often have nowhere else to wash, warm up or properly eat.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Amid pandemic, Belgrade street kids find comfort at refuge

Nov. 18, 2020 3:23 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In a small, brightly-colored backstreet house in Belgrade a teenage girl is drying her hair, while two others eat lunch in the kitchen. A group of boys are having their temperatures checked at the entrance as a precaution against coronavirus. It's another busy day for Svratiste, or...