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In Bosnia, migrants and locals urge EU to unlock its gate

Zboriste - "We will try again," Mohammad Amin Ibrahimi, a teacher from Kabul, says as he looks west towards the hills of neighbouring Croatia, a country he has tried to enter 30 times in his dream to bring his family to the European Union.

'Consequences' for Bosnia over freezing migrants: EU official

Apo - Bosnia risks "severe consequences" to its reputation if assistance is not urgently given to 1,700 migrants left without shelter for more than three weeks, the EU's foreign policy chief warned Monday.

Snow falls as migrants still wait for shelter in Bosnia

Bihac - Snow fell Friday as hundreds of migrants stuck in Bosnia waited for shelter after their camp burnt down more than two weeks ago.An AFP photographer said temperatures were freezing and snow covered the area where the Lipa camp had stood.

Bosnia must act to help hundreds of homeless migrants: EU

Apo - The European Union's foreign policy chief on Tuesday called on Bosnia to assume responsibility for hundreds of Bosnian migrants left sleeping out in the cold after their camp burned down.

Migrants in limbo in Bosnia after camp fire

Bihac - A thousand migrants from a burned-out camp were in limbo in Bosnia on Thursday, struggling with freezing temperatures and snow as efforts by local authorities to re-house them sparked protests from locals.

Nationalists win vote in Bosnia's divided Mostar

Sarajevo - Nationalist parties have won a weekend election in Mostar, the Bosnian city that symbolises the communal splits and broken politics that have haunted the country since the 1990s war.

'Catastrophic': Balkan healthcare overwhelmed by virus surge

Belgrade - Not enough beds and not enough doctors: a skyrocketing coronavirus caseload is pushing hospitals in the Balkans to the cusp of collapse, in chaotic scenes reminding some medics of the region's 1990s wars.

Bosnian 'energy pyramids' boosted by Djokovic visits

Visoko - With tree-covered slopes that rise to a pointed summit, the mountain overlooking the Bosnian town of Visoko resembles any other ordinary hillside in the Balkan state.

'They might as well kill us': Hundreds of migrants stuck in Bosnia

Velika Kladusa - In the far northwestern corner of Bosnia, as the bitter autumn cold sets in, hundreds of migrants are stuck in a forest as they try repeatedly to get into Croatia... and often fail.

A life-saving 'game': Bosnia trains world's mine-detecting dogs

Bosnia And Herzegovina - With her nose in the grass of a Bosnian field, Orna sniffs furiously until she finds her target. She then sits and wags her tail in excitement for the red rubber toy that is her reward.

Mladic blasts genocide court as 'child of NATO'

Den Haag - Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic said Wednesday he had been "pushed into war" and dismissed a UN court as a "child of western powers" in a dramatic end to his appeal against his conviction for genocide.

'Butcher of Bosnia' personally led Srebrenica massacre, prosecutors say

Den Haag - Prosecutors urged UN judges on Wednesday to uphold former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic's genocide conviction, saying he personally oversaw the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Bosnian Serb general Mladic should be cleared of genocide, lawyers say

Den Haag - Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic urged a UN court Tuesday to overturn his genocide conviction, saying the charges against him were "made out of thin air".

Mladic: ruthless Serb crusader dubbed the 'epitome of evil'

Belgrade - Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander whose appeal opens Tuesday, saw himself as a crusading defender of the Serbs but he was dubbed the "epitome of evil" for the mass killings his troops carried out during Bosnia's 1990s war.

Childhood packed in a rucksack: young refugees at risk in the Balkans

Belgrade - A group of boys sit on a sunny patch of grass in a park in downtown Belgrade, but they are not here for a picnic.

Eerie Belgrade exhibit turns Ratko Mladic diary into art

Belgrade - For nearly four years Serbian artist Vladimir Miladinovic started his day with a morning coffee and the diary of one of the Balkans' most notorious war criminals, Ratko Mladic.

Bosnia Muslims mourn their dead 25 years after Srebrenica massacre

Srebrenica - Bosnian Muslims marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II, with the memorial ceremony sharply reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

International courts 'more needed than ever', 25 years after Srebrenica

Den Haag - Twenty-five years after the Srebrenica massacre international courts like those which tried the perpetrators of the slaughter face an uncertain future but are needed more than ever, experts say.

Srebrenica widows agonise over the dead and missing, 25 years later

Srebrenica - Fatima Mujic prays every day for the husband and three sons killed in the genocide against Bosnian Muslims that unfolded over several summer days in the town of Srebrenica 25 years ago.

Bosnian protests at Mass for Croatia's pro-Nazi WWII regime

Sarajevo - Thousands marched in Bosnia on Saturday to protest against a Mass being held to honour Croatia's Nazi collaborators and civilians killed after World War II.

'Abandoned': Bosnia's forgotten disabled children and families

Sarajevo - Children with hands bound together and tied to a radiator, some in tears -- harrowing photos from inside an institution for disabled youth have shocked Bosnia and shed light on the lack of support for special-needs kids and their families.

Bosnia closes 'jungle' migrant camp

Sarajevo - Bosnia on Wednesday dismantled tents at the makeshift migrant camp known as the "jungle" for its harsh conditions, after transferring hundreds of people who were living at the site to Sarajevo.

Kosovo declares Nobel laureate Handke 'persona non grata'

Pristina - Kosovo declared Peter Handke a 'persona non grata' on Wednesday in the latest protest against his induction as a Nobel literature laureate, barring the Austrian writer from a place he has visited numerous times.

Kosovo declares Nobel laureate Handke 'persona non grata'

Pristina - Kosovo declared Peter Handke a 'persona non grata' on Wednesday in the latest protest against his induction as a Nobel literature laureate, barring the Austrian writer from a place he has visited numerous times.

Bosnia starts to close controversial migrant camp

Bihac - Bosnian authorities on Tuesday began to move several hundred migrants out of a ramshackle camp near the Croatian border following international condemnation of the site's inhumane conditions.

Bosnia should close 'unacceptable' migrant camp: Council of Europe

Sarajevo - Bosnia should urgently close a temporary migrant camp or people will "start to die" during the winter period, a European human rights official warned Tuesday.

Russia calls for closing UN office in Bosnia

New York - Russia called Tuesday for closing the office of the UN High Representative in Bosnia, claiming the senior UN official there is biased.

Srebrenica survivors protest Handke's Nobel prize

Sarajevo - Women from Srebrenica, site of the worst massacre during Yugoslavia's bloody collapse, protested in Sarajevo on Tuesday against the award of the Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke, an Austrian accused of being a Serb apologist during the 1990s wars...

'It's the jungle': Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

Bihac - No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines -- these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.

More than 2,000 attend Sarajevo's first Gay Pride march

Sarajevo - More than two thousand people turned out in Sarajevo Sunday for the city's first Gay Pride march to protest hate crimes suffered by the LGBT community in Bosnia.
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