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May 31, 2011

Mladic may be extradited within 24 hours: sources

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Accused war criminal Ratko Mladic may be sent to The Hague in the next 24 hours, Serbian officials said on Tuesday, after he was allowed to go to his daughter’s grave and his grandchildren visited prison.

Authorities paved the way for what may be the former Bosnian Serb general’s last day in Serbia by escorting him early on Tuesday to the Belgrade grave of his daughter Ana, who committed suicide in 1994.

May 30, 2011

Mladic lived openly in capital until 2002, friend says

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Ratko Mladic lived openly at home in Belgrade until 2002, seven years after an international war crimes tribunal indictment, often receiving visitors for meals, rakia and music, a friend said on Monday.

“He was a very engaged person throughout that time,” Aleksandar Mihailovic, who lived a few houses down and whose firm built Mladic’s house, told Reuters. “He loved songs, rakia, eating — he was a very normal person.”

May 30, 2011

Mladic lived openly in capital to ’02, friend says

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Ratko Mladic lived openly at home in Belgrade until 2002, seven years after an international war crimes tribunal indictment, often receiving visitors for meals, rakia and music, a friend said on Monday.

“He was a very engaged person throughout that time,” Aleksandar Mihailovic, who lived a few houses down and whose firm built Mladic’s house, told Reuters. “He loved songs, rakia, eating — he was a very normal person.”

May 30, 2011

Exclusive: Mladic lived openly in capital to ’02, friend says

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Ratko Mladic lived openly at home in Belgrade until 2002, seven years after an international war crimes tribunal indictment, often receiving visitors for meals, rakia and music, a friend said on Monday.

“He was a very engaged person throughout that time,” Aleksandar Mihailovic, who lived a few houses down and whose firm built Mladic’s house, told Reuters. “He loved songs, rakia, eating — he was a very normal person.”

May 30, 2011

Mladic could be sent to war crimes court in 4 days

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia may send Ratko Mladic to face genocide charges in The Hague within four days, a justice official said on Monday, despite riots by nationalists angry at the Bosnian Serb general’s capture after 16 years on the run.

Security agents tracked the fugitive general to a messy Serbian farmhouse on Thursday after tight surveillance on relatives and helpers and in so doing removed big obstacle to Serbia officially beginning its bid to join the European Union.

May 30, 2011

Serbian police detain 180 in pro-Mladic violence

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian authorities detained 180 people who had attacked police injuring 32 during a protest against the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

Many of those at the Sunday night rally in Belgrade were young people, some not even born during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Dozens of those detained by riot police wearing helmets, protective gear and shields were minors.

May 29, 2011

No let-up for perpetual music maker Quincy Jones

RABAT (Reuters) – After a frenetic career as producer to Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and many other music legends, 78-year-old Quincy Jones refuses to slow down and has just signed up for a new project in the Arab world.

“I’m 78 and I’ve still got a lot of energy and I want to do what my dreams are, which is to see people come together across the barriers,” Jones said in an interview in the Moroccan capital Rabat where he appeared in the Mawazine music festival.

May 25, 2011

Many see rule crumbling if Gaddafi were killed

RABAT (Reuters) – The elimination of rivals and accumulation of power that has kept Muammar Gaddafi in charge of Libya for four decades means that if he were to be killed his system of rule would probably collapse.

He has created a political system of overlapping entities and structures that, whatever their formal function, are subservient to the “brother leader” and his close circle.

May 25, 2011

Analysis: Many see rule crumbling if Gaddafi were killed

RABAT (Reuters) – The elimination of rivals and accumulation of power that has kept Muammar Gaddafi in charge of Libya for four decades means that if he were to be killed his system of rule would probably collapse.

He has created a political system of overlapping entities and structures that, whatever their formal function, are subservient to the “brother leader” and his close circle.

May 22, 2011

Dozens wounded as Moroccan police beat protestors

RABAT/CASABLANCA (Reuters) – Moroccan police beat dozens of protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations on Sunday, leading to several injuries and arrests, witnesses said.

The police violence appears to signal a tougher government line against the protest movement, which has become more defiant after festive demonstrations starting in February.

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      "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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