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Man Kills Son, Neighbors in Serbia Mass Shooting

60-year-old went on pre-dawn house-to-house rampage

(Newser) - A 60-year-old veteran gunned down 13 people in Serbia, including a baby, in a pre-dawn house-to-house rampage today before trying to kill himself and his wife, in what RT is calling Serbia's "worst peacetime shooting." The man, identified as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, used a handgun in the shooting... More »

Only European King Buried in US Returned to Europe

Remains of King Peter II of Yugoslavia now in Serbia

(Newser) - The number of European monarchs interred in US soil now stands at zero, now that the remains of King Peter II of Yugoslavia have been removed from the Chicago suburb where they rested for more than 40 years. Those remains arrived in Belgrade, Serbia, yesterday, much to the delight of... More »

Kosovo Ex-PM Acquitted of War Crimes Again

Ramush Haradinaj looking to lead country again, but Serbs cry foul

(Newser) - A UN war crimes tribunal today acquitted Kosovo's former prime minister for the second time of murdering and torturing Serbs as a rebel commander in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war for independence, setting the stage for Ramush Haradinaj's return to political life in the deeply divided nation. The verdict... More »

Belgrade Boos Tipsy Amy Winehouse

Singer appears too drunk to perform on European tour kickoff

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse was in not-so-rare form last night, appearing a little too drunk to perform on the kickoff of her European tour in Belgrade. During the much-hyped 90-minute performance, Winehouse mumbled lyrics, struggled to keep up with her band, and wandered offstage twice as 20,000 fans booed. Tickets for... More »

Anti-Gay Riots Mar Serbia's Pride Parade

Extreme nationalists: 'Death to homosexuals'

(Newser) - Serbia's first Gay Pride parade in nearly a decade was disrupted yesterday by anti-gay riots that left 100 people injured and saw another 100 arrested. The rioters threw petrol bombs and stones at the police during the march in Belgrade, and the office of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly... More »

Hunt Shifts to Butcher 'Serb God'

With Karadzic behind bars, focus is on genocidal partner

(Newser) - Former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic is finally behind bars, but his alleged partner in genocide, Gen. Ratko Mladic, remains at large. Mladic is an even more ruthless figure who until a few years ago brazenly appeared in downtown Belgrade, attending soccer games and eating at gourmet restaurants, despite a $5... More »

Serbia's PM Dissolves Government

Kostunica cites infighting over Kosovo, calls for new elections

(Newser) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica dissolved the government today, saying it had become paralyzed over disagreements on how to deal with Kosovo and EU membership. He proposed new elections for May. "We are lacking government unity,” said Kostunica, charging that his pro-Western coalition partners aren't being adamant enough... More »

US Mission Reopens in Belgrade

Building cleaned up, but bears scars from last week's violent protests

(Newser) - Workers were still cleaning up damage from last week’s violent demonstrations when the US embassy in Belgrade reopened today, Reuters reports. Protesters set fire to and ransacked the building last Thursday to protest the US’ support of Kosovo in the province's declaration of independence. Now, though the building still... More »

Looting Serbian 'Riot Girls' a YouTube Hit

'Belgrade bimbos' draw hits, scorn for grabbing chocolates and shoes

(Newser) - After the violence and looting that gripped Belgrade on Thursday night, a video available on YouTube has become a Serbian phenomenon—and provoked near-universal disapproval. The clip features two female looters grabbing everything from chocolates to designer handbags and shoes while the American embassy burned. Entitled "Swapping Kosovo for... More »

Serbia Blames US as Rallies Continue

Thousands chant 'Kosovo is Serbia' while US clears out embassy

(Newser) - Thousands protested peacefully in the streets of Kosovo today, chanting “Kosovo is Serbia” as officials blamed the US for the violence that has marred earlier demonstrations. “The United States is the main culprit for all those violent acts,” said Serbia's minister for Kosovo. Meanwhile the US cleared... More »

Serb Protests Rock Kosovo

Independence stokes tensions between Russia and West

(Newser) - Mobs of Serb nationalists chanting "Kosovo is ours!" threw stones, bottles, and firecrackers at UN police yesterday as a bridge in northern Kosovo separating Serbs from ethnic Albanians became a flashpoint for conflict over the fledgling independent state. The State Dept. meanwhile ordered non-essential diplomats and all dependents... More »

US Rips Serbian 'Thugs' in Embassy Attack

Government officials accused of sanctioning deadly violence

(Newser) - The UN and US have strongly condemned attacks on the American and Croatian embassies in Belgrade during riots that erupted yesterday at a state-sponsored demonstration against Kosovo's independence. "Our embassy was attacked by thugs," said a White House spokeswoman. Rioters torched the embassies and had running battles with... More »

Body Found After Embassy Riot

Protesters upset over Kosovo set fire to US mission in Belgrade

(Newser) - Serb protesters angry about Kosovo independence set the US embassy in Belgrade on fire today, and at least one charred body has been found, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim apparently is a protester because all US personnel have been accounted for. The fire, now under control, came after... More »

Serbia Softens Threats Over Kosovo

Belgrade won't sever ties with countries that recognize new state

(Newser) - After earlier threatening to sever ties with countries recognizing an independent Kosovo, Serbia softened somewhat today in announcing it would merely pulls its ambassadors in those nations, the Guardian reports. Kosovo is likely to make official its break from Serbia—a move that worries the province's ethnic Serbs—on Sunday,... More »

Death Camp Concert Angers Survivors

Belgrade camp has been neglected; buildings illegally sold

(Newser) - A small, neglected, concentration camp near downtown Belgrade will host a rock concert this weekend, angering Holocaust survivors and Belgrade's small Jewish population. Called "the forgotten concentration camp," Sajmiste was the site of the murder of 48,000 Serbs—leftists, nationalists, and nearly all 8,000 of Belgrade's... More »

Bosnian War Crimes Suspect Captured

Wanted in 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys

(Newser) - One of the most-wanted war criminals in the world—a suspect in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims —has been arrested in Bosnia. Zdravko Tolimir, a 58-year-old Bosnian Serb, was a close aide of Ratko Mladic, the general who led the slaughter, who is still a fugitive,... More »

Court Convicts 12 of Serbian PM's Murder

Gangsters, secret police guilty of 2003 assassination

(Newser) - A Belgrade court convicted twelve men of the murder of Zoran Djindjic, the pro-Western PM of Serbia who was gunned down in 2003. The dozen defendants included alleged mobsters and members of the secret police; the two ringleaders will go away for 40 years after what Serbs called the "... More »

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