December 9, 2002 |
For the second time this fall, Serbia failed to elect a president as too few voters showed up Sunday to cast ballots, exit polls showed. The state electoral commission said turnout was about 45% of the 6.5 million eligible voters, below the required 50% and slightly less than when the vote failed in October. The failed vote heralds a continued period of uncertainty and power battles among the politicians who ousted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
January 26, 1991 |
The rival leaders of Communist Serbia and pro-independence Croatia broke up a meeting Friday with no reported progress in their efforts to pull the country from the brink of possible civil war. The army said late Friday it had arrested a number of unidentified people accused of organizing and arming illegal groups that planned an uprising and "terrorist acts" on soldiers, their families and military facilities.
March 16, 2003 |
Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, the Serbian leader who was felled by an assassin's bullet last week, was given a hero's burial Saturday after dignitaries from around the world paid tribute to him as a reformer and democrat. "Dear Zoran, we stand before you in sorrow. We stand before you in disbelief," George Papandreou, the foreign minister of Greece, said at a graveside service Saturday afternoon. "But we also stand before you ...
July 30, 2012 |
Busy with training responsibilities for his Korean club team, Matthew Anderson didn't watch any of the U.S. men's volleyball matches from their galvanizing run to gold at the Beijing Olympics. But last year, after a disappointing sixth-place finish at the FIVB World Cup, somebody popped in a DVD of the gold-medal match. "It was pretty cool," Anderson said. Expectations for a repeat are low, but the U.S. opened its defense in impressive fashion Sunday at Earls Court. Thanks in large part to Anderson's relentless attacking, the U.S. swept defending European champion Serbia, 25-17, 25-22, 25-11, in 90 minutes.
December 13, 1992 |
European Community leaders resumed their march toward political unity Saturday after patching up some internal wrangles that had distracted them from both their own economic problems and their relations with the rest of the world. "I believe this will be remembered as a summit that put the Community back together," said British Prime Minister John Major, the meeting's chairman.
June 11, 2006 |
AT a cafe in the city's train station, I got a dark look when I remarked on the clerk's perfect English. "You're in Serbia, not on Mars," she said mirthlessly. I may have deserved the rebuke, but my mistake was understandable. Western visitors who gleaned most of what they know about this country from news reports during the 1992-95 Balkan wars are bound to be pleasantly surprised at almost every turn in the Serbian capital.
February 5, 2003 |
Erasing Yugoslavia from the map of Europe, lawmakers all but dissolved the troubled Balkan federation Tuesday and gave birth to a new country with a new name: Serbia and Montenegro. Under a European Union-brokered accord approved by the Yugoslav parliament, the two republics will stick together in a loose union that gives each greater autonomy. They will remain tied only by a small joint administration in charge of defense, foreign affairs and general economic planning.
March 9, 2008 |
Serbia is a troubled country of rich history that lives by its myths and symbols. And so a new movie, billed as the most expensive locally made film ever, is a daring, bizarre and wholly provocative attempt to turn those images on their heads. The movie (a word about the title in a minute) is the first full-length feature by director Uros Stojanovic, an ambitious 30-something who seems fond of entering a room with a flourish. It is set in a ravaged Serbia just after the First World War and tells the story of a village where there are no men left -- they've all died in battle.
December 10, 2005 |
The arrest of Croatian war crimes suspect Ante Gotovina had at least as great an effect on Serbia as it did on Croatia, its foe in the Balkan war. Gotovina's arrest Thursday on Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands is likely to ease Croatia's entry into the European Union, which had demanded full compliance with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as a prerequisite.
May 3, 2011 |
For the last half a dozen years, I've been mentally living in the world of 1914-18, writing a book about World War I. I've haunted battlefields and graveyards, asked a Belgian farmer if I could step inside a wartime concrete bunker that now houses his goats, and walked through an underground tunnel that protected Canadian troops moving ammunition to the front line. In government archives, I've read reports by officers who survived battles in which most of their troops died; I've talked to a man whose labor-activist grandfather was court-martialed because he wrote a letter to the Daily Mail complaining that every British officer was assigned a private servant.