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.
March 1, 2009 |
At night, when the lawns are empty and the lamps along the walking paths are the only source of light, Topcider Park on the outskirts of Belgrade is a perfect meeting place for spies. It was here in 1992, as the former Yugoslavia was erupting in ethnic violence, that a wary CIA agent made his way toward the park's gazebo and shook hands with a Serbian intelligence officer. Jovica Stanisic had a cold gaze and a sinister reputation.
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.
January 13, 2013
What: Australian Open. Venue: Melbourne Park. When: Sunday-Jan. 26. Surface: Plexicushion 2012 MEN'S CHAMPION Novak Djokovic, Serbia TOP-SEEDED MEN 1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 2. Roger Federer, Switzerland 3. Andy Murray, Britain 4. David Ferrer, Spain 5. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic 2012 WOMEN'S CHAMPION Victoria Azarenka, Belarus TOP-SEEDED WOMEN 1. Victoria Azarenka,...
May 6, 2007 |
Hundreds of former militiamen from the Balkan wars regrouped outside a church in central Serbia on Saturday, promising to fight together as a paramilitary unit once more if Kosovo breaks away from the government in Belgrade. Authorities detained 27 people, all wearing T-shirts with symbols of the disbanded Unit for Special Operations. The former commander and several members of the unit are on trial for the 2003 assassination of Serbia's reformist Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.
December 30, 2000 |
Serbs and ethnic Albanians agreed early today to remove blockades on a key road in Kosovo, signaling a possible easing of tensions in a border zone between Serbia and its southern province. NATO officials issued a four-point document detailing the accord after saying they had secured verbal agreements from both sides. "We made a big step toward a peaceful solution to the crisis in this region," said Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic.