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'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... More »

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. "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

100 Years Later, Bosnia Marks Shooting that Started WWI

Debate continues over legacy of assassin Gavrilo Princip

(Newser) - It's been one hundred years since Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo, launching World War One. Today, the city and region are remembering the moment with a range of events and emotions, the BBC reports. In Sarajevo's Bosnian national library, the Vienna Philharmonic is performing... More »

Worst Flooding in 120 Years Frees Balkan Land Mines

At least 37 dead in Balkans

(Newser) - The worst flooding in the Balkans since the region was part of the Ottoman Empire has killed at least 37 people, forced thousands from their homes, and sparked fears that land mines from the conflicts of the 1990s could claim more lives. In Bosnia, landslides have buried houses, loosened land... More »

Hundreds Found In Bosnian Mass Grave

Excavation has so far uncovered 231 whole bodies, and parts of 112 more

(Newser) - A newly discovered mass grave in Bosnia has yielded hundreds of bodies, authorities have revealed. As of yesterday, investigators had found 231 complete bodies and parts of another 112, CNN reports, making it one of the largest mass graves ever discovered in the wake of the violence that followed the... More »

Acquittal Reversed, Karadzic Faces Genocide Charge

UN court reinstates charge

(Newser) - Appeals judges at the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. Today's decision reversed the former Bosnian Serb leader's acquittal last year on... More »

Two Bosnian Serbs Get 22 Years for War Crimes

Prosecutors had wanted life sentences

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture, and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-'95 Bosnian war, and sentenced them each to 22 years in prison. Mico Stanisic was the interior minister in the... More »

UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song

...then swiftly apologizes

(Newser) - The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s.... More »

Boy, 8, Helps End Man's 60-Year Search for Sister

And in Bosnia, Facebook helps sisters after 72 years

(Newser) - Should you need proof that little kids are way more tech-savvy than you: An 8-year-old Iowa boy has helped reunite two siblings, with a little assist from Facebook. Betty and Clifford Boyson were separated 65 years ago when they were placed with different foster families in Chicago. Clifford embarked on... More »

Karadzic: I Should Be Rewarded

Trial begins for alleged mastermind of Srebrenica massacre

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic's trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity began today in the Hague, but the former Bosnian Serb leader insisted in his 90-minute opening statement that rather than being punished for what happened during the war, "I should be rewarded for all the good things... More »

520 Newly IDed Srebrenica Victims to Be Buried

Victims will be memorialized in funeral at genocide site

(Newser) - Seventeen years after the massacre at Srebrenica, 520 newly identified victims will be buried there, the AP reports. Serb forces killed 8,000 men and boys during the 1995 genocide, and new victims are still being found in mass graves throughout Bosnia. More than 5,000 victims of the massacre... More »

Hague Acquits Karadzic of 1 Genocide Count

But refuses to drop 10 more charges as war crimes trial goes on

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial. Judges say prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the genocide count covering mass killings, expulsions, and persecution by... More »

4 Bosnian Serbs Sentenced in 1995 Massacre

Get combined 142 years for slaughter of Muslim Bosnians

(Newser) - Bosnia's war crimes court has jailed four former Bosnian Serb soldiers for a total of 142 years for participating in the execution of Srebrenica Muslims during the country's 1992-95 war. The court sentenced Franc Kos and Zoran Goronja to 40 years in jail, Stanko Kojic to 43 years,... More »

Mladic's War Crimes Trial Halted

Prosecution failed to disclose evidence to defense

(Newser) - Justice for the accused Butcher of Bosnia is once again on hold: Ratko Mladic's war crimes trial was suspended today in only its second day, after it came to light that the prosecution had failed to disclose some evidence against Mladic to the defense as required. It's not... More »

As Trial Begins, Mladic Taunts Survivors

Sarcastically claps, draws finger across throat

(Newser) - The war crimes trial for Ratko Mladic opened today in the Hague, and the Bosnian Serb general once again made no attempt to appear sympathetic. He gave a thumbs-up and slowly clapped his hands sarcastically as the trial began, waving and smirking at the rows of survivors and relatives of... More »

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