August 13, 2007 |
mokra gora, serbia -- It looks like a movie set -- fitting, considering it was created by one of Europe's most famous film directors. Bosnian-born Emir Kusturica, winner of more top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival than almost any other director, has built a remote mountaintop hideaway here in western Serbia from scratch. Pitch-roofed wooden buildings sit quaintly amid a deep green forest.
April 23, 2007 |
A fast-moving fire at an orphanage in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, killed five babies and injured a nurse and 17 children, officials said. Firefighters rescued 23 children from the blaze, which broke out on the third floor of the orphanage in downtown Sarajevo and spread to three rooms where the babies were sleeping, according to the Sarajevo fire brigade.
April 16, 2007 |
They never met face to face, but the two young zealots became brother warriors in the new land of jihad: the Internet. Investigators say their bond made them central figures in a terrorism network that spanned eight countries, involved more than 30 suspects and hatched plots in Washington, Toronto, London and Sarajevo. Maximus was the online moniker of Mirsad Bektasevic, a lanky Bosnian refugee with a dark stare and a hunger for action.
April 11, 2007 |
Serbs condemned Serbs in a Belgrade courtroom Tuesday, sending to prison four men from a paramilitary unit known as the Scorpions who were videotaped executing unarmed Bosnian Muslim youths as part of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. It was the first time a Serbian court confronted the events in Srebrenica, where nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in Europe's deadliest atrocity since World War II.
February 27, 2007 |
The United Nations' highest court ruled Monday that Serbia failed to prevent the massacre of Muslims during the Bosnian war but was not directly responsible for the atrocities, ending a landmark case in which an entire nation was tried for genocide. The decision, which was closely watched by other countries facing allegations of war crimes, was viewed by Serbia as a vindication of its role in the 1992-95 war.
November 7, 2006 |
The United Nations said it was offering Bosnians a chance to win coveted consumer goods such as scooters and refrigerators in a lottery if they turned in weapons left over from the country's 1992-95 war. Prizes are the most effective way to collect weapons after conflicts, the U.N. Development Program said. About 16% of people in the Balkan country are believed to own weapons.
September 23, 2006 |
The United States will pull its last 150 soldiers out of Bosnia-Herzegovina by December, a U.S. general said. The troops of Eagle Base near Tuzla are all that remains of the 38,000-member force that deployed as part of a NATO-led peace mission in late 1995. A European Union force of about 6,000 assumed peacekeeping duties two years ago. The United States has about 1,600 troops stationed close by in Serbia's U.N.-run province of Kosovo. About 100 mostly U.S.
July 2, 2006 |
The whitewashed stucco walls of the village school are still freckled with bullet holes -- scars of a war that ended more than a decade ago. Inside the building, the war has left scars of a different kind. Each day, Muslim and Croat children gather in the schoolyard. The two groups mingle comfortably. Boys kick a soccer ball. Girls gather in tight gaggles, whispering and casting shy glances toward the boys.
July 1, 2006 |
The U.N. war crimes tribunal Friday sentenced a Bosnian Muslim, who in 1995 led the doomed defense of Srebrenica, to two years in prison for war crimes, but he will be released for time served. Naser Oric had pleaded not guilty to six charges of war crimes, including murder and cruel treatment of Bosnian Serbs in 1992 and '93. He was in charge of forces who beat and killed Serb prisoners and set fire to Bosnian Serb villages.
April 22, 2006 |
Researchers have unearthed geometrically cut stone slabs in Bosnia that they said could form part of the sloping surface of what they believe is an ancient pyramid beneath a huge hill. Archeologists and other experts began digging at the central Bosnian town of Visoko last week to explore the theory that the 2,120-foot hill covers a step pyramid, which would be the first found in Europe.