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August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Serbian publisher said Wednesday it has withdrawn a controversial book by American writer Sherry Jones because of protests from the local Islamic community. The book, "Jewel of Medina," is about Aisha, one of the Prophet Muhammad's wives. It gained worldwide attention after Random House canceled its publication, fearing an uproar in the Islamic world. Serbian publisher BeoBook released the book but decided to withdraw it because of protests from local Islamic leaders who said it insulted Muhammad and his family.
April 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina said Jan Svetlik, a deputy in the local assembly of the northern Serbian town of Zrenjanin, was taken from his home by three men. The reported abduction occurred just hours before a session of Zrenjanin's municipal assembly in which Svetlik had secured enough votes to oust a mayor loyal to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
April 25, 1999
According to local legend, the Kosovo village of Belanica was founded by four brothers who agreed that they would keep a broad field at the heart of the community as a common trust. On April 1, that 20-acre field, shown below, at center, was jammed with tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians who were herded there from the surrounding area by Serbian forces. Here is what villagers said they saw as Serbian soldiers and police terrorized and then expelled them.
June 5, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
He's everything his country wants to be: confident, successful, comfortable in his own skin and able, at last, to put a violent past behind him. It's not often that a tennis star embodies the hopes of an entire nation. But in Novak Djokovic — the world's No. 2 men's player, whose perfect win streak this year was finally snapped here Friday at the French Open — Serbia has found what it thinks is the perfect pitchman for a rebranding campaign, someone who'll bring back the shine to its tarnished reputation.
Her body savaged, her family wronged and her future ruined, 13-year-old Pranvera Lokaj has taken off for the mountains of Kosovo to seek the only solace her hidebound clan accords a rape victim: to kill or be killed in pursuit of vengeance. "I have given her to the KLA so she can do to the Serbs what they have done to us," Haxhi Lokaj said of his daughter, who has been sent to fight with the rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
March 19, 1995 | Christopher Merrill, Christopher Merrill 's most recent book of poetry is "Watch Fire" (White Pine Press)
Where shall we place our faith, in the individual or in the tribe? For Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic the answer is a function of poetry itself: "Lyric poets perpetuate the oldest values on earth," he reminds us. "They assert the individual's experience against that of the tribe." Those values, needless to say, are under attack around the world. Religious fundamentalists, ardent nationalists, tribalists of every color and moral suasion--all seek to diminish the worth of individual experience.
March 9, 2012 | Gary Goldstein and Sheri Linden
The New Zealand-set coming-of-age quirkfest "Boy" proves as slight as its minimalist title. Like the film's lead character, a scrappy 11-year-old everyone calls simply Boy (the wonderfully expressive James Rolleston), there's potential here. But writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story. For Boy, life in his Maori beach town consists of watching over a brood of young cousins with his kindly grandma, pining for eye-catching but dismissive classmate Chardonnay, hanging with his buddies, and bossing around his little brother, Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, charming)
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Serbs gathered to bury a 20-year-old engineering student killed when a mob set fire to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, during protests last week over Kosovo's declaration of independence. Students, teachers and relatives wept as they spoke of Zoran Vujovic while surrounding his flower-laden casket in Novi Sad, about 50 miles north of Belgrade. Relatives said he wanted only to protest U.S. support for Kosovo's secession. In nearby Bosnia-Herzegovina, police fired tear gas to prevent Bosnian Serb rioters from storming the U.S. Consulate in Banja Luka, in the ethnically divided country's Serbian area.
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