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Croatia votes for new government as virus woes loom

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The ruling conservative HDZ party is set for a close race with the main center-left opposition, and also risks losing votes to a new right-wing movement gunning for third place

CAMPAIGN POSTERS. A woman walks by campaign posters in Zagreb on July 2, 2020 ahead of the parliamentary election of July 5. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

Croatia touts dazzling coastline to rescue virus-hit tourism sector

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Boats and tents might be the cure, offering travelers distancing as they relax on Croatia's idyllic coast

A view taken June 17, 2020, shows the Marina Punat on the northern island of Krk, Croatia's oldest and one of its biggest marina's. - The Marina was founded in 1964 and has 1,300 annul berths while its guests are mostly from Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Relaxation of travel restrictions within most European Union nations earlier this month enabled the arrival of foreign guests to Croatia and raised the Adriatic nation's hopes that boating and camping, as socially-distanced tourism options, could save some of the season. (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC / AFP)

Croatia's economy seen to shrink by 9.4% in 2020

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:45 PM

It would be the 'biggest annual fall since the war' in the 1990s when Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia, says Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic

Shoppers stand apart waiting in Zagreb's main Dolac market, as she respects social distancing regulations in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in downtown Zagreb on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Denis LOVROVIC / AFP)

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Croatia reports 1st confirmed coronavirus case in Balkans

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:52 PM

There are fears northern Croatia could be hit by the virus as many locals go to Italy for work

FIRST IN THE BALKANS. In this file photo, Croatia's Minister of Health Vili Beros speaks during a press conference on sidelines of the Ministers of Health meeting on the coronavirus COVID-19, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on February 13, 2020. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Croatia sentences ex-PM, Hungary energy firm boss for graft

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Ivo Sanader and energy group MOL's Zsolt Hernadi are convicted of 'receiving and giving a bribe' concerning a 2009 deal after the purchase of shares in a local oil and gas group

ON TRIAL. In this file photo, Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader attends a hearing during his trial on October 22, 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo from AFP

Croatian 'Schindler's List' producer Branko Lustig dies at 87

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Croatian film producer Branko Lustig, who won Oscars for 'Schindler's List' and 'Gladiator,' was also a known Holocaust survivor

Wesley So bags $60,000 in Croatian chess tilt

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Representing the US, Wesley So finishes 2nd in the Croatian Grand Chess Tour behind world champion Magnus Carlsen

UNBEATEN. Wesley So goes undefeated in the 2019 Croation Grand Chess Tour. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So draws world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, keeps title drive

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Cavite-born Wesley So stays in the hunt for the Grand Chess Tour crown after scoring a draw against world champion Magnus Carlsen

Photo from Grand Chess Tour Photo from Grand Chess Tour

Dubrovnik or King's Landing? Game of Thrones is 'blessing and curse'

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'It's an amazing thing because it brings us so many people, but now we don't know what to do with those people,' says a Croatian tour guide

TOURIST HOTSPOT. Dubrovnik is featured in 'Game of Thrones' as King's Landing. Rappler screenshot

Hundreds of journalists protest vs censorship in Croatia

Mar 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Enough of persecution of has gone on for decades,' says Croatian journalist Hrvoje Zovko

BATTLE VS CENSORSHIP. Croatian journalists take it to the streets of capital Zagreb to condemn law suits on media outlets. Shutterstock photos

Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships displays various objects on stories of heartbreak

A picture taken at the Musem of Broken Relationships in Zagreb on February, 14, 2109 shows objects displayed during an exhibition of personal objects and stories of heartbreak created by artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic. - Artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, who broke up after four years together, launched in 2006 the project, an exhibition displaying a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak. (Photo by Denis LOVROVIC / AFP)

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

IN PHOTOS: The highest scoring FIFA World Cup finals since 1966

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM

France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Kylian Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in the World Cup

FRENCH LOVE. Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his teammates France's title romp over Croatia. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Croatia optimistic it can make World Cup history

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The small Balkan nation swells with pride as its football squad gears up for the World Cup final against fancied France

ECSTATIC. The World Cup fever is rampant in Croatia, one of the smallest nations to reach the World Cup final. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A young but fancied France side hopes to avoid an upset from one of the smallest nations to reach the final

FOR ALL THE MARBLES. Kylian Mbappe (right) leads France's young charge against Domagoj Vida's Croatia. Photo by Gabriel Bouys and Adrian Dennis/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Croatia reaches first World Cup final as England pain goes on

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:16 AM

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time winner sends Croatia to a title showdown against France

ECSTASY. Croatia's players Dejan Lovren (left) and Domagoj Vida celebrate at the end of their semifinal triumph over England. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

UP Maroons ink 3rd sponsor, set to train in Serbia, Croatia

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Head Coach Bo Perasol recalls the days when the team could only afford to go to Baguio for training

RAGS TO RICHES. The UP Fighting Maroons are finally able to travel to Europe for training. Photo from press release

Croatia thrills as Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Luka Modric and his impressive Croatia side nip Russia on penalties to reach the semifinals

ECSTATIC. Croatia's players celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Russia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

World Cup penalty drama sets up Croatia against host Russia

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic plays hero as Croatia downs Denmark in shootout to advance to the quarterfinals

HISTORIC. Croatia's Danijel Subasic becomes the first goalkeeper in 12 years  to save 3 in a penalty shootout since Portugal's Ricardo against England. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

3 things we learned today at the World Cup

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:29 AM

AFP Sports looks at 3 things we learned today at the second day of last 16 action at the World Cup

JUBILATION. Russia fans react after Russia won the penalty shoot-out during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the World Cup. Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/AFP

Croatia annihilates Batang Gilas in FIBA Under-17 World Cup opener

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The Philippine basketball youth squad absorbs a by 22-point whipping against the world’s 10th-ranked boys’ team

RUDE WELCOME. Batang Gilas’ 7-foot-1 phenom Kai Sotto (left) backs up on Croatia’s 6-foot-7 Matej Bosnjak during their lopsided duel. Photo by FIBA

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Messi feels pain as World Cup dream turns to nightmare

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Croatia in euphoria after complete domination of Messi's powerhouse Argentina

STUNNER. Football superstar Lionel Messi (left) and Argentina fall flat against a disciplined Croatia side. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Croatia to consult Messi's teammate for advice on thwarting Argentina star

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Lionel Messi eyes to beat Croatia after Argentina figured in a draw in its opening game against Iceland

MARKED MAN. Lionel Messi will be a marked man when Argentina meets Croatia in the World Cup. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev

Brazil's Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The PSG striker races to be fit for his national team's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17

READY. Brazil's star striker Neymar shares a light moment with midfielder Philippe Coutinho during a training session ahead of their international friendly football match against Croatia. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind'

SECURITY. File photo show people work at computers during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last January 23, 2018. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Top seed Rublev into NextGen tennis semifinals

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Russian star Andrey Rublev becomes the third semifinalist of the inaugural tournament after Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Croatia's Borna Coric

SEMIFINALIST. Russia's Andrey Rublev reacts after a point against South Korea's Hyeon Chung during their men's singles tennis match of the first edition of the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan on November 8, 2017. Photo by Marco Bertorello/ AFP

WATCH: Dubrovnik is more than just 'King's Landing'

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:00 PM

More than the Game of Thrones connection the city’s thousand year long history lives on in its walls and alleys

Cilic seeks U.S. Open rebound from Wimbledon heartache

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:40 AM

After a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer Croatian Marin Cilic says he took out all the positives from it and is now playing consistently in the US Open

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:42 AM

This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough says Antonio Rosas scientist at Spain s Natural Science Museum in Madrid

Conservatives win Croatia vote, but outlook unclear

Sep 13, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The vote came as the EU s newest member has seen a lurch to the right and a surge of social intolerance over the past 5 months under a fragile coalition government

A Bosnian Croat woman casts a vote at a polling station in Sarajevo on September 11, 2016, to elect representatives for the Bosnian Croat national body in the Croatian parliament, as Croatia holds early parliamentary elections. Elvis Barukcic/AFP

Euro 2016: Croatia fightback condemns Spain to unwanted Italy clash

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Spain must now beat Italy in a rematch of the 2012 final to remain in contention for a record third successive European Championship title

TRIUMPH. Ivan Perisic (L) of Croatia and Gerard Pique of Spain in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 group D preliminary round match. EPA/CAROLINE BLUMBERG

'Sports terrorists' bring new chaos to Euro 2016

Jun 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Croatian and Turkish fans throw flares on the pitch in separate matches

FLARES. Supporters of Turkey react and light flares after the UEFA EURO 2016 group D preliminary round match between Spain and Turkey at Stade de Nice in Nice, France, 17 June 2016. Photo by PETER POWELL/EPA

Meet Klepetan and Malena: Croatia's lovebird storks, faithfully 'in love'

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Croatia is trying to attract more tourists by showcasing the enduring love story of Klepetan a male stork who has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate Malena

Screengrab from YouTube/Croatia Full of Life

Outrage at UN court's 'rewriting' of Balkans wars

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Seselj once a firebrand paramilitary leader had been charged with murder persecution and torture of non Serb civilians

ACQUITTED. Vojislav Seselj speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, March 31, 2016 The UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 31 March 2016 acquitted Seselj of nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between 1991 and 1993 during the Balkan wars. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Young Croatian ready for his shot at NBA fame

Apr 01, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Dragan Bender s name is not yet well known beyond hardcore basketball fans but that may soon change

EU ministers meet after Balkan migrant route shut

Mar 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The scheduled two day meeting will tackle various areas including a proposed deal with Turkey and the restoration of the visa free Schengen zone

Refugees share a cigarette in front of a fire, during a rainy day, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 9, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Balkan nations slam shut migrant route

Mar 09, 2016 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED A string of western Balkan nations slam shut their borders exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian border

RESTRICTED. Cars pass through the Obrezje border crossing point on border between Slovenia and Croatia on March 9, 2016 in Obrezje, Slovenia. Jure Makovec / AFP

Electric supercar wins young Croatian global fame

Mar 07, 2016 - 12:14 AM

28 year old Mate Rimac s company sells Concept One supercars for 850 000 euros 923 000 each

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be 'trapped' next month

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia as well as Serbia and Macedonia impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

epa05182244 Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 26 February 2016. The Greek government will proceed with a temporary plan to limit the refugee flow from the islands for the weekend. The aim is to give the necessary time in order to develop new temporary hosting facilities for refugees and migrants in Attica and other regions of the country. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

Balkan nations cap migrant numbers as EU warns of 'disaster'

Feb 27, 2016 - 9:33 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon voices concern over the rising wave of border restrictions in the Balkans saying they ran contrary to the international refugee convention

MIGRANT CRISIS. Some hundred of migrants from Iran and Afghanistan, returned from Slovenia, arrive at the border line between Macedonia and Greece, near Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, February 23, 2016. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

Police chiefs on migrant route announce joint refugee register

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:13 AM

Macedonia Serbia Croatia Slovenia and Austria will jointly profile and register migrants from war torn countries and then organize their controlled transport through to Austria Croatia s police director Vlado Dominic says

A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan wait to be registered in front of a temporary camp for migrants in the village of Miratovac, on the border between Serbia and Macedonia, close to the south Serbian city of Presevo, Serbia, February 15, 2016. Photo by Djordje Savic/EPA

Croatia goes to the polls facing migrant wave, economy woes

Nov 08, 2015 - 3:10 PM

It is Croatia s first parliamentary election since it joined the EU in 2013

ELECTION. People walk past an election campaign billboard for the ‘Croatia forward’ coalition led by Leader of Social Democrat Party of Zoran Milanovic in downtown Zagreb, on November 6, 2015. AFP photo

Croatia, Serbia calm migrant border tensions after EU wades in

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Over the past week the two neighbors have been locked in their worst spat since the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict imposing tit for tat border restrictions over the human exodus seeking passage through the Balkans to northern Europe

SHARED BORDER. Refugees wait to enter Croatia at the Serbia-Croatia border town of Berkasovo, Serbia, September 25, 2015. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA