Ukrainian ethnographer Maia Ernst sits on the porch of her house with two of her dogs.

This Ukrainian woman rescued dogs as she fled war. Now she’s rescuing more in Serbia.


Maia Ernst and her mom escaped Dnipro under heavy shelling in a car occupied by dogs — her own and a few rescues. For the moment, they’re living about an hour outside Belgrade, the Serbian capital, where Ernst has taken in a couple more dogs.

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Rising ethnic tensions in Kosovo

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Young Russian game designers find a new home in Serbia

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This blues musician fled Russia for Serbia. But he sounds like he came straight from the Mississippi Delta.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (15) shoots over Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Denver. 

Nikola Jokić takes center stage at NBA Finals and Serbian fans are loving it

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Cash, beer, doughnuts: Can incentives work to get people vaccinated?

In a matter of weeks, some parts of the globe have gone from trying to get enough vaccines to now having them, and trying to convince people to take them.

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Montenegro was a success story in troubled Balkan region – now its democracy is in danger

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Western leaders learned the hard way 25 years ago that conflict in the Balkans can become ethnic cleansing. Add Russia into the mix, and Montenegro’s new problems are US and European problems, too.

A medical worker gives a shot of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to a woman during the vaccination in Belgrade, Serbia, Feb. 17, 2021. 

Serbia lets people choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some call it a ‘political ballot.’


Although some Serbians see it as a big win for the country — and a rare victory at that — others are critical of what they see as the politicization of vaccines.

Several people are shown standing and sitting in in a subway car that has the doors open and another man walking past.

WHO releases new guidelines, sends team to China; Elections in Singapore and Poland; Turkish court annuls Hagia Sophia decree

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The WHO released new guidelines on Thursday acknowledging some reports of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. And, the WHO sent a team to China today to lay the groundwork for an investigation on the origins of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, several countries are making additional moves to reopen. The UK government announced that starting Friday, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

A large group of people are shown running from police officers on horseback with smoke in the distance.

Serbian leader backtracks on virus lockdown after protest


Serbia’s president backtracked Wednesday on his plans to reinstate a coronavirus lockdown in Belgrade after thousands protested the move and violently clashed with the police in the capital.