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Feb 5, 2013

Politicking paralyzes divided Bosnian town of Mostar

MOSTAR, Bosnia (Reuters) – The scene was almost reminiscent of the war: Bosnian Senaid Repesa, tired and toothless, stood in line in the bitterly cold hallway of a former army barracks, now a soup kitchen.

Like him, almost 600 residents of the southern Bosnian town of Mostar depend on its two public kitchens for a warm meal and a loaf of bread each day.

Dec 19, 2012

Bosnia’s first census since war faces fresh delay

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s first census since it was torn apart by war two decades ago faces fresh delay, the European Union said on Wednesday, citing technical issues and a lack of firm support from rival Serb, Muslim and Croat politicians.

The survey could give the most detailed picture yet of what happened to the country’s groups after the ethnic cleansing and violence that marked its split from Yugoslavia – how many people communities lost and where survivors moved.

Dec 13, 2012

Bosnia gets single president in line with FIFA rules

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s football federation (NFSBiH) elected its first single president on Thursday under pressure from FIFA and UEFA to bring the organisation into line with the statutes of the two ruling bodies.

In a vote delayed since November last year, the NFSBiH appointed a new 15-member executive committee and elected Elvedin Begic on a four-year term as its first president.

Dec 13, 2012

Soccer-Bosnia gets single president in line with FIFA rules

SARAJEVO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s football federation (NFSBiH) elected its first single president on Thursday under pressure from FIFA and UEFA to bring the organisation into line with the statutes of the two ruling bodies.

In a vote delayed since November last year, the NFSBiH appointed a new 15-member executive committee and elected Elvedin Begic on a four-year term as its first president.

Dec 10, 2012

Bosnian regional PM urges reshuffle to end stalemate

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The prime minister of one of Bosnia’s two regional governments called for the removal of eight opposition ministers on Monday, in a bid to clear a political blockage he has said risks hurting the country’s relationship with the IMF.

The regional assembly governing Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation has been stuck in stalemate since the summer when a new ruling coalition was formed in the overall Bosnian national government.

Dec 10, 2012

European Youth Olympics in Sarajevo seen bridging wartime divide

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A co-hosting of the European Youth Olympics by Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo and a Serb-run former suburb should foster cooperation across former wartime front lines and help boost a struggling economy, municipal and sports officials said on Monday.

Sarajevo and East Sarajevo won a joint bid at the weekend to hold the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF) in 2017, boosting hopes of rehabilitating negative images of ethnic division lingering from Bosnia’s 1992-95 war and reviving the spirit of the 1984 Winter Olympics hosted by Sarajevo.

Dec 6, 2012

Bosnia gives Islamist 18 years for gun attack on U.S. embassy

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s state court sentenced an Islamist radical to 18 years in prison on Thursday for a gun attack on the U.S. embassy and said the country faced a growing terrorist threat.

The court found Mevlid Jasarevic, a 24-year-old originally from neighboring Serbia, guilty of organizing and committing a terrorist act, said judge Branko Peric, who presided over the panel of judges.

Dec 4, 2012

Bosnia’s two regions adopt 2013 budgets to get IMF cash

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s two autonomous regions rushed through their 2013 budgets on Tuesday to meet a deadline set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of new funds.

The Bosniak-Croat Federation and the Serb Republic badly need the extra IMF cash, agreed under a two-year loan deal, to finance holes in their budgets and to manage rising debts.

Nov 28, 2012

Bosnia may lose IMF cash over regional government row – official

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – An opposition boycott of one of Bosnia’s regional governments may hurt the country’s relationship with the IMF and leave public servants unpaid, the Bosniak-Croat federation prime minister warned on Wednesday.

Nermin Niksic said that he decided to use his authority and send a draft budget proposal for 2013 to the parliament even though it has not been confirmed by the government.

Nov 27, 2012

Lack of reform progress delays Bosnia’s EU bid: Fuele

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The failure of Bosnia’s political leaders to make progress on reforms sought by the European Union will further delay the Balkan country’s application for the membership of the bloc, the EU enlargement chief said on Tuesday.

Bosnia has planned to apply for the membership of the 27-nation bloc this year but bickering among its ethnic Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim), Serb and Croat leaders has repeatedly stalled reforms since 2008, when the country signed its association contract with the EU.

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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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