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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Gunman Opens Fire Outside Bosnia's US Embassy

Man arrested; two police wounded

(Newser) - A gunman using an automatic weapon opened fire near the US embassy in Sarajevo before he was arrested, police say. The suspected radical Islamist shooter was wounded and treated before being hospitalized, a police official told local TV. Two police officers were wounded in the operation, “one in the... More »

UN Court Convicts Serb General for Balkan Atrocities

Momcilo Perisic gave military aid to Bosnian Serbs behind massacre: court

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced the former chief of the Yugoslav army to 27 years in prison today for providing crucial military aid to Bosnian Serb forces responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, as well as a deadly four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo. The case against Gen.... More »

Biden Arrives in Bosnia

Set to meet with presidency, Bosnian and Serbian leaders

(Newser) - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Bosnia today, the first stop of a three-day trip aimed at demonstrating intensified US engagement in the Balkans. Biden landed in Sarajevo, where he is scheduled to meet Bosnia's three-person presidency, address parliament, and meet separately with the country's two staunchest rivals—Bosniak leader... More »

Karadzic Delivered to Hague

Riots break out as Karadzic is spirited to Holland

(Newser) - Bosnian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic was whisked from a Serbian jail and handed over to UN officials today to face trial at The Hague on charges of genocide. He's expected to appear at court today. The former leader of the Bosnian Serbs was escorted by masked officers from the... More »

Karadzic Arrest Shows the Hague's Value

Even warrants can hurt bad actors

(Newser) - For all those who doubt the effectiveness of an International Criminal Court warrant, just look at Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Samantha Power imagined the arrest differently when she was reporting from Sarajevo in 1995, but his diminished circumstances now show just how crippling and demeaning it is to run... More »

Hunt Shifts to Butcher 'Serb God'

With Karadzic behind bars, focus is on genocidal partner

(Newser) - Former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic is finally behind bars, but his alleged partner in genocide, Gen. Ratko Mladic, remains at large. Mladic is an even more ruthless figure who until a few years ago brazenly appeared in downtown Belgrade, attending soccer games and eating at gourmet restaurants, despite a $5... More »

Karadzic: Poet Turned Monster

'Butcher of Bosnia' saw himself as an intellectual and guardian of his people

(Newser) - Serbian strongman Radovan Karadzic viewed himself as a high-minded intellectual but his hardline nationalism drove him to become responsible for Europe's most bestial atrocities since the Nazis, writes the Times of London. The former Bosnian leader, now captured after 12 years on the run, was a poet and author and... More »

Serb General Convicted of War Crimes

Commander whose troops shelled Sarajevo gets 33 years

(Newser) - The United Nations tribunal at the Hague has convicted a Bosnian Serb general of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other charges, and sentenced him to 33 years in prison. Dragomir Milosevic commanded his troops to shell Sarajevo and fire at bystanders during the siege of the Bosnian capital, where... More »

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