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May 20, 2014

Floods affect over 1 million in Balkans, destruction ‘terrifying’

MAGLAJ Bosnia/KRUPANJ Serbia (Reuters) – Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the “terrifying” destruction to that of the country’s 1992-95 war.

The extent of the devastation became apparent in Serbia too, as waters receded in some of the worst-hit areas to reveal homes toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.

May 19, 2014

Bosnia says 1 million affected by floods, destruction “terrifying”

MAGLAJ Bosnia/KRUPANJ Serbia (Reuters) – More than a quarter of Bosnia’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century, the government said on Monday, warning of “terrifying” destruction comparable to the country’s 1992-95 war.

The floods extended across Serbia and Bosnia, where receding waters in some of the worst-hit areas are now revealing the extent of the devastation. Homes have been toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.

May 19, 2014

Floods menace towns, power plants in Serbia and Bosnia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia/MAGLAJ, Bosnia, May 19 (Reuters) -
C ommunities in Serbia and Bosnia battled to protect towns and
power plants on Monday from rising flood waters and landslides
that have devastated swathes of both countries and killed dozens
of people.

Receding waters in some of the areas worst-hit by the
heaviest rainfall in the Balkans since records began 120 years
ago revealed scenes of devastation – twisted homes, fallen trees
and rotting animals.

May 15, 2014

Five dead as worst floods in 120 years hit Serbia, Bosnia

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) – The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years have hit Bosnia and Serbia, killing five people, forcing hundreds out of their homes and cutting off entire towns.

The five casualties, one of them a firefighter on a rescue mission, drowned in Serbia. Bosnia and Serbia declared a state of emergency, while the Serbian Orthodox church said it would hold special prayers in Belgrade for the rain to stop.

May 15, 2014

Bosnia, Serbia hit by worst flooding in 120 years

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) – The heaviest rains and floods in the past 120 years hit Bosnia and Serbia this week, killing three people, cutting off electricity and leaving several towns and villages isolated.

The three casualties, one of them a firefighter on a rescue mission, drowned in Serbia. The country declared a state of emergency in 18 towns and cities, including the capital, Belgrade.

May 15, 2014

Bosnia, Serbia hit by worst flooding in 120 years; three die

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) – The heaviest rains and floods in the past 120 years hit Bosnia and Serbia this week, killing three people, cutting off electricity and leaving several towns and villages isolated.

The three casualties, one of them a firefighter on a rescue mission, drowned in Serbia. The country declared a state of emergency in 18 towns and cities, including the capital, Belgrade.

May 13, 2014

Serbia pledges support for single Bosnia amid secessionist rhetoric

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia’s new prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, pledged support for neighboring Bosnia’s integrity on Tuesday, making clear Belgrade would not encourage calls by Bosnian Serbs for a Crimean-style secession of their half of the country.

Vucic, a former ultra-nationalist who has converted to the pro-EU cause, was sworn in as prime minister on April 27. He has announced deep economic reforms and a drive to get Serbia into the European Union after his Progressive Party scored a landslide victory in a March election.

May 9, 2014

Sarajevo reopens landmark city hall and library destroyed in war

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Sarajevo’s City Hall, a stately neo-Moorish edifice marked by the violence of two 20th-century wars, has returned to its old glory after being destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city in 1992.

The building, first opened in 1896, has been restored to mark the centenary of the start of World War One, triggered by the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand just after he left a reception there in June 1914.

Apr 29, 2014

Bosnia introduces jail terms to curb recruitment for Syria

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia introduced jail terms of up to 10 years on Tuesday for any citizen who fights in or recruits for conflicts abroad, seeking to curb departure of young Bosnians to Syria who could return to pose a threat at home.

Analysts say some young Bosnians have become radicalized to fight for global causes under the influence of foreign fighters or Mujahideen who came to help Bosnian Muslims fight Bosnian Serbs and Croats during the Bosnian 1992-95 war.

Apr 18, 2014

Bosnia’s Aluminij again risks closure over debt to utility

SARAJEVO, April 18 (Reuters) – Bosnian aluminium smelter
Aluminij Mostar is facing closure again after a
state-owned power company said it would cut electricity supplies
over its mounting debt.

Power provider EPHZHB failed in late March to
collect some of the nearly 100 million Bosnian marka ($70.8
million) the smelter owes for electricity supplies in the past
year by activating a bank guarantee.

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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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