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US Holocaust Envoy Warns Croatia About Fascist Symbols

On a visit to Croatia, the US State Department envoy for Holocaust issues warned the authorities that symbols of the WWII fascist Ustasa movement are offensive to victims and their families.

Croatian Minister Could Face Probe for Agrokor Ties

Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Maric could become the subject of an investigation by the Commission for Conflict of Interest Prevention after being reported for his ties with Croatia's biggest private company Agrokor, which is currently going through a financial crisis.

Young and restless Turkey seeks Finland win to dream on

The Turkish national team will hunt a dream when it hosts Finland in a World Cup 2018 qualification Group I game on March 24, with coach Fatih Terim drafting in a younger squad with an eye to the future. 

Serbian churches in Croatia attacked again, priests in fear

The statement of the Serbian Orthodox Church said that in the night between March 20 and 21 rioters desecrated the Orthodox Churches and broke into the church of Saint Georgije in Kricke and St. Jovan Krstitelj in Miocic, near Drnis in Croatia.

Turkey doesn't deserve to be so undesired

The United States banned laptops, tablets, cameras and similar electronic devices aboard planes from 10 cities in eight countries on March 20. The list included Istanbul in Turkey. The other countries in the list are Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates; all of them are Muslim countries from the greater Middle East area. 

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports about the massive money-laundering scheme which siphoned $20.8 billion (19.2 billion euros) from 19 Russian banks have named Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina among the countries where suspicious financial transactions took place.

Croatia Threatened with Lawsuit by WWII Victims

Croatia has been threatened with a lawsuit if it doesn’t support victims of the WWII fascist Ustasa movement in their claims for reparations - although one expert doubted Zagreb would back the case.

Hungary Opens Military Base Against Migrants Near Serbian Border

On Monday, Hungary opened officially its military base in Hercegszántó, not far from the border with Serbia. The aim of the base is to stop illegal migration, announced Hungary's Defence Minister István Simicskó.

Croatia's Agrokor Must 'Resolve Complex Issues at Once'

Croatia's biggest private company, Agrokor, which is experiencing serious financial problems, needs to address its complex problems "all at once", the head researcher of the global fixed income specialist Debtwire told BIRN.

Debtwire published its latest report on Agrokor on Friday. It published its previous report on the company in February.

Balkan States Look Gloomy on World Happiness Table

How happy are the people of the Balkans? Not so much, if a new table released in New York on Monday on International Day of Happiness - which the UN has promoted since 2012 - is anything to judge by.

Kfor commander: Situation in Kosovo stable

BELGRADE - The situation in Kosovo is stable, Kfor Commander Giovanni Fungo said in the wake of a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg from Albania and Croatia, in which they expressed concern over security in the province.

Bosnian Croat Wartime Leaders Appeal Against Convictions

Jadranko Prlic, the former prime minister of the unrecognised wartime Herzeg-Bosna Croatian Community, is the first of the six Bosnian Croat ex-officials to launch an appeal on Monday against war crimes convictions at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY in The Hague.

Russians May Take Over Croatia's Agrokor, Economist Says

A Croatian economic analyst told BIRN that Russia's state-owned bank Sberbank and VTB Bank may take over partial ownership and management of troubled Agrokor, the biggest private company in Croatia.

It "can't be ruled out", economic analyst Guste Santini told BIRN.