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Aug 22, 2014

Gaza war stops director attending Sarajevo film festival: organizers

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Two Gaza directors won an award at Sarajevo’s film festival, though the conflict raging in their home stopped one of them from coming to receive his part of the prize, said organizers.

Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi shared a 7,000-pound (8,700-euro) bursary at the event late on Thursday, where British director Ken Loach praised their work and “courage to resist”.

Aug 20, 2014

Experts launch project to digitise neglected Bosnian heritage

SARAJEVO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A group of Balkan experts have
launched a high-tech project to digitise Bosnia’s historical
archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last
century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of
funding.

The project promises to make available online a host of
records and papers detailing Bosnia’s turbulent past, most
notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo
assassination that triggered World War One.

Aug 8, 2014

Bosnia hit by fresh flooding, two people missing

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Police in Bosnia searched on Friday for two people swept away during the second bout of torrential rainfall since May, when the Balkans were hit by the worst floods in more than a century.

The body of a woman was recovered on Thursday from the muddy bank of a river in northwestern Bosnia, and two people were listed as missing, police said.

Jul 20, 2014

Bosnia buries 284 war victims unearthed from gruesome death pit

KOZARAC Bosnia (Reuters) – The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two.

Thousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in collective Islamic prayer for the mainly Muslim Bosniak victims, including 21 members of the same family, on a soccer field in the northwestern town of Kozarac.

Jun 27, 2014

Serbs unveil statue to ‘hero’ who set Europe marching to war

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbs in Bosnia unveiled a statue on Friday of the man who shot dead the heir to the Habsburg throne a century ago, thumbing their nose at the country’s official commemoration of the act that triggered World War One.

The 2-metre (6.6 feet) bronze statue of Gavrilo Princip, unveiled by the Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, underscored the gulf between Bosnia’s Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks in how they view the assassination that lit the fuse for the Great War.

Jun 26, 2014

On centenary of WWI assassination, the past still haunts Sarajevo

VISEGRAD/SARAJEVO Bosnia (Reuters) – Two concerts in two Bosnian cities will mark the 100th anniversary on Saturday of the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One, in a divided country where the past still haunts the present.

The separate events speak volumes to Bosnia a century on, where perceptions of the Bosnian Serb who gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand have been warped by time and politics, and wounds are still raw from the bloody demise of Yugoslavia.

Jun 22, 2014

Cyclists race through Sarajevo to mark WWI centenary, promote peace

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thousands of cyclists tore through the Bosnian capital on Sunday in a race sponsored by the Tour de France to promote peace a century after the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One.

The race was the first in a string of events to mark the June 28 centenary of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in 1914.

Jun 9, 2014

Sarajevo art museum gets boost from Italian coffeemaker

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – It is hard finding a bright side to the museum scene in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, where the Olympic Museum burned down during a 1992-95 siege by Serbian forces and the main national museum closed in 2012 for lack of funds.

But thanks to a grant from the Italian government and a plan by Italian coffeemaker illycaffe to sell designer coffee cups to support the project, there is hope for one man’s vision of creating a modern art museum for a city still suffering the aftershocks of the ethnic conflict of the 1990s.

Jun 6, 2014

IMF to unfreeze Bosnia loan deal after key laws passed -official

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will unfreeze installments of its standby loan deal for Bosnia this month after the national parliament passed key laws on Friday, the IMF Resident Representative for the Balkan country told Reuters.

The parliament’s upper house approved laws raising excise taxes on fine-cut tobacco and against money laundering and financing of terrorism, required by the lender.

May 30, 2014

IMF to double funding for Bosnia over flooding

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund is ready to double funding for Bosnia under its standby loan deal to help it cope with the effects of the worst flooding in living memory, an IMF official said on Friday.

The lender completed a 10-day visit to Bosnia on Friday to discuss further disbursements under its 380 million euro standby arrangement that was frozen in February after economic reforms stalled, as well as the damage inflicted by the recent flooding.

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      "As the main Reuters correspondent from Bosnia based in Sarajevo, I am reporting, writing and editing copy on political and economic news from the least stable country in the Balkans, and also managing a stringer in Bosnia's Serb region. Taking part in stories from the region, including travel and coverage of conferences and events when needed. Begun in Reuters in 1997 as an editorial assistant and then reporter."
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