Grammys 2020: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations; Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich have 6 each
Will Beyoncé become the belated queen of the Grammy Awards with her field-leading nine new nominations? Or will Queen Bey, as the vocal superstar is fondly called by many of her fans, leave largely empty-handed — as in 2017, when her then-field-leading nine nominations resulted in just two wins in minor categories?Those are just a few of the intriguing questions raised by Tuesday’s announcement of the 2020 Grammy nominations. After Beyoncé, the three top contenders — with six nominations each — are Taylor Swift, English dance-pop singer Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Rich. Alabama Shakes’ singer Br...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Under Biden, the US will push for a ‘EU-goslavia’
What matters in international politics is not what a leader wants to do but what that leader must do to uphold their country’s core national interests. Understanding this is key to understanding the impact of Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election on American policy towards the Balkans.There can be little doubt that the incoming Biden Administration would like to cancel the last four years of American policy, characterised by a rapprochement with Serbia and a bullying of the Kosovo Albanians, a flexible attitude to borders and an apparent disregard for the reputations of US diplom...
Timberwolves pull off draft night stunner, trade for Ricky Rubio
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio’s career is coming full circle.A source confirmed to the Star Tribune that the Wolves are trading the No. 17 pick in Wednesday’s draft to Oklahoma City for Rubio, the No. 25 pick and No. 28 pick.The deal was first reported by The Athletic.Rubio, a fan favorite during his time with the Wolves, spent the first six seasons of his NBA career in Minnesota before spending two years in Utah and one in Phoenix. He had just been traded earlier this week in the deal that brought Chris Paul to the Suns.“What a business,” Rubio tweeted after learning he had been traded to Oklahom...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Source: Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic never agreed to deal in sign-and-trade with Bucks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Kings have hit a snag in the sign-and-trade deal that was supposed to send Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin James to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson.A league source told The Sacramento Bee “there is no deal” when the trade was first reported Monday night and reiterated “there was never a deal” on Wednesday when news broke that the trade might be falling apart. Sources told The Athletic’s Sam Amick the deal “has issues” and the “outcome is unclear.”A source told The Bee that Bogdanovic never agreed to the terms of any dea...
The Sacramento Bee
A century after the Trianon Treaty: perceptions of Hungary in Serbia and Croatia
The Trianon Treaty (June 4, 1920), its legacies, symbolism and interpretations, still divides countries and societies across the Carpathian basin. In Hungary, this anniversary remains largely intertwined, in both political and public discourse, with imageries of national dismemberment and historical injustice.By contrast, in neighbouring Slovakia and Romania, the signing of the Trianon Treaty is associated with the acquisition of independent statehood and the liberation of the regions of Transylvania and the Banat, respectively. In addition to the aforementioned states, Serbia and Croatia also...
In the Balkans, COVID-19 measures may not apply to religious leaders
Screengrab from a widely shared video by Twitter user @DoturLui.The Balkans reacted in outrage at the sight of thousands of people queuing to kiss the mortal remains of the Bishop Amfilohije Radović, the 82-year-old head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro who died of COVID-19-related causes on October 30.Mourners came, for the most part maskless, to the bishop's wake and funeral at Podgorica's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral by the thousands. In the small, little-ventilated room where his body lied in an open casket, priests and nuns recited litanies for several hours throughout the weeke...
'Everything is at stake': Kamala Harris rallies Miami Democrats
MIAMI — On the last weekend of early voting, a critical period for Florida Democrats counting on a swell of turnout from Black and Hispanic voters, vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris urged voters to choose the candidate that says “Black Lives Matter.”Harris visited South Florida in a final swing through the state, where latest polling shows a razor-thin margin between her running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, and President Donald Trump. Sunday marks the final day of early voting, and Democrats are sweating. Their advantage, once around 500,000, is down to around 116,000 vo...
Russia Moves to Open Defense Ministry Office in Serbia
Russia is moving toward opening a Defense Ministry office in Serbia to deepen military ties with its longtime ally, a move that risks straining relations with the West, Reuters reported Tuesday.Serbia, which claims military neutrality, is an EU candidate country that also maintains close ties with Moscow. Belgrade suspended its military drills with all partners for six months last month, pointing to pressure from the EU to drop out of joint military drills in Belarus with Russia.According to Reuters, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order last Thursday authorizing the propose...
The Moscow Times
Serbian government first flaunts, then denies having sold weapons to both Armenia and Azerbaijan
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian Armed Forces weapons during a military exercise on August 21, 2020. Publicity photo by Presidency of Serbia/Dimitrije Goll. Use permitted.This story originally appeared at Istinomer (Truth-O-Meter), a fact-checking initiative of the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA). An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices.**A raging conflict in the South Caucasus over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has started to impact several other countries in often unexpected ways — Serbia is ...
Lake Trump? Disputed reservoir could be named after US president
Pristina (AFP) - In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour.The lake in question is a 24-kilometre (15-mile) stretch of water straddling the border of former war foes Serbia and Kosovo, who both claim ownership and have different names for it. A huge banner appeared Thursday on Kosovo's side of the reservoir reading "Lake Trump", while another hung over a bridge thanked Trump for "bringing peace" following recent US-brokered agreements between Kosovo and Serbia. The t...