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Frail Mladic awaits fate in UN cell

Den Haag - For the past six years, home for the man who once commanded fear across a swathe of Bosnia has been a small, spartan cell in a UN prison, close to the dunes and the stormy North Sea.

Politicians, war criminals: figures in the Balkan wars

Belgrade - The UN court dealing with crimes committed during the wars that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia hands down its penultimate ruling on Wednesday, having delivered 83 convictions.

Mladic: Serb crusader charged over siege and slaughter

Belgrade - Ratko Mladic, who faces judgement Wednesday for alleged genocide, believed himself a crusading defender of the Serbs but was dubbed the "Butcher of Bosnia" for mass slaughter at the hands of his forces.

The 1990s Balkan wars in key dates

Belgrade - Ahead of the judgement Wednesday of Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, here is a timeline of the 1990s Balkans conflicts that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Den Haag - UN war crimes judges will on Wednesday hand down a historic verdict against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, blamed for steering Europe's worst atrocities since World War II.

'Butcher of Bosnia' still a hero at home as verdict looms

Bosnia And Herzegovina - Dusko Mladic points to the portrait on his wall of his beloved cousin Ratko, the wartime Bosnian Serb army chief, who will next week learn if he is convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Kosovo court prosecutor vows to protect witnesses

Den Haag - The prosecutor for a special tribunal set up to try crimes committed in the Kosovo conflict in the late 1990s vowed Tuesday to do everything possible to protect witnesses, who could be "at risk from everything from death to intimidation".

Serbian court issues suspended sentences over US embassy fire

Belgrade - A Serbian court handed suspended jail sentences to four men on Tuesday for their involvement in setting fire to the US embassy in Belgrade nearly a decade ago.

Tensions rise between Serbia, Ukraine over 'mercenaries'

Belgrade - Serbia has summoned its ambassador to Kiev for consultations after Ukraine raised concerns over Serbian "mercenaries" fighting on the side of pro-Russian rebels in its conflict-torn east.

Judgement next month on 'Butcher of Balkans' Mladic

Den Haag - UN judges said Wednesday they will deliver next month a long-waited verdict in the case of the man once dubbed "the Butcher of Balkans", just weeks before the tribunal set up to prosecute those behind the 1990s conflicts closes down having helped write...

'Butcher of Balkans' Mladic to hear verdict on November 22

Den Haag - UN judges will next month deliver a long-awaited verdict against former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, accused of war crimes and genocide during the Balkans conflicts, the court announced Wednesday.

Australian Serb jailed for 15 years over war crimes

Zagreb - A former Serb paramilitary commander with Australian citizenship was jailed for 15 years by a Croatian court on Tuesday for the torture and murder of civilians and prisoners of war in the 1990s.

British actor Fiennes given Serbian passport

Belgrade - Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" series, was given a Serbian passport on Sunday for "promoting" the Balkan country.

Serbia's lesbian PM at Pride takes tolerance 'one step at a time'

Belgrade - Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual gay march held under heavy security.

Pride walk with Serbia's gay PM, but activists want bolder talk

Belgrade - Serbia's lesbian prime minister is set to join rainbow-clad revellers at Belgrade's Pride parade on Sunday, a dramatic turn of events for the conservative country, where previous marches have erupted in homophobic violence.

Refugees start new school term in Serbian limbo

Belgrade - Young refugee Shvaib Nazari flicks between his native Dari and wobbly Serbian language notes during his first week back at school in Belgrade, where his family lives in a state of limbo.

Kosovo's election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Pristina - Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' exhibits in Belgrade

Belgrade - A 10-year-old Afghan refugee dubbed "Little Picasso" exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade on Wednesday, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child's post-cancer therapy.

Film director Emir Kusturica visits Moscow-annexed Crimea

Moscow - Acclaimed Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica on Sunday arrived in the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine to give a concert with his No Smoking Orchestra group.

Montenegro to open coup plot trial

Podgorica - Two pro-Russian opposition leaders in Montenegro and 12 other suspects will go on trial Wednesday over their role in an alleged attempt to overthrow the government.

Serbia gets first gay woman PM

Belgrade - The Serbian parliament on Thursday voted in Ana Brnabic, an openly gay woman, as the country's prime minister in a landmark move for the patriarchal conservative country and the entire Balkans region.

Kosovo court ready for first indictments

Den Haag - A new court established to try crimes committed in the 1990s Kosovo conflict took a step closer Wednesday to receiving its first indictments, with fierce speculation over who could be targeted.

Serbia names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Belgrade - Serbia's President on Thursday named an openly gay woman as the next prime minister, a milestone move for the deeply conservative country and the wider Balkan region.

Serbia president names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Belgrade - Serbia's president on Thursday named Ana Brnabic as the next prime minister, making her the first openly gay premier in the conservative Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job.

Serbian ex-spy chiefs had 'central role in Balkans wars'

Den Haag - Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs played a major role in running death squads that terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the bloody 1990s Balkans wars, a UN court heard on Tuesday.

Serbian ex-spy chiefs had 'central role in Balkans wars'

Den Haag - Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs played a major role in running death squads that terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the bloody 1990s Balkans wars, a UN court heard on Tuesday.

Serbian ex-spy chiefs had 'central role in Balkans wars'

Den Haag - Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs played a major role in running death squads that terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the bloody 1990s Balkans wars, a UN court heard on Tuesday.

Two Serbian ex-spy chiefs back on trial for Balkans wars

Den Haag - Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs go back on trial before UN judges on Tuesday, accused of running death squads which terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s Balkans wars.

Montenegro opposition leaders face coup plot trial

Podgorica - Two pro-Russian opposition leaders in Montenegro and 12 other suspects are to go on trial over their role in an alleged attempt to overthrow the government last year.

Montenegro opposition leaders face coup plot trial

Podgorica - Two pro-Russian opposition leaders in Montenegro and 12 other suspects are to go on trial over their role in an alleged attempt to overthrow the government last year.
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