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19 Dec 14

Mladic ‘Told Serb Troops to Act Like Knights’

A defence witness at the war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic said that the former Bosnian Serb military chief ordered his men not to harm Bosniak prisoners from Srebrenica.

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18 Dec 14

Corruption Arrest Shakes Bosnia Social Democrats

Hamdija Lipovaca, premier of Una-Sana Canton and a leading figure in the Social Democratic Party, has been arrested on suspicion of corruption in a case concerning the construction sports facilities in Bihac, where he was once mayor.

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18 Dec 14

Bosnian Serb MPs Endorse New Entity Cabinet

The Republika Srpska assembly has confirmed the new 16-member team under Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD.

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17 Dec 14

Employment Row Threatens Sarajevo Canton Talks

The Democratic Front said it had halted talks with the Party of Democratic Action on forming a government in Sarajevo Canton because the latter was employing dozens of its people in the cantonal administration.

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16 Dec 14

Bosnia Arrests Ten Wartime Serb Security Officials

The former Bosnian Serb police and military officials are accused of the mass persecution of Bosniaks in July 1992, when 67 civilians from a village in the Zvornik municipality were killed.

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16 Dec 14

EU Ministers Back Anglo-German Push on Bosnia

The European Foreign Affairs Council has given its backing to the joint initiative on Bosnia by the UK and Germany aimed at reviving its EU membership bid.

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15 Dec 14

Missing Persons Commission Gets Permanent Global Role

The International Commission on Missing Persons, founded to identify people who disappeared during the Yugoslav wars, will now move its headquarters from Sarajevo to The Hague.

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15 Dec 14

Bosnia MPs Change Ethnicity to Get Posts

Some lawmakers in Bosnia are trying to change their declared ethnicicity in order to get positions in legslative bodies by exploiting ethnic quota systems.

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12 Dec 14

Bosnia Charges 15 Serbs for Zecovi Massacre

The former fighters and local Serb officials are accused of involvement in the mass killings, rapes and torture of Bosniaks in the village of Zecovi near Prijedor in the summer of 1992.

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11 Dec 14

Bosnia Urged to Form New Govt, Tackle Economy

The Peace Implementation Council Steering Board has urged Bosnia's politicians to form new governments and start working on economic measures backed by the inernational community.

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11 Dec 14

Hague Defendants’ Health Problems Threaten Trials

The Hague Tribunal’s president warned that long-awaited verdicts in the war crimes trials of Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Vojislav Seselj are being delayed because of their poor health.

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09 Dec 14

Seselj’s Plea for a Bosnian Pension Rejected

The Bosnian Federation’s pensions department said it will refuse to grant a disability pension to Serbian war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj, who worked at Sarajevo University before the war.

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09 Dec 14

Bosnia's New Parliament Divides up Key Posts

Lawmakers in parliament's House of Representatives have elected a president and vice-presidents from the ranks of the Bosniak, Croatian and Serbian parties that did best in the recent elections.

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08 Dec 14

VIDEO: Searching for Solutions in the Balkans

Croatia made it across the finish line, but the rest of the Balkan countries seem to be far away from their European future. What kind of new approaches can be explored to ensure that the accession story ends well?

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08 Dec 14

Bosnian Serb Train Massacre Suspects Remanded

Fifteen Bosnian Serbs arrested on suspicion of seizing 20 passengers from a train in the Bosnian town of Strpci in 1993 and killing them have been remanded in custody for a month.

Premium

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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

Business

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18 Dec 14

Montenegro Drops in Forbes Business Ranking

Montenegro has dopped down four places in this year’s Forbes magazine’s list of 'best countries for business,' ranking in 48th place out of 146 surveyed states, although it remains above several EU member states.

Culture and Lifestyle

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06 Oct 14

Vanessa Redgrave Premieres Bosnia Protest Film

Actress Vanessa Redgrave and her son Carlo Nero held the premiere in Sarajevo of their new documentary 'Bosnia Rising', which follows the events that triggered mass protests this year.