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Bosnia Court Jails Syria Fighter for Three Years

Munib Ahmetspahic. Photo: Bosnian state court

Bosnia's top court, the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has sentenced Munib Ahmetspahic to three years in prison for fighting unlawfully in Syria, which the court deemed an act of terrorism.

Mayor’s Life Offers Cautionary Tale of Bosnia’s Lost Hopes

At that time, state building reached its apogee and a thousand flowers were blooming with ideas about constitutional reform. It was not then nearly as politically radioactive a concept as it later became.

Bosnia Marks Anniversary of Ahmici Village Mass Killings

The commemoration ceremony on Tuesday. Photo: N1.

Tributes were paid in Ahmici in Bosnia's Vitez municipality on Tuesday to the victims of the massacre on April 16, 1993, when 116 civilians including elderly people and children were killed by Croatian Defence Council fighters.

Serb Leader’s War Drums Stir New Fears in Bosnia

Some 24 years after its 1992-95 war ended, Bosnia and Herzegovina's fragile stability - and with it the stability of the Balkan region - appears hostage to the whims of a politician notorious for his political strategy of 'shoot first, ask questions later'.

Targeting ‘Turks’: How Karadzic Laid the Foundations for Genocide

The regime of Radovan Karadzic was not totalitarian in the sense that Nazism or Stalinism were; yet it was a regime that existed solely for the purpose of murder - the physical annihilation of non-Serbs, or more specifically, Bosnian Muslims.

Let me quote from Karadzic's court verdict a description of some of the events that took place in Rogatica in eastern Bosnia during the war:

Slobodan Milosevic’s Widow Mirjana Markovic Dies

Mirjana Markovic in 2001. Photo: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA.

Mirjana Markovic, the widow of the former president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, died in hospital in Moscow on Sunday, Serbian media reported.

Markovic is reported to have undergone surgery several times in Russia recently, after which her condition deteriorated. The cause of death was not immediately made public.

Bosnian Serb Autistic Teen Allowed to Return to School

An empty classroom at the primary school Photo:EPA-EFE/Leszek Szymanski POLAND OUT

Natalija Trivic, Republika Srpska's Minister of Education and Culture, confirmed on Friday that 19-year-old Slavko Mrsevic, who has autism, may attend graduate classes with his peers after he was initially barred from attending high school.

Sickness Delays Justice in Bosnian War Crimes Trials

But their trial remains on hold due to Djuric's sickness.

Nedim Salaharevic, who saw his brother, Edin, being killed in Vlasenica, told BIRN that he had been waiting for justice for years.

"This is yet another blow to victims … Djuric and Kraljevic were rulers of life and death in Vlasenica. I saw it with my own eyes, I watched them kill my brother, Edin," he said.

Croatia Welcomes Chinese Leader to 16+1 Summit

The Adriatic city of Dubrovnik, Croatia's best-known tourist destination, on Thursday and Friday will host the 16 + 1 summit, a Chinese initiative to strengthen business ties between China and 16 countries from Central and Eastern Europe.

Vucic, Thaci expect nothing; meeting may have different goal

This motive could be, according to media reports, to exert pressure on Belgrade to agree to continue the dialogue with Pristina, without Pristina abolishing its taxes on Serbian products first.