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24 Apr 17

Croatian Military Policemen Jailed for Lora Prison Crimes

Three former Croatian military policemen were jailed for crimes against Serb prisoners of war who were beaten and tortured at the Lora prison camp in the coastal city of Split in 1992.

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24 Apr 17

Protesters Call for Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor to Quit

Protesters in three Bulgarian cities on Monday were due to demand the resignation of the controversial Prosecutor General, Sotir Tsatsarov, who now has been accused of trying to lean on an important businessman.

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24 Apr 17

Bosnian Clerics Pray Together at Wartime Death Sites

Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish religious leaders made a first joint visit to sites where war victims were massacred in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a bid to promote reconciliation.

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24 Apr 17

Rival Events Commemorate Croatian WWII Camp Victims

Croatia’s Jews, Serbs and anti-fascists have again boycotted the state commemoration of victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp over claims that the government tolerates pro-fascist activities.

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24 Apr 17

Montenegro to Try Kosovo War Murder Suspect

An ex-soldier accused of involvement in the killing of Kosovo Albanians in 1999 while he was serving with the Yugoslav Army will start next month - the first war crimes trial in Montenegro in years.

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24 Apr 17

Postponement of Bosnian Fur-Farming Ban Angers Activists

Animal rights organisations are furious about lawmakers' decision to postpone a ban on raising animals for their fur for a decade, but fur-farming supporters insist prohibition would mean lost jobs.

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24 Apr 17

Albania Opposition Vow to Radicalize Protests

Albania's opposition parties on Monday plan to block all national roads for one hour, as they up their confrontation with the government of Edi Rama.

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21 Apr 17

Serbian Court Refuses to Call Mladic to Testify

A call for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic to testify in an appeal against the acquittal of ten people accused of aiding him while he was a fugitive was dismissed.

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21 Apr 17

Kosovo Ignores Call to Enforce Monastery’s Land Claim

Authorities in Pristina have remained silent after the EU called for enforcement of a court ruling that upheld a Serbian Orthodox monastery’s claim to disputed land, angering some Kosovo Albanians.

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21 Apr 17

Russia, Montenegro Trade Barbs Over NATO Membership

Moscow and Podgorica have exchanged sharp words over Kremlin claims that Montenegro was encouraging a 'surge in anti-Russian hysteria'.

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21 Apr 17

Kosovo Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Albin Kurti

The Basic Court in Pristina has issued an arrest warrant for the former leader of the opposition Vetevendosje movement, Albin Kurti, after he failed to show up for his trial.

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21 Apr 17

Albania Faces Election Without Opposition Parties

For the first time, the opposition parties have not registered to participate in the coming general election in June, raising serious questions about its likely credibility. 

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21 Apr 17

Serbia's CINS Journalists Win European Press Prize

The Serbian Centre for Investigative Journalism on Thursday became the first media outlet from the country to win the European Press Prize - but at home it faces much official hostility.

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21 Apr 17

US Ambassador Calls Rama's Pan-Albanian Talk 'Careless'

The US ambassador to Tirana, Donald Lu, said 'careless' calls for the unification of Albania and Kosovo undermined regional stability - after Albania's leader, Edi Rama, raised the prospect in an interview.

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21 Apr 17

Kosovo MP Haradinaj Faces Ethnic Hatred Lawsuit

A Kosovo NGO said it will file a criminal complaint against MP Daut Haradinaj for threatening that Serbs could be expelled from Kosovo if his brother, ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj, is extradited to Belgrade.

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21 Apr 17

Montenegro Eurovision Singer Hits Wrong Note Back Home

Slavko Kalezic, Montenegro's entry for the Eurovision song contest, may have wowed some international audiences with his provocative appearance - but it has appalled many people at home who deem it an insult to traditional values. 

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20 Apr 17

Thaci Pressures Kosovo MPs on Border Deal

As Kosovo President Hashim Thaci again urges parliament to ratify the controversial agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, the issue may well decide the fate of the ruling coalition under Isa Mustafa.

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20 Apr 17

Finnish Ambassador Takes on Serbian Hockey Team

The Finnish Ambassador to Serbia Pertti Ikonen will represent his country in a friendly ice hockey match between Serbia's 'Little Wooden Legs' and Finnish 'Midnight Bats' on Thursday.

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24 Apr 17

Belgrade’s ‘Indestructible’ Mayor Faces Uncertain Future

The political future of Mayor Sinisa Mali remains cloudy as protesters in Belgrade on Tuesday showed they were not about to forget his role in the notorious Savamala affair.

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24 Apr 17

Belgrade-Sarajevo Highway Sparks Battles in Bosnia

The planned construction of an expressway connecting Belgrade and Sarajevo, intended to aid national reconciliation, has instead generated fights between towns in Bosnia over the route.

21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms