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Storms cause major damage in east, north-east of country

Murska Sobota/Rogatec – Storms that raged in parts of eastern and north-eastern Slovenia on Wednesday afternoon have caused significant damage, especially in the Pomurje region and the small town of Rogatec that were hit by egg-sized hail.

Croatia's direct threat to Serbia: "It will cost you dearly"

On that occasion, Milanovic also commented on relations with Serbia.
"It will cost you. Get away from it, people," he warned.
He says that it would have been better for the Serbs in Krajina if they had not listened to the instigators of the war for which they left.

Serbian Academics Denounce Croatian Counterparts’ “Inflammatory” Demands

Serbia's Academy of Sciences and Arts, SANU, has dismissed as an "inflammatory political pamphlet" a paper drafted by its Croatian counterpart setting out the demands it says Zagreb should make as part of the negotiation process on the European Union accession of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

European Court Orders Croatia to Compensate Daughters of Killed Serb

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Thursday that Croatia must pay 5,000 euros in compensation because five Serb women whose father was killed during the Croatian Army's Operation Storm in 1995 were unlawfuly made to pay court costs in a civil case they launched against the state in the domestic courts.

Encrypted Phone Crack No Silver Bullet against Balkan Crime Gangs

When a French and Dutch-led police operation cracked the code to Sky ECC in February 2021, investigators gained access to a treasure trove of real-time evidence against a host of international crime gangs. 

Thousands of people have been arrested around the world based on the Sky ECC takedown; in the Balkans, Saric is the biggest, but he is far from alone.

One killed, several injured as 5.7 quake shakes Bosnia

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Bosnia late on April 22, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reports said.

A 28-year-old woman who was injured when a rock fell on her house in the town of Stolac, near Mostar, died in hospital, a medical source quoted by media said. Several others were lightly injured, including members of the victim's family.

Memorial for WWII Concentration Camp Victims Unveiled in Belgrade

Aleksandar Vucic inaugurated the new plaque on Thursday near the banks of the River Sava, close to the location of the Staro Sajmiste (Old Trade Fair) concentration camp, which operated during World War II.

Dubrovnik cat eviction sparks storm

Thousands of people have signed a petition against the eviction of a 17-year-old stray cat from its home outside a historic palace in Croatia's tourist hotspot, Dubrovnik.

Anastasia spends her days in front of the 14th-century Rector's Palace in the Old City and is a favorite with locals and tourists.

Bulgaria: We are waiting for over 1.5 million more Foreign Tourists this year

"Compared to last year, more than 1.5 million more foreigners are expected to visit Bulgaria", Rumen Draganov, director of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluation in Tourism, told BNR. He added that "there is about 100% plus increase" of Bulgarians traveling abroad.

BIRN Offers Grants to Explore War Crimes Archives

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a call for proposals for small projects by journalists, artists, historians and civil society activists covering topics related to the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries that dealt with war crimes cases.