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migrants-evicted-from-belgrade-barrack-05-12-2017 12 May 17 Migrants Evicted from Belgrade Barrack

Hundreds of migrants have been moved out of the derelict warehouse where they were living near the main train station in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, having been offered accommodation in refugee reception centres instead. The building is to be demolished to make way for the Arab-backed Belgrade Waterfront project.

balkan-states-celebrate-victory-day-and-europe-day-05-10-2017 10 May 17 Balkan States Celebrate Victory Day and Europe Day

Across the Balkans, May 9 was a day of celebration, with commemorations for Victory Day taking place to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII, as well as celebrations for Europe Day, marking the date when the Schuman Declaration, which would lead to the formation of the European Union, was first presented.

unusual-bosnian-mosque-marks-400th-birthday-05-08-2017 08 May 17 Unusual Bosnian Mosque Marks 400th Birthday

In the village of Plana near Bileca in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina stands an unusual mosque, which this year celebrates its 400th birthday. First constructed in 1617, the mosque, with its unique minaret, was nearly destroyed on three occasions, but was each time reconstructed, maintaining its Ottoman features.

house-of-flowers-05-04-2017 04 May 17 Tito’s Admirers Pay Tribute at Belgrade Mausoleum

Communists and other admirers of former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito paid their respects on Thursday, the 37th anniversary of his death, at the House of Flowers in Belgrade, where he is buried.

bulgarian-carpet-weavers-win-royal-admirers-05-03-2017 03 May 17 Bulgarian Carpet-Weavers Win Royal Admirers

Carpets woven by Bulgarian women using vintage technology at a small factory in the village of Konstadovo have been sold to Buckingham Palace, the Bank of England, the British Museum, the Dutch royal family and Mick Jagger.

storm-macedonia-parliament-04-28-2017 28 Apr 17 Violence Erupts as Protesters Storm Macedonia Parliament

At least 45 people were injured when supporters of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party stormed the legislature after the former opposition elected a parliamentary speaker in a bid to form a government.

protesters-march-en-masse-for-savamala-demolitions-anniversary-04-26-2017 26 Apr 17 Protesters March En Masse for Savamala Demolitions Anniversary

Thousands of protests – young and old - took to the streets of the Serbian capital on Tuesday night for the 'On the Trail of Phantoms' demonstration, organised by “Let’s not drown Belgrade” (Ne davimo Beograd) to mark the first anniversary of the nocturnal demolitions in Savamala, where the Belgrade Waterfront project is being built.
Representatives of the initiative handed out flyers stating that the "crime in Savamala” shows that Serbia’s development policy favours private interests, “exploiting the citizens of Serbia for the construction of luxury resorts."

balkan-muslims-mark-lailat-al-miraj-04-24-2017 24 Apr 17 Balkan Muslims Mark Lailat al Miraj

Muslim worshippers in Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo, attended a ceremony on Sunday evening to mark one of the most important events on the Islamic calendar, Lailat at Miraj, commemorating the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to the ‘farthest mosque’ in Jerusalem. Muslims across the region and the world held ceremonies to mark the event, taking place a month before Ramadan begins.

kosovo-medieval-fortress-of-novo-brdo-undergoes-makeover-04-19-2017 19 Apr 17 Kosovo Medieval Fortress of Novo Brdo Undergoes Makeover

Erected atop a hill overlooking eastern Kosovo, Novo Brdo Fortress - situated around 40km east of Pristina - is undergoing restoration following decades of neglect.The fortress, dating from the 14th century, can be reached by a recently constructed road, but the attraction suffers from a lack of promotion and guides for its infrequent visitors. This often-overlooked historical site is protected under law having been designated a Special Protective Zone.

erdogan-s-supporters-in-bosnia-celebrate-referendum-result-04-18-2017 18 Apr 17 Erdogan’s Supporters in Bosnia Celebrate Referendum Result

After victory was awarded to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the crucial referendum on Sunday, a number of his supporters in Bosnia and Herzegovina - including many Turks living in the country - celebrated on the streets of the capital, Sarajevo. A convoy of cars displaying flags of Bosnia and Turkey, as well as messages of support for Erdogan, who has been granted broad powers as a result of the vote, wound its way around the city.

tenth-day-of-anti-govt-protests-sweep-serbia-04-13-2017 13 Apr 17 Tenth Day of Anti-Govt Protests Sweep Serbia

For the tenth consecutive day since Aleksandar Vucic won the April 2 presidential election, Serbian citizens in cities and towns across the country took to the streets to protests against his “dictatorship”, as they describe it.

macedonians-raise-their-voice-against-animal-cruelty-04-10-2017 10 Apr 17 Macedonians Raise Their Voice against Animal Cruelty

Residents of the Macedonian capital Skopje and of other towns protested over the weekend against increasing cases of animal cruelty. The protest in Skopje on Saturday follows a rise in reports of cases of poisoning and cruel treatment of stray dogs and cats in recent weeks. Protesters called on the authorities to introduce sterilization instead of killing animals.

no-break-in-anti-vucic-protests-in-serbia-04-10-2017 10 Apr 17 No Break in Anti-Vucic Protests in Serbia

Thousands of Serbian citizens massed onto the streets of cities and towns across the country on Sunday for the seventh consecutive day of protests against Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic after he was elected as president on April 2.

belgrade-activists-mark-25th-anniversary-of-sarajevo-siege-04-06-2017 06 Apr 17 Belgrade Activists Mark 25th Anniversary of Sarajevo Siege

Peace group Women in Black on Thursday marked the anniversary of the start in 1992 of Bosnian Serb forces’ three-and-a-half-year siege of Sarajevo by standing in silence in Belgrade’s main pedestrian zone with banners saying “We remember Sarajevo” and “Solidarity”.

sarajevo-panorama-through-the-last-century-04-06-2017 06 Apr 17 Sarajevo Panorama Through the Last Century

In honor of April 6., Day of Sarajevo, the Sarajevo Museum has sent BIRN a collection of paintings by renowned artists depicting different parts of Sarajevo through a variety of decades. 

anti-government-protesters-step-up-demonstrations-in-serbia-04-06-2017 06 Apr 17 Anti-Vucic Protests Resume in Serbia

The protests against the government of Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect, were held in several cities across Serbia for the third night in a row, including Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad, Bor, Cacak, Kraljevo, Kusevac and Kragujevac.