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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.

Mar 20, 2014

Town that withstood wartime siege shows the way in troubled Bosnia

GORAZDE, Bosnia (Reuters) – The people of Gorazde pride themselves on their resilience, forged during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Gorazde survived while other Muslim Bosniak enclaves in the country’s east, Srebrenica most notoriously, fell to separatist Serb forces.

The exodus came later, during peacetime, when Gorazde was forgotten, a riverside town of bombed and idled factories where jobs were few and far between.

Mar 18, 2014

Russia stoking Bosnian Serb separatism in echo of Crimea: Ashdown

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – British politician and former Bosnia peace overseer Paddy Ashdown accused Russia on Tuesday of encouraging Serb separatist sentiment in the Western-backed Balkan country in the style of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Ethnic Serb leaders in Bosnia, who look to wartime backer Serbia and fellow Orthodox Christian ally Russia for support, have frequently threatened secession since the end of a 1992-95 war in which some 100,000 people were killed.

Mar 11, 2014

An assassin divides his native Bosnia 100 years on

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The woman paused before a photograph of a young man with dark eyes and a tightly trimmed moustache.

“That’s that Serb terrorist those Chetniks (Serb nationalists) are praising,” she said to a journalist inspecting the image. “He started that war. They started all the wars.”

Mar 4, 2014

Insight – Where West failed, people power spurs change in Bosnia

MOSTAR/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The front line in Mostar during the Bosnian war ran north-south, along a road parallel with the emerald waters of the Neretva River. Catholic Croats held the west and Muslim Bosniaks the east, much as they do today.

Under socialist Yugoslavia, the road was called Boulevard of the People’s Revolution, but as the people splintered along ethnic and sectarian lines, so it became simply ‘Bulevar’.

Mar 4, 2014

Where West failed, people power spurs change in Bosnia

MOSTAR/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The front line in Mostar during the Bosnian war ran north-south, along a road parallel with the emerald waters of the Neretva River. Catholic Croats held the west and Muslim Bosniaks the east, much as they do today.

Under socialist Yugoslavia, the road was called Boulevard of the People’s Revolution, but as the people splintered along ethnic and sectarian lines, so it became simply ‘Bulevar’.

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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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