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.

Rallies grow in Serbia against President Vucic

Thousands of opponents gather around the Serbian presidency in Belgrade to protest against President Aleksandar Vucic, whom they accuse of authoritarianism and muzzling the media.

Basketball beats ethnic divisions in Serbia’s Presevo Valley

On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of ‘Play 017’, a basketball team that is bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia. The team is based in Bujanovac, an Albanian-majority town near the border with Kosovo where different communities live side-by-side but lead largely segregated lives.

Serbia Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous For Journalists And The Opposition (HBO)

Weekly protests in Serbia, against state-sanctioned political violence and a crackdown on media freedoms, are about to enter their third month. VICE News meets a Serbian journalist who recently survived an assassination attempt to hear how being a journalist and/or critic of the government has become more dangerous under president Vucic’s regime.

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‘No winners’ as hundred mushers brave tough Czech sled dog race

A hundred mushers and ten bikers from 11 countries battled frost and snow at a five-day sled dog race in the Czech Republic, which organisers call one of the toughest in Europe. The 23rd year of the Czech Long Trail has attracted mushers from countries across Europe — including Austria, Croatia, Germany the Netherlands and Serbia. Mushers can choose one of two tracks — 300 kilometres with five stages and an elevation topping 9,000 metres or 200 kilometres with four stages and an elevation of 7,000 metres. In Czech, the race is called Sedivackuv long — bearing the name of a dog that strayed and was shot by a local man just before the first edition of the race in 1997.

Serbia rolls out red carpet for Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a welcoming ceremony in front of the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade as he kicks of his state visit to the country. IMAGES

Putin holds talks with Serbia President Vucic in Belgrade

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade during a state visit to Serbia. IMAGES of meeting between Putin and Vucic