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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.

Oct 26, 2013

Bosnian activists erect ‘guerrilla memorials’ to war crimes victims

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian activists put up “guerrilla memorials” overnight to Serbs, Muslims and Croats killed in the 1992-95 war, in protest at the denial of war crimes by authorities in the Balkan country.

In a synchronized action, they erected identical marble plaques in three towns across Bosnia in the early hours of Saturday.

Oct 24, 2013

IMF to consider extending, enlarging Bosnian standby deal: IMF official

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund will consider a request by Bosnia’s authorities to extend and enlarge the Balkan country’s current stand-by loan arrangement, the head of the IMF mission in Bosnia told Reuters on Thursday.

“Given the track record of the authorities under the current stand-by arrangement, the IMF is happy to consider this request in November, when its mission visits,” Ruben Atoyan said, adding that the decision would depend on the strength of the government’s economic policies.

Oct 22, 2013

Bosnia digging up mass grave hidden for 20 years by Serb silence

TOMASICA, Bosnia (Reuters) – Forensics experts are excavating what may be the largest mass grave of ethnic cleansing victims in Bosnia, a site whose existence was known for years but exact location covered up by a Serb wall of silence, the state’s missing persons office said.

The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has sentenced 16 Bosnian Serbs to a total of 230 years in prison for atrocities in the Prijedor area of northwest Bosnia where the Tomasica site is situated but not all mass graves have been found in the area.

Oct 22, 2013

Bosnian football success sets example for healing ethnic divide

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s international footballers have offered their political leaders a valuable lesson: see what you can achieve when you set aside your ethnic divisions.

Last week the national football side won a place at the World Cup finals for the first time, two years after Bosnia was briefly suspended from international competition for letting ethnic politics pervade the sport.

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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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