Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dodik: Crimea legally declares independence, Kosovo illegal

BANJA LUKA - Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik stated in Banja Luka that no parallels can be drawn between the situation in Kosovo and that in Crimea as Kosovo illegitimately declared independence and violated the UN Charter and the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

Five Serbian cities make list of Europe's top 10

Five Serbian cities make list of Europe's top 10

The cities were chosen based on categories including human resources and life and business environment. Also in business news: Cyprus appoints Georghadji as new central bank governor.

Zajecar, Serbia, was chosen as one of Europe's top 10 cities of the future. [AFP]

Serbia respects Bosnia's territorial integrity

SARAJEVO - Head of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Aleksandar Vucic has said that Serbia respects the territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina and is prepared to hold joint meetings of the two countries' governments.

Bosnian Serbs Welcome Vucic’s Election Triumph

Serb leaders in Bosnia praised Serbia’s “fair and democratic” parliamentary polls while some analysts said that a Europe-oriented Belgrade government would be good for its neighbour state.

Dodik: RF not encouraging Serb entity to secede

Dodik: RF not encouraging Serb entity to secede

VIŠEGRAD -- Milorad Dodik has said that Russia was not encouraging the Serb entity in Bosnia to secede, but instead "only seeks compliance with the Dayton agreement."

MPs in Bosnia Richest Relatively in Europe

In impoverished Bosnia, MPs are to be envied. Parliamentarians earn no less than than six times the average wage.

It makes them the best paid parliamentarians in Europe in terms of comparison to average wages, the Banja Luka-based Center for research and studies, Gea, said.

Bosnia to End Controversial Anonymised Verdicts

Verdicts and indictments for war crimes and other grave offences should be made public so people can learn the truth about past atrocities, Bosnia's top judicial body said.

556 local and 179 foreign observers monitor elections

556 local and 179 foreign observers monitor elections

BELGRADE -- The Center for Free Election and Democracy (CeSID) and the Novi Sad-based NGO COR are the only local organizations which will monitor parliamentary elections.

Parties retreat into election silence

BELGRADE - The campaign ended for the early parliamentary elections that will be held in Serbia on Sunday, March 16, and election silence will be in force until the close of polls at 8 p.m. the same day.

In these polls, 6,767, 324 citizens will be eligible to vote and elect 250 MPs for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Bosnian Security Minister Axed Over Violence

The House of Representatives, one of two chambers in Bosnia's parliament, dismissed Radoncic as Security Minister on the request of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, which said he did not do all he could have done to prevent violence in protests in February.

Bus Driver Killed In Banja Luka Bomb Attack

Police in Banja Luka were on the hunt Thursday for Zeljko Stevanovic, 50, who is suspected of throwing a hand grenade into a city bus on Thursday morning, killing the driver.

Bozo Popic, 55, died from injuries received in the bomb attack on the public bus he was driving.

Ashton Switches EU Focus on Bosnia to Economy

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in Sarajevo on March 12 that the focus now should be on economic reforms, welfare and the judiciary - not on constitutional change.

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Now in its fourth year, INTERPA is a growing international organisation aimed at improving the quality of police training.

Police training academies from Turkey and several Balkan states helped establish the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA) in 2011. [AFP]

Trade deficit drops by 30.4% in January

BELGRADE - Serbia's foreign trade deficit totalled USD 357.7 million in January and was by 30.4 percent lower than in the same month in 2013, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia released on Wednesday.

Trade surplus with CEFTA countries USD 89.7 million

BELGRADE - Serbia gained surplus in trade with the CEFTA countries amounting to USD 89.7 million in January 2014, reads a statement by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RSZ) on Wednesday.

The exports to the CEFTA countries in January amounted to USD 153.7 million, while the imports were USD 64 million, and the export- import ratio equaled 240 percent.