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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Bosnia awaits Mladic’s verdict

From wartime martyr towns of Srebrenica and Sarajevo to former ethnic Serb stronghold of Pale, Bosnia is awaiting Wednesday a UN war crimes court verdict on Bosnian Serb wartime military chief Ratko Mladic. IMAGES

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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.