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Final Yugoslav president 'knew I would be last'

Zagreb - Even its last president did not have faith.Twenty-five years after the bitter collapse of Yugoslavia, the final leader of the communist federation believes the country was doomed following the death of its father figure Josep Broz Tito in 1980.

Croatia set for mid-September election after parliamentary vote

Zagreb - Croatian deputies voted to dissolve parliament on Monday, paving the way for an early election by mid-September, after Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic lost a vote of confidence last week.

Croatia's rightwing government falls

Zagreb - Croatia's government fell Thursday after Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic lost a confidence vote in parliament, in a serious blow to the country's nationalist rulers after only five months in power.

Croatia's powerful deputy PM Karamarko resigns

Zagreb - Croatia's ruling HDZ party head Tomislav Karamarko resigned as deputy prime minister on Wednesday, leaving the rightwing coalition government teetering on the brink of collapse.

Croatian PM faces no confidence vote this week

Zagreb - Croatia is to hold a no confidence vote this week against Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, threatening snap elections, the main party in the country's fragile ruling coalition announced Monday.

Croatia's government teeters on collapse

Zagreb - Croatia's ruling coalition was on the brink of collapse Friday after the head of the government's dominant party said it no longer had trust in Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

Zagreb - Several thousand Croatians, including prime minister's wife, on Saturday joined an anti-abortion march in the capital, raising concerns among rights groups over a possible abortion ban by the conservative rulers.

Yugoslav UN prosecutor urges end to Croat Serb leader's trial

Den Haag - UN war crimes prosecutors Thursday called for the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic to be abandoned as he battles the advanced stages of terminal brain cancer.

Fears of intolerance grow under Croatia's conservatives

Zagreb - "Nostalgia" for a pro-Nazi past, spurning of ethnic minorities and pressure on the press: Croatian activists say an alarming climate of intolerance is taking hold under a new conservative government.

Jews commemorate 'Croatian Auschwitz', fearing far-right surge

Jasenovac - Jews mourned victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp on Friday, boycotting next week's official commemorations as they accuse authorities of failing to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology.

UN judges rule Croat Serb leader too ill to continue trial

Den Haag - UN war crimes judges have ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic who is suffering from brain cancer, according to a ruling released Tuesday.

UN court indefinitely halts Croatian Serb rebel's trial: Lawyer

Belgrade - The UN war crimes tribunal has indefinitely halted the trial of former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, who was provisionally released a year ago for ill health, his lawyer said Saturday.

Croatia showcases lovebird storks to draw visitors

Zagreb - Croatia is trying to attract more visitors to its stunning Adriatic coast by showcasing the enduring love story of a male stork which has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate.

Young Croatian ready for his shot at NBA fame

Jerusalem - In front of a rowdy crowd and with a top basketball executive from the United States watching the game, an absurdly tall 18-year-old from Croatia took shots at his future.They went in -- several times.

Croatia leads outrage over Serb leader Seselj's acquittal

Zagreb - Croatia and Bosnia on Thursday slammed the acquittal of far-right Serb leader Vojislav Seselj on war crimes charges in a ruling that threatened to damage already fragile relations in the Balkans.

Man in wheelchair robs Croatian bank: Report

Zagreb - A Croatian man in a wheelchair robbed a bank after passers-by helped him to enter the premises, local media reported Friday."I have a bomb!

Macedonia says no migrant entries since Monday

Skopje - Not a single migrant has entered Macedonia for the past two days, police said Wednesday, but denied that the country had closed its border with Greece entirely.

Oreskovic: Pharma exec and political novice becomes Croatian PM

Zagreb - A pharmaceutical executive and political novice, Tihomir Oreskovic has become Croatia's premier after spending just a few years in the country and speaking only rusty Croatian, prompting some to question his credentials for the post.

Croatia MPs vote in new cabinet amid economic, migrant crises

Zagreb - Croatia's parliament late Friday approved a new centre-right government led by a political novice, who warned "difficult decisions" lie ahead as the EU's newest member struggles with meagre economic growth and an influx of refugees.

Croatia taps pharma exec lead government, heal economy

Zagreb - Croatia's president tasked Wednesday a pharmaceutical executive to form a new government and end the political standoff that has plagued the Balkan EU nation since inconclusive elections last month.

Croatian conservatives secure majority to form government

Zagreb - Croatia's main opposition conservatives and a small party that emerged as a kingmaker in last month's election have secured the parliamentary majority needed to form a government, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tuesday.

Croatia turns to Christmas tourism for economic cheer

Zagreb - With an ice sculpture festival, brass band fanfares and a huge skating rink, Croatia's capital is pulling in growing numbers of winter tourists in the hope of cheering its struggling economy.

Slovenia's fence on Croatia border threatening wildlife: WWF

Zagreb - A razor-wire fence rolled out by Slovenia on Croatia's border to block the path of migrants is seriously threating wildlife in the area, conservation group WWF warned Friday.

Croatia exhumes two Serb mass graves after 20 years

Zagreb - Croatian forensic experts have exhumed the remains of 56 ethnic Serbs, believed to be mostly civilians killed at the end of the country's 1990s independence war, officials said Wednesday.

Croatia helps migrants settle by cooking 'taste of home'

Zagreb - In a family kitchen on the hilly outskirts of Zagreb, a group of chefs from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Croatia sprinkle salt into flour and grate orange zest as they whip up a range of breads from their home countries.

President starts talks on new PM in deadlocked Croatia

Zagreb - Croatia's president opened talks with parliamentary parties Thursday to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemate after an election 18 days ago failed to produce an outright winner.

Croatian parties in tough talks to form government

Zagreb - Croatia's political parties faced tough negotiations Monday to cobble together a government after the conservative opposition narrowly won an election, heightening uncertainty in a country battling the migration crisis and a sluggish economy.

Croatian rivals neck-and-neck in vote overshadowed by migrant crisis

Zagreb - Croatia's rival political blocs were on track to take an equal share of seats in parliament, an exit poll showed Sunday, after a general election overshadowed by the migrant crisis and a sluggish economy.

Main rivals in Croatia vote: Struggling PM vs former spy chief

Zagreb - Croatia began voting in a general election Sunday, with the conservative opposition bidding to retake power from a centre-left alliance that has largely failed to implement promised reforms.

Croatia goes to the polls facing migrant wave, economic woes

Zagreb - Croatians voted in a general election Sunday with conservatives aspiring to return to power as the EU nation faces a wave of migrants and slowly emerges from six years of recession.
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