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Apr 25, 2013

Serb president seeks pardon “on my knees” for Srebrenica

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia’s nationalist president has implored forgiveness for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, in his deepest apology yet for crimes committed by Serbs in the wars that destroyed Yugoslavia.

“I’m on my knees,” President Tomislav Nikolic told a television interviewer. “I am on my knees and asking for a pardon for Serbia for the crime that was committed in Srebrenica.

Apr 18, 2013

Two decades on, king of the jungle returns to Sarajevo

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Some still recall the roar of caged lions punctuating the long nights during the siege of Sarajevo.

Like the bears and other big cats, they starved to death after the zookeepers who risked their lives to feed them were killed or wounded in the bombardment by Bosnian Serb forces in the first months of the 1992-95 war.

Apr 15, 2013

Bosnia’s MPs pass a military pension law to win IMF cash

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s lawmakers approved a law to cut military pensions on Monday, a key step towards winning funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The lawmakers from autonomous Bosniak-Croat federation, which makes Bosnia along with the Serb Republic, approved a law that unifies pension rules for veterans of the 1992-95 war with 56 votes for, 12 against, and 12 abstained.

Apr 11, 2013

Bosnia risks seeing EU path “frozen” without reform: commissioner

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s bid to join the European Union faces being “frozen” and a planned election next year declared invalid without urgent reform of its constitution, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Thursday.

Eighteen years since the end of Bosnia’s war, the Balkan state continues to wrestle with deep ethnic rivalry that has left it languishing behind its fellow former Yugoslav republics on the long road to EU accession.

Apr 2, 2013

Bosnia police probe Lithuanian-owned alumina plant

SARAJEVO, April 2 (Reuters) – Police are investigating
alleged tax evasion and irregular spending at Bosnia’s sole
alumina plant, majority-owned by troubled Lithuanian lender Ukio
Bankas, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Ukio Bankas is controlled by Vladimir Romanov, owner of
cash-strapped Scottish soccer club Hearts.

Mar 21, 2013

Bosnia Muslim MPs block top court appointment, holding up government reshuffle

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A seven-month power struggle in Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation deepened on Thursday as Bosnian Muslim lawmakers blocked the appointment of a judge to a top court, effectively blocking a government reshuffle.

Political and ethnic rivalry in the Federation, one of two regions in Bosnia along with the Serb Republic, is symptomatic of the complex and unwieldy system of rule in the Balkan country under the peace accords that ended its 1992-95 war.

Mar 21, 2013

Soccer-Dzeko banks on home comforts as Bosnia face Greece

SARAJEVO, March 20 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko hopes to extend his birthday party with a World Cup qualifying win over Greece on Friday that would represent a big step forward for the Balkan country in their bid to reach their first major tournament as an independent nation.

Dzeko, who turned 27 on Sunday, acknowledged the Bosnians would have to be at their best in the cauldron of Zenica stadium to overcome the 2004 European champions, with the two teams leading Group I on 10 pojnts from four games each.

Mar 5, 2013

Bosnian airline grounded over debt, faces bankruptcy-minister

SARAJEVO, March 5 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s BH Airlines has been
grounded and faces possible bankruptcy over an outstanding bank
debt, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The Sarajevo-based carrier is solely owned by Bosnia’s
autonomous Muslim-Croat Federation, after Turkish Airlines
pulled out of a joint venture in June last year and
handed its 49-percent stake over to the government.

Mar 4, 2013

Police and fans hurt in trouble after Bosnian soccer game

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Nineteen police officers and two supporters were injured in crowd trouble after a Bosnian first division soccer match in Sarajevo on Saturday, police said on Monday.

A second match in the northern town of Gradacac was interrupted for 40 minutes because of nationalist chanting, they said.

Mar 4, 2013

Police and fans hurt in trouble after Bosnian game

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Nineteen police officers and two supporters were injured in crowd trouble after a Bosnian first division football match in Sarajevo on Saturday, police said on Monday.

A second match in the northern town of Gradacac was interrupted for 40 minutes because of nationalist chanting, they said.

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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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