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Feb 11, 2014

Insight: 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.

Feb 8, 2014

Bosnia draws back from unrest, protesters vow to persist

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.

Feb 6, 2014

Anti-government protests show signs of spreading in Bosnia

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.

Feb 5, 2014

Protesters, police clash over factory closures in Bosnian town

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.

Dec 20, 2013

Bosnian court jails Islamist for 45 years over bomb attack

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.

Dec 10, 2013

EU halves funding for Bosnia in human rights dispute – official

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.

Dec 2, 2013

Shell, Bosnia region to soon start talks on oil exploration

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
told Reuters.

Nov 29, 2013

Protesting schoolchildren face expulsion in Bosnian language row

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.

Nov 27, 2013

Survivors of Bosnian war turn backs on U.N. court head

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.

Nov 13, 2013

Bosnia’s U.S. Embassy attacker says sorry, rejects radical Islam

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.

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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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