The Serbian who downed a US stealth jet and befriended the pilot

Twenty years ago, as a Yugoslav army commander, Zoltan Dani achieved a miraculous military feat: wielding outdated missile equipment, his army unit shot down an American F117 “stealth fighter”, deemed almost invisible to radar, flying over Serbia as part of NATO’s 1999 air strike assault. But in perhaps an even more remarkable twist, the retired army officer is now close friends with the American pilot whose Nighthawk he brought down.

Serbian victims of NATO’s deadly “mistakes” feel forgotten

On the outskirts of the Serbian town of Surdulica a black cross looms above a grave almost completely covered in a tangle of weeds — the final resting place of civilians killed 20 years ago by NATO bombs. The quiet, mountain-ringed town of some 18,000 people suffered the most civilian casualties — nearly 30 — during NATO’s three-month air assault on Serbia, which kicked off 20 years ago this Sunday and ultimately ended Belgrade’s war with Kosovo.

ToniBler and Klinton: Love for West lives on in Kosovar names

Streets lined with US flags, murals thanking NATO, and boys named ToniBler and Klinton: Kosovars have no shortage of ways to thank Western powers for intervening 20 years ago to end the war with Serbia.

Trump touts US-Brazilian ties in meeting with Bolsonaro

President Donald Trump heaped praise on right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — and received plenty back — in announcing a special relationship that he said could even see the Latin American country join NATO.

Trump praises Brazil’s far-right president at WH

President Donald Trump praised Brazil’s new far-right leader as he welcomed him to the White House, congratulating Jair Bolsonaro for his “tremendous election victory” and expressing support for Brazil’s efforts to gain NATO privileges. (March 19)

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Trump floats idea of Brazil becoming NATO member

US President Donald Trump raises the possibility that Brazil could become a member of NATO during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. SOUNDBITE

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Here are the top stories for Tuesday, February 19: Trump declares “absolute right” to border funding; Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race; Pelosi speaks on NATO and EU alliances; Police fatally shoot a knife attack suspect in France.

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