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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2005 |
Montenegro proposed a final split from Serbia, suggesting that the two former Yugoslav republics recognize each other as sovereign states. If accepted by Serbia, the deal would abolish what little remains of the Serbia and Montenegro union, established in 2003 under European Union auspices as a successor state to the already truncated version of the former Yugoslavia.
October 10, 2008 |
Montenegro and Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence despite opposition from Serbia, which called the moves by its Balkan neighbors a betrayal and expelled the Montenegrin ambassador from Belgrade. The moves represent a major blow to Serbia's diplomatic efforts to maintain a claim over Kosovo, considered by Serbs to be the cradle of their Orthodox Christian religion.
April 3, 2008 |
A shipment of Russian food aid for Kosovo's Serbs arrived in Belgrade, as Serbia continued its diplomatic struggle to reverse recognition of the breakaway province's independence. Russia is Serbia's main ally in its diplomatic struggle to reverse the Feb. 17 declaration of independence by Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90% of the population.
January 12, 1991 |
Slobodan Milosevic, a hard-line Communist, was sworn in as Serbia's president and prepared for talks with political rivals in Slovenia and Croatia to achieve unity in Yugoslavia. But Slovenian President Milan Kucan said leaders of Yugoslavia's six republics must overcome many problems before they can learn to co-exist. Milosevic assumed office at the opening session of Serbia's first freely elected parliament in five decades.