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Serbia chooses links with China to develop economy, telecoms despite U.S. warning campaign

Aug 13 2020

BELGRADE As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rallied Central European nations this week to stem Chinese influence by snubbing its advanced digital technology, Chinese surveillance cameras were recording faces and cars in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

Serbia's Vucic blames opponents for orchestrating violent protests

Jul 11 2020

BELGRADE/PARIS Protests marred by violence continued on Friday in Belgrade, where thousands rallied against Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and government policies, including its handling of the coronavirus crisis. | Video

Serbia backpedals from planned weekend lockdown after protests

Jul 09 2020

BELGRADE Thousands staged a sit-down rally in Belgrade on Thursday to object to any reimposition of coronavirus curbs and to voice opposition to the government, an even-tempered protest that contrasted sharply with riots in the past two days.

Ruling conservatives set to win Serbian parliamentary vote

Jun 22 2020

(This June 21st story corrects quote in final paragraph, adds words 'result in elections', replaces word 'system')

CORRECTED-Serbians head to polls in Europe's first post-lockdown election

Jun 21 2020

BELGRADE, June 21 Serbians go to polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament in Europe's first national election since coronavirus lockdowns took effect some three months ago, with the ruling conservatives seen winning a comfortable majority.

Serbia ready to sacrifice EU membership over Kosovo deal

Jun 18 2020

BELGRADE Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he would reject European Union membership if Belgrade does not receive concessions in return for recognising Kosovo and dropping attempts to stop it joining the United Nations.

Performers fume as Serbia reopens but theaters remain shut

Jun 17 2020

BELGRADE While lockdown measures have eased in Serbia, allowing indoor gatherings of up to 500 people and a soccer match attended by around 20,000, the country's theaters remain closed and some performers complain that culture is being demoted.

Serbia to keep balancing West, Russia and China, president says

Jun 11 2020

BELGRADE Belgrade wants to keep balancing its ties with the West, China and Russia as it seeks to join the European Union and reach a settlement with Kosovo, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday ahead of a parliamentary election.

I'll give up pandemic decree power this month, Hungary's Orban says

May 15 2020

BELGRADE Hungary's nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, said on Friday he expected to renounce a set of much-criticised emergency powers to fight the coronavirus this month.

Serbia pins hopes of post-coronavirus tourism revival on Chinese

May 14 2020

BELGRADE Serbia is pinning its hopes of a tourism revival on Chinese visitors as it emerges from its coronavirus lockdown.

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As UAE hails Israel accord, silence from Saudi Arabia

As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state's deal to normalise relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in Saudi Arabia, longtime figurehead of regional policy towards Israel.