May 9, 1999 |
Amid profuse apologies from NATO leaders and a convulsion of outrage in China, shaken alliance officials admitted Saturday that they were unsure how their aircraft managed to strike the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade--an apparent error that ranks among the most serious mistakes of the 6 1/2-week air campaign over Yugoslavia. The embassy was hit in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
September 23, 2007 |
Belgrade, Serbia It's Saturday night and I'm pressed against a crowd of singing, swaying, Champagne- and cocktail-toting Serbs outside one of the nightclubs on Strahinjica Bana, a street in the hip Dorcol district. A rock concert echoes up the hill, convertibles are thumping past, and the buzz feels more like Berlin, London or Barcelona than a war-torn capital in the Balkans. But raucous nights like these are normal in the hard-partying resurrected city that is Belgrade.
April 21, 2007 |
The Rolling Stones will rock Belgrade this summer even if their performance at the city's main racetrack distresses hundreds of horses stabled at the venue, concert organizers said Friday. "Preparations for the July 14 concert are going smoothly, there are no problems," said Dejan Maksimovic, a director of Music Star Productions, shrugging off concerns from an animal rights organization.
October 27, 1991 |
Milan figures he's safe, as long as he doesn't sleep at home at night. Like thousands of other young men in Belgrade, the 22-year-old Serb rotates among the homes of friends and relatives where the long arm of the Yugoslav army conscription force is unlikely to pluck him from his comfortable life. His reserve unit has been summoned to the front of Serbia's war against Croatian secession.
May 19, 2000 |
Forced off the air by the state's seizure of their studios, Belgrade's independent broadcasters were reduced Thursday to reading the nightly news from a balcony of City Hall. The news anchors had to pause each time they read out Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's name Thursday night, however, as a crowd of about 10,000 demonstrators below demanded the president's head. "Slobodan, save Serbia!" the protesters chanted. "Kill yourself!"
March 28, 1999 |
With bombs falling a bit closer Saturday, life's choices here are narrowing to a joyless few: Hide in bomb shelters. Watch propaganda on TV. Stay outside and watch the destruction. Most people stay at home, sequestered in apartments or bomb shelters out of fear of NATO's air raids. Radomir Mirkovic said Saturday that he spent the night chain-smoking on the corner of his street as missiles struck several targets on the outskirts of the city.