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Jul 7, 2015

Srebrenica resolution would widen divisions in Bosnia, Serbs tell U.N.

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia warned that a resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which the United Nations Security Council is due to discuss on Tuesday, would only widen ethnic divides in neighbouring Bosnia.

The British-drafted resolution condemns what it describes as the genocide at Srebrenica and any denial of the genocide. That has angered Serbia and Bosnian Serbs, who have branded it as “anti-Serb” and sent a letter of protest to the United Nations.

Jun 11, 2015

Back from Syria and Iraq, Bosnian fighters pose threat at home

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian fighters returning from Syria and Iraq are forming regional militant networks that pose a direct threat to security in the Balkans and beyond, a study warned on Thursday.

The returnees have formed links extending to Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, said the non-profit Sarajevo-based Atlantic Initiative, and may be radicalizing youngsters on the margins of society.

Jun 9, 2015

Britain says drafting U.N. resolution on Srebrenica genocide

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Britain is drafting a resolution at the United Nations Security Council to mark next month’s 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, potentially piling pressure on Serbia to recognize it as genocide.

On July 11, Bosnia will commemorate two decades since Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N. safe haven and killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests.

Jun 6, 2015

Pope to urge reconciliation in Bosnia 20 years after war

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after the Bosnian war.

The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.

Jun 5, 2015
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Pope Francis to call for reconciliation on visit to Bosnia

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(People ride bicycles past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis and “Peace to you” in the Bosnian language, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

With his one-day visit to Sarajevo, the pope is lending his weight to a fresh bid by the European Union to bring change to a country still scarred by the war that claimed 100,000 lives after it broke away from Yugoslavia.

May 29, 2015
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Preparations for pope visit promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

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(Members of children’s choir “Superar” practise the songs that will be performed during the Pope’s visit to Sarajevo at their music school in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat.

Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare unity in a country plagued by political and ethnic tensions nearly 20 years after the end of its 1992-95 war that claimed over 100,000 lives.

May 28, 2015

Pope visit preparations promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

SREBRENICA, Bosnia (Reuters) – Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat.

Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare unity in a country plagued by political and ethnic tensions nearly 20 years after the end of its 1992-95 war that claimed over 100,000 lives.

Apr 29, 2015

Bosnian artists plan Cold War museum in Tito’s secret bunker

KONJIC, Bosnia (Reuters) – A group of Bosnian artists plan to turn a former atomic-bomb bunker, once the best kept secret of socialist Yugoslavia, into a vast museum dedicated to the Cold War.

A labyrinth of tunnels, dark chambers and heavy steel doors, the Atomic War Shelter built by Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito has hosted art exhibitions since 2011. But now the artists plan something new.

Apr 28, 2015

Man who fought in Syria detained in Bosnia over police killing

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A Bosnian who fought in Syria was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an assault on a police station by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) that left one officer dead and the gunman dead and two policeman wounded.

Though the motive is not yet known, the attack on Monday evening in the eastern, mainly ethnic Serb, town of Zvornik has revived fears of radical Islam in Bosnia, where authorities estimate that up to 200 Muslims have fought alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

Apr 17, 2015

Remote corner of Bosnia to declare itself ‘Town of Twins’

BUZIM, Bosnia (Reuters) – When Nedzib Vucelj’s wife Emira gave birth to twins at the height of the Bosnian war, it was impossible to buy a suitable baby stroller: their hometown of Buzim was surrounded by rival armies.

Vucelj tried to borrow from a neighbor, but they had lent theirs to another family with twins. When he came to their door, he was told it had already passed to a third family, also with twins.

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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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