Tuesday, August 04, 2015

News and Features on the Balkans

Kosovo Votes For War Crimes Court

Parliament in Kosovo has passed legislation to create a special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas for alleged crimes.

Hungary Building Migrant Fence

Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.

Serbian Lottery In Fraud Probe

Police in Serbia have opened an investigation into the management of the Serbian State Lottery after a graphic shown during the live television drawing of the winning numbers showed one number several seconds before the number was drawn.

Kosovo Lobbies For War Crimes Court

Kosovo’s government on July 31 asked the parliament in Pristina to reconsider its rejection of an ad hoc court to put ethnic Albanian former guerrilla fighters on trial for alleged war crimes – including organ harvesting.

Video Bosnians Protest Labor Law Reforms

​Several thousand people protested in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, on July 30 against a new labor law as a part of reforms required by the EU.

Afghan National Killed In Serbia

Serbian police say an Afghan national was killed on July 27 in a fight involving migrants near the border with Hungary.

OSCE Condemns Attack On Journalist In Macedonia

​The Representative on Freedom of the Media from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Dunja Mijatovic, has called for a "swift and transparent" investigation following a recent attack on a journalist in Macedonia.

B92: The Voice Of Serbia's Postcommunist Aspirations Falls Silent

Since 1989, Serbia's B92 radio has provided the antiestablishment soundtrack for Serbia's postcommunist development, winning international plaudits along the way for its uncompromising journalism and democratic commitment. But now it's gone off the air.

Ex-Serb General Arrested In Montenegro

A former Yugoslav and Serbian general has been arrested in Montenegro on suspicion of having committed war crimes in the 1990s.

Bosnian Serb Vote Defies National Court

Lawmakers in the autonomous Serb region of Bosnia voted July 15 to hold a referendum on the authority of the national court over Serbs, in a move the West says is an open challenge to the integrity of the Bosnian state.

Early Election Plan Agreed In Skopje

Under a deal brokered by the European Union, Macedonia's main opposition party will return to parliament and the prime minister will resign ahead of elections next year.

Hungarians Protest Antimigrant Fence

A thousand people demonstrated in Budapest on July 15 against a controversial fence that Hungary is building on the border with Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants.

Hungary Building Antimigrant Fence

Hungarian soldiers have begun erecting a controversial fence on the border with Serbia that is aimed at keeping out migrants.

Top U.S. Official Urges Macedonian Leaders To End Crisis

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland called on Macedonian leaders to end an ongoing political crisis.

Serbia Jails Balkan Drug Lord For 20 Years

A Balkan drug lord was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Serbian court on July 13 for trafficking 5.7 tons of cocaine from South America to Europe.

Water Off In Pristina After Terror Threat

Kosovo’s authorities say they have cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital, Pristina, after police arrested three people on terrorism charges close to an artificial lake.

Video Bosnia Marks 20 Years Since Srebrenica Genocide; Serbian PM Pelted By Crowd

Tens of thousands gathered near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst mass killing since the Holocaust.

Women, War, And Reflections On Srebrenica

For the Srebrenica women, those few horrific days in July 1995 have affected all aspects of their lives every day since. This anniversary is an opportunity to repay their courage, determination, and humanity with renewed commitment to better addressing the full range of issues affecting women during and after war.

Court Awards Win To Albania Over Serbia In Violence-Marred Game

A top sports court July 10 awarded Albania a victory over Serbia in a soccer game that was abandoned when a drone with a political banner flew into the stadium and sparked violence.

OSCE Condemns Attacks in Kosovo Serb Village

The head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger, has strongly condemned two incidents affecting the Serb community in western Kosovo.

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