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Australian Serb 'insulted' as Croatia war crimes trial opens

Zagreb - A former Serb paramilitary commander, extradited from Australia last year after a decade-long legal battle, said Tuesday he was "insulted" by war crimes charges against him as his trial opened in Croatia.

Conservatives win Croatia vote, but outlook unclear

Zagreb - Croatia's conservatives won a snap election, complete results showed Monday, but they face challenging talks to form a government after falling short of a majority.

Conservatives ahead in inconclusive Croatia election

Zagreb - Croatia's conservatives were poised to remain in power after winning a snap election, nearly complete results showed Monday, but will have to begin coalition talks to form a government after falling short of a majority.

Conservatives lead election in deadlocked Croatia

Zagreb - Croatia's main conservative party looked set for victory in the snap election, according to preliminary results, but will likely be forced into another coalition furthering political uncertainty in the EU's newest member.

Orthodox spiritual head mourns WWII death camp victims

Jasenovac - Visiting ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, on Saturday commemorated the victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp.

Old foes Serbia and Croatia unable to leave past behind

Belgrade - Twenty-one years after they were at war, relations between Balkan neighbours Serbia and Croatia are mired in bitter exchanges, as they struggle to turn the page on their past.

Germany jails Yugoslav spy chiefs for life

Berlin - A German court Wednesday sentenced two former top Yugoslavian spies to life imprisonment for the 1983 murder of a dissident in then West Germany.

Croatia quashes controversial WWII cardinal verdict

Zagreb - A Croatian court on Friday quashed a communist era verdict convicting a controversial World War II-era cardinal for collaborating with the Nazis, infuriating neighbouring Serbia.

Croatia to hold snap elections in September

Zagreb - Croatia's president on Saturday called a snap parliamentary election for September 11, a vote held after the fragile right-wing government fell last month over a conflict of interest affair.

Croatian Serb war crimes defendant Hadzic dies: state media

Belgrade - Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, tried by a UN war crimes court over his role in the 1991-1995 war in Croatia, died Tuesday, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported.

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.
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