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Sep 20, 2012

Shakedown or public service? Mug shot websites spread

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Janet LaBarba drank two glasses of wine during dinner at an upscale Dallas restaurant the night she broke up with her boyfriend. Later at a bar she ordered a beer. At home, she found herself crying as she readied for bed. She decided to go visit a friend.

Driving back long past midnight, she ignored blinking traffic lights and cruised through a stop sign. She was hauled down to the police station, charged with drunk driving, and photographed. It was the second time in six months.

Mar 19, 2012

Executives see worsening work-life imbalance

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Media executive Oscar Gomez Barbero gave a bleak assessment of his work-life balance.

“I feel compelled to be constantly in touch with my work, including weekends and holidays, but you learn to live with this situation,” said Barbero, the chief technology officer at Spanish and Portuguese-language media group Prisa.

Nov 8, 2011

Facebook’s Zuckerberg gets Harvard star treatment

CAMBRIDGE (Reuters) – Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard officially for the first time Monday, winning a warm welcome from the university where he created Facebook and embarked on a well-chronicled meteoric ascent.

It was clear Zuckerberg was no longer the dropout who left the iconic Ivy League institution, even if he still dresses in the classic campus uniform of T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.

Jul 20, 2011

Analysis: Obscure fugitive’s arrest gives Serbia EU boost

BELGRADE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When Serbia arrested Bosnia Serb wartime General Ratko Mladic in May, Muslim survivors of the 1992-95 war celebrated and his ethnic Serb supporters expressed outrage at the treatment of a man they considered a hero.

The arrest of the Croat Serb wartime leader Goran Hadzic on Wednesday provoked a far less dramatic reaction, but is key for the European Union future of Serbia as it removes the shadow of war crimes that has plagued Belgrade’s membership bid.

Jul 20, 2011

Stolen art held clue to Serbia war crimes arrest

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Desperate for cash after years on the run, Goran Hadzic tried to sell a stolen painting believed to be a Modigliani and supplied the vital clue for capturing the last major Yugoslav war crimes fugitive.

Serbia’s president announced the arrest of Hadzic, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, Wednesday.

Jul 20, 2011

Serbia arrests last major war crimes fugitive

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s last major war crimes fugitive, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, has been arrested, a Serbian official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Goran Hadzic, 52, was a key figure in the breakaway Krajina Serb republic in Croatia, and after the arrest of wartime General Ratko Mladic earlier this year, he was Serbia’s last remaining figure sought by the United Nations war crime tribunal in The Hague.

Jul 11, 2011

Croatia sees 1.5 pct growth, good tourism season

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – Croatia’s economy may grow as much as 1.5 percent in 2011 after two years of downturn, boosted by an especially strong summer tourist season, the prime minister told Reuters said in an interview on Saturday.

However, Jadranka Kosor’s forecast of 1 to 1.5 percent GDP growth for the former Yugoslav republic, which concluded EU membership talks last month, was slightly below the 1.5 to 2 percent estimate she had given in April.

Jun 2, 2011

Exclusive: On the run, Mladic’s world slowly shrank

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general who once barked out orders that could kill thousands, could not stand the pain and decided he no longer wanted to live.

By 2006, the man charged with genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia had been on the run for 11 years. Suffering from kidney stones — solid salts or minerals in the ureter which cause sharp pain — he ordered one of his aides to end his misery.

May 31, 2011

Serbia sends Mladic to Hague war crimes tribunal

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia extradited most-wanted war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic on Tuesday after he lost his final legal appeal, removing a nationalist icon whose years on the run hindered Serbian progress towards EU membership.

Serbia’s war crimes court rejected an appeal from his lawyer that poor health should stop the former general’s extradition to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, where ex-Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic is already on trial.

May 31, 2011

Mladic appeal rejected, seen extradited soon

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s war crimes court rejected an appeal against the extradition of Ratko Mladic on Tuesday, opening the way for the former Bosnian Serb general’s dispatch to The Hague to stand trial, a spokeswoman said.

Earlier in the day, Serbian officials said Mladic could be sent to the international criminal court within 24 hours, making a late night Tuesday or early Wednesday departure most likely.

    • About Adam

      "Adam Tanner is bureau chief for Reuters in the Balkans, overseeing coverage of Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo. His past postings include Moscow, Berlin, Washington D.C. and San Francisco."
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