Sunday, April 19, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

Serbia Threatens Kosovo’s Foreign Minister With Arrest

Serbian authorities have threatened to arrest Kosovar Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci, who is scheduled to attend a regional conference in Belgrade next week.
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EU To Host New Talks Between Serbia and Kosovo

The EU will host new talks next week between the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo.
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Serbian President Cancels Vatican Visit After Engine Trouble

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic canceled an official visit to the Vatican on April 17 after his plane had to return to Belgrade due to engine trouble.
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Indicted Croatian Serb Leader In Serbia

Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic arrived in Serbia late on April 15 after the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ordered his provisional release.
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NATO Chief Praises Montenegro For Passing Reform Legislation

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has praised Montenegro, saying on April 15 it has made "real progress towards membership of NATO."
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Montenegro 'Must Implement Reforms'

The European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has urged Montenegro to start implementing legislation already passed in the country in order to move closer to both EU and NATO membership.
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HRW: Serbian Police Abusing Refugees

Human Rights Watch has condemned what it says is “harassment and abuse” of asylum seekers and migrants by police in Serbia.
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Legal Expert: No Cover-Up At EU Kosovo Mission

A new report says the European Union's law-enforcing mission in Kosovo did not try to cover up corruption allegations against some of its members.
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Bosnians Charged With IS Recruiting

Four Bosnians have been charged with financing terrorist activities and recruiting fighters for the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria and Iraq.
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Amnesty Says Serbia Failed To Use EU Funds To Resettle Roma

Amnesty International (AI) says hundreds of Roma who were forcibly evicted from their Belgrade homes in 2012 have not been resettled despite Serbia receiving EU funds for the project.
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News Analysis: ICTY's Order On Seselj Puts Belgrade In A Bind

The Hague tribunal on the former Yugoslavia has ordered an accused Serbian war criminal who was given a provisional release in 2014 to return to custody. But handing over the ailing ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to the controversial court could be political suicide for Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
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Russia, Montenegro Face Disciplinary Proceedings Over Soccer Violence

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after a May 27 European championship qualifying match was abandoned due to crowd violence.
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UN Orders Seselj Back To Detention

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has ruled that Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj had breached conditions of his provisional release and ordered his return to detention at The Hague.
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Kosovo Hosts Serb Foreign Minister At Regional Meeting

Senior officials from six Balkan nations discussed regional infrastructure projects in Kosovo on March 25.
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Photogallery Serbia Makes Srebrenica Arrests

Police have arrested seven men -- reportedly members of a Bosnian Serb wartime special police unit -- suspected of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Serbia's first arrests of people accused of direct participation in the slaughter of thousands of Muslims in the town in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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EU Clears Way For Bosnia's Membership Bid

EU foreign ministers have approved the next step on Bosnia's road to membership after politicians agreed a series of reforms demanded by the 28-member bloc.
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Serbia Mourns Loss Of Hero Helicopter Crew, Medical Workers

Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has declared March 15 as a national day of mourning after a military rescue helicopter crashed while carrying a newborn baby for medical treatment, killing all seven people aboard.
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Serbian Army Chopper Crashes

A Serbian military helicopter evacuating a five-day-old baby for emergency medical treatment crashed in heavy fog near Belgrade airport late on March 13, leaving no survivors.
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Radioactive Van Crash In Bosnia

A van transporting radioactive material iridium-192 collided with a passenger car on March 13 near the town of Modrica in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Macedonia Opposition Claims Government Rigged Elections

The main opposition party in Macedonia has published what it is says is fresh evidence of government vote-manipulation in three recent elections.
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