Latest Yugoslav Wars News

Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic loses genocide appeal

Jun. 08, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ratko Mladic, the military chief known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” for orchestrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Balkan nation’s 1992-95 war, lost his final legal battle Tuesday when U.N. judges rejected his appeals and affirmed...

Before final verdict, Mladic's bloody legacy divides Bosnia

Jun. 05, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Fikret Grabovica wants to see at least some remorse from wartime Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic when U.N. judges deliver their final verdict for genocide and other war crimes committed during Bosnia’s 1990s ethnic carnage. ...

Illegal Serb church on Bosniak woman's land is demolished

Jun. 05, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities on Saturday demolished a Serbian Orthodox church that was illegally built on land owned by a Bosniak woman, a move that comes after a 20-year legal battle that saw the case reach the European Court of Human Rights. ...

Serbian president says EU-brokered Kosovo talks to resume

Jun. 04, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Friday said that European Union-mediated negotiations on normalizing relations with Kosovo, which stalled last year, will resume within days. Aleksandar Vucic did not specify the date but said “dialogue will continue...

Top US, EU envoys visit Kosovo to promote talks with Serbia

May. 31, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Top officials from the United States and the European Union on Monday visited Kosovo to urge the tiny Western Balkan country to resume talks on the normalization of ties with its former war foe Serbia. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew...

Croatia to buy 12 French Rafale fighters for $1.2 billion

May. 28, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia announced Friday that it will purchase 12 used Rafale fighter jets from France for nearly 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era aircraft and strengthen its air force amid lingering tensions in the Balkans. ...

German chosen to lead powerful international body in Bosnia

May. 27, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A German diplomat was chosen Thursday to head a powerful international body in Bosnia that oversees implementation of a 1995 peace agreement that ended a devastating war in the Balkan country. The Office of the High Representative...

Bosnian Serb ex-leader Karadzic to spend life in UK prison

May. 12, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to life for war crimes and genocide, will serve his sentence in a U.K. prison, the British government said Wednesday. Karadzic, 75, is one of the chief architects of the slaughter and devastation of...

Serbia gives award to 2019 Nobel Literature winner Handke

May. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Sunday honored 2019 Nobel Literature Prize winner Peter Handke, who is known for his apologist views over Serbia's nationalist policies and Serb war crimes during the 1990s wars in the Balkans. The Austrian novelist and screenwriter...

Bosnia Serbs honor controversial Nobel Literature winner

May. 07, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serbs on Friday honored the controversial 2019 Nobel Literature Prize winner Peter Handke, who is known for his apologist views over Serb war crimes during the 1990s' wars in the Balkans. The Austrian novelist and...