Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

‘British forces can’t monitor jihadists fighting in Mideast’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off on ‘British forces can’t monitor jihadists fighting in Mideast’

LONDON, June 23, (Agencies): British security forces will find it impossible to monitor all the estimated 500 jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq after they return home, a former top intelligence official said Monday. Richard Barrett, ex-head of counter-terrorism at the MI6 overseas security agency, told the BBC that authorities would have to try to […]

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UN Urges Kosovo to Help Refugees Return

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off on UN Urges Kosovo to Help Refugees Return

The UN refugee agency called on the authorities to ensure that people who fled Kosovo during the 1998-99 war have places to live and security if they choose to return home.

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Slow Count Keeps New Kosovo Govt in Limbo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off on Slow Count Keeps New Kosovo Govt in Limbo

With the last votes from the general election yet to be counted, the political parties are still squabbling over who has the right to form a new government in Kosovo.

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Kosovo MP Candidate Gunned Down Outside Restaurant

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo MP Candidate Gunned Down Outside Restaurant

Kosovo police have launched a probe into the murder of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was shot dead in his hometown of Rahovec/Orahovac.

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Bosnia Arrests Serb Fighter Over Bihac Killings

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Arrests Serb Fighter Over Bihac Killings

Former military policeman Zeljko Stanarevic was arrested on suspicion of having participating in the killings of Bosniak civilians in the north-western Bihac municipality.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Whatever Happened to the Plenums in Bosnia?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off on Whatever Happened to the Plenums in Bosnia?

The protest movement that swept Bosnia earlier this year may have faded, but its principal legacy – a new sense of empowerment among the people – will endure.

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Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Dysfunctional governments in Balkan countries continue to drive down democracy ratings in the region, according to Freedom Houses’s latest study, ‘Nations in Transit 2014’.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

A Challenge for Kosovo: Justice for All

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on A Challenge for Kosovo: Justice for All

If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record.

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Sarajevo Sends Peace Message on WWI Centenary

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Sarajevo Sends Peace Message on WWI Centenary

A hundred years on from the start of World War I, the city where it all began is putting on a range of events that send a message of peace after a ‘century of wars’.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnian Croat Fighter ‘Shot Prisoner at School’

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnian Croat Fighter ‘Shot Prisoner at School’

A witness told the trial of ex-fighter Nikola Maric, accused of the detention, persecution and killing of Bosniaks in the Prozor area, that he saw the defendant shoot a fellow prisoner.

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Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Dysfunctional governments in Balkan countries continue to drive down democracy ratings in the region, according to Freedom Houses’s latest study, ‘Nations in Transit 2014’.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnia Cuts Srebrenica Genocide Convicts’ Sentences

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Cuts Srebrenica Genocide Convicts’ Sentences

Five former Bosnian Serb policemen were given reduced sentences of 20 years each for aiding genocide in Srebrenica following a retrial after their previous convictions were annulled.

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Serb Officer Insists Sarajevo Market Blast Was Staged

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off on Serb Officer Insists Sarajevo Market Blast Was Staged

A Bosnian Serb Army officer insisted that Bosniak forces staged an attack that killed over 60 people at Sarajevo’s Markale market in 1994, Ratko Mladic’s war crimes trial was told.

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Kosovo Leaders Squabble Over Right to Form Govt

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Leaders Squabble Over Right to Form Govt

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his main rival, Ramush Haradinaj, remain in deadock over who has the right to form a new government following inconclusive general elections.

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Bosnia Finds 11 War Dead After Floods

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Finds 11 War Dead After Floods

The bodies were exhumed after the recent floods that devastated the country washed up bones suspected to be those of Bosniaks killed during the 1992-95 war near Doboj.

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Croatians Protest Against Church Honouring War Criminal

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Comments Off on Croatians Protest Against Church Honouring War Criminal

Protesters rallied in front of the cathedral in Zagreb against Catholic bishops’ alleged ‘glorification’ of the homecoming of recently-released Bosnian Croat war criminal Dario Kordic.

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Protected War Crimes Witness Attacked in Bosnia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Protected War Crimes Witness Attacked in Bosnia

A man was arrested for he allegedly stabbing an anonymous protected witness in the trial of former Bosnian Serb fighter Dragan Sekaric, who is accused of a series of wartime atrocities.

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Sarajevo Gears up For World War I Centenary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Sarajevo Gears up For World War I Centenary

The unveiling of portraits of Gavrilo Princip and Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the exterior of the Sarajevo Museum mark the start of a series of events commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

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Polls Close in Kosovo’s Tightly Fought Election

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Polls Close in Kosovo’s Tightly Fought Election

Polling stations closed on Sunday evening across Kosovo in an election whose outcome remains hard to call owing to the tight competition between the main parties.

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Kosovo Elections 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Elections 2014

Stay tuned for all the latest developments, election results and reactions as Kosovo goes to the polls to elect a new government.

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Kosovo Holds Nationwide Elections

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Holds Nationwide Elections

The people of Kosovo go to vote today in an election whose outcome is the most uncertain in the history of the country’s independence.

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Three Feared Dead After Kosovo Power Plant Explosion

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Three Feared Dead After Kosovo Power Plant Explosion

At least three people are reported dead following an explosion at the Kosovo A power station just outside Pristina on Friday.

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Serbia Searches for New Kosovo War Mass Grave

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Serbia Searches for New Kosovo War Mass Grave

Serbian experts will examine the site of another suspected mass grave near the town of Raska, where the bodies of 37 Kosovo Albanians killed during wartime have already been found.

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Kosovo Heightens Security For Elections

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Heightens Security For Elections

With elections approaching on Sunday, authorities in Pristina have increased measures in order to prevent poll fraud.

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Kosovo Ruling Party Claims Victory in Elections

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Ruling Party Claims Victory in Elections

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo claimed victory in parliamentary polls to secure a third term in office despite a low turnout at Sunday’s vote.

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Bosnia’s Investigative Agency Chief Indicted Over Protests

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia’s Investigative Agency Chief Indicted Over Protests

Goran Zubac, the director of the State Investigative and Protection Agency, was charged with failing to deal with violent unrest during mass protests in Bosnia in February.

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Freed Bosnian Croat War Criminal Arrives in Zagreb

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Freed Bosnian Croat War Criminal Arrives in Zagreb

Dario Kordic, former leader of the self-proclaimed wartime statelet called the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna, was released after serving 17 years of his war crimes sentence.

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Mladic ‘Tried to Fight Serb Paramilitary Marauders’

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Mladic ‘Tried to Fight Serb Paramilitary Marauders’

Former Bosnian Serb policeman Dragomir Andan testified that his military leader Ratko Mladic told him in 1992 that his biggest problem was fighting to rein in paramilitary groups.

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Bosnia Bows to EU Money-Laundering Pressure

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Bows to EU Money-Laundering Pressure

The House of Peoples of the Bosnian Parliament has finally adopted a law on anti-money laundering – bowing to EU threats – but it has yet to agree on changes needed to criminal law.

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Bosniak Soldier Jailed for Killing Croats in Trusina

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosniak Soldier Jailed for Killing Croats in Trusina

Former Bosnian Army soldier Edin Dzeko was jailed for 12 years over the killings of six Croat fighters and a civilian couple in the village of Trusina near Konjic in 1993.

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Bosnia Finishes Burying Livestock Killed in Floods

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Finishes Burying Livestock Killed in Floods

The grim business of destroying the corpses of thousands of cattle and other livestock, killed in the recent floods, is drawing to a close in Bosnia.

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Hague Prosecutor Criticises Bosnia War Case Delays

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Hague Prosecutor Criticises Bosnia War Case Delays

The prosecutor told the UN that there was still a huge backlog of war crimes cases from the Bosnian conflict and progress towards clearing them by the 2023 deadline was unacceptably slow.

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Kosovo Serbs Join Last-Minute Campaign

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Serbs Join Last-Minute Campaign

After days of uncertainty, the Srpska Lista has opted at the 11th hour to take part in the election campaign.

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Many Parties, Few Programs, in Kosovo Elections

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Many Parties, Few Programs, in Kosovo Elections

While voters have a range of parties to choose from on June 8, the ideological differences between most of them appear slim.

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Mladic Memorial Erected Near Sarajevo

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Mladic Memorial Erected Near Sarajevo

A memorial plaque dedicated to the former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, who is on trial for genocide and other crimes in Bosnia, has been erected on the hills above Sarajevo.

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