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Raids Across Western Balkans, Europe, Crack ‘Violent’ Drug-Trafficking Gang

A series of raids carried out simultaneously across Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Germany on May 24 resulted with the arrest of "37 members of a highly violent criminal cell from the Western Balkans," Europe's law enforcement agency, Europol, stated on Friday. 

Serbia’s Jovan Ginic Wins Cannes Rising Star Award

Serbian actor Jovan Ginic has won the Rising Star Award from the Louis Roederer Foundation at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which is presented to the best young actor, the Film Center of Serbia announced.

Ginic won the award for his lead role in Vladimir Perisic's film Lost Country.

Bosnia Data Contradicts Croatian Claim about Migrant, Refugee ‘Readmissions’

According to the Service's figures, 3,433 people have been 'readmitted' since 2017, the year that migrants and refugees mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Africa began crossing Bosnia in any great numbers. That does not include the thousands returned illegally, so-called 'pushbacks' across the border that fly in the face of the internationally-guaranteed right to seek asylum.

Balkan Countries Host ‘Immediate Response’ NATO Exercise

A US soldier gestures to a North Macedonian armoured vehicles near Kumanovo, North Macedonia. Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Citizens of several Balkan countries over the weekend and on Monday have had an opportunity to see displays of military equipment being used for the NATO "Immediate Response" military exercise.

Torrential Rain Overflowing Rivers, Cause Chaos in Bosnia, Croatia

A state of natural disaster has been declared in Una-Sana Canton, one of ten cantons in Bosnia's Federation entity, after heavy rain.

"Our citizens have had a sleepless night, the situation is extremely difficult," Una-Sana Canton's Prime Minister, Mustafa Ruznic, said, N1 reported.

Many roads have been flooded, cutting off towns from the rest of the country. Photo: N1

EU Border Guards to Target Illegal Migration in Montenegro

Frontex officers check equipment in Skopje, North Macedonia. Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Adzic signed an agreement with EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson and justice minister Gunnar Strommer to allow the deployment of the Frontex officers in Montenegro.

According to the agreement, Montenegrin police and Frontex can also organise joint operations.

Migrant Numbers Increase Despite Decline of ‘Balkan Route’ to EU

New data published by European border security agency Frontex on Monday showed that detections of irregular border crossings at the EU's external borders reached a total of nearly 80,700 in the first four months of 2023.

Italian police find $880 million of cocaine stashed in banana crates

Police in southern Italy said on Tuesday they had seized 2,700 kg of highly pure cocaine hidden in two refrigerated containers containing bananas that had been shipped from Ecuador.

The haul found in the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro would have been worth more than 800 million euros, Italy's Guardia di Finanza police said in a statement.

Serbian Wartime State Security Chiefs’ Appeal Verdict Due on May 31

The UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague announced on Tuesday that the verdict on Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic's appeal against their conviction for war crimes in Bosnia will be handed down on May 31.

Belgrade and Skopje Airports ‘Hubs for Illicit Activities’: Report

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, GI-TOC, a Geneva-based NGO, published a report on Monday warning that Balkan airports are vulnerable to organised crime and that Belgrade and Skopje airports in particular are regional hubs for illicit activities.

Croatian Religious Conservatives Hold Anti-Abortion March

In the Name of the Family, a Catholic conservative group, organised an anti-abortion 'Walk for Life' march on Saturday in the eastern city of Osijek - the latest in a series of similar events nationwide.

Several hundred people gathered in Osijek's old city centre, Tvrdja, then headed towards Ante Starcevic Square, where speeches were made.

Pandemic and Earthquakes Take Toll on Young Croatians’ Mental Health

Boris Jokic from the Institute for Social Research told a panel discussion at the Journalists' House in Zagreb on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic and the large-scale earthquakes that hit Croatia in 2020 strengthened school pupils' relationships with their family and friends but negatively affected their mental health.