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.
May 16, 2007 |
Serbia's parliament approved a pro-democracy government, overcoming efforts by anti-Western ultranationalists to derail the vote and force new elections. The 133-106 endorsement of the government came half an hour before a midnight deadline. Serbia's Radicals, who ruled with the late President Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s, had stalled the approval of the government with lengthy debates, apparently in hopes of missing the deadline.
December 13, 2003 |
Slobodan Milosevic was banned by The Hague war crimes tribunal from campaigning in Serbia's election after taping a broadcast in his jail cell. The ex-Yugoslav president, charged with war crimes in the Balkans in the 1990s, broke tribunal rules by recording a speech for Belgrade's Radio S. Milosevic tops the election list of his Socialist Party of Serbia though he has been jailed in the Netherlands since 2001.
May 9, 2007 |
The Serbian parliament elected a hard-line nationalist as speaker, drawing condemnation from the European Union and stirring bitter memories of the rule of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Tomislav Nikolic of the ultranationalist Radical Party won a comfortable majority, backed by outgoing Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia and by Milosevic's weakened Socialists. The Radicals oppose handing fugitive Bosnian Serb Gen.
June 24, 2008 |
Serbia is to get a Western-leaning government after the Socialists opted to join a pro-European Union alliance headed by President Boris Tadic's Democratic Party. Their decision ended six weeks of tense negotiations after an election that would have given nationalist anti-EU parties the opportunity to form a government had they clinched Socialist support. The news will come as a relief to Western capitals keen to see Serbia take its place firmly in the European mainstream after the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993
I wish to remind your readers, in this period of emotional debate, of the surprising but all too rarely noted fact that there were only two places in all of continental Europe to offer a real resistance to the Nazis in World War II: Russia and greater Serbia, including parts of Bosnia and Montenegro. Russia and Serbia, as a consequence, suffered the greatest human losses in the war. This, among other factors, accounts for the bond felt by those two peoples, and their fierce tradition of resistance to outside forces.
July 25, 2010
Farmers Classic Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA Monday-Aug. 1 Monday's schedule Straus Stadium, beginning noon. Horacio Zeballos (7), Argentina, vs. Rainer Schuettler, Germany; Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, vs. Ernests Gulbis (5), Latvia; Janko Tipsarevic (6), Serbia, vs. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia. Straus Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Xavier Malisse, Belgium, vs. Dudi Sela, Israel; Arnaud Clement, France/Jonathan Erlich, Israel, vs. Travis Parrott, U.S./Dusan Vemic, Serbia.
July 13, 1991 |
The civilized skirmishing of chess gave way to the real thing this week when grandmasters from the rival Yugoslav republics Serbia and Croatia came to blows during an Italian tournament, police said Friday. The fracas between Croatian master Nenad Sulava and Velibor Zirkovic of Serbia broke out at the bar of their hotel during a tournament in this seaside resort near Venice. Other Yugoslavs were drawn into the bottle-throwing brawl, and police were called to halt it. No charges were lodged.
June 16, 2008 |
Kosovo's government took control as the newly independent nation's constitution went into force after nine years of U.N. administration. The charter, a milestone that comes four months after leaders declared independence from Serbia, gives the government in Pristina sole decision-making authority. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders marked the transition in a low-key ceremony in the capital. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said, "Today the dream of the people of the Republic of Kosovo has come true."