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05 Feb 16

Kosovo, Bosnian Activists Demand End to Visas

Activists from Kosovo and Bosnia, meeting on Friday in Pristina, called on their respective governments to end their pointless and destructive feud.

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05 Feb 16

June Date Set for Release of Bosnian Census

Members of the EU statistics body Eurostat met the three main statistical agencies of Bosnia, setting a roadmap that should result in publication of the long-awaited census in June.

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04 Feb 16

Bosnia’s National Anthem Still Lost for Words

Two decades after the war, Bosnian politicians still cannot agree on lyrics for the national anthem.

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04 Feb 16

Serbia Jails Bosnian Serb Soldier for Srebrenica Massacre

Bosnian Serb ex-soldier Brano Gojkovic was jailed for ten years after making a plea bargain with the Serbian prosecution, admitting he took part in executing 800 Bosniaks from Srebrenica in 1995.

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04 Feb 16

Constitutional Court Ruling Adds to Bosnia's Turmoil

Bosnia's state parliament has told the Constitutional Commission - which has rejected a Bosnian Serb proposal to reform the Constitutional Court - to re-examine the proposal.

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02 Feb 16

Hague Prosecutors Dispute Mladic Expert’s Srebrenica Testimony

At the trial of Ratko Mladic, prosecutors tried to undermine claims by an expert witness who testified that thousands of Bosniaks were killed in fighting while escaping from Srebrenica, not in massacres.

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02 Feb 16

Sarajevo Embassy Attack Plotter Held in Greece

Mirsad Bektasevic, who once plotted to blow up British Embassy in Sarajevo, was arrested in Greece on terrorism-related charges as he tried to sneak into Turkey on the way to join ISIS in Syria.

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01 Feb 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum ‘Can’t Destroy State Judiciary’

Legal experts said a referendum in Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska questioning the authority of the state court and prosecution would not weaken the state judiciary but would destabilise the country.

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01 Feb 16

LGBT Bosnians Find Strength at Merlinka Festival

Members of the LGBT community in Bosnia gathered in Sarajevo for the 4th Merlinka festival, amid fear for their personal security and concern about continuing discrimination.

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29 Jan 16

Bosnian War Crimes Case Strategy ‘Failing’

A new analysis shows that the Bosnian strategy for war crimes cases has failed to meet its targets because hundreds of complex cases remain unfinished and the others will not be completed on time.

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28 Jan 16

Radoncic 'Influenced' Kelmendi Witness, Prosecution

Bosnia's State Prosecution claims that Fahrudin Radoncic illegally influenced the deposition of a witness in the trial of the alleged drug trafficker Naser Kelmendi in Kosovo.

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27 Jan 16

Belgrade Honours Bravery of Serb Who Saved Bosniak

Twenty-three years after death of Srdjan Aleksic, a Bosnian Serb who died saving his Bosniak friend’s life during wartime in 1993, Belgrade officials unveiled a sign dedicating a city street to him.

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27 Jan 16

Balkan States ‘Face Persistent Human Rights Problems’

Inadequate war crimes prosecutions, discrimination against minorities and poor protection of refugees were persistent problems in the Balkans in 2015, said a report by Human Rights Watch.

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27 Jan 16

Bosnia Prosecution Seeks Detention for Radoncic

The Bosnian Prosecution has asked the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to detain Fahrudin Radoncic, who was arrested on Monday, for 30 days.

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26 Jan 16

Bosnian Army Commander Naser Oric Goes on Trial

Former Srebrenica commander Oric went on trial in Sarajevo for war crimes, accused of being responsible for killing three Serbs in 1992 - a case which has angered the country’s Bosniaks.

Business

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03 Feb 16

Bosnia's Cash-Strapped State TV Risks Closure

BHRT, Bosnia's State television, is facing extreme financial hardship, its administrative board has warned - adding that if no solution is found, the company might have to shut down.

Culture and Lifestyle

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31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.