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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.

New film explores war's dark shadow over Croatian youth

Zagreb - "Mum, am I a Srbenka?" Nina Batinic recalls asking as a seven-year-old in a new film that highlights Croatia's still fragile inter-ethnic relations more than two decades on from the country's bloody war.

Croatia blocks extradition of suspect in Hamas murder

Zagreb - Croatia's top court on Monday blocked the extradition of a Bosnian man to Tunisia over the alleged murder of an aerospace engineer, described by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as one of its members.

Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

Zagreb - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets in Croatia's three biggest cities on Saturday in rallies that largely passed without incident, even as the issue continues to divide the staunchly Catholic EU member state.

Croatian officials cut Serbia visit over radical Seselj

Zagreb - A Croatian parliamentary delegation on Wednesday aborted a visit to Serbia after Serb ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj, recently convicted of war crimes by a UN court, trod on a Croatian flag..

Croatia ratifies treaty to protect women, despite protests

Zagreb - Croatia's parliament ratified a treaty safeguarding women on Friday, despite opposition from conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church.

Faithful storks keep long-distance love alive in Croatia

- A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly -- the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds.

Croatia man's 'Way of the Cross' protest against military jets

Zagreb - A Croatian man walked 200 kilometres (130 miles) carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back to protest the country purchasing military jets when, he claimed, it did not have enough money for seriously ill children's medication.

Thousands of Croatians protest treaty to protect women

Zagreb - Several thousand people marched through the Croatian capital on Saturday in protest against a European treaty designed to protect women.

Croatia former PM retried for war profiteering

Zagreb - Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader pleaded not guilty Friday to accepting a bribe from an Austrian bank during the country's 1990s conflict, at the start of his war profiteering retrial.

Slovenia urges EU action against Croatia in border spat

Ljubljana - Slovenia's outgoing government urged the European Commission on Thursday to act against Croatia, which it accuses of breaching EU law, after Zagreb refused to accept an international arbitration ruling over a bitter border row.

Anger after Croatia leader praises Argentine immigrants

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday condemned the Croatian president for praising the country's immigrants to Argentina and warned they included many officials of its World War II pro-Nazi regime.

Treaty to protect women faces resistance in Croatia

Zagreb - Croatia's ultra-conservative party on Monday opposed ratification of a treaty safeguarding women that has divided the country, saying it was against Christian values.

Croatia and Serbia leaders admit frosty ties

Zagreb - The presidents of Croatia and Serbia on Monday admitted that ties between the former foes were still frosty due to past events and pledged to improve them."Unfortunately, relations between Serbia and Croatia are still burdened with history ...

Outrage in Croatia over burning of children's same-sex family book

Zagreb - Croatian gay and parents' rights groups filed a complaint Tuesday against the organisers of a children's carnival where the country's first children's book about "rainbow families" was symbolically burnt.

Fishing in troubled water between Croatia and Slovenia

Savudrija - For two decades Diego Makovac has made a trouble-free living fishing for sole in Piran Bay. But he now faces a flurry of Croatian and Slovenian patrol boats as the two countries fight over the water.

Rewriting norms in Croatia with children's same-sex family book

Zagreb - In Croatia's first children's book about "rainbow families", two mothers help their son Roko to put on his skis. It's part of a simple story aimed at changing attitudes in the staunchly Catholic country.

97 Taiwanese arrested in eastern Europe for telecom fraud

Taipei - Nearly one hundred Taiwanese suspected of running telephone scams have been arrested in Slovenia and Croatia, Taiwan said Thursday, the latest fraud bust involving the island's citizens.

Croatia leader visits site of wartime massacre of Muslims

Sarajevo - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made an unexpected visit Thursday to the site of a massacre of Muslim civilians by Bosnian Croats during the country's 1990s war, an atrocity that led to several war crimes convictions.

Chinese chosen to build controversial Croatia bridge

Zagreb - A Chinese consortium was chosen to build a controversial bridge deemed vital for Croatia's tourism industry, officials said Friday, announcing the first significant Chinese investment in the European Union member.The 2.

Brussels offers to mediate in Slovenia-Croatia bay row

Brussels - The EU on Monday offered to mediate in a growing dispute between Slovenia and Croatia over an Adriatic bay, after Zagreb refused to accept an international arbitration ruling.

Slovenia and Croatia in fishing waters row as court deadline looms

Ljubljana - Slovenia is threatening from Saturday to fine fishermen from neighbouring Croatia who continue to throw nets in a small bay on the Adriatic after an international arbitration ruling in Ljubljana's favour.

UN court exposes uneasy legacy of Croatia's 'father' Tudjman

Zagreb - When tourists fly into Croatia's capital, they land at the gleaming new Franjo Tudjman airport, named after the "father of the nation" -- a figure now implicated by a damning UN war crimes verdict.

Croats honour war criminal 'martyr' who killed himself in court

Zagreb - More than 2,000 people packed a public memorial in Zagreb on Monday for Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak, whose final act was to commit suicide in front of UN judges.

Private funeral held for Bosnian-Croat war criminal Praljak: report

Zagreb - Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak, who swallowed poison before UN judges in The Hague last week, had a private funeral in Zagreb, a Croatian newspaper reported Saturday.

Madina, the young Afghan girl who will never see London

Sid - Madina will never know London, the city her Afghan family hoped to reach. The six-year-old's body lies in a Serbian grave after she was struck by a train at the Balkan country's border.
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