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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Police in Bosnia searched on Friday for two people swept away during the second bout of torrential rainfall since May, when the Balkans were hit by the worst floods in more than a century.
The body of a woman was recovered on Thursday from the muddy bank of a river in northwestern Bosnia, and two people were listed as missing, police said.
KOZARAC Bosnia (Reuters) – The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two.
Thousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in collective Islamic prayer for the mainly Muslim Bosniak victims, including 21 members of the same family, on a soccer field in the northwestern town of Kozarac.