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Protests Pressure Serbia on Environment

Weekend actions demand cleaner air, end to mining project

(Newser) - Thousands of people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday to demand an end to Serbia's alarming levels of air pollution. The rally came a day after another environmental protest in which demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of the country and scuffled with riot police, the AP reports....

Havana Syndrome Attack Reported in New Country

Sources say intelligence officer evacuated from Serbia by CIA

(Newser) - 'Havana Syndrome' has apparently reached Serbia. Current and former US officials tell the Wall Street Journal an intelligence officer serving there was recently evacuated by the CIA after suffering serious symptoms consistent with the attacks. The attacks by unknown assailants using still-unclear methods have expanded of late after originating...

Volleyball Player Sits Out After Gesture Toward Thai Team

Serbian player and foundation apologize

(Newser) - A player on Serbia's national women's volleyball team will sit out her next two matches after making a racist gesture last week when playing Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic will sit out when her team takes on Belgium and Canada as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, the BBC reports....

Islands of Waste Are Clogging European Rivers

Photos of garbage covering water in the Balkans cause outcry

(Newser) - Huge islands of waste are floating on some rivers in the Balkans, causing an environmental emergency and threatening a regional hydropower plant. Plastic bottles and bags, rusty barrels, and other garbage on Tuesday could be seen clogging the Drina river near the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad, the AP reports....

Tennis Star Has COVID, Takes Heat for 'Horror Show'

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena both have virus after controversial tennis exhibition in Balkans

(Newser) - A tennis exhibition series in the Balkans that got flak for taking place during the pandemic made even more headlines after three players—Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki—and two staff members contracted COVID-19. Now, a bigger name joins that group. Per the Telegraph and CNN , the world'...

Online Posts by Soccer Player's Wife Get Him Cut

LA Galaxy forward Aleksandar Katai's wife, Tea, mocked George Floyd protesters online

(Newser) - The LA Galaxy soccer team cut its 29-year-old Serbian forward Aleksandar Katai on Friday, not because of anything he did, but because of his wife, report Deadline and CNN . The team had become aware that Tea Katai, also from Serbia, recently posted messages online mocking protesters at George Floyd demonstrations....

A World Dispute Is Making Clocks Run Slow

Enmity between Serbia and Kosovo is affecting alarm clocks throughout Europe

(Newser) - Some international disputes have strange consequences: This one has the potential to make millions of people late for appointments across Europe. It seems that clocks in 25 nations from Poland to Turkey are running up to six minutes slow because of enmity between Serbia and Kosovo, reports the BBC . The...

Assassination Condemned by Kosovo, Serbia

Serb lawmaker was shot dead outside party offices

(Newser) - A leading Serb politician in Kosovo was assassinated outside the offices of his Citizens' Initiative party in the northern city of Mitrovica early Tuesday. Doctors say Oliver Ivanovic received at least five gunshot wounds to his upper torso when shot by unknown assailants. Milan Ivanovic, the head of Mitrovica hospital,...

Meet the Refugee Known as 'Little Picasso'

Farhad Nouri has earned the nickname among his fellow migrants

(Newser) - Farhad Nouri is known among migrants as Little Picasso. The 10-year-old from Afghanistan, who is stranded in Serbia together with his parents and two younger brothers, has earned his nickname for two reasons: he knows how to draw and he loves Pablo Picasso, the AP reports. "One day I...

The World's Most Expensive Cheese Comes From Donkeys

Or, try a donkey-milk liqueur

(Newser) - What goes great with donkey cheese? Donkey sausage, of course. That's the repast writer Kristin Vukovic enjoyed at the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Serbia, where milk from the beasts of burden is used to make the world's most expensive cheese . A small cupcake-sized mound of the stuff...

Serbia: US Strike in Libya Killed 2 Embassy Hostages

They were snatched from convoy in November

(Newser) - Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage in Libya since November are believed to have been killed in Friday's US airstrikes on an ISIS camp in western Libya, Serbia's foreign minister said Saturday. The minister identified the two as Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica...

Facing Fences, Tear Gas, Migrants Forced to Improvise

Hungary's cracking down, so other countries are scrambling to help

(Newser) - More than 500 migrants have been detained for illegally entering Hungary or breaching a border fence, with nearly 50 criminal cases on the books since new laws took effect yesterday, the New York Times reports, while the BBC notes that Hungarian riot police today fired tear gas at migrants trying...

Hungary to Migrants: Cross This Fence and You're a Criminal

New laws boost its crackdown at border with Serbia

(Newser) - Hungary declared a state of emergency and police arrested 60 migrants at or near the country's 110-mile southern border with Serbia after new laws took effect at midnight making it a criminal offense to cross the border illegally or mess with the 13-foot razor-wire fence, the BBC reports. With...

Serbia PM Roughed Up at Srebrenica Memorial

Protesters commemorating victims of slaughter hurl objects

(Newser) - Anger boiled over today at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with water bottles and other objects. Vucic was hit in the face with a stone and his glasses were broken, an associate who was with him tells...

Hungary Wants a Big Fence to Keep These People Out

It's looking to build 109-mile fence to keep out migrants coming from Serbia

(Newser) - A 13-foot-high fence that stretches 109 miles along its border with Serbia is Hungary's plan for keeping in check what the Washington Post calls an "unprecedented migrant crisis." "Hungary cannot afford to wait any longer," the country's foreign affairs minister said at a press...

First Arrests Made in 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

One suspect on the run after pre-dawn raids

(Newser) - The first steps to justice have taken a glacial 20 years, but Serbia has made its first arrests in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 1,000 Muslim boys and men. Police arrested seven men in early morning raids across Serbia and one suspect is on the run, the chief Serbian...

Serbia, Croatia Cleared of Genocide

ICJ says claims of genocide in Balkan Wars were not proven

(Newser) - Neither Serbia nor Croatia committed genocide in the wake of Yugoslavia's collapse, the International Court of Justice says in a verdict this morning from the Hague, per Reuters . In a case filed in 1999, Croatia had claimed Serbia committed genocide, including during a three-month occupation in Vukovar, during the...

Serbia, Bosnia Crack Case of 1993 Massacre

15 people arrested today

(Newser) - Police in Serbia and Bosnia arrested 15 people today in a wartime massacre case that traumatized the Balkans and came to symbolize a culture of impunity that still shields notorious wartime death squads and their masters. Prosecutors from Serbia and Bosnia, bitter wartime enemies, say they worked together to crack...

Drone Sparks Political Uproar at Soccer Game

Albanian leader's brother denies flying device bearing controversial message

(Newser) - A soccer game turned into an international incident in Serbia yesterday after a drone bearing a controversial political message flew over the game. The atmosphere was already fraught; amid tensions between the countries, Albania's team hadn't been to Belgrade since 1967. During the game, a drone appeared carrying...

Worst Flooding in 120 Years Frees Balkan Land Mines

At least 37 dead in Balkans

(Newser) - The worst flooding in the Balkans since the region was part of the Ottoman Empire has killed at least 37 people, forced thousands from their homes, and sparked fears that land mines from the conflicts of the 1990s could claim more lives. In Bosnia, landslides have buried houses, loosened land...

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