Coronavirus Is Killing Democracies

Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade’s graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government’s lockdown orders.

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High-Price Public Christmas Tree Causes Uproar in Belgrade

Authorities in Serbia’s capital are facing outrage over the purchase of a plastic Christmas tree that reportedly cost the equivalent of $98,000 and has sparked corruption allegations. An anti-corruption website has described the 59-feet tree as the most expensive in the world — four times the price of the one outside Rockefeller Center in New York.

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Unrepentant Mladic Sentenced to Life for Bosnia Atrocities

An unrepentant Ratko Mladic, the bullish Bosnian Serb general whose forces rained shells and snipers’ bullets on Sarajevo and carried out the worst massacre in Europe since World War II, was convicted Wednesday of genocide and other crimes and sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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