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Germany extradites convicted top ex-spy to Croatia

Zagreb - A former top Yugoslavian spy, sentenced in Germany for the 1983 murder of a dissident, was extradited Thursday to Croatia to serve his 30-year jail term, the interior ministry said.

Heatwave adds to the woes of migrants stranded Bosnia

Bihac - Stranded in Bosnia, thousands of migrants face yet one more hurdle on their journey towards the European Union: the scorching summer heat in the Balkans.

China courts eastern Europe after key EU summit

Dubrovnik - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet leaders from eastern and central Europe in Croatia on Friday to talk business, fresh from a key summit with EU where he pledged opening up his country's economy.

Dubrovnik or King's Landing? Game of Thrones is 'blessing and curse'

Dubrovnik - Shepherding tourists through the arches and towers of Croatia's medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, Ivan Vukovic spends half his time leading tours of a capital that doesn't exist: the fictional King's Landing from "Game of Thrones".

Croatia hosts its first transgender march

Zagreb - Around 300 people from around the Balkans joined Croatia's first-ever transgender march Saturday to draw attention to the discrimination they face in the largely conservative region.

Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

Zagreb - On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds.

Croatia's Serbs, Jews to snub WWII death camp memorial

Zagreb - Croatia's Serbs and Jews said Tuesday they would snub for the fourth straight year a commemoration for the victims of the country's notorious World War II death camp saying the authorities tolerate pro-Nazi ideology.

'Frozen woman' murder shocks Croatian village

Palovec - Shock and bewilderment have seized a small Croatian village where the body of a missing woman was found inside her sister's freezer at the weekend, a macabre discovery that has cracked open a 20-year-old cold case.

Croatian anger as school curriculum drops Anne Frank

Zagreb - A decision to drop Anne Frank's diary from Croatia's school curriculum sparked outrage in the Balkan country, with nearly 3,000 people signing a petition Thursday demanding its restitution.

Croatian anger as school curriculum drops Anne Frank

Zagreb - A decision to drop Jewish Anne Frank's diary from Croatia's school curriculum sparked outrage in the Balkan country, with nearly 3,000 people signing a petition Thursday demanding its restitution.

Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

Zagreb - Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak.

US objections stop Croatia buying Israeli fighter jets: minister

Zagreb - Croatia's plans to buy used F-16 fighter jets from Israel failed over a lack of US approval for the sale, a disappointed defence minister said Thursday after talks with an Israeli delegation.

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.

Croatia's shipbuilders struggle to stay afloat

Pula - Late wages, mass strikes, scrapped contracts -- Croatia's once-thriving shipbuilding sector is sinking, in one of the last gasps of the region's communist-era industrial giants.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Israeli president urges Croatia to 'deal with past'

Jasenovac - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday urged Croatia to "deal with its past" while paying respect to the victims of the Balkan country's most brutal World War II death camp.

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.

Slovenia sues Croatia for not implementing border ruling

Ljubljana - Slovenia's outgoing government filed a case Friday against neighbour Croatia at the EU's General Court, accusing it of breaching EU law by refusing to implement an arbitration ruling on a border dispute.

Animated film tries to solve dark riddle of Balkan wars

Paris - Anja Kofmel was only 10 when her cousin Chris, an adventurer who she hero-worshipped, was found shot in the head in a snow-fringed field in Croatia.
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Yachts sail towards the historic Old City of Dubrovnik
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Sleepy Sinj? 6am on Saturday morning - a school graduation party in full swing
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Each Gastronaut member received a copy of the original Hotel Picok 1982 recipe for venison stuffed with onions, mushrooms and pig's brain, which won gold in Milan in 1984.
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There were innovative broad bean creations at every turn.
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CEO Tino Tokic with one of eleven's mentors before the final presentation
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Fifty hectares of new Stina vineyards on Brac. At more than 400 metres above sea level, the Brac wine revolution is gaining height.
Ana Rogac
The 9th century Church of the Holy Saviour is one of the many heritage treasures to be found in inla...
The 9th century Church of the Holy Saviour is one of the many heritage treasures to be found in inland Dalmatia.
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Croatia has 1,185 islands, and it seems that most of them can be viewed on the picturesque 45-minute flight to Split.
Two friends fishing in a small boat on a river
Two friends fishing in a small boat on a river
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Hula Hula Club, where Beyonce revealed her baby bump to the world.
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Rab Town  just one of many stunning island destinations which will be available next year via the EC...
Rab Town, just one of many stunning island destinations which will be available next year via the ECA network.
Scedro s heritage dates back to the 11th century
Scedro's heritage dates back to the 11th century
Better known as a sunny tourist island  Hvar has impressive conference facilities.
Better known as a sunny tourist island, Hvar has impressive conference facilities.
Depsite the mixed weather  the show attracted a large number of visitors.
Depsite the mixed weather, the show attracted a large number of visitors.
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The gold medal team at Dvor Dubokovic in Pitve
The gold medal team at Dvor Dubokovic in Pitve
The Alka tradition is well preserved in Ispod Ure restaurant in the centre of Sinj.
The Alka tradition is well preserved in Ispod Ure restaurant in the centre of Sinj.
Alan Mandic
Visitors can learn much about the wine traditions of Dalmatia.
Visitors can learn much about the wine traditions of Dalmatia.
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Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic made the trip down from the capital.
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic made the trip down from the capital.
Procession participants took a well-earned rest in the warm March sunshine.
Procession participants took a well-earned rest in the warm March sunshine.

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