Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

Sarajevo Gears up For World War I Centenary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Comments Off

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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Three Feared Dead After Kosovo Power Plant Explosion

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off

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

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

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

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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Polls Close in Kosovo’s Tightly Fought Election

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off

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

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

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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Mladic ‘Tried to Fight Serb Paramilitary Marauders’

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off

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

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

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

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

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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Bosnia’s Investigative Agency Chief Indicted Over Protests

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off

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

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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Kosovo Serbs Join Last-Minute Campaign

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off

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

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

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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Bosnia to Start Building New Prison Soon

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off

After years of interruptions, the authorities announced the start of construction work on a high-standard state prison.

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Bosniaks Left Serb Territory ‘Fearing Revenge Attacks’

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off

The former local government chief in the town of Pale told Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s war crimes trial that Bosniaks were not expelled from the area, but wanted to leave.

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Bosnia Arrests Two More War Crimes Suspects

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off

For the second day in a row, Bosnian police have arrested two men suspected of war crimes committed in the towns of Sekovici and Busovaca during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Kosovo Serb Bastion Shuns Looming Election

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo may be gearing up for polls on June 8, but there is no sign of election activity in the northern, Serbian half of the town of Mitrovica.

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Vucic Tells Kosovo Serbs Not to Boycott Election

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

After Serb leaders in northern Kosovo said they were quitting election-related activities in a dispute over ballots, Serbia’s Prime Minister has said that Kosovo Serbs should vote in the election. 

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Montenegro to Build Homes for Kosovo Refugees

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

At least 900 housing units are to be built over the next three years for the most vulnerable refugees, mostly Roma displaced from Kosovo in the war of the late 1990s.

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Uncertainty Adds Tension to Kosovo Election Campaign

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo leaders will be competing aggressively for votes in the last few days of the election campaign, partly because the outcome is unusually unpredictable.

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Bosnian Serb Chief Blocks Money Laundering Laws

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

Bosnian Serb leader is poised to block parliament’s adoption of laws on money-laundering, on the grounds that the issue should have been decided by Bosnia’s entities.

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Bosnian Serb Army ‘Didn’t Cut Power to Sarajevo’

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was told that his forces never intentionally cut electricity supplies to Sarajevo civilians during the war.

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Bosnia Arrests Two War Crimes Suspects

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

Bosnian police have arrested two men suspected of committing war crimes against civilians and prisoners in Zavidovici and Brcko during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Ratko Mladic ‘Wasn’t in Hiding’ After the War

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off

Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic lived normally at his apartment in Belgrade from 1997 until 2001, his former security officer told his war crimes trial in The Hague.

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Kosovo Serbs Urged Not to Boycott Elections

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off

Serbs in Kosovo should not boycott June 8 general elections because a boycott will not solve any of their problems, a debate on Friday in the Serb-run northern part of Mitrovica heard.

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Bosnia Exhumes Wartime Corpses Washed Up By Floods

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off

An exhumation is being launched near the flood-hit town of Doboj after recent heavy rains uncovered human remains suspected to be those of victims of the 1992-95 war.

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Warning Issued Over Bosnia Money-Laundering Risks

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off

After the Bosnian parliament failed to adopt legislation to tackle money-laundering, Council of Europe experts urged other states to be vigilant in financial dealings with the country.

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Bosniak Soldier ‘Ordered Killings of Croats’

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off

The trial of Bosniak former soldier Vehid Subotic over a massacre in the village of Dusina near Zenica in 1993 was told that an eyewitness saw the defendant order the killings.

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Serbia Finds 27 Bodies in Kosovo Mass Grave

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

The remains of 27 people, believed to be Kosovo Albanians killed by Belgrade’s forces during the 1990s war, were exhumed from a quarry near the south Serbian town of Raska.

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Ratko Mladic’s Troops ‘Didn’t Shell Sarajevo Market’

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

Two former Bosnian Serb Army soldiers told the trial of their wartime commander Ratko Mladic that Bosniak forces were responsible for attacking civilians in the besieged capital.

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