- Croat nationalists seek to curb Serb rights
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Nationalists in Croatia are seeking to curb the rights of minorities to have their language used in official documents and signs in the towns where they live.
- Bosnian court won't re-arrest war criminals
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court is rejecting a request from prosecutors to re-arrest nine Bosnian Serbs convicted of war crimes but released because of procedural errors.
- Croats set constitutional bar to same-sex marriage
By Zoran Radosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" on Sunday, a move initiated by Roman Catholic groups but criticized by opponents as discrimination against homosexuals. The Church wholeheartedly backed the initiative, which sought to define marriage in the constitution rather than law so that its status can only be changed by a two-thirds majority in parliament. "I am happy because, from now on, no future government will be able to legalize gay marriages," said Zeljka Markic, leader of "In the Name of the Family". Ballet dancer Sanja Grgic said: "I have nothing against gay people, I have many gay friends, but I voted in favor because I think children should grow up in a family that has a mother and a father." Opponents noted that Croatia now shares its constitutional definition of marriage with Belarus, Poland, Moldova, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia, where intolerance of same-sex unions is widespread.
- Countries Cash In on Short Web Addresses
Country codes owned by governments that have two-letter combinations at the end of their sites, like the “.me” for Montenegro, are attracting purchases by foreign companies.
- Protesting schoolchildren face expulsion in Bosnian language row
By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Several hundred children from the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia faced expulsion from school on Friday after camping out in Sarajevo for three months in protest at being denied lessons in their native Bosnian language. The protest has revived debate over Bosnia's highly devolved education system, split along ethnic lines between Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks since the end of the country's 1992-95 war. Muslim Bosniaks in two towns in Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic withdrew their children from school in early September, demanding they be taught language, history and geography classes in their own tongue. Bosniaks are a minority within the Serb Republic, one of two autonomous regions created under a 1995 peace deal that split power in Bosnia along ethnic lines after a war that killed 100,000 people.
- EU exit would be dreadful for Britain, says former PM Major
A British exit from the European Union would be a dreadful decision that would cost billions of pounds and leave the world's sixth largest economy isolated, former Prime Minister John Major was quoted as saying on Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to try to renegotiate the terms of his country's EU membership before holding an "in-out" referendum if re-elected in 2015, which could lead to Britain dropping out of a club it joined in 1973. Major, who served as prime minister from 1990 to 1997, backed attempts to renegotiate Britain's EU ties but said the government needed to be realistic about what it could achieve. In a speech to business leaders at the Institute of Directors, Major said Britain would pay a severe price if it left the EU.
- Bosnia region's president charged with abuse of office
The president of Bosnia's autonomous Muslim-Croat federation was indicted on Wednesday over alleged corruption and abuse of office for pardoning convicts sentenced for grave crimes, the highest-ranking Bosnian official to face such charges. The Bosnian state prosecutor's office said in a statement Zivko Budimir and six others faced charges of taking bribes and illegal mediation, in a case it said had "endangered the security of citizens". The indictment is the latest twist in a long-running saga which saw Budimir detained and briefly jailed earlier this year. Under a deal that ended Bosnia's 1992-95 war, the country was split into a Federation, dominated by Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, and a Serb Republic.
- Survivors of Bosnian war turn backs on U.N. court head
By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - The head of the United Nations tribunal set up 20 years ago to try those behind the bloodshed of Yugoslavia's breakup faced protests on Wednesday by survivors angry at what they say is only partial justice. As Theodor Meron began his keynote speech at a conference in Sarajevo to mark two decades of the tribunal's work, families of victims turned their backs and removed their translation headphones. The protest reflected deepening dissatisfaction, particularly in Bosnia, at the effectiveness of the Hague-based tribunal in seeking justice for the more than 125,000 people killed in the 1990s during the collapse of federal Yugoslavia. It follows the acquittal this year of two former top Serbian security officials and a Serbian general of involvement in war crimes committed in Bosnia and Croatia.
- China gears up to build Serbia-Hungary rail link
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - China will be involved in building a railway link between Serbia and European Union member Hungary, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday, after meeting the Hungarian and Serbian prime ministers in the Romanian capital. "We reached important agreement ... we agreed to begin cooperation on the construction of railway linking Hungary and Serbia," Li told reporters in Bucharest. "The three parties agreed to immediately set up a joint working group to launch the project as soon as possible." The three premiers did not reveal a value for the investment. ...
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