Croatia - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Croatia KHL mulls dropping 5 teams to save costs MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League is considering shrinking from 29 to 24 teams following years of financial instability. "Optimizing the number (of clubs) will help us to deal with the issue of cost-cutting related to player earnings," KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Tuesday in comments reported by state news agencies in Russia. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:00:00Z Grudge match: Sharapova to play Bouchard in Madrid MADRID (AP) — Maria Sharapova's reward for advancing to the second round of the Madrid Open on Sunday is a match against Eugenie Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against the Russian's return after a doping ban. Sharapova recovered from a shaky opening to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round. Playing in her sec... Sun, 07 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-05-07T17:56:00Z Croatian parliament elects new speaker amid political crisis ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament has elected a new speaker after the previous one resigned amid a breakup of the ruling coalition and a government crisis in the European Union's newest member state. Gordan Jandrokovic from the ruling Croatian Democratic Union was elected in a 76-13 vote Friday. The parliament then announced a one-month break un... Fri, 05 May 2017 15:43:00 GMT 2017-05-05T15:43:00Z Croatia's finance minister survives no-confidence vote ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's finance minister narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, amid deepening political turmoil in the European Union's newest nation. The vote in the 151-seat assembly saw 75 lawmakers back the ouster of Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, 75 were against the move and one lawmaker abstained. ... Thu, 04 May 2017 15:44:00 GMT 2017-05-04T15:44:00Z Junior partner says it is leaving Croatian government ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The junior party in Croatia's ruling conservative coalition says it is leaving the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic following a dispute over the finance minister. The announcement Friday by the Most, or Bridge, party could spell the end of the governing coalition and raise prospects of another early election in the European Union country. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:58:00 GMT 2017-04-28T13:58:00Z Croatia PM wants ministers dismissed amid coalition dispute ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's prime minister moved on Thursday to replace three ministers from a junior party in the government, triggering a crisis in the ruling conservative coalition. Andrej Plenkovic announced the dismissal of the justice, interior and environment ministers because they voted against the government decision to reject a separate opposition motion to re... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:19:00 GMT 2017-04-27T13:19:00Z Boats collide near Dubrovnik, killing 3 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian rescuers say they have found the body of a third victim of a collision between a municipal boat and a rubber boat carrying nine people. The municipal boat was heading to an island in the southern Adriatic on a medical emergency when it struck the rubber boat late Tuesday near the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, a famous tourism center. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:04:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:04:00Z North Korea loses world judo event because of security risk BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — North Korea will no longer host the judo world junior championships because of security risks amid rising political tension with South Korea and the United States. "At present, this situation is alarming, and the outcomes are difficult to predict," the International Judo Federation said Wednesday after talks with North Korea's sports ministry. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:17:00 GMT 2017-04-26T12:17:00Z Slovenian leader wants talks on EU systematic border checks LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's prime minister said Tuesday he wants discussions over increased border controls that have led to huge lines of cars forming on the country's border with Croatia. The rules introducing systematic checks of European Union citizens on the external borders of the bloc's travel-free zone, or Schengen, came into force earlier this month as par... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-04-25T16:05:00Z Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play SPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape. Oliver Frljic's "Our violence and Your Violence" deals with Europe's refugee crisis and has been denounced by the Catholic church and previously also by Muslims. Carr... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-04-24T20:13:00Z Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian anti-fascists and Serb minority groups on Saturday held a commemoration ceremony at the site of a notorious World War II death camp, boycotting the official event over alleged government inaction in curbing the surge of neo-Nazi sentiment in the Balkan country. The ceremony was held a day before the Croatian government mark... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:27:00 GMT 2017-04-22T19:27:00Z Austrian court: ex-Croatian general guilty of embezzlement VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has found a former Croatian general guilty of embezzling millions of euros and sentenced him and an associate to two years in prison. The court in the southern city of Klagenfurt determined Wednesday that the ex-general, Vladimir Zagorec, and Guenter Striedinger were involved in diverting loans from the now-defunct Hypo Alpe Adria Bank. Stried... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:32:00 GMT 2017-04-19T15:32:00Z Russian rockets fuel tensions in the Balkans BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is seeking a Russian air defense system in addition to fighter jets and battle tanks, Serbian officials say, in what could fuel tensions in the Balkans. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said he negotiated the purchase of the S-300 anti-aircraft rockets during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month and Belarus Presiden... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:27:00 GMT 2017-04-18T16:27:00Z More than 200 migrants rounded up in Serbia SID, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have rounded up more than 200 migrants in the country's north following reports of alleged attacks against the local population. The raid early Tuesday morning happened in the town of Sid on the border with Croatia. The migrants, who allegedly did not register with local authorities, were packed into bu... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:28:00 GMT 2017-04-11T13:28:00Z Croatia adopts law to protect from big company failures ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament on Thursday adopted an emergency law to protect the economy from large company failures after the country's biggest private-owned firm accumulated huge debts. Agrokor, the largest private retailer and food producer in the Balkans with some 60,000 staff, has struggled to pay suppliers and creditors after building... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:26:00 GMT 2017-04-06T13:26:00Z EU blocks proposed German takeover of Croatian cement maker BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have blocked the proposed takeover of Cemex Croatia, a cement maker, by Germany's HeidelbergCement and Schwenk, saying it would have significantly reduced competition. The EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said Wednesday that "we had clear evidence that this takeover would have led to price increases in Cr... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:26:00 GMT 2017-04-05T10:26:00Z Juventus winger Pjaca out for rest of season with injury TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus winger Marko Pjaca will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Pjaca was stretchered off the field in the 64th minute of Croatia's 3-0 loss to Estonia after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Croatian soccer federation says the 21-year-old Pjaca will undergo surgery ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:11:00 GMT 2017-03-29T12:11:00Z Player gets 4-year ban cut in Champions League steroid case LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi has had his doping ban for an anabolic steroid reduced to two years on appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport halved Ademi's initial four-year ban by UEFA because he proved he had not intended to cheat. Ademi, who played for Croatia in friendly matches before switchi... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:54:00 GMT 2017-03-27T13:54:00Z Spain and Italy level atop group as are Serbia and Ireland Halfway through European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, there is little to divide some of the teams. Spain and Italy continued their tense battle for top spot in their group with comfortable victories on Friday. The two countries remained tied atop Group G after Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Pal... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:57:00 GMT 2017-03-25T07:57:00Z Spain and Italy level atop group as are Spain and Ireland Halfway through European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, there is little to divide some of the teams. Spain and Italy continued their tense battle for top spot in their group with comfortable victories on Friday. The two countries remained tied atop Group G after Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Pal... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-03-24T23:37:00Z Croatia tops table with 1-0 win over Ukraine, Iceland 2nd ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia took control of Group I in the 2018 World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine as their fans had a first chance to celebrate a victory at the Maksimir Stadium. It was the first home match Croatia was allowed to play in front of their fans in the campaign. FIFA had ordered the stadium in the capital to be closed to ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:58:00 GMT 2017-03-24T21:58:00Z Croatia PM appeals for no hooliganism at Ukraine game ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's prime minister appealed to soccer fans to behave during Friday's World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine. Andrej Plenkovic urged all state institutions to make sure that the game in Zagreb passes without incidents. It is the first time Croatia fans will be allowed into a home match in this World Cup q... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:22:00 GMT 2017-03-23T11:22:00Z 6 arrested in Bosnia over suspected migrant smuggling SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities say they have detained six people as part of an international investigation into an illegal migrant smuggling ring. Bosnia's prosecution office said in a statement Wednesday those arrested are suspected of being part of a lucrative international gang that smuggled dozens of migrants from Turkey and Syria into western Eu... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:06:00 GMT 2017-03-22T12:06:00Z Croatian club Hajduk fined after weekend hooligan incidents ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian club Hajduk was fined Wednesday and ordered to play two games in an empty stadium after hooligan incidents last weekend, including a masked man chasing the referee with a metal bar. The game between Hajduk and Rijeka on Saturday was interrupted twice over racist chants, flares and the intruder. A man in a black track suit a... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:56:00 GMT 2017-03-15T16:56:00Z Romania, Croatia support EU expansion in eastern Europe BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Croatia and Romania's foreign ministers say they support the enlargement of the European Union in eastern Europe as a tool for regional stability. Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier, on a visit to Bucharest, said the two countries agree on the need to "continue the support for enlargement policy of the EU," after talks on Tuesday with Romania... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-03-14T14:50:00Z Ivan Rakitic extends contract with Barcelona through 2021 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed to renew his contract through 2021. The defending Spanish champions say Rakitic's buyout clause will be 125 million euros ($132 million). The 29-year-old Rakitic has scored 23 goals, including the opening goal of its 2015 Champions League final victory, in... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:14:00 GMT 2017-03-10T11:14:00Z Kyrgios stuns Djokovic to reach Mexican Open semifinals ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Australia's Nick Kyrgios used a barrage of 25 aces to defeat top-seeded Novak Djokovic 7-6 (9), 7-5 early Friday morning and reach the semifinals of the Mexican Open. Kyrgios blasted 16 aces in the first set to beat Djokovic in his first match against the second-best player in the world and will play against American Sam Querrey in one of the semifinals. Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:42:00 GMT 2017-03-03T06:42:00Z EU official promises resolution of Slovenia-Croatia wine row LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The European Union will review Slovenia's complaints over a permission granted to Croatia to use the Teran red wine brand in the 28-nation bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday. Slovenian winemakers have warned the EU that Croatia has presented "partly forged" documents while getting the permissio... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-03-02T17:40:00Z Croatia creates panel to study its pro-Nazi, Communist past ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's conservative government on Thursday formed a council to deal with the country's previous pro-Nazi and Communist regimes in a bid to overcome the deep divisions that still exist over the Balkan nation's past. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that the move is an attempt to resolve the issues of the past for the future of... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:25:00 GMT 2017-03-02T15:25:00Z Slovenia and Croatia clash over Teran red wine name LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian winemakers warned the European Union Wednesday that Croatia has presented "partly forged" documents while getting permission to use the Teran red wine brand in the 28-nation bloc. Neighboring EU members Slovenia and Croatia have long been at odds over the use of the Teran name. Slovenia says it has exclusive rights to ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:15:00 GMT 2017-03-01T13:15:00Z