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Jun 11, 2013

Bosnians protest over row that leaves babies in ID limbo

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Around 5,000 Bosnians marched in Sarajevo on Tuesday to voice growing public anger over political paralysis, symbolized by the case of a baby who had to wait to travel abroad for a stem-cell transplant because authorities could not assign her an ID number.

It was the largest in a week of protests in the Bosnian capital sparked by the failure of lawmakers to agree new legislation on citizen ID numbers. The row has left babies born since February unregistered, and therefore denied passports or medical cards.

Jun 6, 2013

Protesters blockade Bosnian parliament over ID law

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters blockaded parliament in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Thursday, venting anger over a political dispute that has left the country unable to register newborn babies for months.

The protesters, mainly students and young parents with babies, surrounded the assembly, held back by police and preventing anyone except journalists from entering or leaving the building.

May 15, 2013

Bosnian experts present U.S.-backed plan for reform

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian legal experts presented on Wednesday a U.S.-backed plan to reform one of the Balkan state’s two autonomous regions, a month after it was warned that its bid to join the European Union would be frozen without constitutional changes.

Bosnia’s Serbs, Muslims and Croats differ over how to change a governing structure enshrined in their 1995 peace treaty dividing it into a Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat Federation with a weak central government in Sarajevo.

Apr 26, 2013

Bosnian regional president arrested in graft probe

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The president of Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation and 19 another regional officials were arrested on Friday in an anti-corruption probe that also targeted the offices of the regional government, a spokesman for the state prosecutor said.

The raid on Zivko Budimir’s Sarajevo office and the regional government in the southern town of Mostar is the most high-profile anti-graft operation in Bosnia since independence more than two decades ago.

Apr 26, 2013

Bosnia police raid top regional officials in graft probe

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Police in Bosnia raided the offices of the president and government in one of the country’s two autonomous regions on Friday as part of an anti-corruption probe, the state prosecutor’s office said.

It appeared to be the most high profile raid of its kind since Bosnia seceded from federal Yugoslavia and descended into war in the early 1990s.

Apr 25, 2013

Serb president seeks pardon “on my knees” for Srebrenica

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia’s nationalist president has implored forgiveness for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, in his deepest apology yet for crimes committed by Serbs in the wars that destroyed Yugoslavia.

“I’m on my knees,” President Tomislav Nikolic told a television interviewer. “I am on my knees and asking for a pardon for Serbia for the crime that was committed in Srebrenica.

Apr 18, 2013

Two decades on, king of the jungle returns to Sarajevo

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Some still recall the roar of caged lions punctuating the long nights during the siege of Sarajevo.

Like the bears and other big cats, they starved to death after the zookeepers who risked their lives to feed them were killed or wounded in the bombardment by Bosnian Serb forces in the first months of the 1992-95 war.

Apr 15, 2013

Bosnia’s MPs pass a military pension law to win IMF cash

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s lawmakers approved a law to cut military pensions on Monday, a key step towards winning funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The lawmakers from autonomous Bosniak-Croat federation, which makes Bosnia along with the Serb Republic, approved a law that unifies pension rules for veterans of the 1992-95 war with 56 votes for, 12 against, and 12 abstained.

Apr 11, 2013

Bosnia risks seeing EU path “frozen” without reform: commissioner

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s bid to join the European Union faces being “frozen” and a planned election next year declared invalid without urgent reform of its constitution, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Thursday.

Eighteen years since the end of Bosnia’s war, the Balkan state continues to wrestle with deep ethnic rivalry that has left it languishing behind its fellow former Yugoslav republics on the long road to EU accession.

Apr 2, 2013

Bosnia police probe Lithuanian-owned alumina plant

SARAJEVO, April 2 (Reuters) – Police are investigating
alleged tax evasion and irregular spending at Bosnia’s sole
alumina plant, majority-owned by troubled Lithuanian lender Ukio
Bankas, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Ukio Bankas is controlled by Vladimir Romanov, owner of
cash-strapped Scottish soccer club Hearts.

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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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