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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’.

Feb 18, 2014

Listen to your people, EU tells Bosnia leaders after unrest

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The European Union told Bosnia’s fractious leaders on Tuesday to heed protesters’ demands for more accountability and transparency after the worst bout of civil unrest since the Balkan country’s 1992-95 war.

The protests over unemployment, graft and political inertia toppled four of 10 regional governments in Bosnia’s autonomous Federation, dominated by Muslim Bosniaks and Croats. Bosnia is made up of two parts, the Federation and Serb Republic.

Feb 14, 2014

Figure skating-Torvill & Dean celebrate ‘Bolero Day’

SOCHI, Russia/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – It was a Valentine’s Day performance that began with an ex-policeman and a former insurance clerk kneeling on the ice for 18 seconds as they slowly swayed to the strains of Ravel’s Bolero with their arms outstretched.

That start, the two bodies flung across the ice in the dramatic finale and the captivating storytelling that went on in between for four minutes and 28 seconds at the Sarajevo Olympics left a worldwide audience awestruck.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Torvill & Dean celebrate ‘Bolero Day’

SOCHI, Russia/SARAJEVO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – It was a Valentine’s Day performance that began with an ex-policeman and a former insurance clerk kneeling on the ice for 18 seconds as they slowly swayed to the strains of Ravel’s Bolero with their arms outstretched.

That start, the two bodies flung across the ice in the dramatic finale and the captivating storytelling that went on in between for four minutes and 28 seconds at the Sarajevo Olympics left a worldwide audience awestruck.

Feb 13, 2014

Torvill & Dean relive Bolero 30 years on

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean relived the magic of their iconic Bolero performance on Thursday at the venue where they won Olympic gold in Sarajevo 30 years ago, a high point for the city before it was torn apart by war.

Britain’s most celebrated winter Olympians recreated their routine in a packed Zetra hall, which was razed in the bombardment of the city, to standing ovations from an exalted audience which applauded them throughout the performance.

Feb 13, 2014

Figure skating-Torvill & Dean relive Bolero 30 years on

SARAJEVO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean relived the magic of their iconic Bolero performance on Thursday at the venue where they won Olympic gold in Sarajevo 30 years ago, a high point for the city before it was torn apart by war.

Britain’s most celebrated winter Olympians recreated their routine in a packed Zetra hall, which was razed in the bombardment of the city, to standing ovations from an exalted audience which applauded them throughout the performance.

Feb 13, 2014

Torvill & Dean back in Sarajevo 30 years on

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean made an emotional return on Thursday to the venue of their gold medal-winning performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, a high point for the city before it was torn apart by war.

Britain’s most celebrated winter Olympians pledged their support for the construction of a new ice rink in the city to replace those destroyed by bombs during a 43-month siege between 1992 and 1995 in which more than 10,000 people died.

Feb 13, 2014

Figure skating-Torvill & Dean back in Sarajevo 30 years on

SARAJEVO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean made an emotional return on Thursday to the venue of their gold medal-winning performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, a high point for the city before it was torn apart by war.

Britain’s most celebrated winter Olympians pledged their support for the construction of a new ice rink in the city to replace those destroyed by bombs during a 43-month siege between 1992 and 1995 in which more than 10,000 people died.

Feb 11, 2014

Bosnians want regional government down, PM urges snap election

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thousands of Bosnians rallied in several towns to demand the resignation of a regional government on Tuesday, driving on protests against corruption and unemployment that have plunged the country into crisis.

Nermin Niksic, prime minister of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, which together with the Serb Republic makes up post-war Bosnia, dismissed the protesters’ demands made in protests now in their seventh day, but proposed early polls.

Feb 11, 2014

Bosnia unrest puts spotlight on broken peace accord

TUZLA/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Enver Mehmedovic spends his days behind an iron gate, guarding the factory he used to work in from its owner.

Production lines that once produced ‘Dita’ detergent used in households up and down the former Yugoslavia now stand idle and Mehmedovic suspects that the tycoon from the Bosnian capital who bought the complex wants to sell off the machinery.

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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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