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September 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
NATO-led peacekeepers and U.N. police using dogs scoured northern Kosovo on Sunday to track down Serbian prisoners who escaped from a detention center after overpowering guards. Fifteen Kosovo Serbs, some of them facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, fled from a U.N. facility in the primarily Serbian part of the divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica on Saturday evening, said Susan Manuel, a U.N. spokeswoman. Two were caught quickly, but the rest remained at large.
November 7, 2013 | Wire reports
After nearly a year of global travel and dozens of matches, most of Novak Djokovic's rivals are complaining about their mental and physical fatigue. Not the Serb. He thrives in the rigors of a tough autumn finish. Unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal , Djokovic joined Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals at London, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After extending his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine, Djokovic said he was playing the best tennis of his season.
June 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Despondent while awaiting the verdict in his war crimes trial, a Serb indicted in a 1991 massacre of 200 people hanged himself in his cell, the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslav federation said. Slavko Dokmanovic's trial had ended Thursday, and a verdict was expected within two weeks. Dokmanovic, the former mayor of the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar, pleaded not guilty and faced up to life imprisonment if convicted.
May 28, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Jovana Vujcic is too young to remember the war that ravaged the Balkans in the early 1990s but old enough now to experience its baleful legacy. "We're labeled as a genocide nation," the 23-year-old Serbian economics student said. "When you travel around Europe and you meet people, they only know those years of our history. " The burden of that past felt a little lighter Friday, a day after Serbian authorities finally captured Ratko Mladic , Europe's most-wanted war crimes suspect.
October 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Ethnic Albanians attacked a convoy of 155 Serbs trying to leave Kosovo under NATO escort, setting cars on fire and stoning the Serbs' vehicles, witnesses and U.N. officials said. At least 15 people were injured and at least 15 cars were burned in the attack, which occurred in the western town of Pec.
Former President Slobodan Milosevic's party opened its last stronghold to democratic forces Tuesday as the Serbian parliament replaced a Socialist-dominated Cabinet with a power-sharing administration to manage Yugoslavia's main republic until Dec. 23 elections. The vote ratified a deal reached after more than two weeks of negotiations following an uprising that forced Milosevic to concede electoral defeat Oct.
June 13, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Pressured by worldwide sanctions, the leader of Serbian militias in Bosnia proposed a cease-fire Friday and for the first time offered to let the United Nations monitor his forces. A U.N. spokeswoman called Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic's proposal "encouraging" and said about 1,000 peacekeepers are ready to go to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, if a truce is called Monday as the Serb leader offered. "We can only be encouraged by such a move," said Barbara Shannon-Boyd, a U.N.
October 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Serbian-majority towns in Croatia remained tense but calm after a night of anti-Croatian violence. The Croatian Interior Ministry, implementing federal orders to take steps to defuse the ethnic violence, announced the withdrawal from Serbian enclaves of heavily armed paramilitary police.
August 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Serb forces on Friday overran the former Albanian rebel headquarters in central Kosovo and appeared to have driven the secessionists from most of their remaining strongholds in the strategic region. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana on Friday said the alliance was ready to take steps to ensure the safety of the civilian population in the Serbian province of Kosovo, even as a senior Russian minister said such intervention would not help bring peace to Kosovo.
September 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
Serbian forces reportedly launched a new offensive against separatists in western Kosovo on Tuesday, a day after U.S. envoys failed to persuade Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to halt the attacks. Serbian forces also accused ethnic Albanian rebels of mass executions of Serbian civilians and showed reporters the bodies of some of the alleged victims.
May 16, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The French Open begins this weekend, and the toast of tennis is not Rafael Nadal. The man who has owned the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris since he first stepped on it in 2005 is now owned by somebody else. Astonishingly, the favorite to win the men's singles title, second of the four majors of the year, is a Serb with a rock jaw, sharply angled face and a backhand and forehand that have hit every line from every angle for the last six months. Novak Djokovic has arrived.
May 5, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Novak Djokovic extended his season-opening winning streak to 29 matches at the Madrid Open on Thursday for the best start in men's tennis in 25 years. The Australian Open champion won all 21 of his first-service points to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez , 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the quarterfinals, where he was joined by fellow third-round winner Roger Federer and top-ranked Rafael Nadal . Djokovic, who is 31-0 since last year's Davis Cup final, is tied for third with Ivan Lendl for the best season start since 1980.
April 3, 2011 | Wire reports
Novak Djokovic won his fourth consecutive tournament, beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal , 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), in a grueling final in the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic has won 26 consecutive matches since December, and his record of 24-0 in 2011 is the best to begin a year since Ivan Lendl started 25-0 in 1986. The No. 2-ranked Djokovic was pushed the distance by Nadal on a sunny, hot afternoon. They played for nearly 3 1/2 hours, and it was Djokovic who looked fresher at the finish.
November 27, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Authorities are trying to piece together how ? and why ? a 54-year-old Serbian emigre acquired large quantities of explosive ingredients that could be used to make the kind of bombs favored by terrorists, including insurgents trying to kill U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work of a squad of local, state and federal explosives experts is being made more difficult because the one-story, stucco house in a leafy Escondido-area neighborhood where the material was found is considered too dangerous to reenter.
October 12, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
European soccer, relatively free from black eyes in recent years as far as crowd trouble goes, received a pretty good shiner from Serbia's lunatic fringe Tuesday. Rioting Serbian fans caused their country's Euro 2012 qualifying match against Italy in Genoa to be delayed by 35 minutes and then abandoned altogether after only six minutes of play. There was trouble outside the stadium before the game and more trouble inside during the build-up. Fans tossed flares and fireworks onto the field, cut through or broke down security fences, burned a flag, booed their own national anthem and brawled with riot police.
August 2, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Big-time tennis has returned to Southern California this week, and Jelena Jankovic is the biggest name here. She is seeded No. 1 for what is now known as the Mercury Insurance Open. The once popular tour stop in Carlsbad went away for two years while the WTA reshuffled its schedule deck. But it is back, at the same La Costa Resort spot, and with the same air of semi-competitive leisure it always had amidst a season of tennis grinding. Ticket buyers seeking celebrity will plunk down cash to see the star of Serbia because, along with a nice forehand and backhand, she carries herself like one. Monday at La Costa was mostly a time for Jankovic, who won't play until Wednesday or maybe even Thursday, to meet the media and get ready for her various close-ups.
December 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
A top government official promised another security sweep targeting ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo after the body of a Serbian mayor who was shot between the eyes was found along a roadside Friday. Yugoslav Deputy Premier Nikola Sainovic, addressing angry Serbs at a rally hours after the killing of a municipal leader just outside Pristina, called the death "one more attack on Serbia."
As naturally as breathing, Vojislav Kostunica opened his campaign rally here by accepting a traditional Serbian welcome: a piece of bread, a dish of salt and a glass of brandy. The ritual was a not-so-subtle reminder of one of Kostunica's main selling points in the Serbian presidential race. He is widely viewed as a "true Serb."
June 23, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Top-seeded and defending champion Roger Federer struggled again Wednesday at Wimbledon. Playing against a 24-year-old, pony-tailed qualifier from Serbia, Ilija Bozoljac , Federer lost a set and needed two tiebreaks to move into the third round. The final score was 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (5), but following Federer's five-set struggle to survive the first round, the six-time Wimbledon winner doesn't seem at ease on his favorite surface.
April 2, 2010
It is Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. About 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, most of them men and boys, were rounded up and systematically killed in the region of Srebrenica during Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's sweeping campaign to cleanse the Balkans of non-ethnic Serbs. At long last this week, the Serbian government issued an apology for the 1995 massacre in a hugely significant and politically difficult attempt to face that past. President Boris Tadic is to be commended for pressing his countrymen to address the polarizing issue of what he called "that monstrous crime."
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