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17 Apr 15

Age no Barrier for Car Imports in Kosovo

While government claims raising age limit on imported cars will help the poor, experts say Kosovo will get worse pollution, more accidents, and lots of scrap metal.

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10 Apr 15

Serb Wears Kosovo Uniform with Pride

Marko Ristic is willing to fight in future army – despite the deep misgivings that idea arouses among many Kosovo Serbs.

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06 Apr 15

Traces of Occupation Linger in Belgrade

As Belgrade remembers the anniversary of the Nazi invasion, traces of the occupation are still visible - though many are hidden and off the beaten track.

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06 Apr 15

Cultural Guerrillas Strike Blow for Serbia’s Ruined Cinemas

The occupation of the Zvezda movie theatre by the Movement for the Occupation of Cinemas has put a spotlight back on the damage done by the privatization of a once mighty cinema network. 

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28 Mar 15

Spring Into Life in The Park

March is the right time to shake off those winter blues and head for a national park – be it the famed gorge on the Danube, Vojvodina’s only mountain or the aromatic coniferous forests of Tara Mt.

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27 Mar 15

Serbia Keeps Downed US Stealth Bomber on Show

Sixteen years after it was shot down by Yugoslav air forces during the NATO bombing, the wreckage of a US stealth plane is still proudly displayed at the Belgrade Museum of Aviation.

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23 Mar 15

Last Savamala Residents Await Unknown Destiny

As the Sava riverbank is cleared to make way for the giant Waterfront project, the fate of the few remaining residents of this Belgrade neighbourhood remains uncertain.

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17 Mar 15

Bitter Memories of Kosovo’s Deadly March Riots

Eleven years after ethnically-charged unrest across Kosovo left 19 people dead and caused many more to flee, an elderly Serb couple recall how they survived the violence.

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12 Mar 15

Croatia's Last Istro-Romanian Speakers Battle to be Heard

Istro-Romanian, or Vlach, one of the rarest languages in Europe, is struggling to hold on in the villages of Istria – one of several languages in Croatia whose time has passed.

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11 Mar 15

Milosevic Admirers Pay Tribute in Strongman’s Hometown

Nine years after the death of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, his supporters and former Socialist Party allies gathered to grieve for a man they refuse to believe was a war criminal.

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04 Mar 15

On the Trail of Kosovo’s Most Wanted

Survivors of mass killings in Kosovo villages in the Djakovica/Gjakova area in 1999 say they hope justice is coming closer after Interpol issued warrants for 17 Serbian fighters.

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03 Mar 15

Kosovo Film-Maker Tackles Wartime Rape Taboo

Kosovo director Isa Qosja wants his award-winning film, about a woman thrown out of her village after being raped during the war, to help end the stigmatisation of sexual violence victims.

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27 Feb 15

Strpci: Last Stop on a Fatal Journey

Twenty-two years ago, Serb paramilitaries stopped a train in Bosnia, seized 20 passengers and killed them – and only now is there a possibility that most of the suspects will face justice.

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19 Feb 15

Domestic Violence Revives Bosnian Women’s War Nightmares

Women who were traumatised by rape and sexual abuse during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina have often become the victims of domestic violence by abusive husbands afterwards.

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18 Feb 15

Blood Ties

Sons and daughters of men indicted for Balkan war crimes reveal how the accusations affected them - and why they remain loyal to their fathers.