Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.

Kacin: Political plot behind Djindjic murder to be uncovered

SARAJEVO - European Parliament (EP) Rapporteur on Serbia Jelko Kacin has voiced expectation that it will be revealed who ordered the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic as the Serbian leadership have the political will for that.

Vucic: Threat of extremism should not be underestimated

BELGRADE - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who is also the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), said late Sunday that the threat posed by extremism promoted by extremist parties, politicians and tycoons - all those who see chaos as an opportunity to reverse the looming electoral defeat - should not be underestimated.

Belgrade named best place for tourism

BELGRADE - Belgrade has been named the best place for tourism as part of the traditional International tourist patrol "SACEN International", with Turkey as the best tourist destination and Belgrade-based Singidunum University as the best partner in tourism in southeastern Europe in 2013.