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17 Jul 14

Sarajevo's Restored City Hall Opens its Doors

Twenty-two years since Bosnian Serb shelling virtually destroyed this symbol of the lost splendour of the Austro-Hungarian era, the City Hall, the Vijecnica, is set to reopen at last.

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06 Jun 14

Life of Bosnian Football Legend Celebrated

A biography of the last coach of the Yugoslav national football team and famous player, Ivica Osim, has come out amid euphoria over the Bosnian team's debut in the World Cup.

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07 May 14

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The Eurovision contest is starting without several traditional competitors from the Balkans, which won't be performing in Copenhagen, mainly for reasons of cost.

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24 Apr 14

Bosnian Capital's Torched Library Reopening on Europe Day

Sarajevo mayor Ivo Komsic said the iconic former library, the Vijecnica, torched in the 1992-5 war, will re-open on May 9 as a city hall, library and a museum.

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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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11 Apr 14

Chinese To Film Remake of Cult Sarajevo Movie

Owing to the popularity in China of the movie 'Walter Defends Sarajevo', set in World War Bosnia, the Chinese have announced they intend to film a new version.

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12 Mar 14

Play About Sarajevo Assassins Opens in Belgrade

The director of “Mali mi je ovaj grob” ("This Grave is Too Shallow for Me"), which soon premieres in Belgrade, says the play aims to apply some of the lessons of past events at the outset of World War 1 to modern times.

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17 Jan 14

Bosnian Town Library Unveils 'Secret' Picasso

A library in the remote Bosnian town of Kozarska Dubica claims it has an original work by Pablo Picasso, which they kept secret for years in order to protect it.

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19 Dec 13

Bosnian Writer's Book Tops BBC List

The Book of My Lives by Sarajevo-born writer Aleksandar Hemon was listed among the best 10 books of 2013 by the BBC Worldwide.

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03 Dec 13

Kusturica's Stone Town to Revisit World War I

The anniversary of the start of World War I will be marked in film director Emir Kusturica's creation, Andricgrad, with lectures, debates and cultural events.

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27 Nov 13

Sarajevo Adds Slice of History to Renamed Streets

To clear up confusion about Sarajevo's oft-renamed streets, the city is installing plates detailing their historical background - and who the names refer to.

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22 Nov 13

National Geographic Hails Rebirth of Sarajevo

As the centenary of the start of World War I approaches, the world-famous travel publication says the Bosnian capital is a must-see destination in 2014.

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28 Oct 13

Prijedor’s Mystery ‘Standing Woman’ Bemuses Bosnians

Jelena Topic, who has spent several weeks standing on a box without speaking in Prijedor’s main town square, has sparked public speculation about her as-yet-unexplained motives.

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17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

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16 Oct 13

Bosnia in World Cup After Lithuania Win

Bosnians took to the streets on Tuesday night to celebrate the Bosnian national team's historic win over Lithuania, which means Bosnia qualifies for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Politics and Society

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23 Jul 14

Bosnia to Decide Fate of 'Negligent' Spy Chief

Goran Zubac, head of Bosnia's State Investigative and Protection Agency, faces possible sacking on Wednesday in relation to his conduct in the February protests - after being denied access to secret data.

Culture Policy Focus

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26 May 14

Saving the Rich Sound of Sevdah

Celebrated Sevdah musician Damir Imamovic talks about past and future of a Balkan musical genre that is in danger of disappearing.

Business

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21 Jul 14

Bosnia to Vote on Biggest Post-War Energy Project

Lawmakers of Bosnia's Federation Parliament are set to vote on a project to construct the Bloc 7 of the Tuzla power plant, described as Bosnia's most important energy investment in decades.