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17 Apr 14

Croatia President: All War Crimes Must Be Punished

President Ivo Josipovic said that many war crimes still remain unprosecuted, sending the wrong message to Croatian society and to future generations.

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17 Apr 14

Macedonia PM Accused of Bribery Over Bank Sale

Amid a tense election campaign in Macedonia, the main opposition party has claimed that the Prime Minister expedited the sale of bank to a shady Serbian businessman for a hefty bribe.

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17 Apr 14

Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Alarm Romania

After Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region on Wednesday sought to join Russia, Romania's President repeated that Romania firmly upholds Moldova's territorial integrity.

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17 Apr 14

Serbian Companies in Restructuring Heavily in Debt

Serbian companies undergoing restructuring owe 1.5 billion euro to state creditors alone, World Bank official Dusko Vasiljevic warned, increasing the risk of them going bankrupt.

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17 Apr 14

Bob Dylan Hate Charge against Croats Dismissed

A Paris court has dismissed a case against the US musician, which accused him of incitement to hatred over a 2012 interview in which he was quoted comparing Croats to Nazis.

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17 Apr 14

Former Yugoslav Royals Demand Montenegro Property Return

The Karadjordjevic family, descendants of Yugoslavia’s former royals, hopes that Montenegro will follow the example of Serbia and return property confiscated by the communists after WWII.

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17 Apr 14

Bosnian Serb ‘Blue Eagles’ Fighter Denies Killings

Former fighter Milun Kornjaca, accused of the imprisonment, torture and murder of Bosniaks in the Cajnice area in 1992, told the court that he had nothing to do with any of the crimes.

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17 Apr 14

Bosnian Croat’s Prozor Murder and Torture Trial Opens

Former Croatian Defence Council fighter Nikola Maric is accused of involvement in the detentions, persecution and killings of Bosniaks in the Prozor area in 1992 and 1993.

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16 Apr 14

Kosovo and Albania Mark Anniversary of 1999 Exodus

Pristina and Tirana commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Kosovo exodus when thousands of ethnic Albanians fled their homes seeking refuge from the conflict with Serbian forces.

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16 Apr 14

Jacobson Deflects Query Over Dell’s Bechtel Post

The US ambassador in Kosovo, on Twitter, sidestepped questions about the former ambassador’s employment by the company that constructed the so-called Patriotic Highway, saying former diplomats were not forbidden private sector work.

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16 Apr 14

Kosovo Serb Arrested for Post-War Murder

The EU rule-of-law mission has arrested a Serb for an alleged murder linked to violent unrest that rocked northern Kosovo in 2000 after the war with Belgrade’s forces ended.

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16 Apr 14

Bosnia Museum Defies Pressure to Re-open

Bosnia's National Museum and the Federation entity government are in a stand-off over whether the ancient cultural institution should re-open its doors this summer.

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16 Apr 14

Serbia’s EU Progress ‘Not Dependent on Djindjic Case’

Revealing the background to PM Zoran Djindjic’s murder would help Serbia’s progress towards membership but is not a direct condition for successful negotiations, the European Commission told BIRN.

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16 Apr 14

Political Clash Mars Macedonia Election Campaign

Police said they would press charges against six people for instigating a politically-charged clash on Tuesday in Skopje amid the campaign for presidential and early general elections.

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16 Apr 14

Albania Arrests Suspected Jihadist Recruiter

Police on Tuesday said they arrested Gent Pashja, a 30-year-old man suspected of being part of a network recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting in Syria.