In Kosovo, an unlikely friendship between a Serb grandmother and her Albanian ‘brother’ | AFP

An improbable friendship has blossomed between a 92-year-old Serb woman, the only person left in her abandoned Kosovo village, and an ethnic Albanian grocer who has been bringing her food several days a week. Fadil Rama, the 48-year-old shopkeeper who lives several kilometres away in an Albanian-majority village, has continued his trips to visit Vladica Dicic throughout the coronavirus crisis, bringing groceries, news and companionship. The friendship marks a rare bridge between Kosovo’s Serb and Albanian communities, whose relations are still defined by lingering mistrust from the former province’s 1990s independence war from Serbia.

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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.

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 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.

Serb war veterans watch as Mladic sentences to life in jail

Bosnian Serb veterans watch a live broadcast of UN judges sentencing former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago. IMAGES

RAW: Former general Mladic removed from courtroom after outburst against judges

Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was removed from the courtroom during a reading of the final verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia after an outburst against the judges of the tribunal.
The judges refused to adjourn the court on the demand of defence attorney Dragan Ivetic, who informed them of Mladic’s high blood pressure during the break.
The court sentenced the Serb to life in prison.

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Serbian ex-spy chiefs had ‘central role in Balkans wars’

Jovica Stanisic, 66, and Franko Simatovic, 67, are back in court on four charges of crimes against humanity and a war crimes charge after their acquittal in 2013 was overturned. “These accused made these crimes happen through their direction and unflagging support to the Serb forces who committed them,” UN prosecutor Douglas Stringer told judges in The Hague.

‘Slavic Brotherhood’: Russian, Serb, and Belarussian troops unite for joint anti-terrorism drills

Over 800 servicemen from Russia, Belarus, and Serbia took part in the international Slavic Brotherhood tactical exercises, using around 100 pieces of military equipment.

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