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Outrage in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel win

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Austrian writer is seen by critics as a supporter of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic

PETER HANDKE. The Austrian writer poses in Chaville in the Paris surburbs, on October 10 after he was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Germany extradites Bosnian linked to Paris attacks to Belgium

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The unnamed 39-year-old is accused 'of abetting a terrorist organization linked to the terror attacks, including on the Bataclan concert hall, on November 13, 2015 in Paris'

PARIS ATTACKS. This file photo taken on November 17, 2015 shows a miniature Eiffel tower, candles, and flowers at a makeshift memorial outside Le Carillon cafe, in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in which 130 people were killed and another 413 injured. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Fire in Bosnian migrant shelter injures 32

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Ale Siljdedic, Bosnia regional interior minister, says the blaze was 'doubtless' due to an electrical fault

Karadzic appeals life sentence for Bosnia war crimes – court

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Judges in The Hague will now have to decide whether to admit Karadzic's challenge to his sentence, as the March 20 ruling on his sentence was supposed to be fina

APPEAL. In this file photo, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. File photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Karadzic sentence increased to life for Bosnia genocide

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:15 PM

A panel of appeals judges in The Hague 'imposes a sentence of life imprisonment' after rejecting Radovan Karadzic's appeal against his original 2016 conviction

LIFE SENTENCE. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic reacts at the court room of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 20, 2019, while waiting to hear the final judgement on his role in the bloody conflict that tore his country apart a quarter of a century ago. Photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

In Bosnia, young man's death stirs nationwide protest

Jul 07, 2018 - 4:42 PM

David Dragicevic's death has transformed him into the symbol of a civil protest movement against injustice and corruption in high places, which rapidly gathers pace ahead of Bosnia's general election in October.

PROTEST. Citizens of Sarajevo and Banja Luka gather in a joint protest in Sarajevo on May 15, 2018, seeking justice in the deaths of Dzenan Memic and David Dragicevic. Photo by Elvis Barukcic / AFP

PROFILE: Who is Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

To the families of the victims of the Bosnian War, Ratko Mladic will forever be associated with the bloody 44-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica

EVIL, THEN AND NOW. This combination of pictures shows (L) Ratko Mladic then Bosnian Serb General looking on in Sarajevo on on February 15, 1994 and (R) Mladic smiling as he enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. 1994 photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP; 2017 photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Historic verdict due in genocide trial of 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The man, who remains a hero to many in Serbia, has denied 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 war

CRY FOR JUSTICE. In this file photo, a member of the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' demonstrates next to a portrait of Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic during a demonstration in front of the European Court of Human Rights (CEDH) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 11, 2012.  Frederick Florin/AFP

Two wartime mass graves discovered in Bosnia

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Since the beginning of the exhumation at Koricanske Stijene on September 7 about 30 clusters of human bones have been exhumed essentially incomplete skeletons says Lejla Cengic a spokeswoman for the Missing Persons Institute

Pope Francis casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

May 14, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A million pilgrims visit Medjugorje Bosnia each year where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to 6 young villagers on June 24 1981

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of Virgin Mary on June 25, 2011 near the Medjugorje church in the southern Bosnian village of Medjugorje. Almost one million people visit Medjugorje each year, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to six young villagers for the first time on June 24, 1981. For 30 years, the alleged phenomenon was ignored by Roman Catholic authorities until 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI issued an order to form an investigation team to search for the truth in case of Medjugorje sightings. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC

Turkey angers Netherlands with Srebrenica jibe

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prompts a fresh outcry in The Netherlands with a jibe about the Srebrenica massacre warning of retaliation in a spiraling diplomatic crisis

Bosnia to appeal ruling clearing Serbia of genocide

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The request for revision would be forwarded to the Hague based International Court of Justice next week – just a few days before a 10 year deadline expires

APPEAL. In this file photo, Bosnian Muslim women, survivors of July 1995 massacre in Srebrenica react as they watch live broadcast of the verdict reading in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, in Tuzla, on March 24, 2016. File photo by STR/AFP

Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia', back in court as trial nears end

Dec 05, 2016 - 3:41 PM

More than 4 years after Ratko Mladic s trial opened at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ICTY in The Hague prosecutors will begin 3 days of closing arguments and will likely call for a long jail term

'THE BUTCHER OF BOSNIA.' This file photo taken on May 16, 2012 shows former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic siting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague before the opening of his war crimes trial. File photo by Toussaint Kluiters/AFP

Bosnia's disabled children swim against indifference

Dec 02, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Nearly 10 percent of the population in Bosnia is disabled and the road ahead is long

In a country where not all disabilities are viewed equally, a swimming club for children with special needs provides some hope.

Karadzic appeals 40-year genocide sentence

Jul 22, 2016 - 9:18 PM

Warcrimes prosecutors also appeal the sentence asking the court to put Karadzic behind bars for life

RADOVAN KARADZIC. A protester looks at a picture of Radovan Karadzic with a slogan 'I'm Radovan' in Belgrade, Serbia, March 27, 2016. File photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Outrage at UN court's 'rewriting' of Balkans wars

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Seselj once a firebrand paramilitary leader had been charged with murder persecution and torture of non Serb civilians

ACQUITTED. Vojislav Seselj speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, March 31, 2016 The UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 31 March 2016 acquitted Seselj of nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between 1991 and 1993 during the Balkan wars. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbia, Russia accuse UN court after Karadzic verdict

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED All justice that leads to the conviction of one people for crimes that were committed by everyone is selective says Serbian Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic

AWAITING JUDGEMENT. Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, on March 24. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Karadzic genocide conviction closes 'painful chapter' – US

Mar 25, 2016 - 8:10 AM

This day is long overdue US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says after the genocide conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

KARADZIC GUILTY. With victims' pictures displayed on the table, people watch an international court handing down its verdict for war-time Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic during his trial in The Hague, on March 24, 2016. Photo by Fehim Dehir/EPA

Karadzic guilty of genocide, jailed for 40 years

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:08 PM

The Bosnian Serb leader wore individual criminal responsibility for the murder and hostage taking of UN peacekeepers say war crimes judges

AWAITING JUDGEMENT. Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, on March 24, 2016. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Agence France-Presse

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Sep 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

There are plans to set up reception centers to separate genuine refugees fleeing war from economic migrants who will be sent back home

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant holds his child and looks for relatives in front of the train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 23, 2015. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

Bosnia, Serbia pledge to improve ties

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:27 AM

Both countries want to improve fragile tiles after a tense incident involving the Serbian leader

Attack on Serbia PM mars Srebrenica massacre anniversary

Jul 12, 2015 - 1:08 AM

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is attacked with stones during the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre

Russia vetoes UN move to recognize Srebrenica 'genocide'

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:41 AM

UPDATED The veto triggers warnings the bitter diplomatic wrangling could spark renewed violence

In Sarajevo, Pope Francis slams global 'atmosphere of war'

Jun 06, 2015 - 6:55 PM

But war means children women and the elderly in refugee camps it means forced displacement destroyed houses streets and factories above all countless shattered lives says Pope Francis

PAPAL WAVE. Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards an airplane bound for Sarajevo on June 6. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope pushes inter-faith peace message on Sarajevo visit

Jun 06, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Pope Francis trip comes at a time when the Balkan state is largely split along ethnic lines

PAPAL WAVE. Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards an airplane bound for Sarajevo on June 6. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis heads to Sarajevo with reconciliation message

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:51 PM

The one day trip underlines the importance he attaches to the promotion of co existence between peoples and faiths

PAPAL WAVE. A smile and a wave from Pope Francis to pilgrims at the end of his weekly Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, May 27, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Mengapa sanksi FIFA untuk PSSI tak selalu buruk?

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Kamerun Bosnia dan Brunei adalah negara yang pernah diberi sanksi oleh FIFA Tapi mereka bangkit Mungkinkah Indonesia bisa mengikuti jejak mereka?

PROTES. Ratusan pendukung sepakbola dalam negeri berdemo di depan Hotel JW Marrot, tempat Konferens Luar Biasa Persatuan Sepakbola Seluruh Indonesia berlangsung, Sabtu, 18 April 2015. Foto oleh Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Serbia arrests 7 over 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Mar 18, 2015 - 4:49 PM

The 7 identified only by initials are said to be members of a Bosnian Serb wartime special police unit suspected of having committed war crimes against the civilian population

REMEMBERING THE GENOCIDE. A Bosnian Muslim girl weeps at the Potocari Memorial Center during the funeral in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 July 2014, where 175 newly-identified Bosnian Muslims were buried. Fehiim Demir/EPA

Nationalists win Bosnia's elections

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:08 AM

Nationalist candidates from Bosnia s Croat Muslim and Serb communities win the country s three man presidency underlining continued ethnic strains 20 years after the Balkan state s civil war

ONE OF THREE. Bakir Izetbegovic, member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency, speaks to journalists after voting at one of polling stations in Sarajevo center on October 12, 2014. Photo by Elvis Barukcic / AFP

Bosnia goes to polls amid economic woes, ethnic splits

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Some 3 3 million voters are eligible to cast ballots to elect three members – a Croat a Muslim and a Serb – of the joint presidency as well as a new central parliament

A picture taken on October 9, 2014 in Sarajevo shows several campaign posters hanging in a street. Elvis Barukcic/AFP

34 miners trapped after Bosnia quake

Sep 05, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Esad Civic manager at the Raspotocje says the miners are doing well and have enough clean air to wait for the arrival of rescue teams

Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:55 AM

Families of the victims had sued the Dutch government over the 1995 killings accusing Dutch UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the 8 000 people slaughtered by ethnic Serb forces just a few months before the end of the Bosnian war – an act two international courts have ruled was genocide

REMEMBERING THE GENOCIDE. A Bosnian Muslim girl weeps at the Potocari Memorial Center during the funeral in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 July 2014, where 175 newly-identified Bosnian Muslims were buried. Fehiim Demir/EPA

Sarajevo marks 100 years since killing that sparked WWI

Jun 28, 2014 - 3:53 PM

On June 28 1914 a Bosnian Serb nationalist shot dead the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife setting off a chain of events that sucked Europe s great powers into four years of war

REENACTMENT. A replica of the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie drove on June 28, 1914, stands in front of the 'Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918', in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 27, 2014. In front of the building, Bosnian Serb assassin Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife on 28 June 1914. EPA/FEHIIM DEMIR

Messi off the mark as Argentina wins World Cup opener

Jun 16, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The diminutive striker provided the two decisive moments of the match for Argentina s goals

GOAL. Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) scores the 2-0 during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match between Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 June 2014. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Balkan braces for fresh floods as thousands left homeless

May 19, 2014 - 9:34 PM

More than 60 000 people are evacuated while 47 are dead as dozens of towns and villages have been completely cut off

MASSIVE FLOODING. A man looks at the flooded street from the roof of a house in Pozega. Serbia is under a state of emergency due to floods from over 48 hours of rain. Photo by Dragan Karadarevic/EPA

Belgrade braces for flooding after deadly rains

May 18, 2014 - 5:32 PM

The disaster has claimed at least 30 lives and forced thousands of people from their homes in Serbia and neighboring Bosnia

STATE OF EMERGENCY. A family is being evacuated by a boat in the town of Obrenovac, 30 kilometers south-west of Belgrade, Serbia. A state of emergency has been declared in Serbia due to severe floods caused by rain falling for more than 48 hours. Photo by Andrej Cukij/ EPA

At least 16 dead in massive flooding in Bosnia, Serbia

May 18, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Some 95 000 homes in Serbia and 60 000 in Bosnia have no power at all authorities say

Serbia flooding

Angelina Jolie urges action against rape as a war weapon

Mar 28, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Angelina Jolie is in Bosnia to campaign against the use of rape as a war weapon

C.Africa violence reminiscent of Srebrenica: UN

Mar 01, 2014 - 1:30 AM

A UNHCR civilian chief said the situation there reminded me of Srebrenica of the Muslim enclaves in Bosnia Hercegovina

DISPLACED. Internally displaced people shelter at the catholic church of Bossangoa and the school de la Liberté on October 18, 2013. File photo by AFP

Protest-hit Bosnia mourns Ottoman archives lost in riots

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:17 AM

The full extent of the destruction is still being investigated but one of the affected depots housed the oldest documents from between the Ottoman Empire times and World War II

DAMAGED. A yellow "Police Crime Scene" tape surrounds Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency building in the country's capital Sarajevo, on February 9, 2014. Elvis Barukcic/AFP

Poverty, joblessness underpin Bosnia's bloody riots

Feb 09, 2014 - 9:21 PM

UPDATED A shadow economy endemic corruption and a complex post war political structure that enables squabbling politicians to block reforms are seen as key impediments to improving the economy

UNREST IN SARAJEVO. People watch police vehicles set ablaze during a demonstration in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 07 February 2014. Dzenan Krijestorac/EPA

Miss Earth 2013 Fearless Forecast

Dec 06, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Who will win the Miss Earth crown? Here s Drew Francisco s fearless forecast

BEAUTIES WITH AN ADVOCACY. The 2013 Miss Earth Candidates, presented to the media. All photos by Jose Del

Bosnia first post-war census reopens old wounds

Oct 02, 2013 - 10:44 AM

The historic census is expected to reveal the extent of the upheaval from the 1992 95 war but also to affect the terms of the deal that ended it

Dutch state sent Bosnian Muslims to death at Srebrenica: court

Sep 06, 2013 - 4:56 PM

A Supreme Court ruling upholds an appeals court decision saying that the Dutch State is responsible for sending 3 Bosnian Muslims to their deaths

Life and Style wRap: Blue diamond, dumpster home, Chinese rockers

Aug 24, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Here are some life and style stories you might have missed this week

SOMETHING BLUE. A rare gem will be available for auction in Hong Kong soon

UN court reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic

Jul 11, 2013 - 10:18 PM

A UN war crimes court reinstates a genocide charge against former Bosnian Serb top leader Radovan Karadzic

APPEAL OVERTURNED. A UN court reinstates a genocide charge against former Bosnian serb top leader Radovan Karadzic. AFP/Pool/Michael Kooren

Angelina Jolie fights war zone rape

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:33 AM

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie joins UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in condemning war zone rape and sexual violence

JOINING FORCES. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie want to end sexual violence in conflict zones. Photo from the William Hague Facebook page

Kim Jong-Un's nephew labels him a 'dictator'

Oct 21, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Kim Jong Il s teenage grandson has labelled his uncle North Korea s new leader Kim Jong Un a dictator in an interview that offers a rare glimpse into the world s most secretive ruling dynasty

A handout video grab taken on May 28, 2012 and released on October 19 shows North Korean Kim Han-Sol, Kim Jong-Il's teenage grandson, talking to former UN under secretary general and special rapporteur for Human Rights in Bosnia-Hercegovina Elisabeth Rehn. AFP PHOTO / Cityportal/YLE / Mikko Kelloniemi

Karadzic tells war crimes court he should be rewarded

Oct 16, 2012 - 4:21 PM

I should have been rewarded for all the good things that I ve done because I did everything within human power to avoid the war and to reduce the human suffering Karadzic told the Hague based court