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26 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Results Questioned

After the final results of the controversial referendum showed an overwhelming majority had voted to keep the date of the entity’s ‘statehood day’, some experts have queried the reliability of the results.

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26 Sep 16

Macedonians Urged to Rally in Defence of Special Prosecution

Activists from the 'Colourful Revolution' movement summoned their supporters to a new protest in Skopje on Monday in defence of the Special Prosecution, SJO - which they say is again under attack.

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26 Sep 16

Albania Greens Brace For New Showdown Over Waste

Environmentalists are mobilising their supporters after parliament on Thursday passed a draft law that would re-start the controversial industry of importing and recycling waste.

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25 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Defy State with Referendum Landslide

People in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to defy a ruling by the state-level Constitutional Court that banned the entity’s ‘statehood day’, initial results suggested.

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25 Sep 16

Serbia's Bitef Shows no Signs of Slowing in 50th Year

Belgrade's most important theatre festival, Bitef, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, and offers a strong programme that doesn’t compromise the seriousness and enthusiasm on which the festival was built.

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25 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Vote in Disputed Referendum

Despite growing concerns over the controversial vote on Republika Srpska’s public holiday, polling stations opened in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity regardless.

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23 Sep 16

Bosnian Army Soldier Jailed for Croat Civilians’ Murders

Former Bosnian Army soldier Jasmin Coloman was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in the murder of detained Croat civilians in the Vitez area in 1993.

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23 Sep 16

Assassin's Bullet Claims Jailed Montenegrin Gangster

A jailed boss of one the rival drugs clans in the resort of Kotor was shot dead in prison on Thursday while serving a two-year sentence for extortion.

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23 Sep 16

Ricardo Gutierrez: State of Macedonia Media ‘Worst in Balkans’

The General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, says the outlook for press freedom in Macedonia is depressing, condemning the incarceration of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski.

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23 Sep 16

Putin Meets Dodik On Eve of Bosnia Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Milorad Dodik just ahead of the controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, but the substance of their talks could not be judged from terse statements.

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23 Sep 16

Belgrade's Artistic Salon Returns with Love Theme

This year’s October Salon, Belgrade’s famed international contemporary art show, examines the role of emotion in modern art through diverse mediums.

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23 Sep 16

Tony Blair Winds up Operations in Albania

After the former UK Prime Minister said he was closing down his business empire, his office confirmed to BIRN that his dealings with Albania, which were never made public, are also complete.

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22 Sep 16

Prosecutors at BIRN War Crimes Conference Urge Cooperation

Prosecutors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, as well as the Hague Tribunal and the EU’s Kosovo mission, told a BIRN conference that states must work together to prosecute war crimes.

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22 Sep 16

BIRN Launches Interactive War Crimes Verdict Map

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a unique database of the publicly-available final verdicts delivered in 348 war crimes cases by courts in the former Yugoslavia and by the UN tribunal in The Hague.

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22 Sep 16

Serbs to Stage Sarajevo Attack Reconstructions

Experts engaged by the Bosnian Serb authorities will stage reconstructions of the deadly blasts at Sarajevo’s Markale marketplace in 1994 and 1995 and an attack on a bread queue in 1992.

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22 Sep 16

Albanian Activists Mull Lawsuits to Stop Power Plants

Activists in northern Albania are preparing lawsuits to halt the planned construction of power plants that they say will wreck tourism in the Albanian Alps.

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22 Sep 16

Serbia's UN Candidate Wins Western Media Support

Vuk Jeremic has won important endorsements from respected media outlets in the UK and America - but Portugal’s candidate is still likely to win the top UN post, a Serbian expert said.

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22 Sep 16

Macedonia Ruling Party Still Pressurising Voters, NGOs Say

Ahead of the December 11 snap polls, Macedonia’s ruling party continues to use its old techniques to pressure voters, NGOs observing the election say.

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26 Sep 16

Opposition Mulls Joining Forces in Belgrade Elections

A proposal to run a joint candidate for Belgrade mayor in the next city elections could be the best chance for the embattled opposition to challenge the dominance of the ruling party, experts believe.

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26 Sep 16

Zdravko Saveski - Not Your Usual Macedonian Politician

A joint list of non-party candidates endorsed by all anti-regime forces in Macedonia is the best way to defeat Nikola Gruevski, a prominent voice in the new leftist Levica party says.

23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

22 Sep 16

Putin Hosts Dodik Ahead of Bosnia Serb Vote

21 Sep 16

Tara Mountain, a True Touch of Nature