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25 Nov 15

Court Frees Former Croatian PM Sanader

Zagreb County Court has ordered Ivo Sanader's release following an earlier ruling of the constitutonal court, although Croatia's anti-graft body, USKOK, has said it will appeal.

25 Nov 15

Kosovo on High Alert For Terror Attacks

Authorities have urged citizens to stay away from crowded places after a meeting headed by the PM said risk of attacks was ‘real’.

25 Nov 15

Serbs Sceptical About Patriarch’s ‘Return to Kosovo’ Call

Serbia’s Patriarch Irinej called for Serbs to return to their homes in Kosovo, but those who fled after the war said Belgrade and Pristina must guarantee their safety first.

25 Nov 15

UN Chief Hits at Balkan Restrictions on Migrants

The new border restrictions on refugees and migrants imposed by Balkan states violate their human rights, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, warned on Wednesday.

25 Nov 15

Macedonia Probes Claims About ‘Forged' IDs

Macedonia's Interior Ministry says it is investigating allegations of the mass forgery of IDs, presumably intended for voting purposes, as the country gears up for April elections.

25 Nov 15

Romania To Pay Damages Over 1989 Protests

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Romania in a case related to the protests in 1989 that brought down the communist regime.

25 Nov 15

Montenegro Opposition Spurns Offer of Dialogue

Initiative to start negotiations on solving the deep political crisis in Montenegro looks doomed after the opposition refused to talk with the ruling parties on reforms.

25 Nov 15

Albania MPs to Vote on ‘Decriminalising Politics’

Draft law barring people with criminal convictions from holding public office will go before parliament after main parties agree to constitutional reform.

25 Nov 15

Russia Repeats Call for Closure of Bosnia's OHR

The recent anniversary of Dayton Agreement redrew attention to the High Representative's future in Bosnia, with Russia and Bosnian Serb parties calling for the office to be closed.

25 Nov 15

Biden Visit to Croatia Confirms US Engagement

US Vice-President Joe Biden's presence in Croatia at a regional summit on security is seen as confirmation of continuing US commitment to the Balkan region.

25 Nov 15

Kosovo Cracks Down on Protesters Ahead of Rally

While the opposition prepares a 'peaceful march' on Albania’s Independence Day in Pristina, the police have arrested a number of those involved in recent violent demonstrations.

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

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.

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25 Nov 15

Belgrade Locals Puzzled by Mystery ‘Love Wall’

Down Hilandarska Street is a building whose decorated walls divide residents, stirring up a debate about whether it is art or vandalism.

25 Nov 15

Unbiased Critical News ‘Not Welcome in Serbia’

Recent attacks on independent media by pro-government news outlets threaten freedom of speech and citizens’ rights, experts warn.