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SPORTS
September 1, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
NEW YORK -- After an absurd 11 deuces in the last game of yet another melodramatic win the other day, the top woman left at the U.S. Open soon encountered her mother, a scene proverbial in the distressed annals of tennis. Only this mother practiced an art quite rare in a cold, cold sport: She kidded. "Do you like your mom?" Snezana Jankovic bellowed. "Of course," said Jelena Jankovic, catching on. Then, in typical family din and jest, Snezana said, "Why do you do [that]
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ENTERTAINMENT
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A Serbian publisher said Wednesday it has withdrawn a controversial book by American writer Sherry Jones because of protests from the local Islamic community.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.
SPORTS
July 27, 2008 | Lucas Shaw, Special to The Times
After her victory Friday, Dinara Safina's coach told her that she'd played the best match of her career. She didn't give him much to complain about Saturday either. Safina, seeded fourth, defeated top-seeded Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (3), 6-1, in the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic at the Home Depot Center in Carson and will play Flavia Pennetta in the final today. Pennetta defeated Bethanie Mattek, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. "Today was another great match and I'm really happy with how I played," said Safina, a Russian ranked No. 9 in the world.
SPORTS
June 6, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to the Times
PARIS -- Such an uncommon volatility rattles the top of women's tennis approaching the French Open final on Saturday that it wouldn't be surprising to learn the No. 1 spot had been closed temporarily for renovations and the top-ranked player would occupy No. 2. Ana Ivanovic, one of the French finalists, will reach No. 1 for the first time Monday. Jelena Jankovic might have become No. 1 by winning her semifinal, and almost did but didn't, and might have a hangover.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
During the darkest, most stifling years of the Balkan wars, one Serbian television broadcaster was able to shine through, if only by dint of its mindless programming. Pink TV blithely ignored the wars of the day, the politics and anything else smacking of news. It was hugely popular and grew into one of the region's largest and most lucrative media empires.
SPORTS
March 24, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The Serbian with the cover girl looks continued to demonstrate Sunday that she can play, too. Ana Ivanovic, 20 years old and already No. 2 in the world, won the women's singles title in the Pacific Life Open on Sunday, in front of 15,860 fans at a nearly sold-out Indian Wells Tennis Garden. She beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-3. Ivanovic's looks, and sometimes even her personality, are discussed as much as her tennis.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
February 20, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Well-organized Serbian gangs torched buildings Tuesday along the border between Serbia and Kosovo in a defiant rejection of the breakaway province's declaration of independence. Huge flames and walls of black smoke engulfed border posts and United Nations police and customs offices in the most serious violence to date over Kosovo's unilateral split from Serbia, declared Sunday by the ethnic Albanian government. U.N.
WORLD
February 14, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
The looming independence of Kosovo and promises of quick U.S. and European recognition have undercut and infuriated Russia at a moment when this oil-rich behemoth is eager to show that its global clout has been restored, analysts say. Russian officials have spent weeks issuing dire assessments of the United Nations-administered province's upcoming declaration of independence from Serbia, expected to be made this weekend.
SPORTS
January 28, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia -- There was at least one cry of "C'mon Ali," and later one fan waved a photo of the boxing legend, bringing the charged atmosphere of a title fight to the Australian Open men's tennis final Sunday. After about three hours, it was all about the man with a four-letter nickname, Nole. That would be third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia, not his opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who looks like a young Ali.
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