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Bosnian Serbs parade for 'national holiday', angering Muslims

Sarajevo - Thousands of Bosnian Serbs cheered parading security forces in celebration of the "national holiday" of their entity, Republika Srpska, on Wednesday, despite a legal ban and objections of Bosnian Muslims who view it as a provocation.

Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Zagreb - A tide of #MeToo testimonies about painful gynaecological procedures and abusive medical staff is rippling across the Balkans, where women are breaking taboos in patriarchal societies to share their traumatic hospital experiences.

Tension in Bosnia after arrest of leader of Banja Luka protests

Sarajevo - Tensions rose on Tuesday in a stand-off between Bosnian police and protesters after the arrest of the leader of a movement demonstrating over the unresolved death of his student son in the city of Banja Luka.

US urges Bosnia to stay on NATO path

Sarajevo - A senior US diplomat on Monday urged Bosnia to stay on the path to join NATO, a process one of its three newly-elected presidents is threatening to sabotage.

Some migrants trapped in Bosnia may not survive winter: Red Cross

Geneva - Thousands of migrants trapped near the Bosnian border with Croatia are ill-equipped to survive freezing temperatures and some might not make it through winter, the Red Cross said Monday.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

Bosnian 'Srebrenica defender' acquitted of war crimes

Sarajevo - Former Bosnian military commander Naser Oric, hailed by supporters as the heroic "defender of Srebrenica", was acquitted Friday of war crimes during the country's 1990s conflict.

Bosnia swears in a three-man presidency dominated by nationalists

Sarajevo - Bosnia swore-in its three new presidents on Tuesday, with all eyes on Serb nationalist Milorad Dodik, who will be the first to take the helm of a government riven by ethnic divides.

Jailed war criminal Mladic 'sends kisses' live on Serb TV

Belgrade - Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, spoke live by telephone to a Serbian television channel from a Dutch jail Friday saying he was sending kisses, sparking outrage and increased monitoring from authorities...

Jailed war criminal Mladic 'sends kisses' live on Serb TV

Belgrade - Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, serving life in a Dutch jail for genocide, spoke live by telephone to a Serbian television channel on Friday, saying he was sending kisses.

Dutch officials unable to trace how Balkan war criminal got poison

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors said Friday they had not managed to establish how a Bosnian Croat war criminal got the poison he used in his courtroom suicide in front of UN judges.

Crisis looms as Bosnia races to shelter migrants before winter

Bihac - With winter knocking at the door, Bosnia is racing to avert a humanitarian crisis for thousands of EU-bound migrants crossing its mountainous terrain and sleeping without proper shelter as temperatures drop.

Migrants clash with police at Bosnian-Croatian border

Velika Kladusa - At least three migrants were hurt Wednesday in a second day of skirmishes with police at Bosnia's border with EU member state Croatia, according to an AFP journalist, with several officers also reporting minor injuries.

EU-bound migrants scuffle with Bosnian police near border

Velika Kladusa - Bosnian police blocked some 250 migrants from reaching the border with its neighbour and EU member Croatia Tuesday, sparking a scuffle, shortly after thwarting another group in a similar attempt."They tried to cross by force.

Former Bosnian general charged with war crimes

Sarajevo - Bosnian prosecutors on Thursday charged 17 people including a retired Bosnian general with war crimes against hundreds of people, mostly ethnic Serbs, during the country's 1990s conflict.

Worker killed, nine hurt in Bosnia refinery blast

Sarajevo - An explosion at a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosnia killed one worker and injured nine more, police said on Wednesday.

Workers injured in Bosnia oil refinery blast: report

Sarajevo - An explosion at a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosnia slightly injured eight workers late Tuesday, local television reported citing officials.

Dodik: Bosnian Serb co-president of a nation he despised

Sarajevo - From a West-backed moderate to the torch-bearer of Bosnian Serb nationalism, Milorad Dodik is a veteran of political transformations.On Sunday he took another sharp turn: he became co-president of a country he has branded a "failed concept".

Bosnia risks political crisis after divisive vote

Sarajevo - Bosnia faced a political crisis Monday after an election left a pro-Russian nationalist holding the Serb seat in the three-way presidency and laid bare tensions between Croat and Bosnian Muslim leaders.

Nationalist Dodik claims Serb seat in Bosnia presidency election

Sarajevo - Nationalist Milorad Dodik took the lead in a vote for the Serb seat of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, as a country splintered along ethnic lines awaits final results due out later Monday.

In ethnically split Bosnia, 'others' are on the outside

Sarajevo - In a country where political power is formally shared by three ethnic groups, Bosnians who identify as "ostali" -- or "others" -- are second-class citizens.

In Bosnia, elections test country's lingering fault lines

Sarajevo - As Bosnia heads towards elections Sunday, candidates are ramping up nationalist rhetoric, testing the seams of a country still struggling to unite a quarter-century after it was torn apart by war.

'Enough lies!': Bosnian village bans politicians

Bosnia And Herzegovina - As politicians embark on their final days of campaigning for Bosnian elections on Sunday, there is one small corner of the country where they cannot pass: Podgora, a poor hamlet fed up with the government's broken promises.

Top UN judge withdraws from Karadzic case

Den Haag - The top judge in the appeals case of convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic withdrew from the case Thursday to avoid an accusation of possible bias, court documents said.

Retrial starts for Bosnia's 'defender of Srebrenica'

Sarajevo - A hero to fellow Bosnian Muslims but a villain to Serbs, the former "defender of Srebrenica" was back in court on Monday for a war crimes retrial after his acquittal was thrown out.

'My Hair, Your Hair': Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

Sarajevo - Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four."But I knew that I lost my hair," said the Bosnian leukaemia survivor who is now 19 years old.

Bosnian Serb leader denies scale of Srebrenica massacre

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik on Tuesday called for a government report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre to be annulled, in a provocative move that could raise ethnic tensions ahead of October elections.

Hundreds mourn Srebrenica mother who fought for justice

Srebrenica - Hundreds of mourners gathered in eastern Bosnia on Wednesday for the funeral of Hatidza Mehmedovic, a woman who lost her family in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and became a leading figure in the fight to remember the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed.

Genocide-convicted Mladic lashes NATO at court hearing

Den Haag - Convicted Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic lashed out at NATO during a court appearance Tuesday, accusing the Atlantic defence bloc of "destroying my people and my health.

Bosnia unwilling to play EU's migration border guard

Sarajevo - As EU states look to stem migrant flows to the continent, aspiring European Union member Bosnia is caught in the middle, with thousands of immigrants stuck in the impoverished Balkan country.
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Milan Lukic sitting before the ICTY in The Hague in 2009.

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