Monday, July 25, 2016


News and Features on the Balkans

Video German Prosecutors: Munich Shooter Received Psychiatric Care In 2015

German authorities say a man suspected of fatally shooting nine people in Munich on July 22 underwent two months of inpatient psychiatric treatment last year due to social anxiety and depression.
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Kosovar Imam, Radicalized At Home, Vanishes Abroad To Join Islamist Fight

Bidding farewell to his Kosovo village two years ago, Alejhim Maliqi told relatives he was going to study in Egypt. But his family and authorities believe that instead he is fighting for Islamic State militants in Syria.
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Karadzic Appeals 40-Year Genocide Sentence

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has appealed his 40-year jail sentence for genocide and accused UN judges of "subjecting him to a political trial."
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Macedonia Moves Toward Early Elections

Macedonia's main political parties have reached agreement on several measures that would pave the way for early parliamentary elections.
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Serbia Arrests Six Migrant Smugglers Near Bulgarian Border

Serbian police said they have detained six people for smuggling 78 migrants trying to reach the European Union on July 19.
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Five Kosovars Jailed For Preparing Pro-Islamic State Video

A Pristina court has jailed five people for planning to disseminate propaganda on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
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Court Upholds Sentence Against Former Bosnian Beauty Queen In Mafia Hit Job

Bosnia-Herzegovina's appeals court has upheld a prison sentence against a former beauty queen who was charged with coaxing a Bosnian mafia boss into a trap so his rival could try to kill him.
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Croatian Serb Leader, War-Crimes Suspect Goran Hadzic Dies At Age 57

Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, tried by a United Nations war crimes court over his role in the 1991-1995 war in Croatia, has died at the age of 57.
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Official: U.S. Must Work To Guard Media Freedoms In Western Balkans

A U.S. official says Washington must work to discourage governments in the Western Balkans from encroaching on media freedoms, comments that come amid criticism from rights activists and Western officials in recent months about the state of the free press in the region.
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U.S. Sends 2 Gitmo Detainees To Serbia

Two detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being transferred to Serbia -- leaving 76 detainees at the facility.
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U.S. Urges Western Balkans To Strengthen Their Democracies

The United States is urging Western Balkan countries to intensify efforts to consolidate their democracies.
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Thousands Honor Victims Of Srebrenica

Thousands of people paid homage to the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, raising their hands in prayer as a truck passed through the capital Sarajevo carrying the remains of 127 newly identified victims for a final burial.
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EU: 'Brexit' Won't Stop Balkan Accession

The leaders of France and Germany have told Balkan states seeking EU membership that the British vote to leave the EU won't threaten eventual enlargement of the bloc.
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Five Killed, 20 Injured In Cafe Shooting In Serbia

Serbian police say five people were killed and at least 20 wounded when a man opened gun fire inside a cafe in the country's north.
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Bosnia Erupts In Feuding Over New Census Data

Ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina is erupting into feuding over new census data that shows Bosnian Muslims are now a majority in the country.
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Bosnian Census Shows Country Lost Fifth Of Population

The first census since the end of the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina shows the country’s population shrank by one-fifth over the past 25 years.
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Kosovo Court Convicts Serbian On Terrorism Charges

A Kosovar court sentenced a Serbian citizen to 13 years in jail for "attempted terrorist" activities after he was arrested in Pristina in a vehicle packed with more than 11 kilograms of explosives.
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Bosnia Braces For Release Of Much-Delayed Census Data

The results of Bosnia-Herzegovina's first postwar census are about to be released and could spark new battles over how to share political power in the ethnically divided country.
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Serbian Police Detain Migrants, Arrest Suspected Smuggler

Serbian police say they have found 29 migrants with no documents and arrested a suspected people smuggler.
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Bosnia, Kosovo Still Keen To Join EU Despite Brexit

Bosnia's leaders say European Union membership will remain their goal despite Britain's vote to leave the bloc in a landmark referendum on June 23.
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