SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A Bosnian Muslim cleric was sentenced to seven years in jail on Thursday for recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people becoming militants in the Middle East.
Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year and was among 17 others on trial in Bosnia for suspected links with militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund urged Bosnia on Wednesday to implement reforms to boost economic growth and secure external financing, as it began a new round of talks on a new loan for the ethnically divided Balkan country.
Previous talks on a loan facility, meant to replace a 33-month aid program worth around 630 million euros ($690 million) that expired in June, collapsed when the country’s two autonomous regions failed to agree on a reform package.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia plans to kick-start a long-delayed bid to join the European Union by applying for membership by the end of this year, the chairman of the country’s three-man presidency said on Tuesday.
The Balkan country signed an association agreement with the EU as far back as 2008 but, having dragged on reforms, did not see that ratified until June, after Germany and Britain last year moved to revive its membership bid by focussing on economic and social rather than political issues.
The spiritual leader of Bosnia’s Muslims protested on Wednesday against what he called the Hungarian premier’s “arbitrary and damaging” remarks about Islam and Europe in the migrant crisis, saying they were uttered out of ignorance.
SARAJEVO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Western Balkans region is
expected to grow 1.8 percent this year and by an average 2.6
percent in 2016/2017 driven by a recovery in domestic demand,
lower oil prices and increased demand from the European Union,
the World Bank said on Monday.
The Bank revised up its growth forecast from a previous 1.3
percent for 2015 and from 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent in 2014 for
the region, which comprises Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Montenegro and Serbia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s National Museum, a custodian of culture for a region torn by ethnic divisions, re-opened on Tuesday after a three-year closure, displaying treasures including a medieval Jewish book of Passover rites.
After Bosnia’s divided authorities finally agreed on a way to finance the landmark Sarajevo institution, school children and citizens filled the chambers and garden that had been closed in 2012 for lack of funding.
SARAJEVO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – UniCredit, Italy’s
biggest bank by assets, is planning to cut around 10,000 jobs,
or 7 percent of its workforce, as it seeks to slash costs and
boost profits, a source at the bank told Reuters on Monday.
The planned cuts will be concentrated in Italy, Germany and
Austria, several sources said, adding that they include 2,700
layoffs in Italy that have already been announced.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Employees at Bosnia’s National Museum, known as the British Museum of the Balkans, returned to work on Wednesday to prepare for the re-opening of the institution which was closed three years ago over a lack of funding.
The divided country’s authorities have promised to provide funding for the landmark Sarajevo museum and to open it on Sept. 15 following years of failed attempts to agree on how to finance it.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister was forced to flee a ceremony held to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, when mourners hurled stones and bottles at him in what his government later described as an attempted assassination.
Bodyguards surrounded Aleksandar Vucic and rushed him away through a crowd that turned on him moments after he entered the cemetery and laid flowers to 8,000 Muslim men and boys executed after the U.N. safe haven fell to Bosnian Serb forces towards the end of the 1992-95 war.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – A crowd throwing bottles and stones chased Serbia’s prime minister from a ceremony in Bosnia on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, underscoring the depth of anger over Belgrade’s continued denial of the crime as genocide.
Bodyguards whisked Aleksandar Vucic through angry mourners shouting and booing while a crowd surged up the hill behind the delegation as they ran for their cars. A Bosnian government source said the delegation had left the site.