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Illegal Holiday Celebration Adds to Tension in Bosnia

Leader attacks new US sanctions

(Newser) - During Bosnia's greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country's Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters, and law enforcement officers with rifles, marching in lockstep and singing a nationalist song. Addressing several thousand spectators...

How Much Does This Guy Love His Wife? Their House Now Spins

Vojin Kusic, 72, designed and built home in Bosnia that rotates so his love can enjoy different views

(Newser) - It's not exactly on par with India's Taj Mahal, but a family house in a small town in northern Bosnia is, in its own way, a monument to love. The house in Srbac was designed and built by 72-year-old Vojin Kusic. With a green facade and red metal...

'Butcher of Bosnia' Loses His Genocide Appeal

Ratko Mladic is revered by Serbs, villainized by Bosniaks

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic, the military chief known as the "Butcher of Bosnia" for orchestrating genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the Balkan nation's 1992-95 war, lost his final legal battle Tuesday when UN judges affirmed his life sentence, the AP reports. The rejection of Mladic's appeals...

Islands of Waste Are Clogging European Rivers

Photos of garbage covering water in the Balkans cause outcry

(Newser) - Huge islands of waste are floating on some rivers in the Balkans, causing an environmental emergency and threatening a regional hydropower plant. Plastic bottles and bags, rusty barrels, and other garbage on Tuesday could be seen clogging the Drina river near the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad, the AP reports....

Carbon Monoxide Kills 8 at New Year's Eve Party

'8 young lives lost' in a cottage in Tribistovo, Bosnia

(Newser) - Eight young men and women have died in a cottage in southwest Bosnia, apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning during a New Year's Eve celebration, police said Friday. A local police spokeswoman tells the AP that police responded to a call around 10am local time and went to a house...

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Migrants Left in Snow and Cold Plead for Help

About 1,000 people in Bosnia have no heat, little to eat

(Newser) - Hundreds of migrants were stranded Saturday in a squalid, burned-out tent camp in northwest Bosnia as heavy snow fell and winter temperatures suddenly dropped. Migrants at the Lipa camp Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to protect against the biting winds in the region, which borders European Union...

From Bad to Worse for 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Radovan Karadzic's sentence for genocide, war crimes increased on appeal

(Newser) - The "Butcher of Bosnia" might be kicking himself over his go at an appeal. UN appeals judges on Wednesday upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and increased his sentence from 40 years to life imprisonment, reports the...

Former Kentucky Woman Guilty of War Crimes

Azra Basic convicted of torturing civilians in Bosnian war; later moved to US

(Newser) - She was a middle-aged woman working at a Nestle plant in Kentucky when she was arrested in 2011, but Azra Basic had a much darker past. On Wednesday, a war crimes court in Sarajevo sentenced the 58-year-old to 14 years in prison for torturing and killing civilians during the Balkan...

Bosnia War Criminal Had Cyanide in System

Praljak swallowed poison at UN tribunal

(Newser) - A former Croatian general who died after swallowing a liquid at a war crimes hearing in the Netherlands had cyanide in his system, Dutch prosecutors said after an autopsy was performed Friday. Preliminary results from a toxicological test revealed "a concentration of potassium cyanide" in Slobodan Praljak's blood,...

'Butcher of Bosnia' Going to Prison for Life

Ratko Mladic is convicted of 1990s genocide

(Newser) - A UN court has convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities perpetrated during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. The court in the Hague convicted Mladic of 10 of 11 counts in a dramatic climax...

At Least 65 Victims Found in Mass Grave in Bosnia

They're believed to belong to non-Serb civilians executed there in 1992

(Newser) - Forensic experts say they have retrieved the remains of at least 65 victims from a mass grave in central Bosnia, the site of one of the most gruesome crimes of the country's 1992-95 war. Lejla Cengic from Bosnia's Missing Persons Institute said Tuesday that remains including 65 skulls...

Court: Dutch 30% Liable for Srebrenica Massacre

Country's peacekeepers handed 300 Muslim men to their killers

(Newser) - A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ruling formally struck down a civil court's landmark 2014 judgment that said the state was liable in...

Pope Not Convinced by Virgin Mary Apparitions

He says alleged Bosnia visions 'don't have a lot of value'

(Newser) - Bad news for the pilgrimage business in Bosnia: Pope Francis has made it clear that he has serious doubts about the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, which bring up to a million visitors to the village every year. Six children in the town said in 1981 that...

'Butcher of Bosnia' Gets 40 Years for Genocide

Radovan Karadzic also guilty of war crimes

(Newser) - A UN tribunal has found Radovan Karadzic, aka the "Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and sentenced the 70-year-old to 40 years in prison. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found the former Bosnian Serb leader "criminally responsible" for...

To Reach Out to Deaf Boy, Whole Class Learns to Sign

In impoverished Bosnia, a community comes together for 6-year-old Zejd Coralic

(Newser) - When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered. Then September came and 6-year-old Zejd was there, silently sitting on a bench, his eyes wide. No one at the school, not even Zejd, knew sign language. "...

First Arrests Made in 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

One suspect on the run after pre-dawn raids

(Newser) - The first steps to justice have taken a glacial 20 years, but Serbia has made its first arrests in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 1,000 Muslim boys and men. Police arrested seven men in early morning raids across Serbia and one suspect is on the run, the chief Serbian...

Hundreds of Bosnians in US May Be Guilty of War Crimes: Report

Soccer coach, casino employees among those targeted for deportation

(Newser) - A Virginia soccer coach, Vegas casino workers, a dozen Phoenix residents: Hundreds of Bosnians living in the US may be guilty of war crimes, say American officials, and authorities are working to deport at least 150 of them, the New York Times reports. That number could climb past 600, officials...

7 Teens Come Home Pregnant From School Trip

Parents furious this happened to girls as young as 13 on 5-day Sarajevo jaunt

(Newser) - Parents are blaming the teachers; at least one health official is blaming the parents. But no matter how many fingers are pointed, it doesn't change the fact that there are seven young teen girls who went on a five-day school trip to Sarajevo and then reportedly came back pregnant,...

Serbia, Bosnia Crack Case of 1993 Massacre

15 people arrested today

(Newser) - Police in Serbia and Bosnia arrested 15 people today in a wartime massacre case that traumatized the Balkans and came to symbolize a culture of impunity that still shields notorious wartime death squads and their masters. Prosecutors from Serbia and Bosnia, bitter wartime enemies, say they worked together to crack...

Court: Dutch Partly to Blame in Srebrenica Massacre

Netherlands accountable for 300 deaths in Bosnia slaughter

(Newser) - The Netherlands is partially responsible for Europe's worst massacre since World War II, according to a Dutch court. Amid ethnic cleansing in 1995, thousands of Bosnian Muslims sought refuge at a UN base under Dutch guard near Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But the Dutch passed men and boys from the...

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