Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Balkan Coal Power Plants Failing Toxic Emissions Targets

Coal-fired power plants in the Balkans are failing to hit toxic emissions targets and many face imminent closure if they continue to operate at current rates, the Energy Community warned on Monday in its latest report.

Croatia Suggests Police Unintentionally Shot Migrant

A migrant shot and seriously wounded by Croatian police may have been struck by accident, Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said late on Sunday, responding to the latest incident that has raised questions about the tactics used by the European Union member against migrants and refugees trying to cross its territory.

Turkish Threat over ISIS Fighters Poses Challenge for Balkans

Burak Bilgehan Ozpek, a professor of international relations at Ankara's TOBB University, said that, like the issue of Syrian refugees and their flow through Turkey to the European Union, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would use the ISIS fighters as leverage for Western acquiescence to his policy on neighbouring Syria.

Serbia Convicts Bosnian Serb Troops of Killing Prisoners

Belgrade Higher Court on Friday sentenced Joja Plavanjac to 15 years in prison and Zdravko Narancic to seven years for their roles in the killings of 11 civilian detainees at a prison in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia on August 3, 1992.

Plavanjac was convicted of killing the prisoners and Narancic of helping him.

Montenegro, Italy Turn on Undersea Power Cable

The presidents of Italy and Montenegro ceremonially turned on an undersea power cable connecting the two countries via the Adriatic sea on Friday, making Montenegro a Balkan energy hub at the flick of a switch.

Serbian Court Jails Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldiers for Wartime Murders

The Appeals Court in Belgrade has sentenced two former Bosnian Serb Army military policeman, Dragan Bajic and Marko Paukovic, to 12 years in prison each for killing five Bosniak civilians in the village of Kamicak in the north-wesern Kljuc municipality of Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 1992.

Ankara restores 18th-century madrasah in Bosnia

An 18th-century historical madrasah in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be restored to its original appearance by a project launched by Turkey's state-run aid agency.

Serbian Security Service ‘Didn’t Send Paramilitary Trainer to Croatia’

Witness Dejan Lucic told the retrial of Serbian State Security Service officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Thursday that the defendants did not send Dragan Vasiljkovic, alias Captain Dragan, to Croatia in 1991 to set up a training camp for rebel Serb fighters.

Bosnians Protest Against Serbian Book Denying War Crime

Scores of people joined a rally in Tuzla on Wednesday to protest about the recent publication in Serbia of the book 'Tuzla Gate - A Stage-Managed Tragedy', which claims that Bosnian Serb forces did not shell the town and kill 71 people on May 25, 1995.

Serbia Sent Refugees from Croatia, Bosnia to Frontlines: Report

The Humanitarian Law Centre NGO said in a report published on Wednesday that in the summer of 1995, the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs forcibly mobilised around 10,000 refugees and took them back to territories under the control of the Bosnian Serb Army in Bosnia and the rebel Serb-run Army of the Republic of Serbian Krajina in Croatia.

North Macedonia Trails Balkan Peers on LGBT Tourist Safety

Serbia ranks as the safest destination for LGBT tourists and North Macedonia as the worst among Balkan states featured on a list of 150 most-visited countries published by travel bloggers Asher and Lyric Fergusson.

Harness the Outrage Triggered by Macron’s Enlargement Veto

Macron's 'Non' triggered a deluge of analyses and op-eds explaining how the French position would undermine the successes of North Macedonia and Albania, that it dealt huge damage to EU credibility in the Western Balkans and cast a shadow over the region's European perspective, supposedly set in stone in Thessaloniki 16 years ago.

Bosnian Serb Lawmakers Claim Right to Self-Determination

Lawmakers in Bosnia's mainly Serb entity of Republika Srpska adopted principles on Tuesday declaring the entity's right to referenda on 'self-determination' and Bosnian membership of NATO.

General Defence Staff flag decorated on 160th anniversary

The flag of Romania's General Defence Staff was decorated, on Tuesday with a Faithful Service Order in the rank of High Officer with war insignias for the military, on its 160th anniversary, in the presence of Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Nicolae Petrescu, and presidential adviser Ion Oprisan.

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