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15 Dec 17

Bosnia Raises Excise Taxes to Secure IMF, EU Funds

Lawmakers agreed changes to Bosnia’s excise law, which will increase road tolls and biofuel prices - a condition for the IMF and European development bank to release around a billion euros of development funds.

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15 Dec 17

Bosnia Serbs Vow to Block NATO Accession Plan

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said he will seek to block efforts for the country to one day become a member of NATO, insisting on military neutrality, in line with Serbia.

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15 Dec 17

Bosnia Still Failing to Address Discrimination Verdict

Eight years after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Bosnia was guilty of ethnic discrimination, nothing has changed, said one of the plaintiffs in the high-profile case.

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14 Dec 17

Vojislav Seselj ‘Slept Through’ War Crimes Appeal

Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj scorned a prosecution appeal against his war crimes acquittal at the UN court in The Hague, saying didn’t watch it because he was asleep.

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13 Dec 17

Prosecution Challenges Vojislav Seselj’s War Crimes Acquittal

The prosecution asked the UN court in The Hague to quash the acquittal of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj and convict him of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

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13 Dec 17

Serbian Court Delays Srebrenica Massacre Trial

Belgrade Special Court delayed a hearing in its landmark Srebrenica war crimes trial, sparking an altercation between a Serb defendant and the Bosniak wife of one of the victims.

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13 Dec 17

Bosnia Marks Rise in Illegal Border Crossings

New figures show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming a popular transit country for refugees and migrants who are trying to enter the European Union illegally.

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12 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldier Charged with Wartime Rape

Former Bosnian Serb Army serviceman Milan Todovic was charged with raping, beating and sexually abusing a Bosniak woman who he held captive in Foca in 1992.

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12 Dec 17

Vojislav Seselj Acquittal: UN Court to Hear Appeal

The UN court in The Hague is to hear a prosecution appeal on Wednesday against the first-instance verdict that acquitted Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj of war crimes.

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11 Dec 17

Bosnia Arrests Wartime Commander for General’s Murder

Hamdija Abdic, alias Tigar, who is considered a hero by Bosnian Army veterans, was arrested on suspicion that he was involved in the killing of a Bosnian Croat general in 1995.

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11 Dec 17

War Criminal Praljak’s Death Commemorated in Croatia

Several thousand people, including two Croatian ministers, MPs, generals and convicted war criminals, attended a ceremony commemorating Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak, who killed himself at the Hague Tribunal.

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11 Dec 17

Bosnian War Victims Praise Hague Tribunal’s Successes

Despite some shortcomings, the Hague Tribunal, which closes this month, has identified and prosecuted those responsible for grave crimes and brought some justice to people who suffered, said members of Bosnia’s Association of Victims.

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08 Dec 17

US to Deport Bosnian Serb Accused of Srebrenica Killings

The US will deport Oliver Dragic, accused of having been a member of a Bosnian Serb police unit that participated in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, for lying while claiming refugee status.

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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

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06 Dec 17

Bosnian Journalists Condemn Praljak Verdict Death Threats

Bosnian journalists and international organisations urged the authorities to address death threats sent to reporters who covered last week’s Hague Tribunal conviction of six Bosnian Croats and Slobodan Praljak’s suicide.

Premium

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14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

08 Dec 17

Disabled Bosnians Face Uphill Battle For Jobs

05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

Business

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29 Nov 17

Coca-Cola to Acquire Banja Luka Drinks Company

As Coca-Cola announces plans to buy Banja Luka beverages company MB Impex, the Bosnian authorities are checking the likely impact on the local alcoholic drinks market.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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12 Dec 17

Bosnians Break World Record for Simultaneous Piano-Playing

A multi-ethnic group of music students from Sarajevo and Eastern Sarajevo set a new Guinness world record as 20 of them played the same piece on the same piano simultaneously.

29 Sep 17

Sarajevo's Metalworkers Revive their Craft