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Pandemic Wreaks Havoc With Ancient Balkan Funeral Traditions

Once huge funerals these days are mostly attended only by a small circle of close family members and friends, who have to observe social distancing measures.

The funeral processions are now done in the shortest time possible, and in some countries, police monitor the burials to make sure everyone obeys the rules.

Montenegro Warned about Poor Conditions in Remand Prisons

Police patrol during the curfew in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

"In the remand prison in Podgorica, there were not enough blankets and no soap in the men's toilet. The council also registered the fact that two detainees shared one bed in a detention room," said Zekovic.

Bosnia’s Southern Herzegovina Region Battles Wildfires

No victims have been reported and no houses have been destroyed.

In the area north of Mostar, a wildfire that spread from the Rujiste mountain pass was put under control on Sunday overnight before it reached holiday homes in the area, Petar Juric of Mostar's fire brigade told the klix.ba news site.

Montenegro Detains Opposition Activist Over Fake News About President

Police patrol in Podgorica. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

On Thursday, authorities put Radovan Rakocevic from the town of Bijelo Polje in custody for 72 hours for the offence of spreading panic. Rakocevic had shared an article on Facebook from a Belgrade tabloid, Alo, which claimed that Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic had been infected with the coronavirus.

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