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07 Dec 16

ISIS Struggling to Recruit from Bosnia, Experts Say

After Bosnia's security minister cited data that no Bosnian citizen had left the country for Syria or Iraq in the past six months, experts said it confirmed that ISIS was now ineffectual at recruiting from the country.

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06 Dec 16

Ratko Mladic ‘Praised Ethnic Cleansing’, Says Prosecution

On the second day of closing statements at Ratko Mladic’s trial, the prosecution said the former Bosnian Serb military chief praised and promoted officers involved in ethnic cleansing and murder.

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06 Dec 16

Bosnia Arrests Eight in Prijedor for War Crimes

Eight Bosnian Serbs were arrested in the town of Prijedor for their alleged involvement in detaining, torturing and killing 120 Bosniak men and boys in the country’s north-west in 1992.

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05 Dec 16

UN Prosecutors: Mladic was Key Figure in Bosnia Atrocities

In the first day of closing arguments in Ratko Mladic’s trial, prosecutors said the former Bosnian Serb military commander played a crucial role in a brutal plan to ‘cleanse’ areas of Bosnia of non-Serbs.

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05 Dec 16

Radovan Karadzic Files Appeal Against Conviction

Former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic has filed an appeal challenging the Hague Tribunal’s verdict sentencing him to 40 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.

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05 Dec 16

New SDS Chief Threatens Fresh Bosnian Serb Referendum

The radical statements of the new leader of the main opposition party in Republika Srpksa suggest that he is trying to copy the hard-line Serbian nationalism of the entity's supremo, Milorad Dodik, with potentially worrying consequences for the country.

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05 Dec 16

Closing Arguments Begin in Ratko Mladic Trial

Closing statements are beginning in the case against former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, as his four-and-a-half year trial for genocide and war crimes moves closer to its conclusion.

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02 Dec 16

Bosniaks in Disarray Over Role in Srebrenica

Finding themselves in a minority for the first time since the 1995 massacre on the assembly of the town in eastern Bosnia, the main Bosnian Muslim party, the SDA, has failed to select a vice-president of the assembly.

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01 Dec 16

Srebrenica Mayor Invited to Prayer Breakfast with Trump

The new Serb mayor of Srebrenica, the town notorious for the 1995 massacres of Bosniaks, said he has been invited to the 65th National Prayer Breakfast hosted by the US Congress and attended by Donald Trump.

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30 Nov 16

Attacks on Balkan Media Unchecked, HRW Says

Journalists across the Western Balkans face a hostile environment that impedes their ability to report in a critical fashion, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

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30 Nov 16

Power Struggle Shakes Bosnia's Biggest Party

Bakir Izetbegovic, leader of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and chair of the Bosnian Presidency, is facing a growing challenge from restive dissenters in the ranks.

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29 Nov 16

Bosnian Serb Honours for War Criminals Challenged

A rights group has filed criminal complaints to the state prosecutor over honours given by the Bosnian Serb authorities to convicted war criminals including Radovan Karadzic.

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28 Nov 16

Hague Tribunal to Open Information Centre in Sarajevo

The UN war crimes court will sign an agreement on Tuesday to set up an information centre at Sarajevo’s city hall offering access to all public documents from the Hague Tribunal’s trials.

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28 Nov 16

Bosnian Serb Firm Sends Shoes to Mladic, Karadzic

A Bosnian Serb company which made shoes for Melania Trump will now send free footwear to Hague Tribunal war crimes trial defendants including Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic.

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25 Nov 16

Brussels Urged to Support Balkan Civic Society Groups

The civic society network BCSDN in a new report has called on the European Commission to deepen its commitment to civil society groups and initiatives in the Balkan region.

Premium

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07 Dec 16

Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

Business

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04 Nov 16

Bosnian Serb Leader Hunts for Cash in China

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, is in China, seeking investment for the entity’s struggling economy.

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Dec 16

Sarajevo Siege Novel Celebrates Decency Under Fire

Wartime Sarajevo-based correspondent Kevin Sullivan’s new novel The Longest Winter tries to reflect the humanity and courage of people living in the Bosnian capital during the 1992-95 siege.

29 Nov 16

War Tourism Flourishes in Bosnian Capital