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24 Apr 15

Funding Threat to War Crimes Prosecution in Bosnia

The continued prosecution of war crimes in Bosnia is seriously jeopardised by the failure of the authorities to adopt a Justice Sector reform strategy, a conference concluded.

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24 Apr 15

Kindergarten Food Poisoning Sparks Panic in Bosnia

More than 100 children from several Sarajevo kindergartens have sought medical assistance and some 30 have been hospitalized in one of the biggest food poisoning cases in Bosnia.

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24 Apr 15

Karadzic Seeks Meeting on His Worsening Health

The former Bosnian Serb president has asked the tribunal to hold a status conference in June to discuss his health, prison detention conditions and other objections.

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23 Apr 15

Turkey Blocks Dodik's Flight to Armenia

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik was unable to attend genocide commemoration in Armenia after his plane was denied access to Turkish air space.

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22 Apr 15

Sarajevo Siege Museum Plan Sparks Cash Row

The viability of a plan to build a new Sarajevo Siege Museum has been questioned because the cash-strapped local authorities cannot afford to fund other museums in the city.

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22 Apr 15

Reform Justice or Lose Funds, EU Tells Bosnia

The European Commission will not release funding to pay the salaries of over 140 judiciary employees unless the Bosnian authorities adopt justice sector reforms, an EC official told BIRN.

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21 Apr 15

Bosnia Exults as EU Activates Stability Deal

EU Council has finally activated Bosnia's long-stalled Stabilization and Association Agreement, SAA - marking a milestone on the country's road to eventual EU membership.

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20 Apr 15

Serbian PM ‘Misused’ WWII Death Camp Anniversary

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was accused of using a speech he made at a commemoration for victims of the Croatian-run WWII Jasenovac concentration camp for his own propaganda.

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17 Apr 15

Bosnian Serb Leader Pays ‘Historic’ Visit to Srebrenica

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, paid tribute to the victims of the 1995 massacres by Serb forces during an unusually reconciliatory visit.

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16 Apr 15

Bosnia’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Crime Gang Jailed

Violent gang boss Zijad Turkovic and four of his associates were sentenced to a total of 95 years in prison in the single largest Bosnian criminal case since the war.

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15 Apr 15

Bosnia’s New EU Chief Pushes Reform Agenda

At his first Sarajevo press conference, the new EU chief in Bosnia, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, announced a high-level meeting to push forward Brussels’ economic and social reform initiative.

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15 Apr 15

Bosnia Arrests Alleged ISIS Activist

Police arrested a man suspected of fighting in Syria and publicly promoting Islamic State’s jihadi cause in Sarajevo, accusing him of involvement in activities related to terrorism.

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14 Apr 15

Bosnian Officials Ignore Protesters’ Suicide Threat

Two jobless war veterans who walked over 100 kilometres to Sarajevo and threatened to kill themselves have returned home after failing to win promises of employment from officials.

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14 Apr 15

Jobless Protesters Trudge to Sarajevo, Threatening Suicide

Two unemployed war veterans walked over 100 kilometres to the capital, where they are threatening to burn themselves alive by the government building in protest over their impoverished situation.

bosnia-raises-strpci-massacre-indictment
13 Apr 15

Bosnia Charges Ten Serb Soldiers Over Strpci Massacre

Ten former Bosnian Serb Army troops were indicted for allegedly abducting 20 people from a train travelling from Belgrade to Bar in February 1993 and killing them.

Business

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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

Culture and Lifestyle

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19 Mar 15

Power Dams Pose Threat to Rare Balkan Salmon

Planned hydroelectric power plants on Balkan rivers pose a deadly threat to the survival of the Mladica, known as the Balkan salmon, the NGO Riverwatch says.