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.
SARAJEVO/TUZLA (Reuters) – Bosnia drew back on Saturday from three days of unprecedented unrest over unemployment, political paralysis and corruption that for some brought back painful memories of the Balkan country’s 1992-95 war.
Small protests were held in the capital, Sarajevo, in northwestern Bihac, where protesters threw stones at the home of the head of the cantonal government, Mostar in the west and the central town of Bugojno.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Dozens of people were injured on Thursday in a second day of anti-government protests in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, backed by smaller demonstrations in other towns over unemployment and political inertia.
The protests reflect resentment over the ethnic politicking that has stifled governance and economic development since a 1992-95 war.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Twenty-two people, including 17 police officers, were injured and 24 arrested when protesters in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla clashed with police on Wednesday over the closure of local factories and firms.
The incident pointed to deepening social unease over the state of the Bosnian economy and the political inertia in the country almost two decades since the end of its 1992-95 war.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s state court sentenced an Islamist radical to 45 years in prison on Friday for a 2010 bomb attack on a police station in which an officer was killed and several injured.
It was the longest sentence handed down in postwar Bosnia for an offence other than a war crime.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The European Commission has halved funding to Bosnia because its politicians have failed to agree on how to make the constitution fair for all ethnic groups, an official said on Tuesday.
This is the first time the European Union executive has ever taken such a step, said Joost Korte, the EC deputy director general for enlargement.
SARAJEVO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat
Federation expects to start talks in late February with a unit
of oil major Royal Dutch Shell on a concession for oil
exploration, a minister said on Monday.
The talks with Shell Exploration Company, which start only
after the government has picked consultants, are expected to
last up to nine months, Federation Energy Minister Erdal Trhulj
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Several hundred children from the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia faced expulsion from school on Friday after camping out in Sarajevo for three months in protest at being denied lessons in their native Bosnian language.
The protest has revived debate over Bosnia’s highly devolved education system, split along ethnic lines between Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks since the end of the country’s 1992-95 war.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The head of the United Nations tribunal set up 20 years ago to try those behind the bloodshed of Yugoslavia’s breakup faced protests on Wednesday by survivors angry at what they say is only partial justice.
As Theodor Meron began his keynote speech at a conference in Sarajevo to mark two decades of the tribunal’s work, families of victims turned their backs and removed their translation headphones.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A man being re-tried for attacking the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo in 2011 apologized for his “stupid act” on Wednesday and told the court he had been manipulated and then abandoned by his radical Islamist mentors.
Mevlid Jasarevic seriously wounded a police officer when he fired at the embassy for more than 40 minutes using an automatic rifle. The attack ignited fears about the radicalization of Muslims in Bosnia as it recovered from the wars of the 1990s.