Bosnia and Herzegovina
Massive storm causing flooding, gale force winds in region
SARAJEVO, ZAGREB, LJUBLJANA -- A large storm system that has engulfed the region and much of Europe beyond has caused flooding, strong winds, and damage in Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia.
In Serbia, the government decided to declare a state of emergency.
Lawmakers of Bosnia's House of Representatives, one of two chambers of parliament, failed to adopt changes to the electoral law on holding elections in Mostar on Wednesday.
As a result, local elections expected in October will again have skip the ethnically divided city in southwest Bosnia.
Constant rain over the last few days has left many areas in Bosnia flooded, damaging homes, bridges and agricultural land. Forecasts say the bad weather will continue until next week.
Flooding was worst in Sarajevo and Tuzla regions, as well as in central Bosnia, in Gorazde in the east and Bijeljina in the northeast.
Esad Dzudzevic, acting head of the Bosniak National Council, BNV, in Serbia, said the council will urge members of the Bosniak [Muslim] community in Serbia to remove Serbian-sounding endings to their last names, such as "vic" and "ic".
BELGRADE - The total revenue from tourism in Serbia in 2013 was USD 2.5 billion, with the foreign currency revenue at EUR 800 million, Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic said on Wednesday, adding that the data proved the vitality of that industry despite the economic crisis.
The Merlinka festival, which has been organized in two other countries in the region since 2009, is running this year for the first time in Montenegro.
The festival is always held on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, which is marked all around the world.
Serbian PM satisfied with visit to Sarajevo
SARAJEVO -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has said he was very pleased about the results of his visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Tuesday.
He stressed that the talks saw "far fewer political statements than some earlier meetings and dealt more with concrete topics."
Bosnian justice minister Barisa Colak admitted that the country had not gone far enough to meet its goals in prosecuting people suspected of crimes committed during the 1992-95 conflict.