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Penelope Cruz snaps at photographer

Penelope Cruz snaps at photographerSarajevo, Sep 20 - Actress Penelope Cruz, who has been shooting her new film "Venuto al Mondo" in Sarajevo since last week, had sharp words for a photographer who took a picture of her with her infant son, whom she is trying to shield from the media.

"I know you. You published photos of me with my boy, though the agreement was you wouldn't do that. You should be ashamed of yourself!" Cruz said.

No compensation for mosques destroyed in the Bosnia war

No compensation for mosques destroyed in the Bosnia warSarajevo  - A court in Banja Luka ruled as unfounded the demands of Bosnia's Islamic Community that the city pay 64.7 million convertible marks (48 million dollars) as compensation for mosques destroyed during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, local media reported Friday.

The Islamic Community demanded damages for the 16 mosques in Banja Luka destroyed during the war. Banja Luka is the largest city in the Serb Republic, a Serb entity in Bosnia.

Bosnian reform talks collapse despite EU, US pressure

Bosnian reform talks collapse despite EU, US pressure Sarajevo  - Bosnian ethnic leaders made no progress in a second round of talks Wednesday on constitutional reforms that are key for the country's closer ties with the European Union, agreeing only to continue negotiations at a lower level.

The talks, now involving experts of the three relevant ethnic entities and no top-level international officials or local leaders, are scheduled to resume next week.

Bosnian court sentences Serb to 30 years for Srebrenica massacre

Bosnian court sentences Serb to 30 years for Srebrenica massacreSarajevo  - A Bosnian court on Friday sentenced a former Serb army officer to 30 years in prison for his role in genocide of Muslims at Srebrenica 14 years ago.

The court said it sentenced Milorad Trbic for taking part in a "criminal enterprise between July 12 and November 30, 1995, ... with the goal to capture, detain and execute all Bosniak (Muslim) men of military age from the Srebrenica enclave."

Bosnian foes fight again - over new census

Bosnian foes fight again - over new censusSarajevo  - Bosnia is the only European country that does not know how many inhabitants it has - and plans to finally hold an oft- delayed census in 2011 are being blocked by the same ethnic tensions which led to war in the 1990s.

It is nearly 20 years since Bosnia last conducted a census, in 1991, before the conflict which killed tens of thousands, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

The next census grew into a hot political issue, with ethnic communities fighting again, this time over the content of the questionnaire.

Serbian, Greek artists sweep awards at Sarajevo Film Festival

Serbian, Greek artists sweep awards at Sarajevo Film Festival Sarajevo  - Films from Serbia and Greece swept the major awards Thursday night at the close of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which has grown from an act of defiance to a leading movie industry event in a decade and a half.

Serbian director Vladimir Perisic's Common People was recognized as the best film of the Sarajevo Film Festival on its final night Thursday. Relja Popovic, won the best actor award for his part in the film.

Sarajevo film festival - gateway to Cannes, Venice, Berlin

Sarajevo film festival - gateway to Cannes, Venice, BerlinSarajevo  - Launched 15 years ago as a symbol of defiance by the besieged city, the Sarajevo Film festival opens Wednesday night as a firmly-established regional event and a major stepping stone for authors from the "new Europe" to the big scene.

Romanian Cristian Mungui's Tales from the Golden Age opens the festival, to be followed by 231 titles, including 71 documentaries, until August 20. The films came from 53 countries, but the focus remains on eastern and southeastern European cinematography.

Bosnian authorities recover remains of war crime victims from 1992

Bosnian authorities recover remains of war crime victims from 1992 Sarajevo - Bosnian forensic experts recovered the remains of some 50 people war crime victims killed and thrown into a ravine 17 years ago, local reports quoted an official as saying.

The remains brought up from a 200-metre abyss on Vlasic, a mountain 150 kilometres northwest of Sarajevo, are to be sent to the Institute for Missing Persons for an attempt at identification.

Two mass graves located in Dutch camp in Srebrenica

Sarajevo  - Fourteen years after the Srebrenica massacre, Dutch soldiers have discovered two mass graves on the premises of their former base, Bosnian media reported Friday.

According to Bosnian media reports, Dutch soldiers buried at least six civilians and two newborns within their base. The civilians buried there died from natural causes or had committed suicide.

The information on the existence of the graves was provided to the Association of Srebrenica victims by the members of Dutch battalion earlier in July, reports said.

After the Bosnian Serbs took over Srebrenica, thousands of civilians, mainly women, elderly and children sought refugee in the UN camp.

Strike halts trains in Muslim-Croat Federation

Strike halts trains in Muslim-Croat FederationSarajevo - Trains in Muslim-Croat Federation Bosnia- Herzegovina were halted Thursday morning by a railway workers strike, local media reported.

Workers said they called the strike in protest against government plans to cut their monthly pays by 10 per cent

Trains in all major cities of the Federation - Sarajevo, Mostar, Tuzla, Bihac - were halted at 7 am local time Thursday.

Trains in the Serbian entity - the Serb Republic - however, were operating as normal.

Joint Bosnian-Serb police patrols along the border

Serb police patrols Belgrade/Sarajevo - Bosnian and Serbian police on Wednesday began joint patrols along their border, officials said.

First joint patrol was undertaken at the river Drina, which serves as a natural border between Serbia and Bosnia.

The patrols air aimed at the overseeing of state borders as well as preventing trafficking and various attempts of smuggling along the borders, Bosnian border police said in a statement. (dpa)

EU's Rehn sick, canceles meetings in Bosnia

EU's Rehn sick, canceles meetings in BosniaSarajevo  - European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn has canceled his scheduled meetings in Sarajevo due to sudden health problems, EU officials told German Press Agency dpa.

Rehn, currently on a mini-tour of the Balkans, previously visited Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. He arrived in Sarajevo on Thursday and was scheduled to meet Bosnian officials and speak to parliament on Friday.

Bosnia exhumes bodies of war victims from a ravine

Bosnia exhumes bodies of war victims from a ravine Sarajevo - Bosnian forensic experts discovered the remains of 15 victims of the 1990s civil war in a mass grave in Mount Vlasic in central Bosnia, news reports said.

The bodies were found at the Koricanske Stijene site, some 100 kilometres north-west of Sarajevo.

Some 200 Muslims from the north-western Bosnian city of Prijedor were brought to the site in 1992 and killed by a force of Bosnian Serb police, and their bodies thrown down a 200-metre-deep ravine.

Bosnian Interior Minister Sadovic dismissed

Tarik SadovicSarajevo  - Bosnian Interior Minister Tarik Sadovic was fired Friday, the Bosnian government confirmed.

Local news agency FENA reported that Sadovic's Muslim Party of Democratic Action (SDA) had asked for his replacement after he refused to step down.

Local reports said US officials had accused Sadovic of not taking prompt action in expelling Islamic extremists believed connected with the terrorist network Al Quaeda.

Sadovic was fired over "constant complaints coming from certain important foreign and local institutions," SDA's president Sulejman Tihic said.

NATO secretary general urges Bosnia to implement reforms

NATO secretary general urges Bosnia to implement reformsSarajevo  - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, speaking in Sarajevo on Thursday, urged Bosnia to implement reforms so it can join the NATO defence alliance.

Bosnian authorities have to implement all required reforms, especially judicial and constitutional ones, in order to join NATO, Scheffer said, as he offered any assistance possible in meeting those goals.

"The only way for the permanent stability and safety of this region, and not just Bosnia, is European integration," he said after meeting with Bosnian officials in Sarajevo.

Bosnia commemorates Srebrenica massacre anniversary

Bosnia commemorates Srebrenica massacre anniversary Sarajevo  - Several hundred people are expected to gathered Saturday at the Potocari Memorial Park in Bosnia to mark the 14th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

The remains of 534 victims will be buried later in the day. So far a total of 3,749 identified bodies have been buried at the Potocari park.

On July 11, 1995 Bosnian Serb troops entered the UN-protected enclave Srebrenica and killed more than 8,000 Muslims. Some 30,000 people were expelled from their homes.

Remains of Srebrenica victims to be buried on Saturday

Remains of Srebrenica victims to be buried on SaturdaySarajevo - The remains of 534 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre were sent Thursday to Potocari Memorial Park where they will be buried on Saturday, 14th anniversary of the killings.

Among the 534 remains identified last year were three four-year- olds and two 70-year-olds, local media reported.

On July 11, 1995 Bosnian Serb troops entered the UN-protected enclave and murdered more than 8,000 Muslims. Some 30,000 people were expelled from their homes.

So far, 3,737 victims of the Srebrenica massacre have been identified.

Bosnia peace walk to commemorate Srebrenica anniversary

Bosnia peace walk to commemorate Srebrenica anniversarySarajevo - Around 2,500 people began a three day Peace March on Wednesday to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre.

The 111 kilometre long march will end on Saturday at the Memorial Park Potocari near Srebrenica where some 8,000 people were murdered by Bosnian Serb troops in
1995.

The march will follow the route which surviving Muslims from Srebrenica took when they fled to safety.

Mujezinovic new premier of Muslim-Croat Federation in Bosnia

Sarajevo - Bosnian Muslim politician and diplomat Mustafa Mujezinovic was named the new prime minister of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday, a month after his predecessor stepped down amid corruption allegations.

Mujezinovic previously served as a banking advisor, governor of the Sarajevo canton and Bosnian ambassador at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Bosnia today consists of two largely autonomous parts established in 1995 to end a civil war. The federation is mostly inhabited by Muslims and Croats, while the other half is the Bosnian Serb Republic.

Bosnia faces loss of 1.2-billion-euro IMF deal

Bosnia faces loss of 1.2-billion-euro IMF dealSarajevo - Bosnia-Herzegovina may lose a crucial standby credit it negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after backtracking on a promise to cut spending, local media reported Tuesday.

The country agreed to IMF terms for a three-year, 1.2-billion-euro (1.6 billion dollar) stand-by credit in May. Terms included reduced welfare spending, particularly in the Federation of Bosnia- Herzegovina (FBH), the half of the country dominated by Muslims and Croats.




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