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29 Sep 16

BIRN’s Kosovo War Film Gets Budapest Premiere

BIRN’s documentary ‘The Unidentified’, about the men responsible for some of the most brutal atrocities of the Kosovo war in 1999, had its Hungarian premiere at the Budapest International Documentary Festival.

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29 Sep 16

Bishops' Meeting Warms Serbia-Macedonia Church Ties

An unusual meeting between Macedonian and the Serbian Orthodox bishops has raised hopes of a thaw in relations between the two estranged churches.

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29 Sep 16

Serbia Waterfront Activists Renew Protest Marches

Activists from the civic movement opposed to the Belgrade Waterfront project have summoned a fresh rally for Thursday - as a government minister accused an OSCE official of interfering in Serbia's affairs over the controversy.

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29 Sep 16

Basketball Court Sparks Mosque Row in Kosovo

Rumours that Serbs planned to build a basketball court on a site where a mosque once stood in the divided northern town of Mitrovica have upset some Kosovo Albanians.

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28 Sep 16

Kosovo Announces Village Killings Probe After Protest

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution announced an investigation into killings and disappearances in the village of Mushtisht/Mustiste in 1999 after locals staged a protest against what they said was official inaction.

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28 Sep 16

Serbian PM’s Killers Afraid to Testify About Journalist

Milos and Aleksandar Simovic, who were jailed for involvement in the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, refused to testify in the trial of four state security officers for an opposition journalist’s killing.

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27 Sep 16

Serbian PM’s Assassin Testifies over Journalist’s Killing

Milorad Ulemek, alias Legija, the former special police commander convicted of PM Zoran Djindjic’s assassination, made his first appearance as a witness in the trial of four state security officers for an opposition journalist’s murder.

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22 Sep 16

Prosecutors at BIRN War Crimes Conference Urge Cooperation

Prosecutors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, as well as the Hague Tribunal and the EU’s Kosovo mission, told a BIRN conference that states must work together to prosecute war crimes.

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22 Sep 16

BIRN Launches Interactive War Crimes Verdict Map

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a unique database of the publicly-available final verdicts delivered in 348 war crimes cases by courts in the former Yugoslavia and by the UN tribunal in The Hague.

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22 Sep 16

Serbia's UN Candidate Wins Western Media Support

Vuk Jeremic has won important endorsements from respected media outlets in the UK and America - but Portugal’s candidate is still likely to win the top UN post, a Serbian expert said.

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21 Sep 16

Bosnia Mayor and Serbian PM Appeal for Peace

As tensions worsen in Bosnia, Serbia's Prime Minister and the Mayor of the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica have spoken in New York of the need to keep the peace.

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21 Sep 16

BIRN Hosts Conference on War Crimes Prosecution

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will host a regional conference on Thursday at which prosecutors and experts will discuss progress and difficulties in prosecuting war crimes in former Yugoslav countries.

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20 Sep 16

Bulgaria to Host New EU Border Agency Launch

The new EU Border and Coast Guard agency will be launched on October 6 in Bulgaria as part of European states’ attempt to deal with the refugee crisis.

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20 Sep 16

Serb Paramilitary Captain Dragan: ‘I Defended Yugoslavia’

Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic, known as ‘Captain Dragan’, pleaded not guilty to war crimes as his trial started in Croatia, claiming he was only defending his homeland Yugoslavia.

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20 Sep 16

Russia Lends Full Backing to Bosnian Serb Referendum

The Bosnian Serbs' historic allies, Serbia and Russia, appear increasingly divided over the controversial referendum set to take place on Sunday, with Moscow openly backing the vote.

Premium

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28 Sep 16

Croatia’s WWII Revisionism ‘Terrifying’, Says Historian

British historian Rory Yeomans, who has researched the Croatian fascist Ustasa movement, says he is worried by attempts by politicians and academics to play down the crimes it committed in World War II.

26 Sep 16

Sutanovac, Last Hope For Serbia’s Democrats?

23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

15 Sep 16

Privatisation Decimates Serbia’s Local Media

Business

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28 Sep 16

Sanctions Deadline Looms for Serbia over Gas Company

After missing a deadline to ‘unbundle’ Srbijagas, Serbia faces sanctions in October that may impede its EU accession negotiations.

13 Sep 16

Austerity Not Over for Serbia Despite Recovery

19 Aug 16

Serbian Unions Seek Higher Minimum Wage

Culture and Lifestyle

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28 Sep 16

Sound of Serbian Music May Vanish From Macedonia

After much Macedonian music went off air in Macedonia in a dispute over copyright, Macedonian TV and radio stations now face another ban - on playing music from Serbia.

21 Sep 16

Tara Mountain, a True Touch of Nature

13 Sep 16

Unlikely Serbian Designer Heads to New York