Basketball beats ethnic divisions in Serbia’s Presevo Valley

On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of ‘Play 017’, a basketball team that is bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia. The team is based in Bujanovac, an Albanian-majority town near the border with Kosovo where different communities live side-by-side but lead largely segregated lives.

Bosnian Serbs celebrate ‘national holiday’ angering Muslims

Bosnian Serbs begin celebrations of the “national holiday” of their entity, Republika Srpska, defying a 2016 legal ban and angering Bosnian Muslims who view it as a provocation. Muslims in Bosnia oppose the event as it marks the creation of a “Serb republic” in Bosnia on January 9, 1992, three months ahead of an ethnic war that claimed 100,000 lives and displaced more than two million people. IMAGES

Serbia unveils statue of late US actor Karl Malden

Belgrade’s Yugoslav Film Archive unveils a monument to the late Karl Malden, a beloved American actor with Serb heritage. Malden died at the age of 97 in 2009 after a long career spanning American theater, film and television.

Bosnian Serbs react to general election results

Bosnian Serbs react to the general election, which saw nationalist Milorad Dodik take the lead in a vote for the Serb seat of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency. The country splintered along ethnic lines awaits final results due out later Monday.

Bosnian Serb nationalist Dodik claims victory in presidency vote

Nationalist Milorad Dodik claims victory in the vote for the Serb seat of Bosnia’s tri-partite presidency, a post he will share with Muslim and Croat leaders. IMAGES

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik votes in general election

The leader of the Bosnian Serbs and front-runner for the Serb presidency seat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, votes in Laktasi during the general elections. 1ST IMAGES

In Sarajevo, disappointment after Seselj verdict

Sarajevans say they are “disappointed” with a decision by UN judges to sentence a radical Serb leader to time served in an appeals hearing. Vojislav Seselj was found guilty on appeal of crimes against humanity, but the firebrand politician will remain a free man because of time already served behind bars while facing trial at the former Yugoslav war crimes court. The 44-month-long siege of Sarajevo took the lives of over 11,000 people during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

Kosovo marks 10 years since declaring independence

Kosovo on February 17 will celebrates 10 years since its unilateral declaration of independence — a sovereignty still under construction and stubbornly rejected by its Serb minority and Belgrade.

Serbia’s president visits Croatia under high security

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic arrives in Zagreb on an official visit to Croatia, the first by a Serb head of state since 2010, with the goal of improving relations between the two countries. IMAGES

Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting

Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that risked fanning ethnic tensions in the volatile region. The killers struck on the very day that Belgrade and Pristina resumed EU-moderated talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year.