Bosnian Serbs threatened on Feb. 17 to secede in a bid to rid Bosnia's top court of foreign judges, risking another political crisis.
The parliament in Republika Srpska -- which shares some central institutions with the Muslim-Croat Federation -- gave a 60-day deadline for reform of Bosnia's Constitutional Court.
The government of Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, has signed a contract with Texas-based law firm McGinnis Lochridge to represent the RS and "provide general advice and representation regarding international legal and policy matters as requested by the Government from time to time".
On this day in 1804, the Serbs, led by Djordje "Karadjordje" Petrovic, decided to start the First Uprising against occupying Ottoman Turks.
On the same day in 1835, the first constitution of the modern Serbian state was adopted in the town of Kragujevac.
President Aleksandar Vucic is this Friday presenting state decorations to deserving individuals and institutions.
They might not be eligible to take part, but the smiling faces of Bosnian children are clearly seen as vote-winners by politicians in the run-up to the country's October 7 election.
The misuse of minors in political party campaigning is not explicitly outlawed under Bosnian law, but experts say it is a matter of ethics.