Widespread reports of voter intimidation have emerged in Kosovo, where local elections on Sunday have been closely watched as a barometer of ethnic sentiment in the divided country.
Ecstatic crowds are expected to greet Vladimir Putin as he enters the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade alongside Aleksandar Vucic. For over a month, thousands have turned out for weekly protests against Serbia's president.
Serbia has threatened a military response if its neighbor, Kosovo, goes through with a plan to establish a standing army — the latest in an escalating situation between the two neighboring nations.
Police in Kosovo have arrested three men over the murder of the Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic. As a moderate, Ivanovic had been considered capable of building bridges between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.
"Kisses from Grandpa Ratko," said jailed Serb ex-general Ratko Mladic during a live phone call to a morning TV show in Serbia, where his son was one of the guests. War criminals are still glorified across ex-Yugoslavia.
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