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31 Jul 14

Radovan Karadzic Demands New War Crimes Trial

Former Bosnian Serb political leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic has asked the Hague Tribunal for a new trial, claiming unfair treatment and prosecution errors.

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30 Jul 14

Bosnian Serb Military Policeman Indicted for Fatal Beatings

Ex-military policeman Blagoje Vlacic was indicted for beating Bosniak civilian prisoners to death at an improvised jail in a restaurant in Sekovici in north-east Bosnia in 1993.

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30 Jul 14

Serbian Ambassador Praises ‘Freedom Fighter’ Gavrilo Princip

The Bosnian Serb assassin who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and helped spark World War I was seeking the liberation of his people, said Serbia’s ambassador to Canada.

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30 Jul 14

Balkans on Freak Weather Alert as Two Die in Romania

Severe weather alerts are in force across much of the region while storms in southern Romania have already caused widespread devastation and killed at least two people.

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29 Jul 14

Religious Tolerance Patchy in Balkans, State Department Says

Discrimination against smaller religious communities continues in most Balkan countries, even though governments and laws in general respect religious freedoms, a new US report says.

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24 Jul 14

Bosnians Commemorate Killings at Keraterm Concentration Camp

Relatives of Bosniak civilians killed at Keraterm near the town of Prijedor in July 1992 gathered outside the former detention camp to mark the anniversary of their deaths.

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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.

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21 Jul 14

Bosnia Buries 284 Bodies from Wartime Mass Grave

Thousands of people gathered to mourn as the remains of 284 people recently found in Tomasica at the biggest mass grave discovered since the 1992-95 war were buried.

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18 Jul 14

Sarajevans Protest Over Bombing of Gaza

Several hundred people marched through the Bosnian capital, calling for an end to the killings in Gaza and comparing its plights to that of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege.

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18 Jul 14

Bosnia Vows to Spending Flood Aid Transparently

Bosnian officials have promised to act transparently in spending the 800 million euro pledged for post-flood reconstruction at Wednesday's donors' conference in Brussels.

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17 Jul 14

Strasbourg Rules Against Ljubljana Bank and Slovenia

Ruling holds important implications for several hundred thousand former clients of the defunct bank in former Yugoslavia who lost millions in savings.

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16 Jul 14

Donors Raise 1.8 Billion Euro For Bosnia, Serbia

An international donors' conference in Brussels held to raise funds for May's disastrous floods in the region has offered a total of 1.8 billion euro for Bosnia and Serbia.

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16 Jul 14

Bosnia's Radoncic Shrugs Off Kelmendi Row

Fahrudin Radoncic's ambitions to run for the Bosnian Presidency have been dented by reports that he was named in person on Monday, during the reading of the indictment of alleged drugs boss Naser Kelmendi in court in Kosovo.

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16 Jul 14

Netherlands Declared Liable for 300 Srebrenica Deaths

A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 Bosniaks from Srebrenica in 1995 because its peacekeeping troops failed to protect them.

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15 Jul 14

Bosnia Hopeful Ahead of Donors Conference

Ahead of the donors conference in Brussels on gathering aid to help Bosnia and Serbia repair flood damage, Bosnia's Foreign Minister said he was optimistic that money would be forthcoming.

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28 Jul 14

Bosnia Prime Minister Bemoans Donors’ Mistrust

Vjekoslav Bevanda told Balkan Insight that he is disappointed that many donors will be bypassing Bosnia's own institutions when it comes to disbursing flood aid because they don’t trust them.

Business

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25 Jul 14

Bosnia MPs Back Plan for New Power Plant

Lawmakers of Bosnia's Federation Parliament have lent support for a project to construct Bloc 7 of the Tuzla and Banovici power plants, described as Bosnia's most important energy investment in decades.

Culture and Lifestyle

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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.