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Ratko Mladic: the 'Butcher of Bosnia' whose trial nears end

Belgrade - Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish leadership during Bosnia's 1990s conflict was blamed for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.

Jailed Kosovo activist committed suicide: prosecutor

Pristina - An autopsy on the body of a Kosovo opposition activist who died in prison found that he committed suicide, authorities in the Balkan nation said, after his death drew protesters onto the streets.

The forgotten victims of Serbian wartime atrocities

Prijepolje - Bus driver Adem Alomerovic was returning home to southern Serbia after undergoing medical tests in Belgrade when he was hauled off a train by members of a notorious militia as it crossed through Bosnian territory.

Balkan weapons trafficked west still a 'major problem'

Belgrade - A year after jihadists used weapons manufactured in Serbia to gun down victims in Paris, Balkan countries are struggling to end the scourge of illegal arms trafficking.

Serbian radicals prevent EU diplomat's address

Belgrade - Far-right Serbian MPs prevented a top European Union official from presenting an annual report in parliament on Thursday, local media reported.

Kosovo urges citizens to avoid Serbia over arrests

Pristina - Pristina on Monday advised its citizens not to use neighbouring Serbia as a transit country after the second arrest of a Kosovo Albanian in a month.

Serbia PM moved to safety after weapons found near home

Belgrade - Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was moved to a safe location Saturday after an arsenal of weapons, including a rocket-launcher, was found close to his house near Belgrade, which a minister said was "preparation for assassination"....

Leading Kosovo guerrilla faces fresh war crimes charge

Pristina - Kosovo's special prosecutor filed a war crimes indictment Friday against a top guerrilla commander turned politician who has twice before been charged and acquitted over atrocities in the 1990s conflict.

French trio jailed for Serbia toddler kidnap

Belgrade - Serbia jailed three French nationals Thursday for kidnapping a toddler from a Belgrade street in a bizarre bid to use her DNA in a family dispute.

Serbia defies EU pressure to join sanctions against Russia

Belgrade - Serbia protested Wednesday against what it said was European Union pressure to impose sanctions against Russia, calling it "absolutely unacceptable.

Kosovo 'is a state' Albanian PM Rama tells Serbs

Belgrade - Serbia should recognise its former southern province Kosovo, which "is a state," Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Thursday during a visit to Belgrade.

Kosovo expels Russian, Ukrainian journalists

Pristina - Kosovo police said Friday they had expelled two journalists, a Russian and a Ukranian, who did not have entry visas.

Serbian PM dreams of Balkan trade bloc

Belgrade - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday he feared for the stability of the Western Balkans, calling for a regional trade bloc as a way to overcome a painful past."I'm not afraid of our future economically speaking...

Kosovo postpones controversial border deal vote

Pristina - Protesters in Kosovo cheered Thursday as the government withdrew a controversial draft law on a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, saying a vote on the deal would be postponed indefinitely.

Nearly 11,000 still missing from Balkan wars: ICRC

Belgrade - Nearly 11,000 people are still missing from the 1990s Balkan wars, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday, expressing concern over the slow pace of establishing their fates.

Kosovo police arrest six opposition activists over blast

Pristina - Kosovo police arrested six opposition party activists Tuesday over a grenade fired at parliament, one of several recent attacks that have rattled the capital ahead of a controversial parliamentary vote.

Biden warns Kosovo of 'cancer' of corruption

Pristina - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the United States would remain a "champion" of an independent Kosovo, but he firmly warned its leaders against the "cancer" of corruption.

In Belgrade, Biden calls for better Serbia-Kosovo ties

Belgrade - US Vice President Joe Biden called Tuesday for improved ties between former foes Kosovo and Serbia during a visit to the Balkans to promote reconciliation in the fragile region.

EU court jails Kosovo ex-guerrilla for war crimes

Pristina - A panel of international judges Monday sentenced a former member of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian guerrilla group to eight years in prison for war crimes committed during the 1998-1999 conflict, a court statement said.

Serbia PM announces first openly gay minister

Belgrade - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced a new cabinet line-up on Monday that included the first openly gay ministerial candidate in the conservative Balkan country.
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