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Croatian activists to challenge law barring gay couples from fostering children

Zagreb - Croatian gay rights groups on Tuesday slammed a new law that blocks same sex couples from becoming foster parents and vowed to fight it in the country's top court.

Croatia tycoon released on bail

Zagreb - Croatian tycoon Ivica Todoric, being investigated over fraud allegations, was released from a Zagreb prison on Tuesday after posting a million-euro ($1.1-million) bail.

Britain extradites Croatia tycoon to Zagreb: report

Zagreb - Britain on Wednesday extradited Croatian tycoon Ivica Todoric to Zagreb where he faces fraud allegations linked to the food and retail giant Agrokor he founded, media and a witness said.

Street view: Former homeless man leads 'invisible Zagreb' tour

Zagreb - Alcoholics, vagrants, nobodies -- Mile Mrvalj rattles off common prejudices against Zagreb's "invisible" homeless community as he leads a tour around sites that usually go unnoticed in the Croatian capital.

Former Croatian PM convicted of war profiteering

Zagreb - Croatia's former premier Ivo Sanader was convicted on Monday of war profiteering, in a re-trial that found him guilty of taking a bribe from an Austrian bank during the country's 1990s conflict.

Croatia urged to halt police 'violence' against migrants

Zagreb - The Council of Europe said Friday it has urged Croatia to investigate alleged police abuse of migrants trying to cross its borders.

Dozens evacuated as forest fire erupts in southern Croatia

Zagreb - A forest fire erupted Tuesday in Croatia's southern Peljesac peninsula, prompting the evacuation of dozens of villagers and tourists and destroying four houses, officials said.The blaze broke out near the town of Orebic.

Zagreb's mayor on trial for abuse of power

Zagreb - Zagreb's scandal-hit mayor went on trial Thursday on abuse of power charges that allegedly cost the Croatian capital tens of thousands of euros.

Croatia counts down to 'historic' World Cup final

Zagreb - Excitement reached fever-pitch levels in Croatia as the small nation counted down to its first-ever World Cup final against France on Sunday.

Five things to know about Croatia

Zagreb - Despite the prodigious talent of Croatia's players, few expected The Fiery Ones to reach the World Cup final -- a feat not seen for such a small nation since Uruguay reached football's pinnacle in 1950.

New film explores war's dark shadow over Croatian youth

Zagreb - "Mum, am I a Srbenka?" Nina Batinic recalls asking as a seven-year-old in a new film that highlights Croatia's still fragile inter-ethnic relations more than two decades on from the country's bloody war.

Croatia blocks extradition of suspect in Hamas murder

Zagreb - Croatia's top court on Monday blocked the extradition of a Bosnian man to Tunisia over the alleged murder of an aerospace engineer, described by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as one of its members.

Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

Zagreb - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets in Croatia's three biggest cities on Saturday in rallies that largely passed without incident, even as the issue continues to divide the staunchly Catholic EU member state.

Croatian officials cut Serbia visit over radical Seselj

Zagreb - A Croatian parliamentary delegation on Wednesday aborted a visit to Serbia after Serb ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj, recently convicted of war crimes by a UN court, trod on a Croatian flag..

Croatia ratifies treaty to protect women, despite protests

Zagreb - Croatia's parliament ratified a treaty safeguarding women on Friday, despite opposition from conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church.

Faithful storks keep long-distance love alive in Croatia

- A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly -- the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds.

Croatia man's 'Way of the Cross' protest against military jets

Zagreb - A Croatian man walked 200 kilometres (130 miles) carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back to protest the country purchasing military jets when, he claimed, it did not have enough money for seriously ill children's medication.

Thousands of Croatians protest treaty to protect women

Zagreb - Several thousand people marched through the Croatian capital on Saturday in protest against a European treaty designed to protect women.

Croatia former PM retried for war profiteering

Zagreb - Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader pleaded not guilty Friday to accepting a bribe from an Austrian bank during the country's 1990s conflict, at the start of his war profiteering retrial.

Anger after Croatia leader praises Argentine immigrants

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday condemned the Croatian president for praising the country's immigrants to Argentina and warned they included many officials of its World War II pro-Nazi regime.
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