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    NEYMAR's stunning sister Rafaella Santos has shown her colours as she cheers on Brazil and her brother at the World Cup. The Samba Boys had to wait a while to get their tournament up and running in Qatar. 6Rafaella was getting herself in the mood for Brazil's game against SerbiaCredit: Instagram @rafaella 6Rafaella was supporting her brother Neymar and Brazil in their bid for World Cup gloryCredit: Instagram @rafaella But they finally got to face Serbia in their opening group game tonight, four days after hosts Qatar kicked off proceedings. Rafaella took to Instagram to show off her support for her country, who are targeting their first World Cup win since 2002. The Brazilian beauty's snapped herself pouting at the camera as she prepared for the game against Serbia. Around her two men can be seen donning the Brazilian shirts and flag and colours. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal win In another picture, the model sits on the edge of the sofa with...
    RICHARLISON scored a SENSATIONAL overhead kick for Brazil against Serbia in the World Cup favourites' opening game in Qatar. The Tottenham forward, 25, got off the mark shortly after the hour mark on Thursday evening, reacting first from a Vinicius Jr shot to lash home the rebound. 3Richarlison acrobatically scored a wonder goal for BrazilCredit: EPA Oh Richarlison STOP THAT ???????? #BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 24, 2022 3The Tottenham man wowed the crowd with a startling finishCredit: AP 3Richarlison celebrated scoring his second goal of the gameCredit: AP But 11 minutes later he doubled his tally for the evening in breathtaking fashion. Vinicius crossed the ball into the penalty area and Richarlison did the rest, acrobatically swivelling to lash an outrageous effort into the corner beyond Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. Reacting on social media, one person said: "NOW THAT IS ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL FROM RICHARLISON…" Another added: "Give him the Puskas award directly at the end of the match. What a goal from Richarlison." More to follow. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side,...
    NEYMAR will reportedly face trial in October for "irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona". The Paris Saint-Germain forward joined the French outfit in 2017 for a world record £200million. 1PSG star Neymar is facing trial over his move to Barcelona five years agoCredit: Getty But legal proceedings are now said to have been opened against the Brazilian forward and the trial will take place just FOUR WEEKS before his country's World Cup campaign gets underway. According to Fox Sports, former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu are also to be tried as they face allegations of "corruption and fraud" relating to Neymar's move from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013. The trial will go ahead from October 17 to 31. And prosecutors are thought to be wanting a two-year prison sentence for the South American footballer. More to follow. Most read in Premier League'DEVASTATED' Mum's tribute to 'wonderful boy' after Brit, 22, killed by helicopter bladesBABY LOVE Kardashian fans go wild after Kourtney posts pic of Khloe touching her BABY BUMP'GROW SILENTLY' Hoda shares cryptic quote after...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. Senate delegation on Tuesday urged Serbia to join the rest of Europe and impose sanctions against Russia for its bloody campaign in Ukraine. “We understand Serbia has a long cultural and economic history with Russia,” said Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) after the three-member bi-partisan delegation met Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic. “But this is a moment where there is great risk if we, as a democratic community, don’t send a united message about the consequences of Russia’s behavior in Ukraine,” he told reporters. “And our hope is that we will be able to stand with Serbia in the coming weeks and months to send that clear message to Russia.” Although Serbia voted in favor of three United Nations resolutions condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine, it has not joined international sanctions against Moscow. Serbia, which is formally seeking European Union membership, depends almost entirely on Russian energy supplies. Vucic has said that imposing sanctions against traditional Slavic allies in Moscow would be disastrous for Serbia. “I think we made the case that as...
    CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered his horror cardiac arrest. The Brentford star, 30, collapsed during his country's Euro 2020 opener against Finland at the Parken Stadium. 2Christian Eriksen will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest in Tuesday's friendly against SerbiaCredit: Getty 2Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at the Parken Stadium during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland as team-mates formed a protective ring around himCredit: AFP Eriksen later revealed he was 'gone from this world for five minutes' but is now back playing after being fitted with an ICD. The Dane was allowed to leave Inter Milan - with Serie A rules banning him from playing - and joined Brentford. Now already back in the international set-up - and having scored two minutes into his return against Holland - Eriksen is excited to captain his nation back at the Parken Stadium. Nine months on from his horror cardiac arrest, the former Tottenham midfielder will don the armband for Tuesday evening's friendly match...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Russian man burnt his passport to show his anger over the invasion of Ukraine. Others held up Ukrainian flags while chanting slogans against the war and Russian President Vladimir Putin. A group of Russian citizens living in Serbia were among dozens of people on Sunday who braved freezing weather and a late winter blizzard to gather in central Belgrade in support of Ukraine and against the war that in the past 11 days has claimed scores of lives and driven about 1.5 million people from their homes. “I don’t want to have anything to do with what Russia is doing on the territory of Ukraine and in the world,” Vladimir Nesimov said after burning his passport. “I don’t want to bear any moral or physical responsibility for something that does not depend on me … I don’t want to be a citizen of that country.” Nesimov and his wife Evelina Nesimova traveled to Belgrade from the western Serbian town of Loznica to attend Sunday’s gathering attended by Serbia’s peace activists and the Russians...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s main opposition alliance on Wednesday presented its candidates for top posts ahead of a general vote in hopes of mounting a serious challenge to the long-ruling populist President Aleksandar Vucic. Serbia’s presidential and parliamentary elections, along with a municipal vote in Belgrade, the capital, are expected in early April. The vote will be held amid heightened political tensions over Vucic’s increasingly authoritarian rule. The centrist United Serbia coalition has gathered several opposition parties that decided to run together against Vucic and his right-wing Serbian Progressive Party, which has had a tight grip on power for the past decade. Vucic’s populists have faced allegations of curbing hard-won democratic freedoms and fostering hate speech against critics in the Balkan nation. Citing pressure on opponents, the main opposition parties in 2020 boycotted a parliamentary ballot. On Wednesday, the three opposition candidates said the upcoming vote — expected to be held on April 3 — will still be far from free and fair because of Vucic’s control over the mainstream media. But they promised to confront anti-opposition propaganda and...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic lands in his native Serbia after being deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people on Monday blocked roads in several locations in Serbia demanding that the authorities scrap any plans for lithium mining, which ecologists say would devastate the environment. Several minor incidents were reported as angry drivers sought to push through the crowds that halted traffic in the northern city of Novi Sad and several more locations throughout the country. The blockade was not formally organized in the capital, Belgrade, where a few dozen right-wing protesters tried to block the motorway but dispersed shortly after. The demonstration comes amid a holiday week in Serbia when many people are away. Populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has described the protest as political. He said on Monday that there will be no lithium mining until more studies are done. Protest organizers have dismissed the arguments by the authorities, saying that the current project by the Rio Tinto company must be formally abolished or more protests will follow. The company has carried out explorations. “Rio Tinto must leave Serbia,” said Aleksandar Jovanovic, one of the...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands rallied in central Belgrade on Wednesday against the populist government’s policies that protesters say favor interests of foreign investors over those of the Balkan nation’s citizens and are bad for the environment. More than 2,000 people gathered outside the Serbian presidency building, blowing whistles and blocking traffic before marching through the central city zone toward the parliament and government buildings. The protesters pledged to block roads throughout the country if authorities approve planned laws allowing swift expropriation of private property if that is deemed to be in the public interest, and lowering turnout requirements for voting in a referendum. Organizers say the laws will allow the state to take away land and other property from citizens in the interest of foreign companies such as Rio Tinto, which has faced protests over its bid to open a lithium mine in western Serbia. One of the organizers, Sava Manojlovic, said the new laws have been “drawn for Rio Tinto.” Ecology groups and experts have warned that the planned mine would devastate the...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people protested in Serbia on Saturday demanding a ban on planned lithium mining in the Balkan country as well as a resolution to scores of other environmental issues that made the region one of the most polluted in Europe. The rally in downtown Belgrade was organized by about 30 ecological groups who recently gained popularity in Serbia amid widespread disillusionment with mainstream politicians and amid major pollution problems facing the region. The protesters held banners demanding protection of Serbia’s rivers, nature and air which they say have been endangered by profit-seeking government policies and decades of neglect. The protesters later blocked one of the main bridges in the capital for a while as they announced several other blockades in the rest of the country in the coming months. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against international Rio Tinto mining company, which has sought to construct a lithium mine in the western parts of the country that is rich in the mineral used in the production of electric car batteries. “Our...
    Panta Petrovic has lived for 20 years with social distancing as his best ally after taking a small cave as his home and having minimal contact with the outside world. However, that could not prevent him from learning about the existence of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed millions around the world last year, nor did it minimize his desire for a vaccine. Almost 20 years ago, Panta Petrovic made social distancing his lifestyle, moving to a small cave in Serbia to avoid contact with society. Last year, on one of his visits to the village, the man with braids and a long beard discovered that there was a pandemic. Despite his isolation, he was aware of the availability of vaccines against covid-19, was inoculated and now urges everyone to do the same. The virus “does not choose, it will come here too, to my cave,” the 70-year-old man told . in the forested mountain of Stara Planina, in southern Serbia. The cave where Petrovic lives can only be reached by climbing a steep hill. It is equipped with a...
    Spain was left without the final that it had sought so much during all the Olympic Games. In a cardiac clash, the national team could not with a Serbia that gave them back the coin of the first phase and prevailed in the last seconds by a tight 10-9 that puts them in the fight for gold. By contrast, David Martin’s team will have to recover to try to win bronze against Hungary next Sunday. The Spanish team began the clash preyed on the nerves typical of a date of this magnitude. Quite the opposite of the ‘plavi’, who were infected with the energy and the success of Mitrovic in their goalkeeper (four out of four in the first set) to get on the opponent’s beard and take advantage of the fact that Spain did not find the offensive clarity that came exhibiting during the tournament. The worst thing is that he did not show the defensive solidity that allows him to play his game on the other side of the pool. However, the national team showed that it knows...
    The United States did not miss their appointment with the semifinals after having swept Australia (55-79) from the court in a game in which the best basketball team on the planet found its best version in the Games after the doubts offered in the first phase. With hardly any friendlies to prepare and with a group stage shorter than usual, the North American team played with the handbrake on and without developing their best basketball, which gave wings to teams like France that were about to give a scare. to this true Dream Team. However, in the first life-and-death game, the team coached by Dawn Staley brought out their most overwhelming version and from the start left this lame Australia without Liz Cambage without options. An absence that both Breanna Stewart and Britnney Griner took advantage of to roam freely on the track and impose their law with 23 and 15 points respectively. With 12-26 of the first quarter and 27-48 of the halftime, the North American coach Dawn Staley can distribute minutes and physical loads in a...
    07/31/2021 at 7:00 PM CEST The Spanish women’s basketball delegation seeks the third victory in these Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games against a Canada that did its homework against South Korea and also depends on itself to be in the final phase. Lucas Modelo’s team defeated South Korea in the debut and Serbia in the second match and they want to forget the nightmare of the last Eurobasket. Spain certified against Serbia (85-70) its favoritism to the medals in these Olympic Gamess. The current Olympic runner-up wants to repeat the feat of Rio de Janeiro and reach the grand final of Tokyo 2020. The United States is, without a doubt, the most fearsome rival for the Spanish: the North Americans add six consecutive gold medals and seek the seventh. The Spanish team is virtually in the quarterfinals and could even be first in the group if it loses by less than nine points in the Canadians. Revenge against Serbia came at the best possible moment, with a recital from the canary line of...
    With so much on the line — the Golden Slam, the calendar-year Grand Slam, Olympic singles gold — it’s been a mystery to many why Novak Djokovic entered the mixed doubles tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. Why risk injury or getting fatigued because of an event that doesn’t have much of a following and might distract from the more pressing goals within reach? CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I was against it. The whole team was against it," Viktor Troicki, Serbia’s Olympic team coach and Davis Cup captain, told The Associated Press in an interview after Djokovic reached the semifinals in both singles and mixed on Thursday. "It was just him. He wanted to play." So there Djokovic was, partnering with Nina Stojanovic to beat the German pair of Laura Siegemund and Kevin Krawietz 6-1, 6-2 in a match that started less than two hours after he routed Kei Nishikori of host Japan 6-2, 6-0 in singles. "I thought he had enough of tennis the last months," Troicki said. "Really, he played so much." Djokovic, who has...
    TOKYO (AP) — With so much on the line — the Golden Slam, the calendar-year Grand Slam, Olympic singles gold — it’s been a mystery to many why Novak Djokovic entered the mixed doubles tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. Why risk injury or getting fatigued because of an event that doesn’t have much of a following and might distract from the more pressing goals within reach? “I was against it. The whole team was against it,” Viktor Troicki, Serbia’s Olympic team coach and Davis Cup captain, told The Associated Press in an interview after Djokovic reached the semifinals in both singles and mixed on Thursday. “It was just him. He wanted to play.” So there Djokovic was, partnering with Nina Stojanovic to beat the German pair of Laura Siegemund and Kevin Krawietz 6-1, 6-2 in a match that started less than two hours after he routed Kei Nishikori of host Japan 6-2, 6-0 in singles. “I thought he had enough of tennis the last months,” Troicki said. “Really, he played so much.” Djokovic, who has already won the Australian Open,...
    In the mind of Alba Torrens placeholder image, as in the rest of the Spanish team, the image of the last Eurobasket and the tough defeat to Serbia in the quarterfinals. That day the Balearic player could not help her teammates to overcome the Balkan team. The virus prevented her from being in the entire European Championship, just as a knee injury two years earlier did not allow her to be in another European Championship. Two tournaments in a row in which the offensive reference of this team has had to watch the games on television and that make these Games the most special tournament for an Alba for which the time for revenge has come. Like the rest of the Spanish team. “We are very aware of who we are playing this match against. They are a great team, but we have always competed against them and this is what we want to do, to compete again, “said the Balearic player after Spain’s first match at these Games. A clash against Korea in which the Balearic Islands were not...
    A still of Sanja Djurdjevic during the match where she made the gesture. Twitter/@5h4k3 A Serbian volleyball player was filmed making a racist gesture in a game against Thailand. Volleyball's international governing body announced she would be suspended for two games. It also fined Serbia's volleyball federation $22,300. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Serbian volleyball player has been suspended for two games after she made a racist gesture during a match against Thailand. The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), volleyball's international governing body, announced on Tuesday that Sanja Djurdjevic had violated its rules at the June 1 match. Djurdjevic was captured on video stretching her eyelids, a mocking anti-Asian gesture. Watch the moment here: —เฉก ???????????? ???????????????????????? (@5h4k3) June 1, 2021The FIVB also fined Serbia's volleyball federation 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,300). Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    (CNN)A Serbian volleyball player has been suspended for two matches after she was caught on camera stretching her eyelids -- a racist gesture used to mock people with Asian heritage -- during an international competition between Serbia and Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic violated the sport's disciplinary rules on June 1 while competing in the match in Italy, according to a statement given Tuesday from the FIVB Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee. In addition to the suspension, the independent body, which is responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions within FIVB competitions, fined Serbia's volleyball federation the equivalent of $22,000. According to the panel, the FIVB will donate the money to a cause dedicated to tackling discriminatory behavior and/or to fund educational programs on cultural sensitivity.Greater accountabilityPosting on her since deactivated account, Djurdjevic apologized for her actions. "I am aware of my mistake and I immediately after the match apologized to the whole Thailand team."Read More"I only wanted to address my teammates with the message: 'Now, we will start playing defense like them,' I didn't mean to disrespect anyone," she added. The Volleyball Federation of Serbia...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO scored his first goal in this World Cup qualifying campaign but then inexplicably missed a sitter as Portugal came from behind to beat Luxembourg 3-1 away. It also means the 36-year-old is now only seven goals away from becoming the all-time record international goalscorer. 2Ronaldo is closing in on the all-time international goalscoring recordCredit: Reuters And breathe... ????After an early scare, Cristiano Ronaldo now has Portugal ahead against Luxembourg pic.twitter.com/cekrTempXr— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 30, 2021 Ronaldo has 103, Ali Daei netted 109 times for Iran between 1993 and 2006. Luxembourg went into the game full of confidence after winning 1-0 at Ireland. And they took a shock lead against the European champions when Portuguese-born Gerson Rodrigues, who scored against Ireland, glanced in a header on the half-hour mark. Portugal went close to levelling on two occasions before Diogo Jota headed in their equaliser in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half. Ronaldo, who had been denied a goal in the 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday despite the ball clearly...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO will keep the armband for Portugal's game with Luxembourg despite throwing it to the floor against Serbia. Selecao boss Fernando Santos has backed the winger, 36, to bounce back from the controversial draw in Belgrade. 4Cristiano Ronaldo will keep the Portugal captaincy despite his Serbia outrageCredit: Getty 4The forward tossed the armband away in anger on Saturday nightCredit: Getty A potential Ronaldo winner in stoppage time was not given after officials decided the ball had not crossed the line. Replays showed a defensive clearance occurring just as the ball appeared to have gone in, with no goalline technology to confirm the call. The furious Juventus star responded by lambasting officials and throwing his captain's armband to the ground. But Santos insisted his excellent standing in the dressing room, and the justifiable cause behind his anger, will mean he keeps the captaincy. The 66-year-old told reporters: "If Cristiano, who is an example to the national team and even the youngest say so, he had offended the coach, his colleagues or the federation, then yes, we would have to think...
    Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has offered Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal an apology after disallowing the striker’s goal against Serbia. Portugal had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their 2022 World Cup qualifying clash after Ronaldo was denied a last-gasp winner by the match officials. Replays showed that the Juventus striker’s shot had crossed the line before Aleksandar Mitrovic was able to clear the ball away, but Makkelie waved play on after consulting with his linesman, which he has now admitted was the wrong decision. What’s been said? “As per FIFA’s policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened,” Makkelie told Portuguese publication A Bola. “As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news in this manner, it doesn’t make us happy at all.” Ronaldo’s fury Ronaldo was furious after seeing his goal chalked off, having produced an finish after latching onto a perfectly flighted Nuno Mendes pass. There were still a few seconds left to play after...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO launched his captain's armband in disgust after his late winner was sensationally ruled out. The Portugal ace thought he had settled a brilliant World Cup Qualifier with Serbia in the final seconds of the contest. 90+4 GOAL??? pic.twitter.com/8CKlQddN1S— YKV9191 (@ykv9191) March 27, 2021 CR7 made his thoughts VERY clear after being denied a late winner against Serbia. #WorldCup #Qatar2022 #WCQWatch Now - https://t.co/RRmQgctETJ pic.twitter.com/f9XwwF5lCc— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) March 27, 2021 With the scores tied at 2-2, Ronaldo's volley was about to hit the back of the net when the Serb defender pulled off a desperate clearance. Ronaldo was adamant the ball had crossed the line but the linesman opted not to flag. Portugal's record scorer was furious and marched over to the linesman to argue his case but his protests fell on deaf ears. Replays showed Ronaldo had every reason to be dismayed with the decision with the ball clearly crossing the line. No goal-line technology was being used in the contest. Ronaldo was then booked for his protests to further rub salt in the...
    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Carrying Montenegrin flags and chanting “Treason!” the protesters gathered outside the parliament building in Podgorica, the capital, where lawmakers are to discuss the proposed changes. The demonstration is the first major protest in the small Balkan country against the new government that came to power after winning a slim majority over a long-ruling pro-Western party at a parliamentary election in August. That vote was marked by the dispute over the religious law that the Serbian Orthodox Church said was designed to strip the church of its property. The government has denied this but the church still led months of protests that helped strengthen the opposition ahead of the election. Years after gaining independence from a union with Serbia following a 2006 referendum, residents in Montenegro remain divided over its relations with Belgrade. Some 30% of Montenegrins declare themselves as Serbs and the Serbian...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem on Saturday despite record levels of coronavirus infections, calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to resign because he is on trial for corruption charges. The protesters held banners reading “Revolution” and “Citizens Write the Constitution” as they marched toward Netanyahu’s residence. A sign aimed at the prime minister was projected on a building reading in Hebrew: “Enough with you.” The government’s missteps in handling the coronavirus crisis after relative success in its early stages have mostly fueled the summer-long weekend demonstrations. The death toll has surpassed 1,000 and the country is mulling a new lockdown to stop the rapid spike in daily infections. Israel currently has over 26,000 active COVID-19 patients. Police have clashed with protesters on several occasions and used water cannons to clear them off main streets and squares, though in recent weeks the gatherings have been calmer but larger. On Friday, a police spokesman said they had arrested a man who was “dressed up as a woman in a provocative way.” An Associated Press...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president on Thursday defended a probe into money laundering and terror financing launched against dozens of rights groups and independent journalists critical of his and his government’s policies. Aleksandar Vucic denied that the investigation launched by the finance ministry against 20 individuals and 37 non-governmental organizations is a targeted attack on critics, saying it’s a regular proceeding and that “everyone should be equal before the law.” Vucic said that every country needs a strong civil society, but added that those who are being probed “are making noise to look like they are under threat and thus get more money from their donors.” The civic groups have demanded that the Serbian government immediately cease what they say is an abuse of the mechanism against money laundering and financing terrorism to intimidate organizations that act as checks and balances for the executive. The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has expressed concern about “what appears to be a selective investigation.” The embassy statement added that the United States remains ready to assist Serbia on its path toward European...
    (CNN)Major protests are breaking out against governments in several countries after coronavirus sparked fury over grievances including economic problems and alleged corruption or incompetence.Demonstrators have taken to the streets to voice their anger at perceived failures by leaders to rise to the unprecedented challenges heightened by the pandemic.In Israel, rising public discontent coincides with record numbers of new coronavirus cases. Monday's figure topped 1,600 for the day. The current count is 42,813 confirmed cases and 375 deaths. A protester waves an Israeli flag as police use water cannons during clashes at a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem on Tuesday. For many, it underlines the sense that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has badly slipped up after appearing to have the virus firmly under control just two months ago.Thousands of protesters rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday, with thousands more protesting outside Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Read MoreReferring to Netanyahu's ongoing trial on bribery and breach of trust charges -- charges the Prime Minister denies -- protesters held signs that read, "We're saving democracy, we're...
    By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people in Serbia have been holding protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse increasingly authoritarian President Aleksandar Vucic of letting the virus crisis spin out of control in order to hold a parliamentary election on June 21 that tightened the ruling party’s grip on power. Vucic has denied this although authorities had relaxed the rules on mass gatherings prior to the vote, allowing crowds at soccer games and tennis matches, nightclubs, restaurants and weddings. Some of the demonstrations turned violent, with protesters trying to storm the parliament building in the capital, Belgrade. The protesters, who have been defying an anti-virus ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, threw bottles, rocks and flares at police who were guarding the parliament building, and police responded with tear gas to disperse the angry crowds. The protests, which started in Belgrade but later spread to several...
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people in Serbia have been holding protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse increasingly authoritarian President Aleksandar Vucic of letting the virus crisis spin out of control in order to hold a parliamentary election on June 21 that tightened the ruling party’s grip on power. Vucic has denied this although authorities had relaxed the rules on mass gatherings prior to the vote, allowing crowds at soccer games and tennis matches, nightclubs, restaurants and weddings. Some of the demonstrations turned violent, with protesters trying to storm the parliament building in the capital, Belgrade. The protesters, who have been defying an anti-virus ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, threw bottles, rocks and flares at police who were guarding the parliament building, and police responded with tear gas to disperse the angry crowds. The protests, which started in Belgrade but later spread to several other Serbia cities,...
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian authorities on Thursday banned gatherings of more than 10 people in the capital, Belgrade, after two nights of violent clashes between police and thousands of demonstrators protesting coronavirus lockdown measures. Thousands of people defied the ban to stage a sit down protest Thursday night in front of Parliament, along with other peaceful gatherings in towns elsewhere in Serbia. Many protesters wore white T-shirts with the inscription, “Sit Down, Don’t Be Set Up” — referring to widespread claims that the violence the previous nights was staged by hooligan groups close to the authorities to smear the opposition groups’ image. “This is how the protest should really look like, without their mad dogs present,” said one of the main opposition leaders, Dragan Djilas. Despite no police intervention, there were several skirmishes between peaceful protesters and the far-right groups, but no clashes like the violence of the previous two nights. People sit during a protest in front Serbian Parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia.AP Serbia’s government crisis team said the restrictions imposed Thursday were intended to prevent the virus’ further...
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Veterans of a rebel army that fought for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia held protests Thursday against the indictment of the country’s president on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the conflict in the late 1990s. Ninety-nine Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, symbolically representing the year the 1998-99 war in Kosovo ended, gathered at a main square in the capital of Pristina and other cities to denounce the indictment of President Hashim Thaci as “unfair” and promoted by Serbia. “Such acts from this court do not positively impact the reconciliation in the Western Balkans,” the head of a war veterans’ organization, Hysni Gucati, said. A prosecutor of an international court set up in The Hague but applying Kosovo laws issued the indictment, which alleges Thaci and other former KLA members are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders of Serbs, Roma and Kosovo Albanian political opponents during and after the war with Serbia. The indictment also includes charges of forced disappearances, persecution and torture. Thaci, a former KLA commander, denies any responsibility for...
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria has issued travel warnings for Western Balkan countries outside the European Union (EU) due to a rise in coronavirus infections there, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Wednesday. The move by Austria, which has close ties to the region, is a particular blow for Serbia and Montenegro, which the EU on Tuesday added to its "safe list" of countries from which non-essential travel was allowed as of Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry said the travel warnings, which mean travellers from those countries are requested to go into 14 days' self-isolation or show a negative coronavirus test - also apply to Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and North Macedonia. "We are hereby reacting ... to the circumstances, not only the situation in those countries but also the fact that we see, for example in our neighbouring (EU) countries Croatia and Slovenia, an increase in clusters of people returning from travel in the Western Balkans," Schallenberg told a news conference. Such clusters had also been observed in Austria, he said. Infections have risen sharply in the past month in the Western...
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. A statement from a prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers issued Wednesday said President Hashim Thaci and the others suspects “are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,” involving hundreds of known Kosovar Albanian, Serb and Roma victims, as well as political opponents. Other charges include enforced disappearance, persecution, and torture. The 1998-1999 war left more than 10,000 dead and 1,641 are still unaccounted for. It ended after a 78-day NATO air campaign. Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. A statement from a prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers issued Wednesday said President Hashim Thaci and the others suspects “are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,” involving hundreds of known Kosovar Albanian, Serb and Roma victims, as well as political opponents. Other charges include enforced disappearance, persecution, and torture. The 1998-1999 war left more than 10,000 dead and 1,641 are still unaccounted for. It ended after a 78-day NATO air campaign. Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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