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dramatic-scenes-and-underground-delights-in-serbia-s-sjenica-08-02-2017 02 Aug 17 Dramatic Scenes and Underground Delights in Serbia’s Sjenica

With the Uvac river twisting dramatically through a picturesque canyon, deep caves, rich flora and birdlife, it’s easy to see why Sjenica in western Serbia was named a ‘European Destination of Excellence’ in an EU-backed sustainable tourism initiative.

mostar-bridge-jumpers-stage-451st-annual-tournament-07-31-2017 31 Jul 17 Mostar Bridge-Jumpers Stage 451st Annual Tournament

Watched by thousands of locals and tourists, the 451st annual bridge-jumping competition saw 41 people taking the 28-metre leap from the arch of Mostar’s Old Bridge into the Neretva River on Sunday.

new-albanian-president-ilir-meta-sworn-in-07-26-2017 26 Jul 17 New Albanian President Ilir Meta Sworn In

Ilir Meta underwent his swearing-in ceremony on Monday and will be Albania’s president for the next five years; he was previously the country’s parliamentary speaker, and set up the Socialist Movement for Integration party, which he led for 13 years.

serbia-s-sjenica-stages-open-air-pie-feast-07-24-2017 24 Jul 17 Serbia’s Sjenica Stages Open-Air Pie Feast

During the ‘Days of the Sjenica Pie’ festival, this small town in western Serbia was turned into a huge open-air dining hall where hundreds of pies of various sizes with different fillings could be tasted.

forest-fires-threaten-croatian-montenegrin-towns-and-cities-07-19-2017 19 Jul 17 Forest Fires Threaten Croatian, Montenegrin Towns and Cities

As the forest fires continue to rage along the Croatian coast, the flames have reached the outskirts of Split, with a cloud of smoke covering the entire city. In Montenegro, the fire at the Lustica peninsula at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor has the Ministry of Internal Affairs considering evacuating villages as a precaution.

bosnian-river-vital-for-both-drinking-water-and-tourism-07-17-2017 17 Jul 17 Bosnian River Vital for Both Drinking Water and Tourism

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Pliva river may only be 33 kilometres long, but it is one of Europe’s largest sources of drinking water - and a major tourist attraction for the central municipality of Sipovo, which it passes through on its way to the town of Jajce.

albania-marks-27-years-since-first-exodus-to-west-07-13-2017 13 Jul 17 Albania Marks 27 Years Since First Exodus to West

Twenty-seven years ago, on July 13, 1990, around 5,000 Albanians started the first exodus to the West, after having broken into Western embassies in the Albanian capital, Tirana, earlier that month, desperate to escape the country’s brutal communist regime. The events of that month not only shook the establishment, but marked the beginning of what has become an ongoing exodus since then, as many Albanians continue go in search of a better life elsewhere. These photos were taken by Lothar Parzeller, a German diplomat who was working at the embassy in Tirana at the time.

trieste-set-to-host-western-balkans-leaders-07-12-2017 12 Jul 17 Trieste Set to Host Western Balkans Leaders

The fourth Western Balkans Summit will take place in Trieste, Italy, on July 14, with the heads of government, foreign and economy ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria in attendance. The Summit is held within the framework of the Berlin Process, initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in order to improve relations between countries in the region and accelerate EU integration of those that are not yet members.

20-000-attend-commemoration-on-22nd-srebrenica-anniversary-07-11-2017 11 Jul 17 20,000 Attend Commemoration on 22nd Srebrenica Anniversary

At the Srebrenica memorial site at Potocari in Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than 20,000 people attended today’s commemoration service to mark the 22nd anniversary of the mass killings of Bosniaks in the region, with 71 more victims finally laid to rest, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday, July 11 - Srebrenica Memorial Day.
Numerous delegations from Bosnia and abroad laid flowers at the memorial site to commemorate today’s anniversary of the genocide, in which more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were systemically killed after the Bosnian Serb Army overran the UN-protected ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica in 1995.

serbian-peace-women-mark-anniversary-of-srebrenica-genocide-07-11-2017 11 Jul 17 Serbian Peace Women Mark Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

To mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, peace campaign group Women in Black held a vigil called “Srebrenica 8372” – named after the known number of Bosniaks who were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces at that time - in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Monday, a day before the official July 11 memorial day.

exit-festival-2017-07-06-2017 06 Jul 17 Serbia’s Exit Festival Kicks Off for 2017

Serbia’s most famous music event, Exit Festival, kicked off on Wednesday night with US rock band The Killers as the headline act playing to thousands of eager fans. The five-day festival, which takes place in the Petrovaradin fortress of the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, sold a record number of tickets this year’s event.

belgrade-chooses-finalists-for-djindjic-monument-design-07-03-2017 03 Jul 17 Belgrade Chooses Finalists for Djindjic Monument Design

After holding an open competition for the design of a monument dedicated to late Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, the City of Belgrade has whittled the list down to six finalists, with the winning entry to be announced in October.

The monument is being constructed on the initiative of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who announced in May last year that a memorial to Djindjic would be erected by 2018, marking the 15th anniversary of his assassination.

freak-storm-causes-fatality-in-serbian-city-novi-sad-06-29-2017 29 Jun 17 Freak Storm Causes Fatality in Serbian City Novi Sad

One woman has been killed and an 83-year-old male passenger seriously injured when a tree fell on a car travelling on Zrenjanin road into the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, the emergency department of the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina confirmed for N1 television, after a freak storm hit the city today. The injured passenger was transported to the clinical centre in a conscious state where he is currently being treated.

prehistoric-plants-flourish-in-serbian-museum-06-27-2017 27 Jun 17 Prehistoric Plants Flourish in Serbian Museum

In the courtyard of the Museum of Vojvodina, in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, an unusual garden is found featuring prehistoric plants that grew in Central Europe’s Pannonian Basin thousands of years ago, when Neanderthals roamed the earth. This archaeological garden was created in 2011, and today it contains around 50 plants which all played an extremely important role in the survival of archaic humans.

belgrade-philharmonic-treats-thousands-to-open-air-concert-06-26-2017 26 Jun 17 Belgrade Philharmonic Treats Thousands to Open-Air Concert

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra staged what was billed as Serbia’s largest-ever open-air classical music concert on Sunday evening, held on the lawns surrounding the Palace of Serbia in the capital, with thousands of music fans attending the free event aimed at highlighting the need for cultivating culture in Serbia.

vucic-inauguration-speech-highlights-regional-cooperation-06-24-2017 24 Jun 17 Vucic Inauguration Speech Highlights Regional Cooperation

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic pledged to improve relations with regional countries in his inauguration speech, stating that progress is “impossible without peace and stability.”