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Balkan war criminals welcomed back to public life

Belgrade - Jailed for committing atrocities in the conflict-riven 1990s, Balkan war criminals are being welcomed back to the limelight, resuming political posts, advising top officials and preaching in church.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

Serbs protest Belgrade development after shady demolition

Belgrade - Several thousand people protested Wednesday in Belgrade demanding the mayor's resignation and protesting alleged graft and violence linked to a project financed by a UAE-based firm.Authorities say the $3-billion (2.

Serbian PM Vucic to run for president: party

Belgrade - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, an ultra-nationalist turned pro-European liberal, will be a candidate in the spring presidential elections, his party said Tuesday.

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo's forgotten victims

Belgrade - Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

NATO chief tells Kosovo and Serbia to 'calm down'

Pristina - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo and Serbia to "calm down" on Friday, following a string of disputes that have sent bilateral tensions rising to their highest level in years.

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

Belgrade - They cough, suffer from frostbite and are infested with body lice: hundreds of young migrants remain in appalling conditions in derelict Belgrade warehouses in the middle of Serbia's freezing winter.

Serbia and Kosovo declare war of words

Pristina - A propagandist train, a rising wall and the ghosts of the late 1990s conflict: Serbia and Kosovo are engaged in a disturbing war of symbols and words, unprecedented in recent years.

Serb 'propaganda' train stopped at Kosovo border

Police in Kosovo prevented a train from Serbia painted with the colours of the Serbian flag and "Kosovo is Serbia" printed down the side from entering the country.

Serbia launches provocative train service to Kosovo's Serbian north

Belgrade - There is no mistaking the Serbian nationalist message of the train, from the Orthodox icons adorning its interior to the bold claim plastered across its exterior in a host of languages: "Kosovo is Serbia".

Outcry after Serbia leader meets war criminal

Belgrade - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Wednesday held talks with a former Bosnian Serb leader who was jailed for 20 years by a UN tribunal for his role in Bosnia's war, a meeting denounced by rights campaigners.

Arrest of Kosovo's ex-PM threatens fragile ties with Serbia

Pristina - The arrest in France of Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on suspicion of war crimes threatens to derail fragile negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo and ramp up tensions between the former foes.

The Danube fisherman hauling suicide jumpers to safety

Belgrade - Putting her backpack down, she climbed over the fence and jumped into the rushing waters of the Danube below: the 16 year-old girl was the 29th attempted suicide to be saved by Renato Grbic, a Belgrade fisherman and restaurant owner.

Kosovo uses sport in diplomatic joust with Serbia

Pristina - Belgrade rejects its claim to independence and Russia blocks it from joining the United Nations, but Kosovo is fighting back for its place on the international stage through sport."Great news!

Balkan countries illegally push back migrants: UNHCR

Belgrade - Illegal deportations of migrants seeking to reach western Europe along the so-called Balkans route have been on the rise, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned Monday.

Srebrenica massacre trial adjourned to February

Belgrade - The first-ever trial in Serbia for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, was adjourned on Tuesday until February over legal proceedings.

Serbian suspects appear at Srebrenica massacre trial

Belgrade - Eight Serbian men appeared Monday before a Belgrade court over their alleged role in the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, in the first-ever such case to be handled by the country's judiciary.

Frozen, homeless: no Christmas cheer for migrants in Belgrade

Belgrade - Inside an abandoned Belgrade warehouse, its walls blackened with smoke, several dozen youngsters huddle together under blankets in a bid to fend off the freezing temperatures as the Serbian winter sets in.

Conservative Serbia becomes unlikely sex change centre

Belgrade - In a country where Gay Pride parades require massive security and almost half the citizens think homosexuality is a disease, Serbia is drawing patients from around the world seeking sex change operations to become men.

Radical Islam breeds in deprived corner of Serbia

Novi Pazar - In a country proud of its Orthodox Christianity, the Serbian city of Novi Pazar is a place apart: young bearded men in ankle-length trousers stroll the streets, the restaurants don't serve alcohol, and the call of the muezzin punctuates the daily routi...
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