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Serbia: Villagers Use Vampire Legend to Lure Tourists

Date: January 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

No one has filmed a vampire trilogy there yet, but the tiny village of Zarozje, near the Bosnian border, is embracing its local vampire legend in the hope of attracting more visitors. The strategy seems to be working, as curious tourists trail in from all over the country to see a decrepit mill, supposedly haunted [read more]

Serbia: Attacks on Foreigners in Belgrade

Date: October 1st, 2009 | No Comments

A string of violent incidents in Belgrade targeting foreigners in September prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue an alert informing Americans of the trend. In one incident two French citizens were attacked at an Irish bar popular with expatriates by a large group of Serbian soccer hooligans. One of the Frenchman later died. In another [read more]

Europe: Extreme Weather Plagues Britain, Continent

Date: July 25th, 2007 | No Comments

Extreme weather is plaguing Europe, with England suffering its worst floods in 60 years and intense heat contributing to forest fires in southern Italy and across the Balkan peninsula. Romania saw temperatures above 100 for seven straight days, while a fast-moving brush fire drove thousands of tourists out of hotels and campsites to the beaches [read more]

Serbia and Montenegro: Kosovo Status to be Determined

Date: October 11th, 2005 | No Comments

The Serbian province of Kosovo has spent the last six years under U.N. jurisdiction, but talks are poised to begin in December to decide whether the region should remain part of Serbia or gain full independence. As this process gets underway, tensions are likely to rise and protests could occur. In the past few weeks, [read more]


Date: July 24th, 2001 | No Comments

Demonstrations and strikes against President Slobodan Milosevic disrupted travel throughout the region but didn’t paralyze the country as the opposition had hoped. Trouble could erupt if Milosevic insists on holding a runoff election Oct. 8, which the opposition has vowed to boycott. Opposition leaders and the international community believe that Milosevic lost the election outright [read more]

Serbia: U.S. Embassy Calls 7 Belgrade Bars and Clubs Off-Limits

Date: November 4th, 2009 | No Comments

Belgrade is considered a generally safe city, but the U.S. Embassy issued a list of establishments there that Embassy personnel and travelers should avoid because of repeated violent incidents. The seven bars and clubs are Stefan Braun, Vanila next to the SPS office building, H2O boat restaurant behind Hotel Jugoslavija, Mistik below Tasmajdan park, Blaywatch, [read more]

Balkan Region: UN Report Calls Balkans One of Europe’s Safest Places

Date: June 4th, 2008 | No Comments

According to a UN report, the Balkan region is now one of the safest in Europe. The report found that this region that was wracked by violence and war in the 1990s now has lower rates of homicide, robbery and rape than Western Europe. Of the nine countries in the study—Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, [read more]

Central Europe: Floods Threaten Many Countries

Date: April 4th, 2006 | No Comments

Flooding from melting snow and heavy rain threatened a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 2002. Floods forced evacuations in the Czech Republic, where a state of emergency was declared in seven of its 14 regions, in Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. Serbia and Romania were on high alert. Unlike the floods of 2002, the current [read more]


Date: June 10th, 2003 | No Comments

Serbia opened its borders June 6 for visa-free entry to citizens from 40 countries, including the U.S. and E.U. as well as Croatia and Slovenia. Croatia reciprocated June 10 to allow visa-free entry [read more]

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