Timeline Serbia 2000-2019

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2000        Jan 1, Folksinger Svetlana Velickovic, popularly known as Ceca and the wife of Zeljko Raznatovic, released her most recent CD .
    (SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A16)

2000        Jan 7, In Kosovo 2 Serbian women were killed by an ethnic Albanian gang in Prizren. Attacks in the last 2 days had left 4 Serb men wounded and 1 dead.
    (SFC, 1/8/00, p.A10)

2000        Jan 13, In Vitina, Kosovo, Merita Shabiu, an 11-year-old Albanian girl, was raped and murdered. On Jan 16 American soldier, Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi (35), was charged for the rape and murder. Ronghi later confessed and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/24/00, p.A9)(SFC, 8/2/00, p.A14)
2000        Jan 13, Serbian authorities charged 144 jailed ethnic Albanians with terrorism in Kosovo during 1999.
    (SFC, 1/14/00, p.D2)

2000        Jan 15, In Belgrade Serbian paramilitary leader Zeljko Raznatovic (47), aka Arkan, was shot dead along with associates. Serb police later arrested 3 suspects, Dobrosav Gavric (23), Dejan Pitulic (33), and Vujadin Krstic (36), and called the murder a gangland hit.
    (SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A1,16)(SFEC, 1/23/00, p.A27)(WSJ, 1/24/00, p.A23)

2000        Jan 26, The EU and Yugoslavia crafted a $24 million plan to clear Danube River bridge debris due to NATO bombing.
    (WSJ, 1/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 26, In Serbia police killed 2 ethnic Albanian brothers on the southern border known as Eastern Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A25)

2000        Feb 2, In Kosovo a rocket attack on a NATO escorted bus filled with Serb civilians killed 2 villagers and wounded 3.
    (SFC, 2/3/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/3/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 3, In Kosovo violence broke out in Mitrovica with 2 grenade attacks that left 20 people wounded and shootings that left 3 ethnic Albanians dead. The number of deaths were later increased to 7.
    (SFC, 2/4/00, p.D5)(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A26)

2000        Feb 5, In Kosovo 41 people, including 11 French soldiers, were injured in during a 2nd day of clashes between peacekeepers and Albanians.
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A26)

2000        Feb 7, In Belgrade Pavle Bulatovic (51), the defense minister for Yugoslavia, was shot and killed at a soccer club restaurant.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)

2000        Feb 13, In Yugoslavia the cyanide spill from Romania reached the Danube and weakened to nonlethal levels. Life in the Tisa (Tisza) River in Hungary and Serbia was devastated and Serbia threatened to demand compensation at an int'l. court.
    (SFC, 2/14/00, p.A16)
2000        Feb 13, In Kosovo snipers wounded 2 French peacekeepers who responded by later killing an ethnic Albanian and wounding at least 4 others. Serbs had earlier thrown a grenade into a crowd of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica.
    (SFC, 2/14/00, p.A12)

2000        Feb 14, The EU lifted a ban on flights to Yugoslavia but tightened travel restrictions on officials close to the Milosevic regime.
    (WSJ, 2/15/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 15, Pres. Milosevic appointed Dragoljub Ojdanic as defense minister.
    (SFC, 5/16/00, p.A12)

2000        Feb 20, In Mitrovica, Kosovo, angry Serbs pelted US troops in the northern district during a citywide search for weapons.
    (SFC, 2/21/00, p.A10)

2000        Feb 21, In Mitrovica, Kosovo, some 10-25,000 ethnic Albanians clashed with NATO-led troops, who kept them from crossing to the Serb section of town.
    (SFC, 2/22/00, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 27, In Serbia growing numbers of Albanians had fled the southern towns of Presevo, Bujanova and Medveda and crossed over to Kosovo as Yugoslav police conducted aggressive searches for Albanian separatists. Belgrade believed that the 480-sq. mile region planned to break away to join Kosovo.
    (SFC, 2/28/00, p.A10)

2000        Mar 2, In Kosovo French peacekeepers forced their way through Serb protestors to return 41 Albanians to their homes across the Ibar River.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A10)

2000        Mar 6, Serbia sealed its border with Montenegro as relations worsened.
    (WSJ, 3/7/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 7, In Kosovo 24 civilians and 16 French peacekeepers were wounded in a street battle that escalated from a fight between a Serb and Albanian ion Mitrovica.
    (WSJ, 3/8/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 15, In Kosovo US troops raided 5 locations in southeastern Kosovo and seized large quantities of arms and ammunition from militant Albanians.
    (SFC, 3/16/00, p.A16)

2000        Mar 16, In Serbia some 1000 people rallied in Pirot to protest the closure of their TV station. It was the 6th closure of a broadcaster in a week.
    (SFC, 3/17/00, p.D2)

2000        Apr 14, In Serbia some 100,000 people rallied against Pres. Milosevic in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/15/0, p.A12)

2000        Apr 17, Vojislav Zivkovic (49), head of the ruling Socialist Party in Kosovo during the NATO bombings, committed suicide.
    (WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 25, In Serbia Zika Petrovic (62), head of the Yugoslav Airlines and ally of Pres. Milosevic, was shot to death near his home in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A16)

2000        Apr, Ramush Haradinaj, senior commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army, formed the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK).
    (Econ, 1/1/05, p.37)

2000        May 13, In Yugoslavia Bosko Perosevic (43), head of the Vojvodina provincial government, was shot and killed at a trade fair. Milivoje Gutovic (50), an off-duty security guard, was arrested for the murder. Pres. Milosevic later blamed the student organization Otpor and the opposition Serbian Renewal Movement party.
    (SFC, 5/14/00, p.C13)(SFC, 5/15/00, p.A12)

2000        May 15, In Belgrade some 20,000 opposition supporters rallied for free elections and the resignation of Pres. Milosevic.
    (WSJ, 5/16/00, p.A1)

2000        May 17, Pres. Milosevic ordered the seizure of independent radio and TV stations and charging that they were advocating an uprising against the government. Tens of thousands protested the crackdown.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)

2000        May 22, In Yugoslavia a Serbian court convicted 143 ethnic Albanians from Djakovica, Kosovo, on terrorism charges for attacks against Serbian police during 1999 NATO bombings.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A14)

2000        May 25, Yugoslavia ordered all universities to close a week early for the spring semester in fear of a student uprising against the government crackdown on independent media.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A17)

2000        May 28, In Kosovo, Yugoslavia, an attacker shot and killed a 4-year-old Serb boy and 2 men in Cermica.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A14)

2000        Jun 1, In Kosovo Albanians killed a woman and wounded 3 men when they opened fire on a group of Serbs in the US zone.
    (WSJ, 6/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 2, In Kosovo 2 Serb villagers were killed when their vehicle drove over a land mine near Pristina. A mother and her 2 children were injured.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)

2000        Jun 15, In Kosovo 2 Serbs were killed and another wounded when their vehicle ran over a land mine. NATO peacekeepers raided an ethnic Albanian stronghold in Drenica and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. Halil Dreshaj, a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo, was shot and killed by masked men wearing uniforms of the disbanded KLA.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 16, Serb opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was slightly wounded in an assassination attempt at his vacation home in Budva, Montenegro.
    (SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)

2000        Jul 6, Pres. Milosevic changed the constitution to allow himself to run for re-election. He also reduced Montenegro’s power in the Yugoslav federation by changing how delegates are selected for the upper house.
    (SFC, 7/7/00, p.A12)

2000        Jul 10, In Kosovo an Albanian boy (5) was killed when an American soldier’s rifle discharged accidentally.
    (SFC, 7/11/00, p.A14)

2000        Jul 16, In Kosovo 66 pounds of explosives razed the church of the Holy Prophet Elijah near Kosovo Polje.
    (WSJ, 7/18/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul 26, Reporter Miroslav Filipovic was convicted of espionage for writing of Serb atrocities in Kosovo from May 1999.
    (SFC, 7/27/00, p.C16)

2000        Jul 27, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic called presidential, parliamentary and local elections for the following September. The election resulted in Milosevic’s fall from power.
    (AP, 7/27/01)

2000        Jul 31, Yugoslavia announced that it had arrested 4 Dutch men for plotting to kidnap or kill Pres. Milosevic to win a $5 million US reward.
    (WSJ, 8/1/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul, In Serbia’s Vojvodina province the Exit music festival was started by three University students from Novi Sad.

2000        Aug 1, Two Britons and 2 Canadians were arrested in northern Montenegro while driving to Kosovo on suspicion of spying and terrorism.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)

2000        Aug 4, The 8.5 million Serb population included some 40,000 Chinese.
    (SFC, 8/4/00, p.A18)
2000        Aug 4, Dragan Jovanovic, Vlastimir Aleksic and Dragica Peica, Serbs accused of genocide and war crimes, escaped from a hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica.
    (SFC, 8/5/00, p.A11)

2000        Aug 14, NATO peacekeepers shut down the Serb-run Trepca smelter at Zvecan, Kosovo, due to environmental pollution. [see May, 1999]
    (SFC, 8/15/00, p.A12)

2000        Aug 24, Opinion polls showed Pres. Milosevic trailing behind Vojislav Kostunica.
    (SFC, 8/25/00, p.A18)

2000        Aug 25, Former Serbian president Ivan Stambolic (64) disappeared. In 2003 his body was found in a lime-covered grave on a mountain in northern Serbia. In 2005 Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted and sentenced for the killing of Stambolic.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.A16)(SFC, 4/5/01, p.A10)(AP, 3/28/03)(AP, 7/18/05)

2000        Sep 21, A Belgrade court found Pres. Clinton and other world leaders guilty of war crimes for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 14 leaders were sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison. The 120-page indictment charged the leaders for the deaths of 546 Yugoslav army soldiers, 138 Serbian police officers and 504 civilians, including 88 children.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A16)

2000        Sep 24, Elections in Serbia and Montenegro showed Vojislav Kostunica leading by a wide margin over Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 25, In Serbia Vojislav Kostunica declared victory over Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 26, The Yugoslav government conceded loss in the elections but called for a runoff saying Kostunica won only 48% vs. 40% for Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 27, Some 200,000 people gathered in Belgrade to support the opposition’s claims to electoral triumph.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A16)

2000        Sep 29, Thousands rallied across the country against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.A10)

2000        Sep 30, Slobodan Milosevic turned down offers of Russian mediation.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A16)

2000        Oct 2, In Serbia the opposition staged a general strike as Pres. Milosevic went on national TV and called on his countrymen to re-elect him. In his first public address since a disputed election, Milosevic branded his opponents puppets of the West. A wave of unrest aimed at driving him from power swept Yugoslavia, and the government responded by arresting dozens of strike leaders.
    (SFC, 10/3/00, p.A8)(AP, 10/2/01)

2000        Oct 3, The government ordered the arrest of some strike leaders.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A16)

2000        Oct 4, The Constitutional Court set aside part of the Sep 24 voting results in a move seen to buy time for Pres. Milosevic. Citizens blocked an attempt by the government to use force against strikers and protesters. Major protests were planned to force Milosevic from office.
    (SFC, 10/5/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 5, Vojislav Kostunica spoke from the balcony of City Hall as several hundred thousand protestors, led by workers from Cacak, took over Belgrade, the parliament building and TV station. The state Tanjug news agency switched allegiance to Vojislav Kostunica.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A1,16)(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A8)

2000        Oct 6, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic resigned and the opposition celebrated across the country. Milosevic conceded defeat to Vojislav Kostunica in Yugoslavia's presidential elections, a day after protesters angry at Milosevic for clinging to power stormed parliament and ended his 13-year autocratic regime.
    (SFC, 10/7/00, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/01)

2000        Oct 7, In Serbia Vojislav Kostunica was sworn in as the 1st popularly elected president of Yugoslavia. He was backed by an 18-party coalition.
    (SFEC 10/8/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/00, p.A10)

2000        Oct 9, The EU lifted an oil embargo and other sanctions against Yugoslavia as Pres. Kostunica secured the resignations of Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic and Interior Minister Vlajko Stojilkovic.
    (SFC, 10/10/00, p.A12)

2000        Oct 12, Pres. Clinton lifted key economic sanctions against Serbia.
    (SFC, 10/13/00, p.A16)

2000        Oct 13, A new agreement was reached to hold parliamentary elections on Dec 24.
    (SFC, 10/14/00, p.A10)
2000        Oct 13, Janko "Tuta" Janjic (43), a war crimes suspect, killed himself in Foca, a town in the Serb section of Bosnia, when NATO troops came to arrest him.
    (SFC, 10/14/00, p.A10)

2000        Oct 16, Milosevic allies agreed to share power until elections. A German newspaper reported that the Milosevic family had $100 million in foreign accounts with some of the money from drug trafficking. Swiss authorities had already frozen 100 bank accounts worth $57 million linked to Milosevic and his allies.
    (WSJ, 10/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A12)

2000        Oct 17, Montenegro Pres. Milo Djukanovic refused to take part in national institutions with Serbia until the Montenegro-Serbia relationship is redefined.
    (SFC, 10/18/00, p.A12)

2000        Oct 23, The Int’l. Commission on Kosovo recommended that Kosovo become a separate state when the safety of its minorities can be guaranteed.
    (SFC, 10/24/00, p.A16)

2000        Oct 27, Pres. Kostunica applied for Yugoslavia’s membership in the United Nations.
    (SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)

2000        Oct 28, In Kosovo municipal elections were held. Ibrahim Rugova declared victory for his League for a Democratic Kosovo (LDK) and won 21 of 27 contested municipalities. The AAK won 9 seats.
    (SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A17)(SFC, 10/29/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A14)(Econ, 1/1/05, p.37)

2000        Nov 1, Yugoslavia was accepted into the United Nations.
    (SFC, 11/2/00, p.A12)
2000        Nov 1, In Serbia Flora Brovina, an Albanian activist, was released from prison after serving 18 months for alleged terrorism.
    (SFC, 11/2/00, p.A12)

2000        Nov 4, The Yugoslavia parliament approved a new government under Pres. Kostunica by a vote of 136-19.
    (SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A15)

2000        Nov 6, In Serbia prisoners rioted in Sremska Mitrovica for shorter sentences and a new prison management. They were also angry over a proposed amnesty law that would free Albanian political prisoners.
    (SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)

2000        Nov 7, Prisoner riots expanded to Pozarevac and Nis where the rape of women inmates was reported.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B4)

2000        Nov 9, In Kosovo 4 Gypsies were killed in an ambush.
    (WSJ, 11/10/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 16, The US and Yugoslavia agreed to reopen embassies in each others capitals.
    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.A20)

2000        Nov 21, Slobodan Milosevic was declared the only candidate for head of the Socialist Party.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A19)

2000        Nov 22, In Serbia ethnic Albanians were blamed for police assaults in the Presevo Valley and 4 officers were reported killed over 2 days as rebel fighters moved in from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.D8)

2000        Nov 23, In Kosovo Xhemail Mustafa (46), pacifist advisor to Ibrahim Rugova, was shot dead by 2 gunmen in Pristina.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.A20)

2000        Nov 24, In Serbia police gave Nato a 72-hour deadline to stop incursions from Kosovo by ethnic Albanian militants.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A15)

2000        Dec 23, In national elections the 18-party Kostunica coalition won 64.5% of the vote and over two-thirds of the seats of the 250-seat parliament. Zoran Djindjic (48) was projected to become prime minister.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.A12)(SFC, 12/25/00, p.A16)

2000        Dec 26, In Montenegro 3 military commanders were dismissed by the Yugoslav top defense body as a concession to Pres. Djukanovic.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A16)
2000        Dec 26, Power shortages due to the summer drought caused cuts across the country.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A16)

2000        Tim Judah authored "Kosovo: War and Revenge."
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, BR p.5)
2000        Michael Ignatieff authored "Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond," the 3rd volume in a trilogy on ethnic nationalism and war.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, BR p.5)

2001        Jan 19, Pres. Clinton lifted economic sanctions against Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)

2001        Jan 26, Albanian brothers Isa and Sait Saqipi were shot to death by Serbian police while returning from the market in Bujanovac.
    (SFC, 2/20/01, p.A10)

2001        Jan 29, Serb thrown hand grenades hit an ethnic Albanian home in Kosovo. 1 person was killed, 2 injured and NATO peacekeepers broke up an ensuing riot.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)

2001        Jan, Dusan Mihailovic became the interior minister.
    (SSFC, 4/1/01, p.C1)

2001        Feb 6, Ethnic Albanian rebels fired mortar from Kosovo shells against government positions in Serbia.
    (SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)

2001        Feb 16, Kosovo militants killed 9 Serbs and injured 43 with a roadside bomb that blew up a bus in northeastern Kosovo.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A12)(SSFC, 2/18/01, p.D1)

2001        Feb 18, A suspected mine ripped a police van and 3 Serbian officers were killed just outside Kosovo.
    (SFC, 2/19/01, p.A10)

2001        Feb 22, A UN tribunal on Yugoslav War Crimes found 3 Bosnian Serbs guilty of crimes against humanity for the rape, torture and enslavement of Muslim women in Foca between 1992-1993. The landmark case established rape and sexual enslavement as a crime against humanity. They were sentenced to 28, 20 and 12 years, respectively.
    (SFC, 2/23/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/1/07)

2001        Feb 26, The parliament passed an amnesty law to free several hundred Kosovo Albanians held in Serbian prisons since the 1999 Kosovo war.
    (SFC, 2/27/01, p.A12)

2001        Mar 4, Macedonia sealed its border with Kosovo after 3 soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with ethnic Albanian rebels.
    (WSJ, 3/5/01, p.A1)

2001        Mar 5, In Macedonia heavy fighting against ethnic Albanian rebels continued for a 2nd day on the border with Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/6/01, p.A12)

2001        Mar 7, In Serbia NATO soldiers moved into the Kosovo village of Mijak to stem the flow of arms to Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia.
    (SFC, 3/8/01, p.A12)

2001        Mar 9, Ethnic Albanian rebels launched attacks on Macedonian and Yugoslav forces on the Kosovo border. 2 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/10/01, p.A8)

2001        Mar 12, Yugoslavia and Nato agreed to use their forces to squeeze Albanian rebels from separate flanks as the rebels signed a cease-fire.
    (SFC, 3/13/01, p.A15)

2001        Mar 29, Macedonian forces chased rebels into Kosovo and 3 people were killed from mortar fire in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/30/01, p.A16)

2001        Mar 31, In Serbia commandos stormed the residence of Slobodan Milosevic and attempted to arrest him as the US deadline for cooperation with the UN War Crimes tribunal approached. But a defiant Milosevic rejected a warrant, reportedly telling police he wouldn't "go to jail alive." He was taken into custody the next day.
    (SFC, 3/31/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/31/02)

2001        Apr 1, In Serbia Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic was arrested on corruption charges after a 26-hour armed standoff with the police at his Belgrade villa.
    (SSFC, 4/1/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/1/02)

2001        Apr 9, In Kosovo a British helicopter crashed near the Macedonia border and 2 people were killed with 5 injured.
    (SFC, 4/10/01, p.A11)

2001        Apr 15, U.N. investigators arrested Bosnian Serb army officer Dragan Obrenovic in connection with the Serbian Army's slaughter of as many as 7,000 Muslim men and boys. Obrenovic later pleaded guilty to five war crimes charges and testified against his one-time superior officers; he was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/15/06)

2001        Apr 18, It was reported that the right-wing "Obraz" (Dignity) group was emerging with rhetoric aimed against Jews, gays, Croats, Albanians and several other groups.
    (SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)

2001        Apr 19, In Kosovo Nato troops broke up Serb roadblocks set up to protest UN tax collections on goods from elsewhere in Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 4/20/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 24, The Yugoslav army was reported to have charged 183 soldiers with crimes committed during the war in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A12)

2001        May 3, Slobodan Milosevic was issued an arrest warrant from the UN war crimes tribunal in his jail cell.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)

2001        May 15, Yugoslav forces forced ethnic Albanian rebels from the village of Oraovica in the Kosovo-Macedonia buffer zone. 14 rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/16/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/17/01, p.A1)

2001        May 22, Ethnic Albanian rebels in southern Serbia began laying aside their weapons for collection by NATO.
    (SFC, 5/23/01, p.A12)

2001        May 25, Police linked former Pres. Slobodan Milosevic to a 1999 coverup of Kosovo atrocities that included the dumping of bodies in the Danube.
    (SFC, 5/26/01, p.A8)

2001        Jun 23, The Yugoslav Cabinet adopted a decree that committed itself to sending former Pres. Milosevic to the UN Tribunal in The Hague.
    (SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A1)

2001        Jun 25, Jun 25, Yugoslavia asked a court to let Milosevic be extradited to the Hague for was UN war crimes trial.
    (WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)

2001        Jun 28, Serbia sent former Pres. Milosevic to the Hague for a war-crimes trial, the 1st for an ex-head of state.
    (WSJ, 6/29/01, p. A1)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 3, In the Hague, Netherlands, former Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic refused to respond to charges and called the tribunal illegitimate.
    (SFC, 7/4/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 6, In Belgrade Radomar Markovic, the former Yugoslav secret police chief, was sentenced to a year in jail with 3 other top security aides for revealing state secrets.
    (SFC, 7/7/01, p.B1)

2001        Jul 15, It was reported that a mass grave found a week earlier near Petrovo Selo contained the bodies of 3 Albanian-American men from Long Island.
    (SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A14)

2001        Jul 16, Authorities began exhuming bodies from another mass grave near Belgrade.
    (SFC, 7/17/01, p.A7)

2001        Aug 2, The UN war crimes tribunal found Radislav Krstic, former Bosnian Serb general, guilty for the 1995 genocide of some 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica. He was sentenced to 46 years in prison. A 2004 appeal reduced the sentence to 35 years.
    (SFC, 8/3/01, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/gm9l9)

2001        Aug 20, It was reported that Vojvodina, a northern province of Serbia, was actively seeking autonomy. The area is home to 2 million people representing 20 ethnic groups.
    (SFC, 8/20/01, p.A8)

2001        Aug 21, In Kosovo gunmen killed 5 Albanians.
    (WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 24, Yugoslavia’s Pres. Kostunica accused Serbia’s government of failure to tackle rising crime and corruption.
    (SFC, 8/25/01, p.A8)

2001        Sep 8, In Serbia 26 unidentified bodies were exhumed from a site near Lake Perucac. They were believed to be bodies of ethnic Albanians from the 1999 crackdown in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/10/01, p.B2)

2001        Sep 10, The UN Security Council ended an arms embargo against Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 9/11/01, p.B3)

2001        Sep 18, In Serbia a court reported that 269 bodies had been removed from a mass grave at Batajnica, 6 miles north of Belgrade. The bodies were suspected to be ethnic Albanians killed in the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/19/01, p.B4)

2001        Oct 29, In The Hague former Yugoslav Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was indicted on new charges for crimes in Croatia in 1991. He refused to enter pleas.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A11)

2001        Nov 17, Kosovo voted in a symbolic step toward independence. Ibrahim Rugova claimed victory the next day and issued a call for quick independence. Ex-rebel leader Hashim Thaci made a strong showing and a coalition was expected.
    (WSJ, 11/16/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A13)(WSJ, 11/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 23, In Belgium the UN war crimes tribunal announced that Slobodan Milosevic, former Yugoslav president, would stand trial on charges of genocide in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. Milosevic died in March 2006 while his trial was in progress.
    (SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)(AP, 11/23/06)

2001        Dec 10, In Kosovo the 120-member, multiethnic, legislative assembly opened for the 1st time in 12 years.
    (SFC, 12/11/01, p.A5)

2001        Dec 15, Pierre Henri Bunel, a former French military intelligence officer accused of passing on NATO war plans to Serbian intelligence in 1998, was found guilty of treason and sentenced by a military/civilian tribunal “Tribunal aux armees" (TPA) to five years in jail. In 2013 Serbia awarded a top state medal to Bunel.
    (www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/12/bun-d21.html)(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A2)

2002        Feb 14, In the Netherlands Slobodan Milosevic spoke on his own behalf on the 3rd day of his trial. He denied all blame for a decade of carnage in the Balkans and displayed pictures of victims of NATO air raids.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A8)

2002        Mar 4, In Kosovo Ibrahim Rugova, moderate Albanian leader, became Kosovo’s 1st president and joined PM Bajram Rexhepi to push for independence.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 14, Yugoslavia was declared dead as Serbia and Montenegro agreed to rename their federation: "Serbia and Montenegro."
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 14, Yugoslav military forces arrested a US diplomat and Yugoslav general outside Belgrade with accusations of espionage. The diplomat was released after 15 hours. Former Gen. Perisic, deputy Prime Minister, was released  Mar 16.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A20)

2002        Mar 26, In Serbia 2 Albanian gunmen were killed in what police said was a battle between rebel factions.
    (WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 28, A US diplomat, reportedly the CIA station chief, was pulled from Belgrade following accusations that he was receiving military secrets.
    (WSJ, 3/29/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 31, Serbia’s government, faced with a midnight suspension of US aid, issued arrest warrants against 4 former Milosevic associates.
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A6)

2002        Apr 8, In Kosovo Serbs rioted following the arrest of a man guarding a bridge to keep out ethnic Albanians. 19 UN policemen were injured.
    (WSJ, 4/9/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 11, Vlajko Stojilkovic (65), former Serb interior minister, shot himself in the head on the steps of the Yugoslav parliament following passage of a law easing the transfer of war crimes suspects to the Hague. Stojilkovic died Apr 13.
    (SFC, 4/12/02, p.A9)(SSFC, 4/14/02, p.A14)

2002        Apr 17, Yugoslavia published a list of 23 people that it said should surrender or face arrest for Balkan war crimes.
    (SFC, 4/18/02, p.A11)

2002        Apr 23, Six of 23 indicted Serbs agreed to surrender to the UN court.
    (SFC, 4/24/02, p.A7)

2002        Apr 25, Gen. Dragoljub Pjdanic (60) surrendered to the war crimes tribunal. He pleaded not guilty the next day for the murder and forced removal of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)

2002        May, Bozidar Djelic, finance minister, celebrated his 37th birthday. His finance team over the last 18 months had removed most government price controls, simplified the tax code, launched a privatization program, passed a labor law that allowed companies to hire and fire, and closed the nation’s 4 biggest bankrupt banks.
    (WSJ, 5/14/02, p.A14)

2002        May 21, The Bush administration announced that it would resume economic aid to Yugoslavia because it had met requirements to cooperate with the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (SFC, 5/22/02, p.A15)

2000        Jun 10, Assailants in Serbia gunned down Gen. Bosko Buha (42), a high-ranking police officer and former Belgrade police chief.
    (AP, 6/10/02)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A11)

2002        Jun 12, The party of Yugoslavia's president withdrew from the parliament of the nation's main republic, declaring Serbia's legislature invalid and creating the worst political crisis in the country since Slobodan Milosevic's ouster.
    (AP, 6/12/02)

2002        Jul 9, NATO troops arrested Radovan Stankovic (33), a former member of an elite Serb paramilitary unit, for allegedly running a house where women and girls were raped during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.
    (AP, 7/9/02)(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A8)

2002        Jul 28, Serbs and ethnic Albanians voted for new, power-sharing local governments in a tense region near Kosovo.
    (AP, 7/28/02)

2002        Jul 29, Serbia's ruling coalition moved to oust all 45 members of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's party from parliament, the latest threat to Yugoslavia's political stability.
    (AP, 7/29/02)

2002        Aug 22, The US and Russia took away 100 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from an aging nuclear reactor in Belgrade to Russia for re-processing.
    (SFC, 8/23/02, p.A1)

2002        Aug 23, In Yugoslavia thousands of ethnic Albanians gathered in Pristina to protest the recent arrests of rebel leaders who fought during Kosovo's 1998-1999 war.
    (AP, 8/23/02)

2002        Sep 29, Serbian voters picked a new president from among 11 candidates. Vojislav Kostunica (31%) will face Deputy PM Miroljub Labus (28%), a pro-Western candidate, in a runoff vote Oct 13 in Serbia's 1st presidential election since the ouster of Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 9/30/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A16)

2002        Oct 3, The United States forgave two-thirds of Yugoslavia's debt on in a sign of improving relations with the country's reformist leadership.
    (AP, 10/3/02)

2002        Oct 13, In Serbia a moderate nationalist and a pro-Western pragmatist faced each other in the second round of presidential elections. Less than 50% of the electorate turned out rendering the results invalid.
    (AP, 10/13/02)(SFC, 10/14/02, p.A9)

2002        Oct 14, In Serbia Pres. Kostunica protested that some 630,000 ghost voters inflated the number of voters.
    (SFC, 10/15/02, p.A8)

2002        Oct 22, The Yugoslav government released a statement saying it had dismissed Jovan Cekovic, a former army general, and chief of Yugoimport following NATO evidence that it had engaged in exporting and refurbishing military equipment for Iraq.
    (SFC, 10/23/02, p.A9)

2002        Oct 26, In Kosovo voters in 30 municipalities elected 920 local councilors for U.N.-supervised assemblies that are slated to assume increased authority over the coming years.
    (AP, 10/26/02)

2002        Oct 27, A Kosovo mayor was killed with 2 guards by allies of a rival ethnic Albanian party.
    (WSJ, 10/28/02, p.A1)

2002        Dec 8, In Serbia voters chose between a moderate nationalist and two extreme right-wing candidates to become president.
    (AP, 12/8/02)

2002        Dec 9, Serbia headed for a major political crisis after it failed a second time to elect a president, with supporters of the top vote-getter vowing to challenge the outcome.
    (AP, 12/9/02)

2002        The Serbian economy showed signs of recovery after 13 years of Milosevic's mismanagement and the end of international sanctions imposed to stop Milosevic from waging war on his neighbors. The national currency, the dinar, has been relatively stable since Milosevic's ouster. Authorities have launched reforms in hopes of joining the European Union.
    (AP, 9/29/02)

2003        Jan 5, In Kosovo gunmen killed 3 people including Tahir Zemaj, a former Albanian rebel leader.
    (WSJ, 1/6/03, p.A1)

2003        Jan 20, Milan Milutinovic, Serbia's former president, surrendered to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to face charges that he was complicit in a crackdown on ethnic Albanians.
    (AP, 1/20/03)

2003        Jan 29, Montenegro lawmakers voted to abolish Yugoslavia and replace it with a loose union of semi-independent states called Serbia and Montenegro.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A8)

2003        Feb 4, Yugoslavia’s parliament transformed the federation into a loose union between Montenegro and Serbia and retired the name "Yugoslavia."
    (WSJ, 2/5/03, p.A1)

2003          Feb 27, Biljana Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who expressed remorse for the horrors committed against non-Serbs during the Bosnian war, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Later this year she was transferred to Sweden to serve her sentence.
    (AP, 2/27/03)(AP, 9/15/09)

2003          Mar 3, Lawmakers from Serbia and Montenegro inaugurated their new parliament, formally replacing Yugoslavia with the new state.
    (AP, 3/3/03)

2003        Mar 12, Serbia’s PM Zoran Djindjic was assassinated in Belgrade. A group called "The Hague Brotherhood"  was later implicated along with the paramilitary group Unit for Special Operations. In 2007 Vladimir Milisavljevic was convicted and sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for his involvement in the assassination. On Feb 9, 2012, Spanish police arrested three men, including Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive for five years after being convicted for the assassination of PM Djindjic.
    (SFC, 4/9/03, p.A7)(AP, 2/10/12)

2003        Mar 18, In Serbia the parliament elected Zoran Zivkovic to replace assassinated PM Zoran Djindjic. Zivkovic promised to continue reforms, fight crime and bring war crimes suspects to justice.
    (SFC, 3/19/03, p.A7)

2003         Mar 19, Serbian lawmakers forced 35 judges into retirement for failing to prosecute underworld bosses.
    (SFC, 3/20/03, p.A15)

2003        Mar 20, In Serbia nearly 1,000 people were arrested in a crackdown on criminal groups following the assassination of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic.
    (AP, 3/20/03)

2003        Mar 24, In Serbia Zvezdan Jovanovic, a deputy commander of the Unit for Special Operations used by the former Yugoslav president during the 1990s wars in Bosnia and Croatia, was arrested for the murder of PM Zoran Djindjic.
    (AP, 3/25/03)

2003        Mar 27, In Serbia Milan Lukovic and Dusan Spasojevic, Zemun Clan leaders and suspects in the Zoran Djindjic assassination, were killed as they resisted arrest.
    (SFC, 3/28/03, p.A12)

2003        Apr 3, Serbia and Montenegro became a member of the Council of Europe.
    (AP, 4/3/03)

2003        Jul 24, Two hand grenades exploded outside a UN police station in northern Kosovo, killing one person and injuring four others.
    (AP, 7/24/03)

2003        Aug 9, Mitar Rasevic, Bosnian Serb prison chief of 37 guards at the KP-Dom detention facility in Foca, surrendered in Belgrade to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. He was wanted on charges of enslavement, torture and murder at the wartime prison.
    (AP, 8/15/03)

2003        Aug 12, The Serbian government said it wants to retake control of Kosovo but pledged to give it "substantial autonomy." Serbia claimed UN officials have failed to establish democracy there.
    (AP, 8/13/03)

2003        Aug 27, Serbia declared Kosovo part of its territory.
    (WSJ, 8/28/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep 7, Goran Markovic's "The Cordon", a film from Serbia and Montenegro about the behavior of policemen during the demonstrations against president Slobodan Milosevic in 1997, won the top prize at the Montreal film festival.
    (Reuters, 9/7/03)

2003        Sep 30, A Serbian police officer went on a shooting spree, killing four of his colleagues and seriously wounding three others.
    (AP, 9/30/03)

2003        Sep, In eastern France a group of masked men burst into a jewelry shop in Belfort, just 25 km (15 miles) from the Swiss border. They snatched 350,000 euros worth of jewelry and watches before fleeing. Police later managed to arrest their Serbian fences, one of whom had a stolen watch on his wrist. In 2013 the thieves were identified following progress in a forensic investigation into traces of blood on one of the glass cabinets, on a cupboard and on a Cartier box. Four Serb nationals were identified as the criminals but remained out of reach for the French justice system because Serbia does not extradite its citizens.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)

2003        Oct 20, Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague, announced the indictment of 4 top Serb generals for alleged crimes in Kosovo.
    (Econ, 10/25/03, p.47)

2003        Oct 27, UN police and NATO-led peacekeepers near Pristina, Serbia, arrested 5 former ethnic Albanian rebels for alleged war crimes in Kosovo.
    (AP, 10/28/03)
2003        Oct 27, Prosecutors in the Netherlands said Momir Nikolic (48), a Bosnian Serb captain who admitted participating in the mass killing of more than 7,000 Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica, should serve up to 20 years in prison.  Nikolic accepted that he was on duty when 80-100 prisoners were decapitated and their corpses loaded onto trucks on July 12, 1995. In 2006 a UN appeals court reduced his 27-year sentence to 20 years.
    (AP, 10/28/03)(AP, 3/8/06)

2003        Nov 13, Svetozar Marovic, Serbia-Montenegro's president, apologized in Sarajevo for the pain his country inflicted upon Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.
    (AP, 11/14/03)
2003        Nov 13, Serbia dissolved its parliament and announced early elections, signaling the collapse of the government three years after the ouster of Slobodan Milosevic. PM Zoran Zivkovic to agree, under pressure from political defectors and Milosevic supporters, to set a new parliamentary vote for Dec. 28, a year ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 11/14/03)

2003        Nov 16, Serbia failed for a 3rd time in just over a year to elect a president because voter turnout was below the 50 percent minimum required by the law. Tomislav Nikolic, head of the nationalist Serbian Radical Party, led the vote.
    (WSJ, 11/13/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/03)(Econ, 11/22/03, p.49)

2003        Dec 4, In eastern Kosovo Sgt. Daryl Brooks (43), a US peacekeeper, was found dead with a gunshot wound in a concrete bunker inside the U.S. military base Camp Monteith.
    (AP, 12/6/03)

2003        Dec 28, In Serbia parliamentary elections Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj, along as well as 2 others indicted for war crimes, contended for seats.
    (SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A18)

2003        Dec 29, In Serbia Vojislav Seselj's Radical Party won weekend elections with 27% of the vote. Nationalists won 82 seats but would have to negotiate with more moderate parties to form a government. The Socialist Party led by Slobodan Milosevic won 22 seats.
    (WSJ, 12/29/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A10)(Econ, 1/3/04, p.35)

2003        US Steel bought a steel plant in Smederevo, Serbia. In January, 2012, under the eurozone crisis and falling demand, US Steel gave the plant back to the government for a symbolic $1. 5400 jobs were at stake.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.60)

2004        Jan 27, Wartime Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic (1991-1992) pleaded guilty to persecution in a plan to ethnically cleanse parts of Croatia of non-Serbs at the outset of the Balkan wars, and expressed "a deep sense of shame" for his crimes. Babic was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/27/04)(WSJ, 6/30/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 1, Kujo Krijestorac (51), a key witness to the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, was gunned down near his Belgrade home.
    (AP, 3/9/04)

2004        Mar 17, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs after blaming them for the drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300 injured.
    (AP, 3/17/04)

2004        Mar 18, Albanians set fire to Serb Orthodox churches in Kosovo as NATO scrambled to deploy up to 1,000 more troops to stifle an explosion of ethnic violence. The death toll reached 31 with hundreds injured in fighting between Serbs and ethnic Albanians as violence continued for a 2nd day.
    (SFC, 3/19/04, p.A13)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.52)

2004        Mar 20, NATO-led forces surrounded Kosovska Mitrovica in efforts to separate ethnic Albanians and Serbs and prevent a resurgence of attacks that killed 28 people and wounded 600. Ethnic Albanians looted villages and apartments abandoned by Serb civilians. Some 110 homes and at least 16 Serb Orthodox churches were destroyed by arson.
    (AP, 3/20/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.47)

2004        Mar 30, Serbian lawmakers awarded salaries, legal fees and other financial perks to former President Slobodan Milosevic and fellow Serbian war crimes suspects being tried by a U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 3/30/04)

2004        Mar 31, The US suspended $26 million in aid to Serbia for refusal to give up war crimes fugitives.
    (WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar, In Japan $31.5 million worth of jewels from an upscale shop in Tokyo were stolen. The jewels have never been found. On Dec 18, 2009, three Serb members of the infamous "Pink Panther" ring of thieves were convicted in Belgrade of Japan's biggest-ever jewel heist, which nabbed treasures including a $27-million (euro19-million) diamond necklace. Dorothy Fasola, a British national, was also named in Japanese police papers as one of the masterminds behind the robbery.
    (AP, 12/18/09)(http://tinyurl.com/yfhxvxz)

2004        Apr 17, Sgt. Maj. Ahmed Mustafa Ibrahim Ali, a Jordanian policeman, shot into a group of U.N. police officers in a prison compound in Kosovo. Two Americans and the Jordanian assailant were killed. 10 U.S. officers and an Austrian were wounded in the gunbattle.
    (AP, 4/18/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A14)

2004        Jun 11, A commission of the government of the Republika Srpska, the Serbian part of Bosnia, finally admitted that Serbian forces were responsible for the 1995 Muslim massacre at Srebrenica.
    (Econ, 6/19/04, p.53)

2004        Jun 13, The race for Serbia's top job produced no outright winner, but left the two top contenders, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic and reformist Boris Tadic, to face each other in a second round of voting in two weeks.
    (AP, 6/14/04)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.53)

2004        Jun 27, Serbia held elections. Pro-Western Boris Tadic led early polls over the ultranationalist candidate, Tomislav Nikolic. Boris Tadic, won 53.5 percent of votes.
    (AP, 6/28/04)

2004        Jun, Soren Jessen-Petersen, a Danish diplomat, became head of the UN mission running Kosovo. He replaced Harri Holkeri, who resigned in the wake of the March violence.
    (Econ, 6/26/04, p.55)

2004        Jul 11, Boris Tadic (46) leader of the Serbian opposition Democratic Party, took office vowing to bring stability to the Balkan republic and push it closer to the EU and NATO.
    (AP, 7/11/04)

2004        Oct 3, Serbs voted for mayors and other municipal posts in runoff elections.
    (AP, 10/3/04)

2004        Oct 5, In Belgrade, Serbia, 2 soldiers were killed guarding the entrance to a secret complex. It was soon revealed that a 2-square-mile complex, dubbed a "concrete underground city" by the local media, had been built deep inside a rocky hill in a residential area in the 1960s on the orders of communist strongman Josip Broz Tito.
    (AP, 11/19/04)

2004        Oct 9, In Serbia Ljubisa Beara, former colonel and the security chief for the Bosnian Serb army's main staff, was arrested. He was accused of genocide for the 1995 mass killing of Muslims in the U.N.-protected zone of Srebrenica.
    (AP, 10/10/04)

2004        Oct 23, Kosovo's Serb minority largely boycotted general elections, dealing a blow to international efforts to create multiethnic harmony in the province. About 1.3 million voters in Kosovo and some 108,000 Kosovo Serbs living in Serbia after fleeing the conflict were eligible to elect representatives to a 120-seat assembly, which will choose a president and a government that holds limited authority. 10 assembly seats are reserved for the Serb minority.
    (AP, 10/24/04)

2004        Dec 3, Ramush Haradinaj (36) was elected prime minister of Kosovo.

2005        Jan 14, In Kosovo a Nigerian UN peacekeeper was killed when his car exploded as he drove to work.
    (WSJ, 1/14/05, p.A1)

2006        Jan, In the Hague Col. Vidoje Blagojevic (56), Bosnian Serb wartime commander of the Bratunac brigade, was convicted of war crimes and complicity in genocide by the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal. In 2007 an appeals panel overturned the charge of complicity in genocide.
    (AP, 5/9/07)   

2005        Feb 22, Montenegro's President Filip Vujanovic and PM Milo Djukanovic proposed the peaceful disintegration of Serbia-Montenegro, suggesting that the two former Yugoslav republics recognize each other as sovereign states.
    (AP, 2/23/05)

2005        Feb 23, Serbia's prime minister and other top officials flatly rejected Montenegro's proposal for a final split of their joint state.
    (AP, 2/23/05)

2005        Feb 24, The Serbian government said retired Bosnian Serb General Milan Gvero surrendered to the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
    (AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/25/05, p.A3)

2005        Mar 2, Former Serbian army chief Gen. Momcilo Perisic, a one-time ally of ex-president Slobodan Milosevic, said that he has been indicted by the UN war crimes court and will surrender next week.
    (AP, 3/3/05)

2005        Mar 8, Kosovo's PM Ramush Haradinaj resigned after being indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for his alleged part in atrocities during the fight against Serb forces.
    (AP, 3/8/05)

2005        Apr 12, An EU feasibility study deemed Serbia and Montenegro worthy to start accession talks.
    (Econ, 4/16/05, p.43)

2005        Jun 2, Serbian police reported the arrest of at least 8 men they say are shown in a 1995 video killing a group of Bosnian Muslim prisoners from Srebrenica.
    (AP, 6/2/05)

2005        Jun 9, The US lifted its freeze on a $10 million aid package for Serbia-Montenegro, saying the Balkan country had shown better cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 6/9/05)

2005        Jul 15, In Serbia a court convicted 4 former members of the Avengers, a Serbian paramilitary force, of abducting 16 Muslims from a bus in October, 1992, and taking them to Bosnia to be tortured and executed. The men in custody, Djordje Sevic and Dragutin Dragicevic, got 15 and 20 years respectively. Two others, Milan Lukic and Oliver Krsmanovic, were on the run and were tried in absentia, and received 20-year jail terms
    (AP, 7/16/05)

2005        Jul 18, Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted and sentenced for the 2000 killing of Ivan Stambolic, former Serbian president who was Milosevic's political rival.
    (AP, 7/18/05)

2005        Aug 27, A drive-by shooting in Kosovo killed two Serbs and wounded two more. Serbia's PM Vojislav Kostunica blamed the shooting on ethnic Albanians.
    (AP, 8/29/05)

2005        Sep 5, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006), linked for decades to the ethnic Albanian majority's anti-Serb struggle, said he has lung cancer, but he pledged to stay in office as the U.N.-run province nears crucial talks on its future.
    (AP, 9/5/05)

2005        Sep 15, In Serbia a judge ordered the arrest of the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for failing to attend her corruption trial in Belgrade.
    (AP, 9/15/05)

2005        Sep 20, Fiat of Italy struck a deal with Zastava of Kragujevac, Serbia, to make up to 16,000 cars a year. Zastava’s arms plant made a recent $3.8 million contract with Iraq. 
    (Econ, 10/1/05, p.47)

2005        Oct 7, Serbia's war crimes prosecutors filed charges against five Serb paramilitaries who appeared in a video showing the execution of six Srebrenica Muslims.
    (AP, 10/7/05)

2005        Oct 21, Lawmakers of Serbia and Montenegro elected Zoran Stankovic (51),  a reported ally of notorious war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, as the new defense minister.
    (AP, 10/21/05)

2005        Oct 26, Serbian police detained nine people on suspicion of taking part in a 1999 massacre of dozens of ethnic Albanians in southwestern Kosovo.
    (AP, 10/26/05)

2005        Nov 1, UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan said he would name Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finish president, as special envoy to start talks on Kosovo’s future.
    (AP, 11/15/05)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.51)

2005        Nov 11, The Hague war crimes tribunal turned up the heat on Serbia, telling it to deliver top fugitive Ratko Mladic by the end of this year or face "excommunication."
    (Reuters, 11/11/05)

2005        Nov 15, The Serbian government unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting independence for Kosovo in UN-mediated talks on the future of the breakaway province expected to begin next month.
    (AP, 11/15/05)

2005        Nov 24, Serbia's president Boris Tadic formally proposed dividing Kosovo between its independence-seeking Albanian majority and a Serb minority as the chief UN mediator met with government officials.
    (AP, 11/25/05)

2005        Nov 30, The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted Fatmir Limaj, a senior officer of the Kosovo Albanian rebels, of torturing and murdering ethnic Serbian and Albanian civilians at a prison camp during the 1998-1999 war. A 2nd defendant, Isak Musliu, was also acquitted, while the third, Haradin Bala, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for executing nine prisoners in the woods in July 1998.
    (AP, 12/01/05)

2006        Jan 3, Serb officials acknowledged that war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic was drawing an army pension until at least mid-November 2005.
    (WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A1)

2006        Jan 19, Dragan Vasiljkovic, a Serbian-Australian man accused of ordering the torture of Croats during the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia, was arrested in Sydney. Authorities said Vasiljkovic trained and commanded a unit of the Croatian Serb special forces known as the "Kninjas." At the time, the rebels were engaged in a major campaign of ethnic cleansing, forcing tens of thousands of local Croats to flee their homes.
    (Reuters, 1/20/06)

2006        Jan 21, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova (61), the ethnic Albanian leader and embodiment of the province's decades-long struggle for independence from Serbia, died of lung cancer.
    (AP, 1/21/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.84)

2006        Jan 26, Serbian police arrested Jovo Djogo, the former chief of security for Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, over suspicions he is helping the war crimes fugitive avoid justice. Djogo was a close aide to the Bosnian Serb political and military leadership from the start of the former Yugoslav republic's 1992-1995 war.
    (AFP, 1/28/06)

2006        Jan 31, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a grim assessment of Kosovo's progress toward stability, saying in a report that the region had fallen behind in efforts to create a multiethnic and democratic society.
    (AP, 1/31/06)

2006        Feb 6, John Sawyers, political director of the British foreign office, told a group of Kosovo Serbs that the contact group of 5 western countries plus Russia had decided that Kosovo should have independence.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.50)

2006        Feb 10, Kosovo lawmakers elected Fatmir Sejdiu (54), a moderate new president, paving the way for the start of talks on the province's future status.
    (AP, 2/10/06)

2006        Feb 16, Serbia rejected European Union's guidelines for an independence vote in Montenegro, increasing tensions within the troubled Balkan state.
    (AP, 2/16/06)

2006        Feb 20, UN mediated talks on the future status of Kosovo opened in Vienna as Serbs and ethnic Albanians staked out tough positions. The talks produced no agreement and were scheduled to resume in a month.
    (AP, 2/21/06)

2006        Feb 22, Serb security officials insisted that top war crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic had been located and that authorities were trying to persuade him to give himself up.
    (AP, 2/22/06)

2006        Feb 27, EU foreign ministers threatened to freeze talks with Serbia on its membership bid, setting a March deadline for Belgrade to hand over war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In the Netherlands the International Court of Justice heard arguments by Bosnia accusing Serbia of genocide, the first time a state has faced trial for humanity's worst crime.
    (AP, 2/27/06)

2006        Mar 1, Kosovo PM Bajram Kosumi resigned, days after the start of crucial talks on whether the province will gain full independence or remain part of Serbia.
    (AP, 3/2/06)

2006        Mar 2, Kosovo's president, Fatmir Sejdiu, issued a statement calling on Lt. Gen. Agim Ceku (44), a former leader of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, to become prime minister and form a new government.
    (AP, 3/2/06)

2006        Mar 5, Milan Babic (50), the Serb leader of a rebel republic in Croatia and one of the key figures in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, committed suicide in prison in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 3/6/06)

2006        Mar 10, Kosovo's parliament elected Agim Ceku (45), a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander, as the new PM. Ceku said that anything short of independence from Serbia was "out of the question," but emphasized after his election that respect for the province's Serb minority would be a priority for his government.
    (AP, 3/10/06)

2006        Mar 11, In the Netherlands former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic (b.1941), the so-called "butcher of the Balkans" being tried for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed during his country's breakup, was found dead in his prison cell. Milosevic spent nearly five years at a UN detention facility in Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague. An autopsy showed that he died of a heart attack. A Dutch toxicologist said he took unprescribed pills that neutralized heart medication.
    (SFC, 3/13/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A1)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.83)

2006        Mar 17, In Vienna, Austria, ethnic Albanian and Serbian officials laid out their demands at UN-mediated talks on the future of Kosovo, one of the most intractable disputes left over from the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 3/17/06)

2006        Mar 18, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic's body arrived in his hometown for burial after a farewell ceremony in Belgrade that drew at least 80,000 admirers in a strong show of Serb nationalism.
    (AP, 3/18/06)

2006        Mar 29, Serbs in northern Kosovo warned the UN that the province would split in two if the Albanian majority clinches independence in talks this year.
    (Reuters, 3/29/06)

2006        Mar 31, The EU gave Serbia an extra month to hand over genocide suspect Ratko Mladic or face suspension of its talks on closer EU ties, after being reassured of progress in the manhunt.
    (AFP, 3/31/06)

2006        Apr 3, Negotiations in Vienna on the future of Kosovo appeared to founder as UN mediators struggled to overcome Serb demands for autonomy within the majority Albanian territory.
    (AP, 4/3/06)

2006        Apr 13, The Danube reached record-high levels in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, flooding fertile farmland as authorities in southeastern Europe considered ordering evacuations.
    (AP, 4/13/06)

2006        Apr 14, Mahmut Bakalli (70), Kosovo's communist-era leader, died of throat cancer. He lead the disputed province's communists in the late 1970s and early 1980s, stepping down following disagreements with the central body of the Yugoslav Communist Party over the handling of unrest by ethnic Albanian students.
    (AP, 4/14/06)

2006        Apr 30, Serbia braced for suspension of EU aid and trade talks as deadline expired for the arrest of war-crimes fugitive Ratco Mladic.
    (WSJ, 5/2/06, p.A1)

2006        May 3, The European Union suspended aid and trade talks with Serbia after Belgrade failed to deliver fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 5/3/06)

2006        May 21, Montenegro voted by a slim margin to secede from Serbia and form a separate nation, erasing the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia. More than 55 percent of Montenegrins voted for independence.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.47)(AP, 5/22/06)(AFP, 7/19/18)

2006        May 23, Serbia's president said he recognized the results of the independence vote in Montenegro that will separate the tiny Adriatic republic from its union with Serbia.
    (AP, 5/23/06)

2006        May 29, In Serbia an explosion ripped through a chemical plant near Belgrade, killing at least four people and injuring three. Police sealed off the Prva Iskra chemical factory, which produces explosives as well as toxic hydrofluoric acid, used as a component for household detergents.
    (AP, 5/29/06)

2006        Jun 3, The body of Zoran Vukojevic, a key witness in the trial of the alleged assassins of Serbia's first democratic prime minister since World War II, was found outside Belgrade. Vukojevic, a member of so-called Zemun Clan criminal group accused of plotting PM Zoran Djindjic's 2003 killing, had testified in 2004 against his fellow gang members. Police also discovered the body of another Zemun Clan member, Zoran Povic, in central Belgrade.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 3, Montenegro's parliament declared independence from Serbia, forming Europe's newest country and dissolving the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/3/06)

2006        Jun 5, Serbian lawmakers proclaimed their republic a sovereign state after Montenegro decided to split from a union and dissolve the remnants of what was once Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/5/06)

2006        Jun 9, Bosnia's war crimes court said it would deliver Serb war crimes suspect Dragan Zelenovic to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague after he was handed over to Sarajevo by Russia. Zelenovic, a former policeman, was wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for atrocities committed against non-Serbs in the eastern Foca region during the 1992-95 war.
    (AP, 6/9/06)

2006        Jun 15, The Serbian government recognized newly independent Montenegro, and said it would establish diplomatic ties with its former partner.
    (AP, 6/15/06)

2006        Jun 23, In Serbia a popular Belgrade newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying top war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic had suffered "his third stroke" and was in grave condition, near death.
    (AP, 6/23/06)

2006        Jul 14, In Serbia criminal charges were filed against 9 people accused of helping UN war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic evade justice. The 9 were indicted for "hiding and helping hide Mladic although they knew that he was charged" with war crimes.
    (AP, 7/14/06)

2006        Jul 17, A Serbian court issued an international arrest warrant for the widow of former President Slobodan Milosevic, who now lives in Moscow.
    (AP, 7/17/06)

2006        Jul 24, Kosovo formally made its pitch for independence in Vienna, Austria, face-to-face with Serbia at their 1st top-level talks since NATO bombs drove Serb forces from the province in 1999.
    (AP, 7/24/06)

2006        Jul 31, Serbia’s PM Vojislav Kostunica said in published remarks that Serbia will reject independence as a solution for Kosovo and continue to consider the province part of its territory.
    (AP, 7/31/06)

2006        Aug 10, In Serbia a panel of international judges convicted and sentenced Selim Krasniqi and two other former rebel fighters to 7 years in prison for detaining and beating fellow ethnic Albanians who allegedly collaborated with Serb authorities during the 1998 Kosovo war.
    (AP, 8/10/06)

2006        Sep 12, Serbia toughened its stand on Kosovo as parliament decided that a planned new constitution would refer to the disputed province as an "integral" part of Serbia, regardless of U.N.-led negotiations on whether to grant it independence.
    (AP, 9/12/06)

2006        Sep 30, Serbia's parliament approved a new constitution declaring UN-run Kosovo part of the Balkan state despite ongoing negotiations on the breakaway province's future.
    (AP, 9/30/06)

2006        Oct 1, A reformist party pulled out of Serbia's ruling coalition because of the government's failure to capture war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic, which led to the suspension of talks on joining the European Union.
    (AP, 10/1/06)

2006        Oct 8, The ultranationalist Radicals, Serbia's strongest party, unanimously re-elected war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj as their leader and vowed to protect Serbia's national interests if they take power. The Radicals top polls with around 35% support but are not strong enough to form a government alone and are very short of likely allies.
    (AP, 10/8/06)

2006        Oct 28, Serbia began a weekend referendum on a proposed constitution that reasserts the nation's claim to the Kosovo region, whose status is under negotiation at international talks.
    (AP, 10/28/06)

2006        Oct 29, Serbia flirted with political crisis as a referendum to approve its first constitution since the socialist era of Slobodan Milosevic hovered on the brink of failure because of voter apathy. Serbia's top leaders said that voters approved a new constitution reasserting Serbia's claim over the UN-administered Kosovo province. Serbia's opposition Liberal Party charged there was "massive fraud" at polling stations in the final hours of voting, with people allegedly voting several times and without identification papers.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 10/30/06)

2006        Nov 8, Serbia's parliament formally adopted a new constitution reasserting Serbia's claim over Kosovo and ruling out possible independence for the predominantly ethnic Albanian province.
    (AP, 11/8/06)

2006        Nov 10, The UN announced it would postpone a decision on the future status of Serbia's breakaway Kosovo province, hours after Serbia said it would hold an early general election in January.
    (AP, 11/10/06)

2006        Nov 29, NATO leaders finished a two-day summit without agreement on some members' refusal to send troops into combat in Afghanistan's most dangerous regions. NATO vowed to give its troubled mission in Afghanistan the "forces, resources and flexibility needed" to tackle increasingly ferocious Taliban fighters. Leaders invited Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina to join a program considered a first step toward eventual membership, but urged Serbia and Bosnia to fully cooperate with the UN war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 11/29/06)(AFP, 11/29/06)

2006        Dec 2, About 30,000 Serbs protested in front of the United States embassy in defense of Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, now 22 days into a hunger strike at The Hague's war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 12/2/06)

2006        Dec 8, Vojislav Seselj, a Serb war crimes suspect, ended his nearly monthlong hunger strike after UN Yugoslav tribunal judges allowed him to conduct his own defense.
    (AP, 12/8/06)

2006        Iain King and Whit Mason authored “Peace at any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo." The book analyzed NATO’s intervention in Kosovo since 1999.
    (Econ, 9/23/06, p.94)
2006        The Gorani, a Kosovo minority in the southern Gora region between Albania and Macedonia, saw their population drop from about 18,000 at the beginning of the war in Kosovo to some 8,000. The people were mainly Muslims and spoke a language close to Serbian and Macedonian.
    (Econ, 11/4/06, p.60)
2006        The US Ohio national guard began helping in a training program for the Serbian army.
    (Econ, 10/24/09, p.64)

2007        Jan 21, Serbs voted in parliamentary elections that could determine whether the troubled Balkan nation will continue with pro-Western reform or return to its nationalist past.
    (AP, 1/21/07)

2007        Jan 22, Voting results in Serbia indicated that the ultra-nationalist Radicals won the most votes in parliamentary elections, but several pro-democratic groups collected enough seats to form a new government if they can unite. Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Radical Party, was on trial before the UN wars crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (AP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.49)

2007        Feb 2, UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari unveiled his long-awaited plan for Kosovo, a proposal recommending internationally supervised statehood for the contested province where separatists fought a bloody war with Serbia in the late 1990s.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)

2007        Feb 9, The United Nations agreed to a Serbian request to delay final talks on the fate of breakaway Kosovo province by a week to give Belgrade time to appoint delegates.
    (Reuters, 2/9/07)

2007        Feb 10, UN police in Kosovo fired teargas and rubber bullets during clashes with ethnic Albanians protesting against a UN plan on the fate of the breakaway Serbian province.
    (Reuters, 2/10/07)

2007        Feb 11, In Kosovo 2 protesters injured the previous day in violent clashes with police died of their wounds.
    (AP, 2/11/07)

2007        Feb 14, Serbia's parliament overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan that would give virtual independence to the breakaway province of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/14/07)

2007        Feb 16, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted of killing four people in an attack against a prominent opposition leader who survived.
    (AP, 2/16/07)

2007        Feb 26, The United Nations' highest court exonerated Serbia of direct responsibility for the mass slaughter of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, but ruled that it failed to prevent genocide.
    (AP, 2/26/07)

2007        Mar 5, Kosovo's former PM Ramush Haradinaj went on trial in the Netherlands at the UN tribunal on war crimes charges related to his time as a guerrilla leader in the war against Serb forces between 1998-99. Haradinaj, a former regional commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), resigned as prime minister in 2005 after being indicted for murder, rape and torture allegedly committed by forces under his command.
    (Reuters, 3/5/07)

2007        Mar 10, Serbia called on the United Nations to reject a Western-backed proposal for the independence of Kosovo as Serbs and Albanians ended a year of talks in Austria on the fate of the breakaway province.
    (AP, 3/10/07)

2007        Mar 13, In Serbia former customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key aide to late President Slobodan Milosevic, was charged for allegedly siphoning off millions of dollars of state money.
    (AP, 3/17/07)

2007        Mar 26, A report by a special envoy for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended independence for Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, supervised by the international community.
    (AP, 3/26/07)

2007        Apr 5, Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a UN plan that proposes internationally supervised independence for the disputed province.
    (AP, 4/5/07)

2007        Apr 10, In Serbia 4 paramilitaries seen in a video gunning down Bosnian Muslims near Srebrenica in 1995 were convicted of war crimes against civilians by Serbia's War Crimes Court.
    (AP, 4/10/07)

2007        May 5, Hundreds of burly former militiamen from the Balkan wars regrouped outside a church in central Serbia, promising to fight together as a paramilitary unit once more if Kosovo breaks away from the government in Belgrade.
    (AP, 5/5/07)

2007        May 8, In Serbia an ally of late President Slobodan Milosevic was elected as the new parliament speaker, signaling a return of ultranationalists to power in the Balkan country.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 12, Russia said that it could not accept elements of a draft UN resolution on Kosovo worked out by the US and EU nations, maintaining its strong opposition to a Western-backed plan for the Serbian province's independence.
    (AP, 5/12/07)

2007        May 13, A Serbian ultranationalist resigned as parliament speaker after only five days in the post, averting immediate fears that the country was returning to its warmongering past.
    (AP, 5/14/07)

2007        May 15, Serbia's parliament approved a new pro-democracy government, overcoming efforts by anti-Western ultranationalists to derail the vote and force new elections.
    (AP, 5/16/07)

2007        May 23, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander and 11 other men were convicted and sentenced in the assassination of Serbia's first democratically elected prime minister, Zoran Djindjic.
    (AP, 5/23/07)

2007        May 31, Serbia arrested Zdravko Tolimir, one of six Serb war crimes suspects still at large. He was picked up in Belgrade and officially arrested in the Serb part of Bosnia.
    (Econ, 6/9/07, p.60)

2007        Jun 5, Serbian authorities began excavating what appeared to be a mass grave, at an abandoned quarry on a border zone between Serbia and Kosovo, containing the bodies of more than 350 Kosovo Albanians. Witnesses reported seeing four trucks unload bodies in the area of Raska, near the border with Kosovo in 1999 during a Serbian crackdown. A 3-day search yielded no human remains.
    (AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/8/07)

2007        Jun 12, In the Netherlands the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Milan Martic (52), a wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs, of murder, torture and persecution and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign of non-Serbs in Croatia.
    (AP, 6/12/07)

2007        Jun 17, Authorities in Montenegro arrested Vlastimir Djordjevic, Serbia's assistant interior minister and chief of the Public Security Department (1997-2001), wanted for murder and persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (AP, 6/17/07)

2007        Jul 11, Serbia rejected a new US-backed UN draft resolution on Kosovo, saying it would only lead to the province's independence.
    (AP, 7/11/07)

2007        Jul 12, France told Serbia its EU bid depends on letting Kosovo break away.
    (WSJ, 1/13/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 18, Bosnia's war crimes court acquitted Momcilo Mandic, the most senior ethnic Serb official indicted by Bosnian authorities, of all charges related to crimes during the 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 7/18/07)

2007        Jul 20, Rade Terzic, Serbia's former state prosecutor, was arrested on suspicion he belonged to a criminal gang linked to former President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 7/20/07)

2007        Jul 25, The UN governor in Kosovo called on major powers to set a clear roadmap to the final status of Serbia's breakaway province, whose independence bid is blocked by Russia. Serbia warned the US and the EU not to recognize Kosovo's independence without UN consent, saying that would prompt an immediate response from Serbian authorities and could destabilize the region.
    (AP, 7/25/07)

2007        Jul 28, Serbian police arrested Nikola Radosavljevic (38), a man suspected of killing 9 people and injuring another two in a shooting spree hours earlier in an eastern Serbian village.
    (AP, 7/28/07)

2007        Aug 1, It was reported that more than 100 Serbian Gypsies have crossed the border illegally into neighboring Romania in recent days and filed applications for asylum claiming they were subject to abuse and attacks in Serbia.
    (AP, 8/1/07)

2007        Aug 4, Serbian police exchanged fire with uniformed gunmen in an ethnic Albanian area of southern Serbia bordering the breakaway Kosovo province. One person was killed.
    (Reuters, 8/5/07)

2007        Aug 17, Serbia said it was time to return its security forces to Kosovo, a move that could derail last-ditch talks on the fate of the Albanian-majority territory before they begin.
    (Reuters, 8/17/07)

2007        Aug 30, Kosovo's PM Agim Ceku vowed to declare independence unilaterally if internationally brokered talks do not "open a way for us," staking out a tough position as the latest round of negotiations began in Vienna.
    (AP, 8/30/07)

2007        Aug 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said  Russia will accept a partition of Serbia's Kosovo province if that is the solution agreed by Belgrade and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority. Both Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians have said they oppose partition but they have shown no sign of reaching agreement on the central issue of independence for Kosovo.
    (Reuters, 8/31/07)

2007        Sep 12, Serbia warned the EU it would not accept any decision on Kosovo taken outside the UN, and its ally Russia told the US to stop backing Kosovo independence while talks continue.
    (AP, 9/12/07)

2007        Sep 22, Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica warned the United States, NATO and Kosovo Albanians they would be responsible for devastating consequences if they "snatch" Kosovo and declare it independent.
    (AP, 9/22/07)

2007        Sep 24, A powerful blast ripped through a shopping mall in the center of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, killing two and injuring 10 others.
    (AP, 9/24/07)

2007        Sep 27, A UN tribunal convicted Mile Mrksic (60), a Serb army officer, of clearing the way for the torture and killing of 194 Croats seized from a hospital in a 1991 massacre. Veselin Sljivancanin (54), the area's chief security officer, was sentenced to five years for failing to protect the Croats from beatings and torture by the local Serb paramilitary forces and Territorial Defense units. Officer Miroslav Radic (45) was acquitted of any wrongdoing.
    (AP, 9/27/07)(WSJ, 9/28/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 28, Representatives of Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians opened the first face-to-face talks on the future of the breakaway Serbian province with international mediators in NYC.
    (Reuters, 9/28/07)

2007        Oct 7, Serbian police detained 56 neo-Nazis who defied a ban and demonstrated to demand the contested province of Kosovo remain part of the Serbia.
    (AP, 10/8/07)

2007        Oct 14, Serb and Kosovo Albanian officials agreed on a new round of talks later this month to try to break a deadlock over the future of the breakaway Serb province.
    (AP, 10/14/07)

2007        Nov 17, Front-runner and former rebel and Hashim Thaci pledged independence for Kosovo as the breakaway province voted for a new parliament in an election shunned by Serbs bitterly opposed to its secession. With most votes counted, opposition leader Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo led with 35 percent. Kosovo’s Serbs were told to boycott the election. Only 40-45% of Kosovar Albanians turned up to vote.
    (Reuters, 11/17/07)(AP, 11/18/07)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.58)

2007        Nov 28, Kosovo stood firm in its demand for independence after 3 days of talks, pushing the issue to the UN Security Council.
    (WSJ, 11/29/07, p.A1)

2007        Dec 7, NATO ministers pledged to keep their KFOR peace force in Kosovo at current strength as the Serbian province heads towards independence and to make more troops available as necessary to deal with any violence.
    (AP, 12/7/07)

2007        Dec 10, Kosovo Albanian leaders said they will start immediate talks with Western backers towards an independence declaration as the EU came closer to unity in support of the province's drive to secede from Serbia. Thousands of wildly cheering pro-independence demonstrators marched through Pristina, as a sense of euphoria swept the breakaway province preparing to gain statehood early next year.
    (AP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/11/07)

2007        Dec 12, The UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague sentenced former Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic (b.1942) to 33 years imprisonment for the shelling of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, one of the court's toughest sentences. In 2009 UN judges trimmed the sentence from 33 to 29 years but upheld his convictions for leading troops who terrorized Sarajevo with a deadly rain of shells and sniper bullets.
    (AP, 12/12/07)(AP, 11/12/09)

2007        Dec 14, EU leaders held a formal meeting in Brussels, where they agreed in principle to send 1,800 policemen, judges and officials to Kosovo. They also agreed to set up a reflection group to think about challenges facing the EU between 2020 and 2030.
    (Econ, 12/22/07, p.87)

2007        Dec 26, Serbia's parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that threatens to halt the country's integration into the European Union and cut off diplomatic ties with Western countries if they recognize Kosovo's independence.
    (AP, 12/27/07)

2008        Jan 4, Kosovo's legislators were sworn in at the first session of a new parliament that is widely expected to declare independence from Serbia early this year.
    (AP, 1/4/08)

2008        Jan 7, Kosovo's rival parties struck a power-sharing deal to form a government that is expected to declare independence from Serbia this year.
    (AP, 1/7/08)

2008        Jan 9, Hashim Thaci (39), a former rebel leader, was elected Kosovo's prime minister, vowing that the province is only weeks away from independence and calling on Serbia to give up its claim to the territory.
    (AP, 1/9/08)

2008        Jan 14, The Serbian government said has adopted a secret plan to implement "in case of a unilateral declaration of independence" by Kosovo.
    (Reuters, 1/14/08)

2008        Jan 16, Russia warned Kosovo's leaders that if they declare independence the territory will never become a member of the UN or other international political institutions.
    (AP, 1/16/08)

2008        Jan 20, Serbia held presidential elections. A pro-Western and a nationalist candidate faced off in a closely contested race. The electoral commission, giving preliminary results after counting 30% of ballots, said that so far Radical Party leader Tomislav Nikolic had 38% support, while incumbent Boris Tadic% had 35 percent. Both Tadic and Nikolic reject independence for Kosovo, but Nikolic, unlike the current president, has promised tough measures against countries that recognize Kosovo's statehood.
    (AP, 1/20/08)

2008        Jan 22, Serbia agreed to a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project as part of an energy deal with Russia. This would boost Moscow’s control over gas supplies to Europe.
    (WSJ, 1/23/08, p.A4)

2008        Feb 3, Serbs voted in a knife-edge presidential election that could decide whether their country turns its back on the West in response to the imminent loss of the breakaway province of Kosovo. Boris Tadic took 50.5% of votes cast to beat nationalist Tomislav Nikolic by about 100,000 votes.
    (AP, 2/3/08)(Reuters, 2/4/08)

2008        Feb 4, In Serbia Boris Tadic celebrated his re-election as president by pledging to stay on a pro-Western course despite nationalist anger over a looming declaration of independence by Kosovo province.
    (AP, 2/4/08)
2008        Feb 4, EU nations gave preliminary approval to plans to send a 1,800-strong policing and administration mission to Kosovo to replace the current UN mission.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2008        Feb 5, Serbia's coalition government was on the verge of collapse over the European Union's plans to send a mission to Kosovo province.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2008        Feb 13, Vuk Obradovic (61), a former Yugoslav army general who was one of the opposition leaders who toppled strongman Slobodan Milosevic, died.
    (AP, 2/13/08)

2008        Feb 14, Serbia's government proclaimed that any unilateral act by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership to declare independence would be invalid and illegal.
    (AP, 2/14/08)

2008        Feb 15, Serbia's newly re-elected president Boris Tadic pledged at his inauguration that he would never stop fighting against independence for Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/15/08)

2008        Feb 16, The EU gave the final approval for the deployment of a 1,800-member policing and administration mission in Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/16/08)

2008        Feb 17, Kosovo declared itself a nation, mounting a historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the US and key European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia. Kosovo’s parliament approved a new flag, a blue background with a yellow map of the Connecticut-sized province. Russia denounced Kosovo's independence declaration and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, underlining its opposition.
    (AP, 2/17/08)(SFC, 2/18/08, p.A13)

2008        Feb 19, Serbs set off sporadic explosions and torched checkpoints between Serbia and Kosovo to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence and international recognition of the new nation.
    (AP, 2/19/08)

2008        Feb 21, In Serbia protesters, outraged at US support for Kosovo, stormed the US Embassy in Belgrade and set part of it on fire. Zoran Vujovic (21) died in the fire and 150 people were injured. Police arrested almost 200 rioters involved in the protests.
    (SSFC, 2/24/08, p.A4)(WSJ, 2/25/08, p.A1)

2008        Feb 22, Serbs protesting Kosovo's independence for a fifth straight day Friday attacked UN police guarding a key bridge in northern Kosovo with stones, glass bottles and firecrackers.
    (AP, 2/22/08)

2008        Feb 23, In northern Kosovo up to 2,000 Serb protesters chanting "Kosovo is Serbia!" marched through Kosovska Mitrovica, an ethnically divided town, in a sixth day of demonstrations against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
    (AP, 2/23/08)(SFC, 2/23/08, p.A3)

2008        Feb 25, Up to 2,000 Serb protesters rallied against Kosovo's independence in the new nation's tense north, a few setting fire to EU flags in what has become a daily challenge following the country's secession from Serbia.
    (AP, 2/25/08)

2008        Feb 29, Hundreds of Serb police in Kosovo vowed not to follow the orders of the Albanian-dominated force after the territory split from Serbia.
    (AP, 2/29/08)

2008        Mar 5, The EU urged Serbia to make clear it saw its future with Europe and laid out incentives on visas, education and transport to try to boost the bloc's image in the Balkans.
    (AP, 3/5/08)

2008        Mar 6, Serbia's tottering coalition government voted down a bid by nationalist PM Vojislav Kostunica to rule out any deal with the EU until it revokes the independence of Kosovo.
    (AP, 3/6/08)

2008        Mar 8, Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica announced his resignation, saying his government was no longer functioning because of disunity in the coalition.
    (Reuters, 3/8/08)

2008        Mar 10, The coalition government of Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica was formally dissolved, opening the way for an early parliamentary election.
    (AP, 3/10/08)

2008        Mar 11, Serbia and Russia demanded that the UN administration in Kosovo halt the transfer of authority to the European Union, calling a handover illegal and declaring they will never recognize the independence of the Serb province.
    (AP, 3/12/08)

2008        Mar 13, Serbian President Boris Tadic disbanded parliament and called an early general election for May 11.
    (AP, 3/13/08)

2008        Mar 14, Hundreds of Serbs stormed a UN courthouse in northern Kosovo, took control of the site, and raised a Serbian flag.
    (WSJ, 3/15/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 17, UN forces pulling Serb demonstrators from a UN courthouse were attacked by hundreds of furious protesters who massed outside, setting off an hours-long battle with rocks, grenades and live ammunition. One UN policeman was killed.
    (AP, 3/17/08)(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 18, Canada formally recognized the breakaway republic of Kosovo, a decision Serbia said was a major mistake that could encourage separatists in the province of Quebec.
    (Reuters, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 19, Kosovo independence was recognized by Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary.
    (WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 23, Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica accused NATO peacekeepers and UN police of using "snipers and banned ammunition" to quell a Serb riot against Kosovo's independence.
    (AP, 3/23/08)

2008        Mar 25, Director Koichiro Matsuura said that Visegrad’s Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic bridge, a 16th century stone bridge over the Drina River that links Bosnia and Serbia, has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. A ceremony in Sarajevo marked the event.
    (AP, 3/26/08)

2008        Apr 29, EU nations signed a premembership trade-and-aid pact with Serbia to help pro-Western parties win elections. The deal would only be implemented if Belgrade fully cooperates with the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal.
    (WSJ, 4/30/08, p.A11)

2008        May 11, A divided Serbia voted in a parliamentary election that gave its people the stark choice of entering or rebuffing the EU after the trauma of losing Kosovo. Voting went ahead in Kosovo despite opposition from the UN and Kosovo Albanians, who see the polls as an illegal attempt by Serbia to partition the breakaway territory. Boris Tadic claimed victory saying his bloc had won 39% of the vote.
    (AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A9)

2008        May 12, Serbia's pro-European alliance sought a coalition deal with smaller parties on to stave off a challenge from nationalist runners-up who say they too can form a government after Sunday's parliamentary election. With about 98% of votes counted, the Democratic Party had 38.75% and the nationalist Radical Party 29.2%.
    (Reuters, 5/12/08)

2008        Jun 11, Serbian police arrested Stojan Zupljanin (57), a Bosnian Serb police commander during the 1992-95 civil war, and one of the four remaining war crimes fugitives wanted by the UN tribunal in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 6/11/08)

2008        Jun 19, Serbia's Supreme Court sentenced Radomir Markovic, late strongman Slobodan Milosevic's security chief, to 40 years in prison for organizing a deadly attack on a prominent dissident. He was convicted of trying to kill opposition leader Vuk Draskovic in October 1999.
    (AP, 6/19/08)

2008        Jun 21, Serb authorities turned over an ex-Bosnian Serb police chief to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands. Stojan Zupljanin was arrested in the town of Pancevo last week after nine years on the run.
    (AP, 6/21/08)

2008        Jul 7, Serbia's parliament approved a new government that includes a pro-Western group and the political party of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 7/8/08)

2008        Jul 11, In Serbia a bus carrying Polish tourists overturned north of Belgrade, killing six people and injuring nearly 40.
    (AP, 7/11/08)

2008        Jul 21, Radovan Karadzic (63), the wartime leader of Bosnian Serbs, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb. A judge ordered his transfer to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (AP, 7/22/08)

2008        Jul 30, Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sat in a UN jail cell after being flown to the Netherlands in the dead of night to face charges of genocide against Muslims and Croats during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
    (AP, 7/30/08)

2008        Aug 5, Serbia's war crimes prosecutor's office indicted Branko Grujic and Branko Popovic in the 1992 killing of about 700 Muslims in eastern Bosnia. The killings took place near the town of Zvornik on the border with Bosnia.
    (AP, 8/5/08)

2008        Aug 20, Serbian publisher BeoBook said it has withdrawn a controversial book by American writer Sherry Jones because of protests from the local Islamic community. The book "Jewel of Medina" is about Aisha, one of the Prophet Muhammad's wives.
    (AP, 8/20/08)

2008        Sep 9, Serbian lawmakers ratified a pre-membership agreement with the EU and an oil and gas deal with Russia after months of heated debate over the direction of the country's policies.
    (AP, 9/9/08)

2008        Oct 9, Montenegro and Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence, despite opposition from Serbia, which called the moves by its Balkan neighbors a betrayal and expelled the Montenegrin ambassador from Belgrade.
    (AP, 10/9/08)

2008        Oct 10, Serbia expelled the Macedonian ambassador, reflecting its fury over the recognition of Kosovo's independence by its closest neighbors.
    (AP, 10/10/08)

2008        Oct 28, In Serbia Miladin Kovacevic (21) was detained on suspicion that he "inflicted severe bodily harm" on Bryan Steinhauer during the fight in a bar in upstate New York last May. Steinhauer (22) only recently emerged from a coma. In 2010 prosecutors filed assault charges against Kovacevic.
    (AP, 10/28/08)(AP, 3/2/10)

2008        Nov 1, Malaysia defended its recognition of Kosovo as an independent state, a move that caused Serbia to expel the Southeast Asian nation's ambassador.
    (AP, 11/1/08)

2008        Dec 23, Kosovo threatened to ban products coming from Serbia if Belgrade does not reverse its policy of blocking goods that carry a customs stamp from its former province.
    (AP, 12/23/08)

2008        Dec 26, Serbia arrested 10 former Kosovo Albanian guerrilla fighters suspected of involvement in killings and abductions in the former Serbian province of Kosovo in 1999.
    (AP, 12/26/08)

2008        Dec, Serbia sold its state oil monopoly NIS to Russia’s Gazprom at a discount. Officials expected the payoff would be a steady fuel supply. In January gas supplies to Serbia stopped as Russia halted deliveries via Ukraine.
    (SFC, 1/12/09, p.A6)

2008        Carla Del Ponte, a Swiss prosecutor, authored (with Chuck Sudetic) “Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity." It covered her 8 years chasing Balkan war criminals. In 2009 this Italian edition was made available in English.
    (Econ, 1/24/09, p.88)
2008        The assets of Zastava, a Serbian maker of Yugo cars and Kalashnikov rifles, were transferred to a new company, Fiat Automobili Srbija (FAS).
    (Econ, 11/2/13, p.70)
2008        Serbian military exports this year were worth about $200 million. This amount was doubled in 2010.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.51)

2009        Jan 28, In Serbia the editor of a popular liberal radio show, critical of Serb nationalism, said attackers have disrupted the broadcasts of Pescanik (Hourglass) and hacked into its Web site.
    (AP, 1/28/09)

2009        Feb 11, Judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal voted to suspend the trial of ultranationalist Serb leader Vojislav Seselj after the prosecution said its case was being undermined by witness intimidation. The decision came after 71 prosecution witnesses had already been heard and with only a handful still to testify.
    (AP, 2/11/09)

2009        Feb 26,  At The Hague UN judges in the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted former Serb President Milan Milutinovic of ordering a deadly campaign of terror by Serb forces against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. The court convicted five other senior Serbs and gave them prison sentences of between 15 and 22 years. The marathon trial started July 10, 2006.
    (AP, 2/26/09)

2009        Mar 12, Serbia’s war crimes court convicted 13 Serbs of war crimes for the execution style killings of some 200 Croats in 1991 during the Balkan conflicts. 7 former soldiers received the maximum 20-year sentence.
    (SFC, 3/13/09, p.A2)

2009        Mar 26, Serbian lawmakers approved a law against discrimination due to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other factors despite opposition from conservatives, including the Serbian Orthodox Church, and nationalists.
    (AP, 3/26/09)

2009        Apr 23, In Serbia a war crimes court found four former Serbian policemen guilty of the massacre of 48 Kosovo Albanians and sentenced them to up to 20 years in prison. The verdict said the defendants rounded up members of one Kosovo Albanian family in their village of Suva Reka in March 1999, killing several men with machine-gun fire before forcing the rest into a pizza restaurant and throwing hand-grenades at them.
    (AP, 4/23/09)

2009        May 22, Serbian authorities said they will investigate a drug rehab facility sponsored by the Serbian Orthodox Church after the publication of a video showing one of the patients being severely beaten with a shovel by Orthodox priest Branislav Peranovic. On May 27 Peranovic was removed from his job leading the Crna Reka center in southern Serbia. On May 29 an employee of the center, shown in another video punching a patient with brass knuckles, was charged by police.
    (AP, 5/22/09)(AP, 5/27/09)

2009        Jun 23, Serbia's war crimes court convicted Damir Sireta, a Croatian Serb man, for the execution-style killings in Vukovar of some 200 Croatian prisoners of war in 1991 during the Balkan conflict. Sireta was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/23/09)

2009        Jun 26, Serbian prosecutors filed war crimes charges against 17 former Kosovo guerrillas for the alleged murder, rape and torture of Serb civilians. The suspects were charged in connection with the kidnapping of 159 Serbs and the deaths of at least 51 of them in the eastern Kosovo town of Gnjilane in the wake of Kosovo's 1998-99 war.
    (AP, 6/26/09)

2009        Jul 16, In Egypt 8 Serb tourists and 3 Egyptians were killed when a truck on the wrong side of the road hit their coach head-on along Egypt's Red Sea coast.
    (AP, 7/16/09)

2009        Sep 3, In central Serbia a series of explosions at an underground ammunition factory in Uzice killed at least seven people and injured 15.
    (AP, 9/4/09)

2009        Sep 14, Finance Minister Diana Dragutinovic said Serbia will have to lay off about one-fifth of its government employees, 14,000 people, to meet conditions set by the International Monetary Fund to receive more financial aid. A trade union representing state employees has already announced strikes if the layoffs are carried out.
    (AP, 9/14/09)

2009        Sep 15, In the Netherlands the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal announced it has approved the early release from prison of former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic (79) after she served two-thirds of her 11-year sentence for persecution.
    (AP, 9/15/09)

2009        Sep 17, Serbian men brutally attacked Brice Taton (28), a French soccer fan, in front of a downtown cafe in the Serbian capital before Partizan Belgrade's Europa Cup match against Toulouse. On Jan 25 a Belgrade court convicted 14 Serbs of the fatal beating of Taton. Two of the convicted remain at large and were tried in absentia.
    (AP, 1/25/11)

2009        Sep 23, Four Serbs were arrested in Novo Brdo, Kosovo, 20 miles east of Pristina, under suspicion of committing war crimes against Albanian civilians during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war.
    (SFC, 9/24/09, p.A2)

2009        Oct 20, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev brought a euro1 billion ($1.5 billion) loan to recession-hit Serbia, as Moscow sought to expand its political and economic influence in the Balkans with the first-ever visit to Belgrade by a Russian president.
    (AP, 10/20/09)

2009        Oct 22, The Swedish government approved the early release of former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic (79), who was sentenced to 11 years in prison by a war crimes tribunal. The Justice Ministry says she will be released on Oct 27 after serving two-thirds of her sentence for persecution.
    (AP, 10/22/09)

2009        Oct 27, At The Hague Radovan Karadzic boycotted his UN trial for a second day while prosecutors began outlining their genocide case against the former Bosnian Serb leader.
    (AP, 10/27/09)

2009        Nov 5, In the Netherlands the UN war crimes tribunal decided that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will be appointed a lawyer to represent him whenever he fails to appear in court.
    (AP, 11/5/09)

2009        Nov 15, Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Pavle, born as Gojko Stojcevic (1914), died. He had called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan ethnic conflicts of the 1990s but failed to openly condemn Serb nationalism.
    (AP, 11/15/09)

2009        Nov 30, The EU Council of Ministers for Interior and Justice abolished visa requirements for citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

2009        Dec 13, In Serbia a grimy three-car train pulled out of Belgrade's railway station on the first direct trip to Sarajevo in nearly 18 years, restoring a link broken at the start of ethnic warfare in the former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 12/13/09)

2009        Dec 19, The European Union opened its borders unrestricted to more than ten million Serbs, Montenegrins and Macedonians after nearly 20 years, a major boost for the troubled region's hopes for closer ties with the 27-nation bloc.
    (AP, 12/19/09)

2009        Dec 23, Italian carmaker Fiat became a majority owner of Serbian car manufacturer Zastava with a 67% stake.
    (Econ, 1/2/10, p.39)(http://tinyurl.com/yd2lccd)

2009        Dec, Police in Uruguay seized a large amount of cocaine from an anchored yacht as part of an operation dubbed “Balkan Warrior." 2.7 tons were seized in the operation. In 2010 Serbia indicted Darko Saric, a Serb citizen from Montenegro, and 19 associates of smuggling drugs from South America to Europe. Saric disappeared but financial documents linked him to companies registered in the Marshall Islands and Delaware via the Bank of Cyprus and an Austrian bank in Montenegro, a branch of Hypo Group Alpe-Adria. 
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.56)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.63)

2010        Jan 3, Serbian police arrested Darko Jankovic, a war crimes suspect. He was wanted for the killing of at least 19 civilians in eastern Bosnia and other atrocities of the 1992-95 war.
    (AP, 1/3/10)

2010        Jan 4, Serbia filed a lawsuit against Croatia at the International Court of Justice, accusing it of genocide during the 1991-1995 Balkan war, which killed or displaced thousands of people.
    (AP, 1/5/10)

2010        Jan 22, In Serbia Irinej Gavrilovic, a moderate who recently called for better ties with the Roman Catholics, was chosen as the new head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church.
    (AP, 1/22/10)

2010        Mar 3, A British judge ordered former Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic held in custody despite a request to release him while he challenges a Serbian demand that he be extradited for alleged war crimes. Ganic was arrested March 1 at Heathrow Airport after Serbia issued an arrest warrant accusing him of war crimes in connection with the 1992 deaths of Serbian troops in Bosnia.
    (AP, 3/3/10)

2010        Mar 12, Serbian police detained nine former paramilitary fighters suspected of killing civilians and looting homes during the Kosovo war. The nine were accused of killing 41 ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of Cuska in May 1999.
    (AP, 3/13/10)

2010        Mar 30, Serbia's parliament approved a declaration condemning the 1995 Serb massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, in a bid to distance the country from past warmongering under the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 3/30/10)

2010        Apr 20, In Serbia Biljana Kovacevic Vuco (58), one of Serbia's most prominent human rights activists, died. She played an important role in Serbia's fledgling human rights and anti-war movement during the 1990s rule of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 4/20/10)

2010        May 10, Serbian war crimes prosecutors said a mass grave has been discovered in Serbia believed to contain the bodies of 250 ethnic Albanians who were killed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 Serbian crackdown on separatists.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/11/10, p.A2)

2010        May 30, In Kosovo riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to separate hundreds of ethnic Albanian protesters and Serbs voting in local Serbian elections in the tensely divided town of Mitrovica.
    (AP, 5/30/10)

2010        May, Serbia and Croatia announced plans for a regional center to fight organized crime.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.54)

2010        Jun 8, Serbia and Croatia signed a defense co-operation agreement.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.54)

2010        Jun 10, Serbia's police caught Milos Simovic (31), a fugitive convicted of taking part in the assassination of Serbia's PM Zoran Djindjic seven years ago.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Two Bosnian Serbs, Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara, were convicted of genocide and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, the harshest judgment ever delivered by the UN war crimes tribunal on the Balkan wars. It was a dramatic conclusion to the largest trial conducted by the tribunal.
    (AP, 6/10/10)

2010        Jul 2, In Kosovo an explosion tore through a Serb protest in Mitrovica fatally injuring one man and leaving 11 others with shrapnel wounds.
    (SFC, 7/2/10, p.A2)

2010        Jul 9, Prosecutors at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague cited Ratko Mladic's diaries, seized in a raid on his wife's Belgrade home in February, in a motion to reopen the trial of former Bosnian Croat political leader Jadranko Prlic and five other political and military Croat officials that ended two months ago.
    (AP, 7/9/10)

2010        Jul 22, The UN's highest court said that Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 did not break international law.
    (AP, 7/22/10)

2010        Jul 27, Serb lawmakers passed a resolution vowing that their country will never recognize Kosovo as an independent state, despite a UN court ruling backing the independence declaration by the former Serbian province.
    (AP, 7/27/10)

2010        Sep 2, Serbia's justice minister said authorities have confiscated euro200 million ($256 million) in property from organized crime bosses since gaining the authority last year.
    (AP, 9/2/10)

2010        Sep 11, Serbia’s war crimes prosecutors' office said it has indicted nine ex-paramilitaries over the killing of 43 ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict. The men who served with a paramilitary unit known as The Jackals were indicted for the killing of the ethnic Albanian civilians in the Kosovo village of Cuska on May 14, 1999.
    (Reuters, 9/11/10)

2010        Sep 12, In Kosovo a French Gendarme was shot and wounded during clashes between ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica as European Union police fired tear gas to disperse the violent crowd.
    (AP, 9/12/10)

2010        Sep 27, In Serbia basketball player Miladin Kovacevic (23) pleaded guilty to beating a fellow American student into a coma in the case that has strained relations between the United States and Serbia. In November he was sentenced to two years and three months for the beating of Bryan Steinhauer (24) in May 2008 near Binghamton University in upstate New York.
    (AP, 9/27/10)(AP, 1/21/11)

2010        Oct 3, Thousands of Serb pilgrims gathered in a medieval monastery in western Kosovo amid tight security to attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
    (AP, 10/3/10)

2010        Oct 10, In Serbia a gay rights parade in Belgrade descended into violence as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with gangs of anti-gay protesters, sparking riots, injuries and dozens of arrests.
    (Reuters, 10/10/10)

2010        Oct 26, Authorities in Bosnia and Serbia said they had recovered the skeletal remains of at least 97 people from the banks of a border lake that was partially drained this summer for maintenance. Most were killed by Serbs in the nearby town of Visegrad at the start of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. But on the Serbian side experts found the remains of what they presume to be 11 Albanians killed during the Kosovo war in 1998-1999.
    (AP, 10/26/10)

2010        Nov 3, Serbia declared a state of emergency in the area around Kraljevo after a 5.3 earthquake rattled its central region, killing at least two people and injuring 50 others.
    (AP, 11/3/10)

2010        Nov 4, Serbian President Boris Tadic apologized at the Ovcara site near Vukovar of the 1991 bloody massacre of more than 200 Croats, offering the strongest condemnation yet by a Serbian leader of Serb wartime atrocities.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 11, In Serbia a law restricting smoking went into effect. Cafes and restaurants were required to provide nonsmoking areas. Smoking was banned in offices and public areas.
    (SFC, 11/12/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 26, Serbia sent a formal request for the extradition of Peter Egner (88), a naturalized American citizen who is suspected of serving in a Nazi unit that killed some 17,000 Jewish and other civilians here during World War II. Egner was born in Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States in 1960, gaining American citizenship six years later.
    (AP, 11/26/10)

2010        Dec 2, Heavy snow caused travel chaos across much of northern Europe, keeping London's Gatwick airport closed for a second day and disrupting road and rail travel in France, Germany and Switzerland. Freezing temperatures and often blinding snowfall killed 12 people, 10 in Poland and 2 in Germany. Poland had already reported 8 dead due to the cold. Some of the worst floods in a century devastated parts of the Balkans. Authorities declared a state of emergency in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro.
    (Reuters, 12/2/10)(AP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 3, Authorities in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro declared a state of emergency and evacuated hundreds of people after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding along the Drina River, the worst in 104 years.
    (AP, 12/3/10)

2010        Dec 8, Serbia's decision to boycott the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo triggered criticism from human rights activists and the EU, which expressed shock that the candidate for EU entry would meet China's demands. Serbia feared its attendance could anger China, which has supported Belgrade in opposing the 2008 independence declaration of its former province of Kosovo.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 10, A Serbian court acquitted 10 men charged with helping Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted fugitive, evade arrest on genocide charges before a UN war crimes court.
    (AP, 12/10/10)
2010        Dec 10, Serbia reversed its boycott of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo after facing sharp criticism from the EU and human rights activists at home.
    (AP, 12/10/10)

2010        Dec 20, Serbia urged international authorities to investigate allegations of a trade in the kidneys and other organs of civilians slain in the aftermath of Kosovo's 1999 war for secession.
    (AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 22, The UN nuclear agency said tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from a defunct Serbian reactor have been repatriated to Russia. The 2.5 metric tons (2.76 tons) of the spent fuel arrived at a secure Russian facility from Serbia's Vinca reactor.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 27, In Serbia a series of explosions damaged the Sloboda ammunition factory in Cacak.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.51)

2010        Serbia’s population was about 7.3 million.
    (Econ, 10/30/10, p.56)

2011        Jan 18, Israeli police arrested Aleksander Cvetkovic, a former Bosnian Serb soldier. He was suspected by Bosnian authorities to be a member of an eight-man firing squad involved in executing between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims at the Branjevo Farm in July 1995. In 2013 He was extradited to face trial in Bosnia.
    (AP, 1/18/11)(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)

2011        Feb 5, In Serbia tens of thousands of nationalist supporters rallied against the pro-Western government, demanding early elections amid a deepening economic crisis.
    (AP, 2/5/11)

2011        Feb 14, Serbia's PM Mirko Cvetkovic said he is sacking Deputy PM Mladjan Dinkic, a key coalition partner. If Dinkic's G-17 party stops supporting Cvetkovic's government in Parliament, the coalition will fall apart and early parliamentary elections will have to be held.
    (AP, 2/14/11)

2011        Feb 22, Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj deliberately revealed the names of 11 witnesses whose identities were being shielded by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at the start of his contempt of court trial. Seselj has been in custody at the tribunal for eight years since turning himself in to face charges of plotting ethnic cleansing and inciting atrocities by Serb forces in Bosnia and Croatia as the former Yugoslavia crumbled in the 1990s.
    (AP, 2/22/11)

2011        Feb 23, The UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague sentenced Vlastimir Djordjevic (62) to 27 years in prison after pronouncing him guilty of murdering at least 724 Kosovo Albanians, as well as committing inhumane acts, persecution and deportations.
    (AP, 2/23/11)

2011        Mar 3, Austria detained Serbian colonel Jovan Divjak (73) on a Serbian warrant. He had defected to Bosnia's army at the start of the conflict between the two sides. Divjak awaited a hearing on whether he should be extradited on suspicion of war crimes.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 19, In Serbia thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in the central town of Cacak to demand the government call early elections over the deep economic crisis.
    (AP, 3/19/11)

2011        Apr 7, Amnesty International urged Serbian authorities to "take urgent and immediate action" to halt forced evictions of Roma, also known as Gypsies, from their settlements in the capital Belgrade and prevent "systematic discrimination" against them.
    (AP, 4/7/11)

2011        Apr 16, In Serbia tens of thousands of nationalist supporters demanded the pro-Western government call early elections in Serbia at a rally, as their leader announced he was launching a hunger strike until the request is met. Tomislav Nikolic ended his hunger strike on April 24.
    (AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/24/11)

2011        May 6, Brazilian federal police confirmed that 16 suspected members of a Serbian gang were arrested between May1-5 across the country. The crackdown concluded a two-year operation that resulted in 35 arrests, the seizure of 1,370 pounds (620 kilograms) of cocaine and the equivalent of $1.2 million.
    (AP, 5/7/11)

2011        May 9, Serbia’s High Court ruled that folksinger Svetlana Raznatovic known as Ceca will spend one year under house arrest in exchange for a euro1.5-million ($2.2-million) fine. Raznatovic pleaded guilty on charges that she embezzled about euro4 million in the sale of 10 football players to foreign clubs from a Belgrade team she managed in the early 2000s.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 26, Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic (69) was arrested in Serbia after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to seek membership in the European Union.
    (Reuters, 5/26/11)

2011        May 29, In Serbia several thousand nationalist supporters of war-crimes suspect Ratko Mladic clashed with riot police in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 5/30/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 2, Serbian farmers blocked roads throughout a northern province demanding higher subsidies from the government. The protests started earlier this week, and have gradually built up. Farmers were angry that the government has kept subsidies at about euro140 ($200) per hectare and limited the supported land to 10 hectares (25 acres).
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011        Jul 2, Kosovo and Serbia agreed to a deal on recognizing car license plates, identity cards and university diplomas.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.50)

2011        Jul 20, Serbia arrested Goran Hadzic (52), the last major war crimes suspect from the 1990s Yugoslav conflicts, closing what its president called a "burdensome" page in the country's history. The Croatian Serb wartime leader had been indicted in 2004 for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war.
    (Reuters, 7/20/11)

2011        Jul 25, Kosovo’s government sent special police units to the Serb-inhabited north to seize two border points which had been beyond its control since independence.
    {Kosovo, Serbia}
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.43)

2011        Jul 26, Kosovo's special police forces, that moved into the country's disputed north overnight to extend the government's writ at borders with Serbia, will withdraw as part of a deal between Kosovo and Serbia and mediated by NATO.
    (AP, 7/26/11)

2011        Jul 27, In Kosovo some 200 Serbs attacked police outposts on the border with Serbia, setting one of them on fire and killing Kosovo policeman Enver Zymberi. As the masked Serbs attacked, European Union police on the scene leaped into their cars and fled the area. In late August EU special police launched an operation related to a criminal investigation of the attack.
    (AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 8/31/11)

2011        Jul 28, In Kosovo American and French peacekeepers under NATO took control of two customs posts on the northern border with Serbia after they were attacked by Serbs armed with firebombs.
    (AP, 7/28/11)

2011        Jul 29, NATO forces in Kosovo withdrew from a barricade put up by hundreds of Serbs on Friday to avoid confrontation with Serb extremists blocking the peacekeepers from reaching a base in the Serb-run north.
    (AP, 7/29/11)
2011        Jul 29, An Austrian court rejected an extradition request from Serbia for Jovan Divjak, a former general in the Bosniak army, ruling that his right to a fair trial on suspicion of war crimes would be in doubt.
    (AP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 31, Serbia's parliament, after a heated 10-hour debate, passed a resolution calling for a peaceful resolution of the nation's worst crisis with Kosovo since the province declared independence three years go.
    (AP, 7/31/11)

2011        Aug 1, NATO sent reserve forces to Kosovo and removed roadblocks put up by Serbs in Kosovo's north, but barricades still remain following a week of violence that left one Kosovo policeman dead.
    (AP, 8/1/11)(AP, 8/2/11)

2011        Sep 6, At the Hague, Netherlands, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced Gen. Momcilo Perisic, the former chief of the Yugoslav army, to 27 years imprisonment for providing crucial military aid to Bosnian Serb forces responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and for a deadly four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo.
    (AP, 9/6/11)

2011        Sep 16, The EU said helicopters are being used to ferry staff and supplies to border crossings in the north after minority Serbs blocked main roads in anger over Kosovo's efforts to take over customs posts. Both northern crossings remained closed for commercial goods, but Kosovo's trade minister Mimoza Kusari said Serbian goods started entering Kosovo's eastern border with Serbia minutes after the EU mission took over control.
    (AP, 9/16/11)

2011        Sep 27, NATO troops shot at Serb protesters after the military alliance's troops were attacked near Kosovo's border with Serbia.
    (AP, 9/27/11)

2011        Oct 2, Serbia's police detained six people and prevented a gathering of a pro-Russian far-right group that threatened to burn an EU flag and spit on the portrait of the US ambassador in Belgrade. Riot police were deployed in large number across Belgrade to enforce a ban on a gay pride event and anti-gay protests, fearing they would turn violent.
    (AP, 10/2/11)

2011        Oct 12, Serbia received European Union notice for recommendation to become an official EU candidate. The recommendation must formally be approved by the EU's Council of Ministers on Dec 9. A date to begin formal accession talks depended on the country and neighboring Kosovo to improve relations.
    (AP, 10/12/11)(AP, 10/15/11)

2011        Oct 19, Kosovo Serb leaders, defying a NATO warning, refused to unconditionally lift their roadblocks in the north of the country. A day earlier the 5,500-strong NATO-led force in Kosovo, known as KFOR, said it will take unspecified "resolute" action if the Serbs fail to lift the blockade.
    (AP, 10/19/11)

2011        Oct 20, Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeepers confronted crowds of angry Serbs as they tried to remove Serb roadblocks in the volatile north of the country.
    (AP, 10/20/11)

2011        Oct 22, NATO-led peacekeepers tried to remove roadblocks in northern Kosovo, but were prevented by Serbs guarding the blockade that has paralyzed travel in the tense region.
    (AP, 10/22/11)

2011        Oct 28, In Bosnia Mevlid Jasarevic, a man from the Muslim-dominated region of Serbia, fired with an automatic weapon outside the US Embassy in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Police in southern Serbia soon detained 15 people suspected of belonging to an extremist Islamic sect.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Nov 7, Officials from Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, announced plans for a donors' conference to be held next year and raise the money needed to implement a five-year plan designed to close down all migrant centers and provide housing for some 74,000 people.
    (AP, 11/7/11)

2011        Nov 22, Serbian police arrested 17 people suspected of trafficking hundreds of illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia toward western Europe. Border officials found 12 illegal migrants attempting to cross into Serbia from Macedonia.
    (AP, 11/22/11)

2011        Dec 2, Kosovo and Serbia agreed on normalizing border procedures, one of the thorniest issues in current talks between the two rivals. An EU statement said, "The parties will gradually set up the joint, integrated, single and secure posts at all their common crossing points."
    (AP, 12/3/11)

2011        Dec 13, A convoy of 25 Russian trucks was stopped by US soldiers guarding the Kosovo border with Serbia, increasing tensions in the volatile region. Peacekeepers said the convoy's cargo consisting of canned food, blankets, tents and power generators looked to be intended for those manning the roadblocks, and not for the general Kosovo Serb population. EU officials in Kosovo said the Russians can pass if they allow an international police escort. Three EU police vehicles escorted the convoy on Dec 16 after taking a roundabout way through Serbia to bypass roadblocks.
    (AP, 12/14/11)(AP, 12/17/11)

2012        Jan 24, A respected human rights group, the Humanitarian Law Center, accused Serbia's new army chief of staff, Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic, of war crimes against civilians in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war, but officials denied the claim.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Feb 2, At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people.
    (AP, 2/2/12)

2012        Feb 9, Spanish police arrested 3 members of the Serbian paramilitary group known as "Arkan's Tigers" as well as belonging to Zemun Clan. They included Vladimir Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive for five years after being convicted in absentia for the March 12, 2003, assassination of Serbia’s PM Zoran Djindjic. Milisavljevic was convicted in 2007 and sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for his involvement in the assassination of Djindjic and to another 40 years for other crimes. Luka Bojovic (39) and Sinisa Petric were also arrested. Bojovic was wanted in connection with 20 murders in Serbia, the Netherlands and Spain.
    (AP, 2/10/12)

2012        Feb 24, Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

2012        Mar 1, The European Union formally granted Serbia the status of a candidate for membership in the bloc during their summit in recognition of its government's efforts to round up war crimes suspects and normalize relations with Kosovo, its former province.
    (AP, 3/1/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7scyr3k)

2012        Apr 1, In Serbia a fire at the Contrast nightclub in Novi Sad left six people dead. The owner of a nightclub, Alojz G., was detained by police.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 4, Serbian pro-Western President Boris Tadic said he is resigning, paving the way for an early presidential election on May 6, when he will face a strong challenge from nationalist candidate Tomislav Nikolic, who has received tacit support from Russia.
    (AP, 4/4/12)

2012        Apr 11, Serbian police over the last 24 hours detained nine people accused of setting fire to the US Embassy in Belgrade in 2008 during riots against Kosovo's independence and were searching for at least five more suspects.
    (AP, 4/11/12)

2012        May 6, Serbs voted in a national election. The opposition Progressive Party won a narrow victory. A presidential runoff will be held on May 20 between pro-Western leader Boris Tadic, who won 26.7% of the vote, and nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, who had 25.5%. Nikolic's Progressives won 73 seats in the 250-member assembly, ahead of Tadic's Democrats, which took 68 seats. Ivica Dacic's Socialists won 45 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)

2012        May 9, In Serbia pro-European Union Democrats and Socialists reached an agreement to form a new coalition government, after an election that indicated the bloc has kept its luster in the Balkans despite the eurozone crisis.
    (AP, 5/9/12)

2012        May 12, Serbian nationalists called for nationwide protests over alleged election fraud.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A6)

2012        May 20, In Serbia nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, an ardent admirer of Russia, won the runoff in presidential elections with 50.2% of the vote. Nikolic said he remained committed to Serbia’s EU aspirations.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 3, In Serbia a man blew up the entrance to a packed nightclub with a hand grenade after he was refused entrance, killing himself and 2 others in Idvor.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 26, A Serbian war crimes court sentenced 14 former Serb soldiers to between four and 20 years in prison for the killing of 70 Croatian villagers in 1991, some of whom were forced to walk through a minefield in as human shields. 22 civilians died after being forced into a mined clover field and 48 other civilians were killed in their houses and yards in Lovas.
    (AP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 28, The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide but upheld 10 other war crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war.
    (AP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jul 11, In Bosnia some 30,000 Muslims traveled to a memorial center in Srebrenica to bury 520 newly identified victims, some of the thousands of Muslim men and boys slaughtered in July 1995 by Serb forces.
    (AP, 7/11/12)

2012        Jul 27, In Serbia Ivica Dacic, Slobodan Milosevic's former spokesman, became the new prime minister, promising to promote reconciliation in the Balkans after his nomination triggered fears of resurgent nationalism in the volatile region.
    (AP, 7/27/12)

2012        Aug 14, Svetozar Gligoric (89), a legendary Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster, died in Belgrade. He was the national champion 12 times and one of the world's top players in the 20th century.
    (AP, 8/18/12)

2012        Oct 3, Serbia's police banned a gay pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but also complying with a request from Serbia's Christian Orthodox church.
    (AP, 10/3/12)

2012        Oct 16, In Serbia England players and officials were attacked by their Serbian opponents and racially abused by home fans moments after a 1-0 win over Serbia in a European Under-21 playoff.
    (Reuters, 10/16/12)

2012        Oct 19, The EU mediated the first official talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo, the bitter Balkan rivals, and Serbian PM Ivica Dacic said he is ready for a "historic compromise."
    (AP, 10/19/12)

2012        Nov 16, The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague overturned the convictions of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, two Croat generals for murdering and illegally expelling Serb civilians in a 1995 military blit. Both men returned home to a hero's welcome. The acquittals enraged hardline opponents of the UN court in Serbia who accuse its judges of anti-Serb bias.
    (AP, 11/16/12)

2012        Dec 4, Branislav Milinkovic (52), Serbia's ambassador to NATO, was chatting and joking with colleagues in a multistory parking garage at Brussels Airport when he suddenly strolled to a barrier, climbed over and flung himself to the ground below.
    (AP, 12/5/12)

2012        Dec 9, Officials said 4 people have died in Croatia and 2 in Serbia as a result of blizzards in southwestern Europe over the weekend. The death toll in the region reached at least 9 people, with deaths in Bulgaria amd Kosovo, as the cold snap continued through the week.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 10, Traffic began moving over border crossings between Kosovo and Serbia.
    (Econ, 12/15/12, p.53)

2012        Dec 12, A UN war crimes court at The Hague convicted Gen. Zdravko Tolimir, a Bosnian Serb commander, of genocide for playing a key role in the July, 1995, massacre at Srebrenica.
    (SFC, 12/13/12, p.A5)

2012        Dec 14, In Serbia a judge ordered Miroslav Miskovic (67), the country’s richest, man to be held in prison for 30 days pending trial on suspicion of corruption. Miskovic was arrested Dec 12 along with his son Marko and eight others in connection with the privatization of several Serbian road construction companies in 2005. The government hailed his arrest as proof that no one is above the law in the graft-plagued country.
    (AP, 12/14/12)

2013        Jan 13, Serbia adopted a set of guidelines for reconciliation talks with the leaders of Kosovo, in a strong first signal it is loosening its claim to its former province in hopes of getting closer to EU membership.
    (AP, 1/13/13)

2013        Feb 5, Serbian ultranationalists held a rally to accuse their country's president of treason for agreeing to hold talks with the president of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/5/13)

2013        Feb 28, UN appeals judges at The Hague, Netherlands, acquitted Gen. Momcilo Perisic of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars (1992-1995). He had been sentenced to 27 years in 2011, after being convicted of crimes including murder, inhumane acts and persecution.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Mar 27, The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of war crimes in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin were each sented to 22 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/28/13, p.A3)

2013        Mar 28, A Kosovo court found three ethnic Serbs guilty of storming a UN-run court and inciting riots that led to the death of a Ukrainian peacekeeper in 2008. Marijan Ilincic and Dragan Milojevic were sentenced to 22 and 18 months in prison, respectively. Zoran Cavic was convicted of similar charges and given a 9-month sentence that was suspended for one year. Three other defendants were cleared of all charges.
    (AP, 3/29/13)

2013        Apr 6, The influential Serbian Orthodox Church appealed against a deal with Kosovo Albanians that would pave the way for Serbia's European Union membership.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 8, Serbia rejected a European Union-brokered deal for reconciliation with its former province of Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 9, In Serbia veteran Ljubisa Bogdanovic (60) gunned down 13 people in a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage in Velika Ivanca, killing his mother, his son and a cousin (2) before shooting himself and his wife. Bogdanovic died the next day. His wife remained hospitalized.
    (AP, 4/9/13)(AP, 4/11/13)

2013        Apr 19, Kosovo and Serbia reached a potentially historic agreement to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors, end years of acrimony and put them both on a solid path to EU membership.
    (AP, 4/19/13)

2013        Apr 22, The Serbian government approved a landmark agreement to normalize relations with breakaway Kosovo, but thousands of Kosovo Serb demonstrators — chanting "Treason, Treason" — rejected the deal.
    (AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 26, Serbian lawmakers overwhelmingly supported an agreement normalizing relations with breakaway Kosovo.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2013        May 30, The Int’l. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Jovica Stanisic, the former head of Serbia’s secret police, and his right hand man Franko Simatovic, ruling that they cannot be held responsible for crimes of special forces units in early 1990s.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/lq9cjgp)

2013        Jun 27, Kosovo's parliament approved an EU-brokered agreement on creating normal ties with neighboring Serbia as protesters opposing the deal clashed with riot police in Pristina.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)

2013        Jul 11, Appeals judges at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992.
    (AP, 7/11/13)

2013        Jul 23, A Serbian court freed retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, accused of fraud and tax evasion, after he posted a record 12 million euro ($16 million) bail pending his trial.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)

2013        Aug 1, Abu Dhabi-based  Etihad Airways said it plans to acquire a 49% stake in Serbia's JAT Airways in a wide-ranging deal that will bring a new name and expanded routes for the struggling Belgrade-based carrier.
    (AP, 8/1/13)

2013        Sep 12, Serbia’s deputy PM Aleksandar Vucic said former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who faces aggravated pimping charges in France, will serve as an economic adviser for Serbia's top officials.
    (AP, 9/13/13)

2013        Sep 27, Serbia's government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the EU.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)

2013        Nov 14, In Serbia Miroslav Miskovi, one of the Balkans' richest men, went on trial in a high-profile case. He faced up to 10 years in jail if found guilty on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 11/14/13)

2013        Dec 6, Serbian police say they have detained hundreds of people in a massive sweep against drug traffickers throughout the Balkan country.
    (AP, 12/6/13)

2013        Dec 13, The European Union Rule of Law Missio said a suspected mass grave has been discovered at the Rudnica quarry in Serbia believed to contain bodies of ethnic Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 war between Serbia and Kosovo.
    (AP, 12/13/13)

2014        Jan 21, Serbia began accession talks with the EU.
    (Econ, 1/11/14, p.44)

2014        Jan 31, In northern Serbia strong winds created meters-high snow drifts, trapping up to 60 people in cars and buses.
    (Reuters, 1/31/14)

2014        Feb 2, Tens of thousands of people are without electricity in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia after icy rain and sleet caused major disruptions. Hundreds of motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia, where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.
    (AP, 2/2/14)

2014        Feb 11, Serbia's war crimes court jailed nine former members of the "Jackals," a Serbian paramilitary group, for killing more than 120 ethnic Albanian civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
    (Reuters, 2/11/14)

2014        Mar 16, Serbs voted in parliamentary election. The Serbian Socialist Party under Alexander Vucic, a pro-European advocate, won 157 seats in the 250-seat parliament. The Serbian Socialist Party came in 2nd with 45.
    (AP, 3/16/14)(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A2)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.54)

2014        Mar 18, In Serbia alleged Balkan drug boss Darko Saric (43), one of the most wanted figures in the crime-riddled region, surrendered to police as a dragnet involving the CIA closed in on him in Latin America. He faced 13 indictments including the trafficking of 5.7 metric tons of cocaine from South America to Europe and laundering of 22 million euros in Serbia.
    (Reuters, 3/18/14)

2014        Apr 5, The European Union said it plans to set up an international court in Kosovo to deal with alleged crimes committed by ethnic-Albanian guerrillas during the war with Serbia.
    (AFP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 23, Kosovo's parliament approved an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from Serbs captured in the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)

2014        May 13, Serbia's new PM Aleksandar Vucic pledged support for neighboring Bosnia's integrity, making clear Belgrade would not encourage calls by Bosnian Serbs for a Crimean-style secession of their half of the country.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)

2014        May 15, A woman and a firefighter drowned in Serbia and hundreds of people in the Balkans were evacuated from their homes as rain-swollen rivers flooded roads, bridges and railways, closed schools and cut off power and phone service in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Romania.
    (AP, 5/15/14)

2014        May 17, In Bosnia and Serbia tens of thousands fled their homes, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.
    (AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 18, In Serbia soldiers, police and volunteers battled to protect power plants from rising flood waters as the death toll from the region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 35.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)

2014        May 19, Serbia braced for a river surge that threatened to inundate the country’s main power plant at Obrenovac and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Bosnia’s government said more than a quarter of the country’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Torrential rains have caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered more than 2,000 landslides as the death toll in Bosnia and Serbia rose to 38. Croatia reported 2 deaths. The flooding left tons of drowned livestock.
    (AP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/20/14)

2014        Aug 11, It was revealed that Serbian police were investigating the 2008 privatization of NIS, Serbia’s main oil company. Russia was said to have gotten fantastic terms for the deal after siding with Serbia over Kosovo. Russia’s Gazprom Neft held a 51% stake in NIS.
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.51)

2014        Aug 22, Serbia said it would not subsidize exports to Russia, after the European Union urged the Balkan country - a candidate for accession to the bloc - not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)

2014        Aug 28, In Serbia a gendarmerie unit officer was killed on the tense border with Kosovo. Police described the shooting as a "terrorist attack" by Kosovo Albanians who were allegedly cutting wood illegally in a forest on the Serbian side of the boundary.
    (AP, 8/28/14)

2014        Sep 13, In Serbia a German man (27), taking part in a gay rights conference, suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in Belgrade.
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 14, The US repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the Basketball World Cup.
    (AP, 9/14/14)

2014        Sep 26, In Serbia 3 Gypsy children died in a fire in a small wooden shack that has been their home on the outskirts of Belgrade.
    (AP, 9/26/14)

2014        Sep 28, In Serbia several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. A day earlier thousands of extremists had protested in Belgrade against the march.
    (AP, 9/28/14)

2014        Oct 16, In Serbia Russian President Vladimir Putin was guest of honour at a military parade in Belgrade to mark 70 years since the city's liberation by the Red Army.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)

2014        Oct 23, A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj urged Serbia to recognize Kosovo as independent.
    (AP, 10/23/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)

2014        Nov 10, In Belgrade Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and Albania’s PM Edi Rama pledged to put their differences aside and focus on their mutual desire to join the European Union. The detente between the Balkan rivals didn't even last until the end of their joint press conference as they voiced opposing attitudes over Kosovo. This marked first visit to Serbia by an Albanian premier in 68 years.
    (AP, 11/10/14)

2014        Nov 15, Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj (60) rallied thousands of supporters in Belgrade in scenes that threaten to embarrass a UN war crimes court that released him on grounds of ill-health before reaching a verdict in his trial.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)

2014        Nov 20, The Serbian government secured an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $1.2 billion standby loan. The three-year deal was reached after Serbia agreed to narrow the budget deficit from 8 percent to 4.2 percent of economic output by 2016 by cutting public wages and pensions and reducing subsidies to unprofitable state companies.
    (AP, 11/20/14)

2014        Nov 21, Serbia said it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the EU and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges. Kurchenko was seen as close to former pro-Russian Pres. Viktor Yanukovych and left Ukraine in February, around the time Yanukovych fled the country amid violent protests.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In Turkey Marko Ivkovic (25), a Serbian basketball fan, was killed before a Euroleague basketball match between Turkish team Galatasaray and Serbia's Red Star in Istanbul. On Nov 26 Istanbul police arrested a Turkish man for the stabbing death.
    (AP, 11/28/14)

2014        Nov 27, Serbian lawyers rallied outside the government headquarters saying they have asked for European Union help to resolve a more than two-month old dispute with the government that has practically paralyzed the judiciary in the country, which is seeking to join the bloc.
    (AP, 11/27/14)

2014        Dec 7, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin discussed energy collaboration with leaders of Hungary and Serbia.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)

2014        Dec 17, China secured a deal to construct a high-speed train link between the Belgrade and Budapest that will cut travel time between the Serbian and Hungarian capitals from eight hours to less than three.
    (AP, 12/17/14)

2014        Dec, In Serbia Nenad Mihailovic, a disabled gay reporter, began broadcasting his independent “Personal View" talk show interviewing politicians, pop stars and activists on hot-button themes.
    (SFC, 3/25/15, p.A7)

2015        Feb 1, Serbian officials said they have granted citizenship to former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile.
    (AP, 2/1/15)

2015        Feb 3, The United Nations' top court ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 2/3/15)

2015        Feb 11, Serbian security forces stepped up patrols and deployed an elite unit on its border with Hungary, trying to halt a torrent of migrants that has triggered alarm in many European Union countries.
    (AP, 2/11/15)

2015        Mar 13, A Serbian military helicopter crashed near Belgrade in foggy weather late today while evacuating a sick baby from the south of the country, killing all 7 people on board.
    (AP, 3/14/15)

2015        Mar 18, Serbian prosecutors arrested seven suspects, accused of taking part in killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in pre-dawn raids at different locations in Serbia. An eighth suspect was caught after an hours-long manhunt.
    (AP, 3/18/15)

2015        Mar 20, The EU and Balkan countries launched a campaign aimed at stemming the flow of fighters from southeastern Europe to join jihadists in the Middle East. The Balkans are generally considered to include Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, about half of Croatia, Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, most of Serbia, and the European part of Turkey.
    (Reuters, 3/20/15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkans)

2015        Apr 7, Albania’s PM Edi Rama said the unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the EU or not. The suggestion was denounced in Belgrade.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)

2015        Apr 17, Montenegro police said they have arrested 16 people suspected of smuggling into Serbia 138 Syrian migrants who were trying to flee their war-ravaged country and reach Western Europe.
    (AP, 4/17/15)

2015        Apr 26, Serbia sealed an agreement with an Abu Dhabi investor for a multi-billion-dollar, Dubai-style riverside development that has drawn fire from some Belgraders worried about the scale and cost of the project.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)

2015        May 27, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said his country will accept US calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.
    (AP, 5/28/15)

2015        Jun 17, Slovenian police confirmed that former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj (2004-2005), a guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, has been detained by the Slovenian police on a 2006 Serbian arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)

2015        Jul 11, In Bosnia Anger boiled over at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic with water bottles and other objects.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 13, A court in Belgrade, Serbia, sentenced Darko Saric, for years one of the most wanted crime figures in the Balkans, to 20 years in jail for trafficking cocaine from Latin America to Europe and laundering 22 million euros.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)

2015        Jul 22, In Belgrade leaders of former Balkan foes Serbia and Bosnia pledged to boost fragile post-war ties shaken earlier this month on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
    (AP, 7/22/15)

2015        Aug 16, In Portugal former Serb army commander Mile Mrksic (68), serving a 20-year sentence for his role in the massacre of Croats during the Balkans wars, died in Lisbon. The former officer in the Yugoslav army (JNA), was convicted in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for aiding and abetting the torture and murder of nearly 200 civilians in Vukovar in eastern Croatia in 1991.
    (AFP, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 24, Thousands of exhausted migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa crossed on foot from Macedonia into Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
    (AP, 8/24/15)

2015        Aug 25, Kosovo and Serbia reached the agreement brokered in Brussels by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on four areas including energy and telecoms.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)

2015        Sep 10, Serbia's war crimes prosecutors brought charges against eight suspects in the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica — Europe's worst carnage since World War II, when some 8,000 Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb troops.
    (AP, 9/10/15)

2015        Sep 20, In Serbia hundreds attending a tightly-secured gay pride event called for solidarity with tens of thousands of migrants passing through the Balkan country in search of a new life in Western Europe.
    (AP, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 22, Serbia threatened to retaliate after Croatia halted all cargo traffic from its eastern neighbor. More than 30,000 migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, have entered European Union member Croatia from Serbia in the last week.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)

2015        Sep 24, Serbia banned imports from Croatia to protest Croatia's decision to close the border to cargo as the two countries criticized each other for their handling of migrants. Croatia responded by banning all Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country.
    (AP, 9/24/15)

2015        Oct 18, Buses packed with migrants backed up on Serbia’s border with Croatia, their passage to western Europe slowed by a new diversion through Slovenia, which vowed to limit the influx.
    (Reuters, 10/18/15)

2015        Oct 20, Slovenia deployed the army to guard its border as thousands of migrants streamed into the tiny country from the south, and said it may resort to "physical barriers" like neighboring Hungary if the number of arrivals continued to grow. At least 12,100 migrants were currently in Serbia. At least 2,500 migrants were stranded in no man's land between Croatia and Serbia overnight in cold temperatures.
    (Reuters, 10/20/15)

2015        Oct 23, Croatia and Serbia agreed to increase the flow of asylum-seekers over their border after thousands were forced to spend a muddy night out in the open in near-freezing temperatures.
    (AP, 10/23/15)

2015        Nov 4, the Bosnian and Serbian governments held their first joint session since their conflict started 25 years during the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The two governments signed cooperation agreements on finding missing persons, telecommunications, protection of cultural heritage and sustainable development but announced this is just a beginning of a process of strengthening their relations.
    (AP, 11/4/15)

2015        Nov 6, Serbian police said they have arrested several drug and arms traffickers, as well as a fugitive suspect in this year's clashes between police and armed groups in Macedonia.
    (AP, 11/6/15)

2015        Nov 8, In Libya two Serbian embassy employees were abducted.
    (AP, 11/8/15)

2015        Nov 11, Serbia's PM Aleksandar Vucic said his country is donating 5 million euros ($5.4 million) to rejuvenate the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
    (AP, 11/11/15)

2015        Nov 19, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia shut their borders to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands of others seeking a better life in Europe stranded at border crossings.
    (AP, 11/19/15)

2015        Dec 15, The UN Yugoslav war crimes court quashed the acquittals of two top figures from the late Slobodan Milosevic's regime, ordering them to be retried on charges of running Serbian death squads in the 1990s. Judge Fausto Pocar said former intelligence chief Jovica Stanisic and his deputy Franko Simatovic must be retried on all counts of the indictment.
    (AFP, 12/15/15)

2015        Dec 26, Serbian police arrested 80 people including a former minister on graft charges, stepping up an anti-corruption drive days after opening talks on joining the European Union.
    (Reuters, 12/26/15)

2016        Jan 20, Serbia said it will deny migrants access to its territory unless they plan to seek asylum in Austria or Germany.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)

2016        Mar 4, Serbia's Pres. Tomislav Nikolic dissolved Parliament and scheduled an early election for April 24 as the ruling conservatives try to cement power amid deep economic problems and tensions created by the transit of tens of thousands of migrants through the country.
    (AP, 3/4/16)(SFC, 3/5/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 18, Serbia's interior minister said police have arrested 46 people, including a former soccer player, a judge and more than a dozen police officers, accused of corruption and money laundering.
    (AP, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 21, In Serbia a man (50) blew himself up in a bakery in the center of the capital Belgrade. Police said that the blast did not appear to be terror-related.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)

2016        Mar 24, UN war crimes judges at The Hague threw out one of two charges of genocide against wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. The UN war crimes tribunal handed a genocide conviction and 40-year sentence to Karadzic.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)(AFP, 3/24/16)

2016        Mar 27, In Serbia thousands marched against NATO and the West, carrying banners praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. The march marked the 17th anniversary of NATO's 78-day intervention in Serbia against its bloody crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists in 1999.
    (AP, 3/27/16)

2016        Mar 31, UN war crimes judges acquitted radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj (61) on all nine charges of committing atrocities in the 1990s Balkans wars in a surprise verdict swiftly denounced as "shameful" by Croatia.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)

2016        Apr 7, Serbia's presidency defended its decision to decorate Sudan's president and genocide suspect Omar al-Bashir, saying he was honoured for refusing to recognise Kosovo.
    (AFP, 4/7/16)

2016        Apr 15, Serbian police detained 49 people, including officials from ministries and state-owned firms, on suspicion of corruption and abuse of office as part of an anti-graft drive that has gained momentum before this month's election.
    (Reuters, 4/15/16)

2016        Apr 24, Serbians voted in a general election that is likely to return pro-European PM Aleksandar Vucic to power, but also give a voice in parliament to the pro-Russian far right. Serbia's incumbent pro-EU populists won a landslide victory.
    (AFP, 4/24/16)(AP, 4/25/16)

2016        Apr 28, Serbia said it will re-run voting at 15 polling stations after days of bickering among the ruling and opposition parties over alleged irregularities in the April 24 election, a move that could significantly affect the outcome.
    (Reuters, 4/28/16)

2016        Apr 30, In Serbia thousands of opposition supporters protested in front of the state electoral commission over what their leaders said was widespread vote rigging by the ruling populists. Vucic's right-wing Serbian Progressive Party won 48 percent of the seats in the 250-seat parliament.
    (AP, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/23/16)

2016        Jun 17, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Serbia for a visit meant to boost relations with the friendly nation and assert China's intention to increase its presence in the Balkans and Europe.
    (AP, 6/17/16)

2016        Jun 18, In Serbia China’s President Xi Jinping signed a declaration on strategic partnership with Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic and oversaw the signing of 21 agreements and memorandums ranging from economy, infrastructure, energy and finance to defense industry, technology, culture and media.
    (AP, 6/18/16)

2016        Jun 20, A Serbian court sentenced Miroslav Miskovic (70), one of the richest businessmen in the Balkans, for helping his son evade paying about $3.4 million in taxes linked to his road construction business.
    (SFC, 6/21/16, p.A2)

2016        Jun 21, In Serbia a bus carrying Slovak tourists swerved off the road, killing 5 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 6/21/16)

2016        Jul 1, Serbian police, in a bid to reduce the number of illegal weapons, offered an amnesty over surrendering or registering illegal weapons until November.
    (Reuters, 7/2/16)

2016        Jul 2, In northern Serbia 5 people were killed and another 22 were wounded when a man entered a cafe in the village of Zitiste and opened fire with an assault rifle. Z.S. killed his estranged wife and a another woman, before firing at others in the cafe with an assault rifle he illegally owned.
    (Reuters, 7/2/16)

2016        Jul 11, The US Department of Defense announced the transfer of Yemeni national Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi and Tajik national Muhammadi Davlatov to Serbia, leaving 76 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.
    (Reuters, 7/11/16)

2016        Jul 22, In Serbia hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia marched through Belgrade on their way to Hungary and announced a hunger strike to underline their demand for passage to western Europe.
    (Reuters, 7/22/16)

2016        Jul 25, In Serbia about 150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, started a hunger strike in a field on the border with Hungary to demand passage to the European Union.
    (Reuters, 7/25/16)

2016        Dec 11, In Serbia several hundred members of the police and army staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. The gathering was the second in two weeks.
    (AP, 12/11/16)

2016        Dec 15, Serbia's PM Aleksandar Vucic said Russia will arm Serbia with fighter jets to boost its defenses amid a row with neighboring Croatia, a member of NATO.
    (AP, 12/15/16)

2016        Dec 19, Serbia said that it will purchase six Russian MiG-29 combat jets in a move likely to add to tensions in the Balkans amid Moscow's apparent efforts to prevent the volatile European region from joining Western institutions.
    (AP, 12/19/16)

2016        Dec 26, Serbian authorities arrested three men on suspicion of people trafficking after 77 migrants were found hidden in cargo vehicles.
    (Reuters, 12/26/16)

2016        Dec 29, Serbia signed a deal to buy nine light choppers from Airbus Helicopters amid tensions in the region triggered by Russia's donation of jet fighters to the Balkan state.
    (AP, 12/29/16)

2017        Jan 14, Serbia launched provocative train service to Kosovo's Serbian north. Because the central Kosovo government has no real control over the predominantly ethnic Serb north and that region's borders with Serbia, it has appealed to the European Union to "stop this illegal train".
    (AFP, 1/14/17)

2017        Jan 16, Former Yugoslav army general Vlado Trifunovic (78) died in Serbia. His treason conviction by Serbia's wartime nationalist leadership became a symbol of the senselessness of the 1990s' Balkan conflict.
    (AP, 1/17/17)

2017        Feb 1, Serbia introduced a lockdown for migrants in their refugee center outside Belgrade after an alleged attack against a woman walking with her children.
    (AP, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 3, Serbia blamed Kosovo for the collapse of European Union-mediated talks as tensions escalated in the Balkans amid reports of troop movements and war rhetoric.
    (AP, 2/3/17)

2017        Feb 9, A Serbian court rejected an extradition request by Montenegro for Nemanja Ristic, a suspect in an alleged pro-Russia plot to overthrow the small Balkan country's government.
    (AP, 2/10/17)

2017        Feb 15, In Serbia several thousand people joined renewed protests in Belgrade over the shady demolition last year in an area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project.
    (AP, 2/15/17)

2017        Mar 3, Lazar Stojanovic (73), a Serbian film director and an anti-war activist during the 1990s, died in Belgrade. His film "Plastic Jesus" was banned in the 1970s because of its criticism of totalitarian regimes. Stojanovic was sentenced to three years in prison, while the film was released in 1990s.
    (AP, 3/4/17)

2017        Mar 20, Serbian police said they have seized over a ton of marijuana and arrested six suspected traffickers. Police said the marijuana was packed in Kosovo and was bound for western Europe.
    (AP, 3/20/17)

2017        Mar, In Europe some 62,000 asylum seekers were stranded in Greece. Another 7,000 were stranded in Serbia.
    (Econ, 3/18/17, p.57)

2017        Apr 2, Serbia held presidential elections. Conservative PM Aleksandar Vucic (47) was the runaway favorite despite opposition warnings about the extent of his domination. Vucic won the presidency in the first round, enabling him to push forward with his plan to lead the Balkan country into the European Union.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)(AFP, 4/3/17)

2017        Apr 4, Serbia initiated a program to provide direct funds to Serbian Holocaust survivors all over the world.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 14, Serbian police took Sebastian Ghita, a fugitive Romanian businessman and former lawmaker indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges, into custody overnight in Belgrade.
    (AP, 4/14/17)

2017        Apr 24, Serbia’s interior ministry said police have detained 16 customs officers and one company director on suspicion of tax evasion and dereliction of duty.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)

2017        Apr 27, A French court turned down a Serbian request to extradite Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerilla commander and prime minister of Kosovo. A prosecutor said Haradinaj, who was arrested earlier this year, has been released.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)

2017        May 10, In Tunisia Oliver Potezica (64), Serbia's ambassador to Libya, died some days after a car crash near Sousse.
    (AP, 5/10/17)

2017        May 29, Serbia introduced May 18 as a Remembrance Day for women killed by their husbands or partners as part of efforts to curb domestic violence in the conservative Balkan country. The date was chosen because seven women were killed in just three days in May 2015.
    (AP, 5/29/17)

2017        May 31, Serbia’s conservative politician Aleksandar Vucic was sworn in as president, cheered by thousands of supporters, some of whom briefly clashed with opposition protesters who accuse him of being an autocrat.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)

2017        Jun 16, Serbia's Pres. Aleksandar Vucic nominated Ana Brnabic as the conservative country's first openly gay prime minister, a move which infuriated nationalists.
    (AP, 6/16/17)

2017        Jun 29, Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister, making her the country’s first female and first openly gay leader.
    (SFC, 6/30/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 12, Serbia's Special Court sentenced a former minister to three-and- a-half years in jail over graft and the abuse of office related to an infrastructure development deal in 2009. Oliver Dulic, a member of the now-opposition Democratic Party and the former minister for planning and the environment, was tried along with two of his associates, who received sentences of one and three years.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)

2017        Jul 13, Social workers in Serbia announced a strike to demand better treatment of domestic abuse victims and an official say "we must sound the highest alarm" following the killing of two women and a child at social care centers in Belgrade this month.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 18, In Serbia several hundred striking workers from Fiat's factory in Kragujevac marched to demand higher wages.
    (AP, 7/18/17)

2017        Aug 10, Temperatures in Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Croatia were expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) again today following a few days of less oppressive heat. Evidence continued to up that this year's hot summer in central and southeastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

2017        Aug 21, Serbia recalled its embassy staff from Macedonia in protest at "offensive actions" which coincided with reports that Skopje was joining diplomatic efforts to secure Kosovo membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 23, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on the phone and agreed to work to improve bilateral relations.
    (AP, 8/23/17)

2017        Aug 26, In Albania prime ministers from Western Balkans countries agreed on a road map to deepen their regional economic cooperation as part of the process for joining the European Union. Albanian PM Edi Rama hosted his counterparts from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.
    (AP, 8/26/17)

2017        Sep 17, Serbian gay right activists marched with their first openly lesbian prime minister through the streets of Belgrade, protected by police in riot gear as a helicopter flew low overhead.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 26, A Croatian court sentenced Dragan Vasiljkovic (62), a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen, to 15 years in prison for war crimes including the killing and torture of prisoners during the 1991-95 war when Serbs took up arms against Croatia's secession from Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 29, Serbia's information minister denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure.
    (AP, 9/29/17)

2017        Oct 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Serbia's president as Ankara stepped up efforts to increase its clout in the Balkans.
    (AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 13, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic promised to lead the Balkan nation into the EU and said the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn't threaten that goal.
    (AP, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 19, Serbia's defense minister said former Serb Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic, convicted of war crimes, and two other commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s, will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy. Lazarevic was released from prison in 2015 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
    (AP, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 20, Russia formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, part of an arms delivery that has the potential to accentuate tensions in the war-weary Balkans.
    (AP, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 26, Hundreds of Serbian pensioners rallied in Belgrade to protest austerity measures introduced as part of a 1.2 billion euro ($1.41 billion) loan deal with the IMF.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)

2017        Nov 14, A Serbian court issued suspended prison sentences for four suspects and acquitted three others who were tried in the 2008 torching of the US embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
    (AP, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 28, Officials in Serbia inaugurated the reconstruction of the railway line between Serbia and Hungary, a project financed mostly by China and its "new Silk Road" initiative to expand commercial ties with Europe, Asia and Africa.
    (AP, 11/28/17)

2017        Dec 13, Police in Serbia arrested 26 people after a massive fan brawl during a soccer match between Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan that left at least 20 people injured.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 18, Several hundred migrants camped along Serbia's borders, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters from the cold as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 20, Serbian police said in a statement that 13 people have been arrested in Serbia and additional four in Croatia as part of a months-long joint operation into the smuggling of migrants across the two nations' border.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 22, In Serbia authorities in Belgrade faced outrage over the purchase of a plastic Christmas tree that reportedly cost 83,000 euros ($98,000) and has sparked corruption allegations.
    (AP, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 25, Serbia extradited to Turkey a Kurdish political activist, defying a recommendation by the UN Committee against Torture. Cevdet Ayaz had requested asylum in Serbia earlier this year after fleeing Turkey, where he had been sentenced to 15 years in prison over alleged activities against the constitution.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)

2017        Dec 29, Serbia’s government said police and the state security agency have uncovered a massive stockpile of toxic waste and arrested the owner of the company that illegally stored it in the Obrenovac municipality.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)

2018        Jan 6, It was reported that Serbia's government has picked France's Vinci Airports for a 25-year concession to run the main Belgrade airport, the biggest in western Balkans.
    (AP, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 16, In northern Kosovo leading Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic (64) was gunned down, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia. The assailants escaped in a car that was later found burned out.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 17, Serbian police reported the arrest of three Australian citizens suspected of being part of an international drug-smuggling group. The men were linked to the discovery of 1,280 kg (2,822 pounds) of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese boat docked in Sydney, Australia.
    (AP, 1/17/18)

2018        Jan 20, Serbia's Pres. Aleksandar Vucic arrived in the Serb-dominated, northern part of Kosovo and pledged to help build a lasting peace days after the killing this week of a moderate Kosovo Serb politician fueled fears of instability in the Balkans.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

2018        Feb 6, The EU warned Balkan countries hoping to join the bloc that none will be invited until they have resolved all disputes with their neighbors. This applied to Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and its former territory of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 12, Croatia and Serbia vowed to intensify work on minority rights, border issues and searches for missing persons from their 1990s war, in an effort to improve ties that remain sour decades after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)

2018        Feb 19, Serbian officials said eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 22, In Serbia a four-million-euro mosaic depicting Jesus Christ in the central dome of Belgrade’s Saint Sava Orthodox cathedral, the world's second largest Orthodox church, was dedicated. It was financed by Russian energy giant Gazprom. The construction of Saint Sava cathedral, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people, started in 1939, based upon the model of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A Serbian court ruled that Australians Tristan Waters and Rohan Arnold, arrested over a $390 million cocaine haul, can be extradited to Australia. A case against a third man in the case, Australian David Campbell, was still pending.
    (AP, 2/22/18)

2018        Mar 10, Direct flights between Iran and Serbia resumed when an IranAir jet touched down at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport following a gap of 27 years.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)

2018        Mar 23, Heavy snow and flooding wreaked havoc across large parts of the Balkans, forcing road closures, flooding homes and stopping ferries on Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania.
    (AP, 3/23/18)

2018        Mar 26, Kosovo sent special police units to its volatile northern region to enforce a decision to stop two senior Serbian officials coming in, as relations between the two countries worsen.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)

2018        Mar 27, Kosovo Serbs set up a roadblock in northern Kosovo and their representatives walked out of Kosovo's government a day after the arrest and expulsion of a senior Serbian government official that has refueled tensions between the Balkan foes.
    (AP, 3/27/18)

2018        Apr 4, In Serbia a Belgrade court convicted seven Serbian Muslims for financing and recruiting people to help Islamic State in Syria, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from seven and a half to 11 years. Three of the seven men were sentenced in absentia.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 11, A UN war crimes court sentenced Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to ten years in prison, partially overturning his acquittal over crimes against humanity and other charges dating to the Balkan wars in the 1990s. He was acquitted in 2016 of nine war crimes and crimes against humanity charges because of insufficient evidence.
    (AP, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 18, A Croatian parliamentary delegation cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, a far-right leader convicted of war crimes, reportedly stamped on the Croatian national flag and shouted insults.
    (AP, 4/18/18)

2018        Apr 25, European law enforcement agencies said a British and Dutch-led operation brought down webstresser.org, a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims. Authorities in five countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Scotland and Europol, targeted six members of the crime group.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)

2018        Apr 26, Serbia barred Croatia's deputy prime minister and defense minister Damir Krsticevic from entering the country until further notice, in a tit-for-tat move following a similar action by Zagreb last weekend.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)

2018        May 6, Serbian police prevented ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj (63) from demonstrating in Hrtkovci, a village in the Vojvodina province home to a Croatian minority where his firebrand speeches during the Balkan War earned him a jail term.
    (AFP, 5/6/18)

2018        May 9, Serbia banned a Kosovo team from taking part in a karate competition it is hosting, over a political dispute stemming from the former province's declaration of independence.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, An international report was released into the situation of the Roma people in the Western Balkans. It showed that up to 93 percent of Roma women are unemployed, with one-third of all Roma families there going to bed hungry. The study covered Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.
    (AP, 5/9/18)

2018        May 25, Austrian police arrested 24 suspects in an investigation of a Serbia-based drug ring that allegedly rented houses in and around Vienna to grow marijuana.
    (AP, 5/27/18)

2018        Jun 5, The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) said it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44 million) financing for Serbia's first large-scale wind farms, to help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)

2018        Jul 3, In Serbia Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with President Aleksandar Vucic in a bid to boost ties with the Balkan country, a key Russian ally in Europe, as both states seek to join the European Union.
    (AP, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 28, In Serbia Dragoslav Ognjanovic (56), a leading lawyer who defended former strongman Slobodan Milosevic on charges of war crimes, was shot dead in Belgrade. His 26-year-old son was wounded in the arm.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)

2018        Jul 30, Lawyers in Serbia started a week-long strike to protest the fatal shooting of their colleague Dragoslav Ognjanovic (57) who helped defend late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and represented leading underworld figures.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)

2018        Aug 1, Serbian police said two migrants were shot dead on a road near the village of Dobrinci, around 45 km (28 miles) northwest of the capital Belgrade.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 17, Serbian authorities ordered the closure of a controversial "patriotic youth camp," run by Serbian and Russian veterans, where teens were handling fake weapons and dressing in army uniforms as part of military-style training on Zlatibor mountain.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 21, Serbia's air force took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.
    (AP, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 24, In Serbia a poisonous gas leak killed two men at the National Library in Belgrade. Carbon dioxide leaked as the two victims, both maintenance workers, were testing the building's firefighting capabilities.
    (AP, 8/24/18)

2018        Sep 9, Kosovo Albanians blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes.
    (AP, 9/9/18)

2018        Sep 29, In Kosovo thousands of people marched in Pristina against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia. The Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.
    (AP, 9/29/18)

2018        Oct 1, The Serbian government said China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Corp has won a concession to charge a toll on the highway it is constructing in Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic.
    (Reuters, 10/1/18)

2018        Oct 9, In Serbia dense morning fog led to two multi-vehicle crashes on a key highway, leaving seven people dead and injuring 27 others.
    (AP, 10/9/18)

2018        Nov 6, Representatives from Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia signed an agreement to identify victims of the 1990s wars. Around 12,000 people were still not accounted for out of the 40,000 missing from the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.
    (AFP, 11/7/18)

2018        Nov 21, Kosovo's government said it will put a 100 percent import tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A day earlier, Kosovo failed to join Interpol due to what it claimed was campaigning by Serbia.
    (AP, 11/21/18)

2018        Nov 23, Kosovo police arrested three ethnic Serbs, including two police officers, early today on suspicion of involvement in the killing earlier this year of a leading Serb politician in the north of the country.
    (AP, 11/23/18)

2018        Nov 27, A few thousand Kosovo Serbs people rallied in the divided town of Mitrovica demanding that the government abolish a 100 percent tax it has slapped on all goods imported from Serbia.
    (AP, 11/27/18)

2018        Dec 4, Serbia sought support from allies Russia and China in opposing the formation of a Kosovo army, warning that a military in its former province could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans.
    (AP, 12/4/18)

2018        Dec 5, Serbia's PM Ana Brnabic warned that the formation of a Kosovo army could trigger Serbia's armed intervention in the former province.
    (AP, 12/5/18)

2018        Dec 16, In southern Serbia a bus skidded off the road and overturned amid wintry weather, killing three people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 12/16/18)

2018        Dec 17, Serbia reported that two men have frozen to death as a cold spell throughout the Balkan region slowed down traffic, disrupted power supplies and closed down schools in some areas.
    (AP, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 21, In southern Serbia a train slammed into a bus carrying mostly high school students, killing five people and injuring 30 near the city of Nis.  The number of dead in the crash later rose to seven.
    (AP, 12/21/18)(AP, 1/3/19)

2018        Dec 22, In Serbia thousands of protesters marched in Belgrade for the third week in a row against what they say is a crackdown by the government of President Aleksandar Vucic on opposition parties and the media.
    (AFP, 12/22/18)
2018        Dec 22, Balkan leaders from Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia gathered in the Serbian capital of Belgrade as part of a regular regional initiative to foster cooperation on an array of issues such as migration and trade.
    (AP, 12/22/18)

2018        Dec 29, In Serbia thousands of people protested for a fourth consecutive week over what they say has been a stifling of democratic freedoms under President Aleksandar Vucic.
    (AP, 12/29/18)

2019        Jan 17, President Vladimir Putin arrived to a rousing welcome in Serbia, a key Moscow ally, where he will confer Russia's top award to his counterpart Aleksandar Vucic.
    (AFP, 1/17/19)

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