Wednesday, October 01, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

Karadzic Delivers Closing Remarks

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is expected to deliver his closing remarks at his genocide trial on October 1.
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EU Outlines Views On Balkans, Ukraine

Johannes Hahn, the EU's neighborhood and enlargement negotiations commissioner-designate, says Serbia needs to carefully consider its refusal to support EU sanctions against Russia if Belgrade hopes to join the European Union.
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Hahn: No EU Expansion For 5 Years

EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn has said there won't be any EU enlargement during his five-year mandate if he becomes the EU commissioner responsible for the portfolio.
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Date Set For Putin's Visit To Belgrade

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit Belgrade on October 16 to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation in World War II.
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Date Set For Putin's Visit To Belgrade

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit Belgrade on October 16 to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation in World War II.
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Final Arguments Begin In Karadzic Trial

Prosecutors at the UN court in The Hague on September 29 called Karadzic the "driving force" of ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's civil war and said he is responsible for all of "the tragedies."
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Video Hundreds Of Gay Rights Activists March In Belgrade

Hundreds of gay rights activists have marched in Belgrade in Serbia's first gay pride parade in four years.
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Putin To Attend Belgrade WWII Events

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced President Vladimir Putin will visit Serbia as Belgrade marks the 70th anniversary of liberation "from fascists"
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Serbia To Hold Gay Pride March

Authorities in Serbia have permitted the country's first Gay Pride march since 2010.
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OSCE Condemns Death Threats Against Kosovar Journalist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned a series of death threats against Artan Haraqija, an RFE/RL journalist who has been reporting on radical Islamic groups in Kosovo.
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Putin Praises Bosnian Serb Leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia's Republika Srpska, and praised him ahead of elections in the Bosnian Serb entity.
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EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics.
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South Stream Must Comply With EU Law

The European Union says it won’t block the construction of the South Stream pipeline in Serbia, but says the pipeline can only start shipping Russian natural gas into EU countries when it complies with EU laws.
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Kosovo Imams Held Over Militant Recruiting

Fifteen influential Muslim leaders have been arrested across Kosovo in a crackdown targeting what authorities say is a recruiting network for Islamic State militants and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front.
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U.S. Defeats Serbia, Wins Basketball World Cup

The Americans overcame an early deficit to overwhelm the tournament's surprise team, Serbia, 129-92 in a one-sided final in Madrid on September 14.
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Photogallery After An Era Of New Horizons, EU Turns Its Gaze Inward

The incoming European Commission has indicated that further enlargement will no longer be a priority for the 28-member bloc. What does that mean for EU hopefuls to the east and south?
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For Russia, Ideal Scenario In Ukraine Might Just Be The Bosnian Model

Semifailed state with polarized politics? A Bosnia-style solution sounds good to the Kremlin's ears when discussing Ukraine's future.
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Photogallery Five Bosnian Miners Die In Accident

A trade union official says five coal miners have died after being trapped in a pit in Bosnia-Herzegovina following an earthquake.
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Bosnia Detains Suspected Jihadists

Bosnia-Herzegovina has detained 16 people suspected of taking part in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq or of recruiting and funding Bosnian nationals to join Islamic militants there.
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A Kosovo Mother's Plea: 'Bring My Boy Back' -- From Syria

Pranvera Abazi's husband said he was taking their son for the weekend to a popular outdoor spot. Three days later, he sent her a text message saying they were in Syria.
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