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28 Aug 15

Bosnia Serb Opposition Seeks PM's Dismissal

The opposition bloc in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, says it has new proof that the entity premier was involved in a bribery scandal and will seek her dismissal.

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28 Aug 15

Vienna Summit Binds Balkan States to Broad Reforms

Summit declaration obliges Balkan countries not to misuse the EU accession process against each other, calls for civil society to play a greater role - and welcomes EU pledge to help resolving outstanding bilateral disputes.

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28 Aug 15

Bosnia and Croatia Risk Trade War Over Milk Ban

After months of preparations to start dairy exports to the EU, Bosnian milk producers have run up against an unexplained ban from Croatia.

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28 Aug 15

Renaming of Bosnian Language Sparks School Boycott

Dozens of Bosniak parents will send their children to a temporary educational establishment instead of regular schools in protest at the Bosnian Serb government’s renaming of the Bosnian language as ‘Bosniak’.

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27 Aug 15

Merkel: Summit Has Shown EU's Commitment To Balkans

Austrian and German leaders hail Vienna summit as proof of the EU's commitment to the region, announce support for infrastucture projects and pledge solidarity over refugee crisis.

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27 Aug 15

Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

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27 Aug 15

Srebrenica Commander Naser Oric Charged With War Crimes

Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric, who led Bosniak forces in battles against Serb troops in Srebrenica, was charged with war crimes against Serb prisoners in the area in 1992. 

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27 Aug 15

Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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26 Aug 15

EU Stumps up Aid for Refugees in Balkans

Ahead of the Western Balkan summit in Vienna, which will be overshadowed by the refugee crisis, the European Commision has offered another 1.5 million euro in humanitarian aid.

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26 Aug 15

Refugee Crisis to Overshadow Balkan Summit

The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the Vienna summit of Western Balkan leaders on Thursday that will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country expects to take in a record 800,000 migrants this year.

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25 Aug 15

Bosnian Police Chief Blamed for Vucic Attack Exonerated

A parliamentary committee has refused to sack a Bosnian police chief following accusations that he was to blame for the attack on the Serbian PM at the Srebrenica commemorations.

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25 Aug 15

Bosnia Mulls Action in Case of Refugee Crisis

While the columns of refugees heading for Western Europe currently mostly circumvent Bosnia, officials are weighing fall-back plans if the routes used by refugees change course.

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24 Aug 15

Bosnian Serb Soldier Charged with Konjic Rape

The Bosnian state prosecution raised an indictment against former Bosnian Serb fighter Radivoje Soldo, accusing him of illegally detaining and raping a woman in Konjic in 1992.

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19 Aug 15

Activists Try Cooking to Calm Tense Bosnian Town

After a series of incidents between local Bosniaks and Serbs in the town of Prijedor, in northwest Bosnia, a local NGO is trying to get people talking in an unusual way.

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18 Aug 15

Bosnia Throws Hero's Welcome for Basketball Winners

The Bosnian capital celebrated in style on Monday as more than 50,000 people gathered to welcome home the young basketball team that had won the European championship gold.

Business

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11 Aug 15

Unions Pile Pressure on Bosnia Federation Govt

Pensioners' associations and trade unions threaten new protests, adding to the pressure on the Federation government to address a difficult economic and social situation.

Culture and Lifestyle

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25 Aug 15

Bosnia Croats Keep Old Tattoo Tradition Alive

A Balkan tradition that dates backs millennia - which seemed close to dying out after World War Two - has inspired a new generation of fans, keen to keep up a connection to their ancestors.