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22 Aug 17

EU Calls for Calm after Macedonia, Serbia Diplomatic Incident

The EU has expressed hopes that Belgrade and Skopje will “deal with the issue calmly” after Serbia withdrew all diplomatic staff from the country.

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22 Aug 17

Bosnian Serb General Found Guilty of Hiding Mladic

Belgrade court found on Tuesday the retired Bosnian Serb general Marko Lugonja guilty of hiding the fugitive Ratko Mladic in his apartment in 2002.

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22 Aug 17

Serbian Media Synchronise to Accuse Macedonia of Tapping Officials

Serbian media has accused Macedonia of tapping Serb officials’ communications amid an ongoing diplomatic scandal between Belgrade and Skopje.

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22 Aug 17

Croatia Summons Firefighters to Subdue Forest Fires

The forest fires devastating the coastal region of Dalmatia have prompted authorities to sound the alarm for all Croatia’s firefighting units.

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22 Aug 17

Croatian Pupils Head for Barcelona Despite Attacks

Planned school trips to terror-struck Barcelona this week look like going ahead as arranged, despite a government ministry suggesting schools should cancel them.

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22 Aug 17

Stanisic, Simatovic Retrial Resumes Before Tribunal

The retrial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, two former leaders of the Serbian State Security Service, SDB, for crimes in Croatia and Bosnia continues on Tuesday.

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22 Aug 17

US Denies Holbrooke Promised No Recognition of Kosovo

The US State Department has dismissed Serbian claims that the late US diplomat Richard Holbrooke wrote to Milosevic, pledging that Washington would not recognise Kosovo's independence.

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21 Aug 17

Bosnians Mourn Koricani Cliff Massacre Victims

Hundreds of family members, survivors and activists on Monday commemorated the 200 Bosniak and Croat men killed by Bosnian Serbs at Koricani cliff on Mt Vlasic in 1992.

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21 Aug 17

Eighth BIRN Summer School Opens in Croatia

BIRN’s latest Summer School opened on Monday in Dubrovnik with interactive sessions on advanced digital research and use of open data sources.

serbia-cites-intelligence-offensive-against-its-staff-in-macedonia-08-21-2017
21 Aug 17

Serbia Pulled Diplomats From Macedonia Over 'Offensive' Actions

Serbian leaders say they withdrew diplomatic staff from Macedonia after receiving intelligence about 'offensive actions' planned against Serbia.

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21 Aug 17

Croatia Sells Villa to Help Cover Agrokor Debts

As part of its drive to cover Agrokor's debts of several billion euros, the Croatian company's state management is selling off a company villa on the Adriatic coast for 7 million euros, formerly used by Agrokor owner Ivica Todoric.

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21 Aug 17

Serbian Union Wants Journalists Killed in Kosovo Investigated

Marking the 19th anniversary of the disappearance of two Serbian radio journalists in Kosovo, a journalists’ association has demanded a fresh investigation into their deaths - and those of other journalists abducted and killed in Kosovo.

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21 Aug 17

Former Kosovo PM Rexhepi Dies in Turkey

Bajram Rexhepi, the first elected Prime Minister of Kosovo, has died in a hospital in Turkey after suffering a stroke earlier this year.

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21 Aug 17

Serbia Abruptly Withdraws Diplomats From Macedonia

Serbia on Sunday abruptly revoked all of its staff from its embassy in Macedonia, allegedly for emergency consultations to Belgrade.

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18 Aug 17

Montenegrin Court Seizes Marovic’s Properties

The high court in Podgorica has seized the assets of the former president of Serbia and Montenegro, and those of his family, until an investigation into how he obtained them has ended.

Premium

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18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

17 Aug 17

Fixing What’s Wrong With Kosovo Politics

17 Aug 17

Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

15 Aug 17

Bosnia-Born American Sues US over Travel Ban

Culture and Lifestyle

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VIDEO: Croatia to Refurbish Tito’s Neglected Yacht

After being allowed to decay for decades, a yacht that was one of the symbols of Yugoslav socialist leader Josip Broz Tito will be refurbished and opened as a museum in the Croatian city of Rijeka.