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Oct 13, 2014

Divided nationalists ahead in Bosnia

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia’s future were in the lead in an election for the three-person presidency on Sunday, likely portending more dysfunction in a country still haunted by the divisions of a 1992-95 war.

Based on a partial vote-count, authorities said Bakir Izetbegovic, Dragan Covic and Zeljka Cvijanovic were out in front in the race for the tri-partite state presidency, as the Bosniak, Croat and Serb representatives respectively.

Oct 12, 2014

Divided Bosnians vote with little hope of change

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnians voted for national, regional and local representatives on Sunday in elections dominated by still-unresolved issues of identity and statehood after almost 20 years of peace, and with scant prospect of any genuine change.

Many Bosnians had hoped civil unrest in February might generate enough momentum to oust the political elite, widely seen as corrupt and incapable of reforming a complex system of ethnic power-sharing that ended a 1992-95 war but which has signally failed to steer the Balkan nation closer to Europe.

Oct 9, 2014

Hopes of change betrayed for downcast Bosnian voters

TOPCIC POLJE Bosnia (Reuters) – Bosnia’s 3.3 million voters will choose a new political elite across six layers of government on Sunday in an election that, had it happened a few months ago, might have been a catalyst for change.

But hopes that civil unrest in February would usher in a brighter future for a country riven by corruption and ethnic and ideological divisions have been all but extinguished in the aftermath of devastating floods that struck three months later.

Oct 1, 2014

Bosnia’s ‘Bullfight Queen’ brings a woman’s touch to centuries-old spectacle

VITEZ Bosnia (Reuters) – Renata Pranjkovic, known across Bosnia as the “Bullfight Queen”, is one of the few women but best-known personalities in the world of the Balkan bullfight.

The 36-year-old Pranjkovic is a breeder and referee for the bull-against-bull fights, a tradition in Bosnia stretching back for more than 200 years.

Sep 19, 2014

IMF to halt aid to Bosnia until agreed policies implemented

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund will hold off on disbursing the next tranche of Bosnia’s aid program until the Balkan country implements agreed economic policies, most likely after the October election, a senior IMF official said on Friday.

An IMF mission visiting Bosnia could not conclude the eighth review of its 380 million euro ($487.92 million) standby arrangement for Bosnia, in place since September 2012, said Ron van Rooden, who headed a 10-day mission.

Sep 17, 2014

Bosnia can’t meet IMF terms for new funds before October vote – PM

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s governments are unlikely to meet the terms set by the International Monetary Fund for getting new funds, Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda said on Wednesday, because they will campaigning for October’s general election.

An IMF mission arrived in Bosnia last week to review the country’s progress in fulfilling the terms of a two-year agreement, which could provide Bosnia with as much as 380 million euros (301 million pounds). Two-thirds of that has already been disbursed.

Sep 5, 2014

Up to five Bosnian coal miners feared dead after earthquake

ZENICA, Bosnia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Up to five Bosnian miners
were feared dead on Friday after a rock burst left them trapped,
colleagues and rescuers said, as emergency teams helped nearly
30 others reach the surface to end an 18-hour ordeal

The manager of the Raspotocje mine, Esad Civic, said 29 had
been rescued, among 34 who had been trapped half a kilometre
below the surface after an earthquake on Thursday afternoon.

Sep 3, 2014

Bosnian police detain 16 for involvement in Syria, Iraq conflict

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian police detained 16 people on Wednesday on charges of financing terrorist activities, recruiting and fighting for radical groups in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.

The arrests were made in 17 raids by a combined 200 police across the Balkan country, the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said in a statement.

Aug 22, 2014

Gaza war stops director attending Sarajevo film festival: organizers

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Two Gaza directors won an award at Sarajevo’s film festival, though the conflict raging in their home stopped one of them from coming to receive his part of the prize, said organizers.

Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi shared a 7,000-pound (8,700-euro) bursary at the event late on Thursday, where British director Ken Loach praised their work and “courage to resist”.

Aug 20, 2014

Experts launch project to digitise neglected Bosnian heritage

SARAJEVO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A group of Balkan experts have
launched a high-tech project to digitise Bosnia’s historical
archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last
century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of

The project promises to make available online a host of
records and papers detailing Bosnia’s turbulent past, most
notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo
assassination that triggered World War One.

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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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