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24 Nov 15

Serbian Official Criticised for Wearing Islamic Dress

The president of the Serbian parliament, Maja Gojkovic, was criticised for wearing conservative Islamic clothing during a visit to Tehran.

24 Nov 15

Serbian Fighter Acquitted of Bosnia War Rapes

A Belgrade court acquitted former Serbian volunteer fighter Miodrag Zivkovic of raping two Bosniak women in the Bosnian town of Bijeljina during the war in 1992.

24 Nov 15

US-Published Documents Show West’s Srebrenica Failure

The US National Security Archive published documents detailing how the UN and international community failed to take action to prevent the Srebrenica massacres in July 1995.

24 Nov 15

Bosnia Investigates Police Station Blast

The Bosnian prosecution is investigating after an explosive device was thrown at a police station in Zavidovici overnight, with local police saying they suspect it could have been a terror attack.

24 Nov 15

Srebrenica Commander Oric’s War Crimes Case Delayed

Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric’s trial will only begin after the UN court in The Hague decides whether the case should be dropped because he has already been acquitted of the charges.

24 Nov 15

Serbia Mulls Banishing Reality TV to Night-Time

Serbian television regulators want to prohibit the broadcasting of popular reality TV shows before 11pm after complaints that they contain promiscuous sex, violence and hate speech.

24 Nov 15

Macedonia Considers Legalising Medical Marijuana

Macedonian's health ministry says it is seriously listening to expert opinion about the possible legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes after a poll indicated widespread public support.

24 Nov 15

Tirana Intensifies Flood Prevention Efforts

Authorities in the Albanian capital begin demolishing unapproved buildings built on top of drains after floods trigger power and water outages.

24 Nov 15

Serbian Fighter Describes ‘Extermination’ of Kosovo Villagers

At the retrial of 12 former Yugoslav Army troops for war crimes during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo, a Serbian ex-fighter recalled how scores of Albanian civilians were shot and died “like sheep”.

23 Nov 15

Bosniak Fighter Jailed for Kozarac Killings

Former Bosniak fighter Muhamed Kusuran was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing two civilians and attempting to kill two more in Kozarac near Prijedor in the summer of 1992.

23 Nov 15

Complaint Against Pink TV over Serbia Coup Claims

A Serbian journalists’ association has lodged a complaint against Pink TV after it broadcast claims a coup would take place in Serbia on Monday.

23 Nov 15

Assault on Serbian Corruption Official ‘a Warning’

A senior Anti-Corruption Council member claims she was violently attacked because of her critical reports on government agencies.

23 Nov 15

Montenegro Extradites Drugs Trafficking Suspect to Belgium

Belgian millionaire Serge Muller has been extradited from Montenegro to Belgium, where he faces charges of cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

23 Nov 15

Deadly Floods Cause Chaos in Albania

Parts of Tirana remain underwater and without power following widespread flooding, as authorities confirm one man is dead and another is missing.

23 Nov 15

Croatia Stalemate Makes New Elections More Likely

With negotiations on forming a working majority of MPs in Croatia's parliament getting nowhere, new parliamentary elections look increasingly likely.


24 Nov 15

Serbia’s Gay Couples Face Legal Discrimination

Same-sex couples can’t get married or form civil partnerships in Serbia – just one of the legal obstacles faced by gay people which prevent them enjoying the same basic rights as heterosexuals.

Culture and Lifestyle


Romania Fair Booms in Tough World For Books

This year's Gaudeamus international book fair in Bucharest looks set to attract huge numbers - in spite of the fact that almost 40 per of Romanians no longer read any books at all.



Bosnia's National Airline Awaits Imminent Closure

BH Airlines, the troubled national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is likely to be put into liquidation before the end of the year after running up a debt of around 17.5 million euros.