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Sep 24, 2013

Balkans, C.Europe can shine in filmdom, Sundance director says

SARAJEVO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Film directors Bela Tarr of
Hungary and Jasmila Zbanic of Bosnia are little known except to
aficionados, but the U.S.-based independent Sundance Film
Festival sees the Balkans and Central Europe as a fertile ground
for the movie industry.

U.S. filmmakers are touring Bosnia to show their movies to
audiences in the Balkan state that not only has become a
regional film hub but has attracted the interest of some
prominent Hollywood and European directors.

Sep 23, 2013

IMF sees Bosnia GDP growing faster in 2014/15, holds funds

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund predicted on Monday that economic growth in Bosnia would pick up pace in 2014-15 but warned that further funds from the lender would depend on the Balkan country meeting deficit targets.

The IMF last week raised its growth forecast for Bosnia for this year from 0.5 percent to “close to” 1 percent, citing an increase in industrial output and exports.

Aug 28, 2013

Bosnian capital risks water, traffic chaos over unpaid power bills

SARAJEVO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s main electricity
utility threatened on Wednesday to cut off power to the
capital’s waterworks, sewage system and transport network over
unpaid bills totalling millions of Bosnian markas.

EPBiH set a Thursday deadline, raising the
prospect of water shortages and transport chaos in Sarajevo,
whose water and sewage company ViK and public transport company
GRAS owe nearly 10 million Bosnian marka ($6.8 million).

Aug 28, 2013

Dozens indicted in Bosnia in one of biggest post-war crime busts

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were indicted in Bosnia on Wednesday for a string of murders and bank robberies in what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on organized crime since the 1992-95 war.

The crimes stretch back over the past decade and illustrate how criminals from across Bosnia’s ethnic divide have managed to work together while ethnic bickering on the political level has stalled the country’s bid to join the European mainstream.

Jul 31, 2013

Sarajevo film festival faces deep spending cuts

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest movie competition in the Balkans, will open on August 16 and showcase 214 films, but this year’s edition faces deep budget cuts which organizers blamed on the political and economic crisis in Bosnia.

Bosnia’s Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic, whose acclaimed docu-drama “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” opens the festival, will chair the jury, SFF director Mirsad Purivatra told a news conference.

Jul 25, 2013

Bosnia lawmakers end power struggle over judges

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Lawmakers moved to end a near year-long political standoff that has paralyzed government in Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation on Thursday, when they finally agreed to appoint judges to a top court.

The decision will allow the Muslim, Serb and Croat judges to meet in the Constitutional Court and reach a long-delayed ruling on the validity of a new coalition government which ministers had hoped to set up last year.

Jul 1, 2013

Bosnians step up ‘baby protests’ against political inertia

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – About 3,000 demonstrators blocked downtown Sarajevo’s streets on Monday in a sit-down protest at the failure of Bosnian lawmakers to pass a law on the registration of newborn babies.

The protesters included young mothers who set up an improvised playgroup for babies on the lawn outside parliament.

Jun 17, 2013

Bosnian Serb president rejects urgent border deal with Croatia

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Serbian part of Bosnia’s presidency – which is shared between three ethnic groups – has rejected border regulations that are due to come into force when neighboring Croatia joins the EU next month.

The other two parts of Bosnia’s presidency – representing Muslims and Croats – have accepted the regulations which are needed to ensure people and goods can still cross the border after July 1.

Jun 14, 2013
via FaithWorld

Catholic monks revive Bosnian cheese tradition in Trappist monastery


(Marija Zvijezda monastery, Banja Luka, 16 August 2011/Katoli?ka tiskovna agencija Biskupske konferencije Bosne i Hercegovine)

Three Roman Catholic monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth for 130 years.

Jun 13, 2013

Catholic monks revive Bosnian cheese tradition

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia, June 13 (Reuters) – Three Roman Catholic
monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making
tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth
for 130 years.

The pale yellow Trappist cheese made by monks of the Marija
Zvijezda monastery once graced the tables of royal courts in
Vienna and Belgrade, survived two world wars, a ban on public
sale by communist rulers and the break-up of Yugoslavia.

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