Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Investigators Search Gorazde Police Veterans’ HQ

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency searched the building as part of an investigation into alleged crimes against Serbs in the area during the 1990s war.

Bosnian Capital's Torched Library Reopening on Europe Day

After much uncertainty over which institution will obtain use of the restored Vijecnica, or City Hall, the Mayor of Sarajevo, Ivo Komsic, on April 24, announced that the iconic building will be used by the city authorities, the Bosnian National Library and a museum.

Kosovo MPs Approve New War Crimes Court

The proposal to establish the new tribunal was passed by 89 votes to 22 in parliament on Wednesday, although Prime Minister Hashim Thaci called it “the biggest injustice and insult which could be done to Kosovo and its people”.

Izetbegović wants Bosnia to join "NATO elite"

Izetbegović wants Bosnia to join "NATO elite"

SARAJEVO -- Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegović has spoken in favor of that country joining NATO.

Izetbegović, who represents Bosniaks - one of the three constituent peoples in Bosnia - said "elite countries" were members of the western military alliance.

Montenegro Improves Rating on Global Peace Index

The index of the International Institute for Economics and Peace, which aims to measure peace and stability in the world, said Montenegro has made progress compared to 2012, rising to 73rd place out of 162, up from 81st place in 2012.

Controversial Ex-Yu Facebook Group Pops Up Again

Photographs and "selfies" of teenage girls from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, shown half-naked in lace underwear, mini-skirts and other sexually suggestive clothing, have reappeared on Facebook under the name "Biggest sluts in elementary schools and high schools."

"The page was deleted but we made a new one :) Send us photos in inbox," the Facebook group says.  

Bosnia Arrests Four Croat War Crimes Suspects

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested four former Croat fighters on suspicion that they committed war crimes including rape in the Odzak area in 1992.

Bosnian Serbs Shrug off Row Over Residency Checks

Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, said Bosniak parties and organizations were raising unnecessary tensions over a recent decision regarding checks on residence in the entity.

Sarajevo To Honour Much Loved Pope With Statue

A statue of the late Pontiff John Paul II, who was Pope from 1978 to 2005, is to be erected soon in Sarajevo beside the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral in the city centre.

The statue of the former Pope is to be unveiled on April 30, after a ceremonial council of the priests of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, as the Sarajevo diocese is known.

EC: GDP higher than expected in most candidate countries

EC: GDP higher than expected in most candidate countries

BRUSSELS -- The European Commission has stated that the increase of GDP in Serbia and other EU member candidates was higher than expected - except in Albania.

In that country, a decline has been observed, the Beta news agency quoted the latest economic analysis of the European Commission.

Aspiring Member States Risk Violating EU Pollution Limits

Several new European coal plants, authorized by the Energy Community, risk breaching EU pollution limits if they proceed according to their plans.

Commitments made under the Energy Community treaty by Moldova, Ukraine among others oblige them to comply with the EU's Industrial Emissions Directive by 1 January 2018, reports based on EU law firm analysis.

Bosnia Museum Defies Pressure to Re-open

The boss of Bosnia's National Museum says the embattled institution, which was shut because of its debts more than a year ago, will not reopen simply because the Federation entity government has promised it some money - but only when months of owed salaries are paid.

Patriarch Irinej sends Easter message

BELGRADE - Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Wednesday sent his Easter message to all Christians and said that he is particularly praying for the brothers and sisters in the Middle East and Ukraine, with the wish that his prayer and the Easter holidays enlighten the minds of hate-mongers against the Holy Orthodoxy.

Kremlin threatens gas supplies to Southeast Europe

Kremlin threatens gas supplies to Southeast Europe

Several nations receive Russian gas via Ukraine. In other business news: Albania's credit rating sees improvement and Turkey's military spending surpasses Canada.

The EU says Russia should not politicise its contractual shipments of gas. [AFP]

Serbian Leader Defuses Row Over TV N1

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's likely next Prime Minister, on Tuesday told David Petraeus, chairman of the Global Institute of the KKR investment firm, that its first direct Balkan investment - a new cross-border TV station, N1, - was welcome in Serbia.