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Croatia celebrates, Serbia mourns military operation 20 years on

Zagreb - Zagreb cheered and Belgrade wept on Tuesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, which ended the war sparked by Croatia's proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia and caused an exodus of Croatian Serbs.

Croatia MPs vote to quit Slovenia border row arbitration

Zagreb - Croatian lawmakers decided Wednesday to withdraw from arbitration on a long-running border dispute with Slovenia after revelations a Slovenian member of the international tribunal had breached its impartiality.

Top judge appointed to calm Slovenia-Croatia dispute scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenia said Tuesday it has appointed the president of the International Court of Justice to replace a judge forced to quit over a partiality scandal in a tribunal tasked with solving a border row with Croatia.

Top Croatian court scraps ex-PM's jail sentence

Zagreb - Croatia's constitutional court said Monday it had abolished a jail sentence against former prime minister Ivo Sanader in one of several corruption cases against him and ordered a retrial.

Croatia to quit border row tribunal after phone tap scandal

Zagreb - Croatia's prime minister said Monday his country would withdraw from an arbitration tribunal created to resolve a border row with Slovenia, whose judge was forced to quit after being accused of partiality."The process has been contaminated...

Slovenia judge quits arbitration tribunal after tapping scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenian member of the arbitration tribunal created to solve a border dispute with Croatia, Jernej Sekolec, resigned Thursday after a media scandal showed he had breached the tribunal's rules of impartiality.

Ex-Yugoslav general arrested in Montenegro

Podgorica - A former Yugoslav general was arrested in Montenegro on Sunday on suspicion of having committed war crimes in the 1990s, an official source in Podgorica said.

Serb war crimes suspect extradited from Australia arrives in Croatia

Zagreb - A Serbian war crimes suspect nicknamed "Captain Dragan" arrived in Zagreb on Thursday from Australia to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade.

Serb 'war criminal' due to be extradicted from Australia

Sydney - A Serbian war crimes suspect known as "Captain Dragan" was handed over by Australia to Croatia on Wednesday to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade.

Croatian veterans end church protest after PM agrees to talks

Zagreb - Scores of Croatian war veterans who had taken refuge in a Zagreb church left peacefully on Friday after the government agreed to hold talk with them about their benefits.Escorted by police, veterans from Croatia's 1990s independence war left St.

Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

Zagreb - A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

'Kingdom of Enclava' picks new spot on Croatia-Serbia border

Ljubljana - The world's youngest micronation, the self-proclaimed "Kingdom of Enclava", on Saturday announced it would settle on a new spot along the Croatian-Serbian border after learning that its initial chosen location was in fact on Slovenian territory.

'Kingdom of Enclava' part of Slovenia, Ljubljana says

Ljubljana - The world's latest micronation, the miniscule "Kingdom of Enclava" proclaimed by Polish tourists in April, is in fact part of Slovenia, officials in Ljubljana said Thursday.

Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi allies

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday urged Croatia to stop paying pensions to people who served in the country's World War II Nazi-allied armed forces, labelling the policy an insult to their victims.

Polish tourists proclaim new state — 'Kingdom of Enclava'

Metlika - Just weeks after a Czech politician created his own country, a group of Poles have declared a new state -- the "Kingdom of Enclava", on the border between Slovenia and Croatia.

Croatian leader pays tribute to killed pro-Nazi collaborators

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

Natzwiller - European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

Croatians with Swiss franc loans protest 'debt slavery'

Zagreb - Thousands of Croatians with loans denominated in Swiss francs took to the streets of Zagreb Sunday to protest the increased debt burden caused by a surge in the Swiss currency.

Hope at last for Croatia war rape victims

- More than two decades and therapy have done little to heal Ana Horvatinec's trauma of wartime rape by her neighbours in the Croatian town of Vukovar."There were six of them...

Croatian Serb rebel Hadzic in Belgrade on release for cancer treatment

Belgrade - Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, arrived in Belgrade late Wednesday after the Yugoslav war crimes court ordered his provisional release, local media reported.

Suspected Serb war criminal Seselj burns Croatia flag

Belgrade - Alleged Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj set fire to a Croatian flag Wednesday in a deliberate act of defiance after he was ordered to return to his detention cell in The Hague.

Dubrovnik to New York direct flights, hints U.S. Ambassador

Dubrovnik - As Croatia looks further afield to expand tourism, the American Ambassador hints at a direct connection from New York to Dubrovnik.

Seaplanes to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Lastovo, as ECA looks south

Dubrovnik - The Croatian travel revolution continues, as a European Coastal Airlines seaplanes lands in Dubrovnik, as well as the islands of Lastovo and Korcula.

Hvar wine president heads strong cultural delegation to Italy Special

Hvar - As Hvar's winemakers prepare for a major tour of Italy, Digital Journal talks to Hvar Wine President Ivana Krstulovic Caric about Croatian wine.

Adriatic drilling: Interview with oil agency boss Barbara Doric Special

Zagreb - As the debate about oil and gas drilling in the Adriatic hots up in Croatia, Digital Journal meets Barbara Doric, President of the Management Board of The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency.

Croatia PM hints at referendum on Adriatic oil and gas drilling

Rab - Oil and gas drilling in the Adriatic has looked inevitable, but is the tide turning, as Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announces his intention to hold a referendum on the issue?

Zinfandel's wine roots to bear tourism fruit in Kastela, Croatia Special

Kastel Stafilic - The origins of one of America's best-known grape varieties are enjoying a comeback in Dalmatia, as the Croatian wine story takes another step forward.

Sinj Alka, a UNESCO tradition turning 300 in Dalmatia, Croatia Special

Sinj - One of Croatia's most important cultural events turns 300 this year. An interview with Sinj Tourist Board director Jelena Bilic.

Croatia Flights: Qatar expands, Toronto to Zagreb, China to Zadar

Zagreb - The Croatian travel revolution continues with Qatar Airways strengthening their Zagreb route, as Toronto and Chongqing are set to connect directly to Croatia.

Mother, son killed in Croatia hand grenade blast: police

Zagreb - A seven-year-old boy and his mother were killed and three other children were injured Saturday when a hand grenade exploded at their home in eastern Croatia, police said.
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Exhibitor Zorana Nevescanin, one of the rising stars of the Croatian boat building scene. At just 17, she is the only female small boat builder in Croatia.
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European Coastal Airlines lands in the Istrian city of Pula.
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Gljevstock features local bands from nearby Sinj.
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Hvar Town mayor Pjerino Bebic collects the Blue Flower award from Tourism Miniser Ostojic in Dubrovnik
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General Ante Gotovina receives an award at Alka 2013 in Sinj.