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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.

Mar 27, 2015

Bosnia’s reborn arms industry targets record revenues

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s arms industry, which almost died in the decade after the country’s 1992-95 war, has become a rare bright spot for the country’s struggling economy with output and exports almost tripled in the past five years.

Rebuilt factories, modernized machinery and a crackdown on corrupt managers have all helped turn it into a sector that now sells arms and ammunition to over 60 countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Switzerland.

Mar 26, 2015

After film, Bosnian woman agrees to meet son born of wartime rape

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A Bosnian woman has agreed to meet the son she bore as the result of wartime rape after having read of a film made about the now 22-year-old and his search for his biological parents, the film director said on Thursday.

Director Semsudin Gegic said the woman, a Muslim Bosniak who lives in the United States, had called him after she saw a Reuters article published on Tuesday about the premiere of Gegic’s film in Bosnia.

Mar 24, 2015

Bosnian conceived in wartime rape searches for his parents

GORAZDE, Bosnia, March 24 (Reuters) – Alen Muhic, who was
conceived when his mother was raped by a soldier in wartime,
says he would not have had the courage to search for his parents
were it not for the film cameras that followed him.

His painful quest is documented in “An Invisible Child’s
Trap”, the second documentary feature about Muhic, the son of a
Muslim Bosniak woman and a Bosnian Serb soldier who repeatedly
raped her during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Mar 18, 2015

Bosnian, U.S. officials discuss deportations over war crimes

By Daria Sito-Sucic

(Reuters) – Bosnia’s state prosecutor and U.S. officials on
Wednesday discussed the issue of Bosnian migrants facing
deportation from the United States over their alleged
involvement in war crimes during the Balkan country’s 1992-95

The New York Times in February reported that U.S. officials
had identified about 300 Bosnians who they believe concealed
their role in the Balkan atrocities, including the 1995
Srebrenica massacre, and are trying to deport at least 150 of

Mar 10, 2015

Former Yugoslav foes join forces in seeking tombstone protection

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Four former Yugoslav republics, torn apart by war in the 1990s, expect success in their unprecedented joint bid to win United Nations protection for thousands of medieval tombstones that are part of their shared heritage, a minister said on Tuesday.

Known as “Stecci”, the tombstones date to the 12th century and are revered in the Balkans for their unique decorative symbols and carvings, often linked to the medieval Kingdom of Bosnia. Around 60,000 have been found in Bosnia, and nearly 10,000 in neighboring Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.

Feb 26, 2015

Senior Bosnian judge arrested on suspicion of taking bribe

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A senior Bosnian judge has been arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday, in the first case of corruption to involve a member of the judiciary in the Balkan country.

Appeals judge, Azra Miletic, was arrested late on Wednesday and two other people, whose sentences for organized crime and drug-dealing had been greatly reduced on appeal, were arrested on the same grounds. One was a former police officer.

Feb 23, 2015

Bosnia endorses reform pledge, potentially unblocking EU bid

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s lawmakers endorsed on Monday a commitment to reform its economy and address political divisions, potentially unblocking a stalled bid to join the European Union in a step the bloc’s top diplomat called “historic”.

The declaration is a condition of the EU finally endorsing a pre-accession pact with Bosnia, originally signed in 2008, under a new initiative led by Germany and Britain to shake the country out of years of stagnation.

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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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