VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president says he will boycott a summit in Bosnia over that government's stance on his country.
Hashim Thaci says he couldn't take part in the European Bank...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sobbing with grief, thousands of Bosnians attended the funeral Thursday of a prominent Bosnia Serb businessman and government critic who was gunned down earlier...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent Bosnian Serb businessman who owns a private security firm was shot dead along with his bodyguard in what local media have described as a mafia-style...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's capital city made Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen Saturday for a concert he performed while Sarajevo was under siege during...
Bosnian most-wanted fugitive shot dead after massive manhunt
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia police shot and killed the country's most-wanted fugitive Tuesday after a huge manhunt for the suspect in the slayings of a police officer and another person.
Edin Gacic died after a shootout with officers near Sarajevo, police said. A policeman was slightly wounded in the shootout, Sarajevo police commissioner Mevludin Halilovic said.
Snowstorm in Bosnia disrupts traffic, flights, sports events
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Heavy snow in Bosnia has disrupted road and air traffic in much of the country and forced an international winter sports competition to postpone some of its events.
The blizzard Monday piled fresh snow on the roads in mountainous regions where traffic was either fully halted or slowed down to a crawl. Authorities banned heavy vehicles from some icy roads.
The airport in Sarajevo cancelled or delayed several flights Monday.
Ex-Bosnian army commander pleads not guilty
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A former Bosnian army commander pleaded not guilty to charges of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war during the country's brutal 1992-95 war.
Atif Dudakovic appeared before the Bosnian court on Wednesday. Fifteen others indicted with Dudakovic also denied the charges while one more ex-soldier is yet to enter his plea.
Ex-ranking Bosnian general arrested on war crimes charges
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Prosecutors say a former ranking Bosnian army general has been arrested on war crimes charges.
The Bosnian prosecution office said retired Gen. Ramiz Drekovic was arrested Wednesday in the area of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.
Drekovic, who was an army commander during the 1992-95 war, is suspected of ordering indiscriminate shelling of a Serb-populated Bosnian town in 1995 when a child was killed and several others were wounded.
US official: Macedonia could join NATO by spring 2020
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A senior U.S official says Macedonia could join NATO by early 2020 if it implements an agreement with Greece to rename itself North Macedonia, resolving the two countries' decades-old name dispute.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said Tuesday in Sarajevo that Macedonia could become the 30th member of NATO "as early as in 18 months from now."
"That is an entirely realistic target date," he said.
Bosnia police arrest suspect with extremist links
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Police in Bosnia say they have detained one person suspected of affiliation with Islamic extremists and terrorism.
Police said Friday they arrested the suspect on Thursday evening at the airport in Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital. A statement says the suspect is accused of "organizing a terrorist group" and "preparing a criminal act" linked to terrorism.
The statement adds the suspect has stayed in Iraq and Syria since 2013 as a member of extremist groups.
The Latest: Greece arrests 5,633 at airports with fake ID
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local):
Greek authorities say they have arrested 5,633 people, mostly migrants, so far this year for trying to fly out of the country with forged identity papers — with sharp increases in arrests at key airports.
Police said the largest number of arrests was at Iraklion airport on Crete, where 1,511 people were caught compared with 666 in all of 2017.
Migrants heading back to Sarajevo after stranded on train
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Some 150 migrants will be transferred back to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo by bus after they were not allowed to get off a train in the northwest of the country, local authorities said Friday.
The migrants, who were seemingly looking to cross the border and get into European Union member Croatia, had spent hours stranded on the train in the town of Bihac.
Lavrov says Russia won’t interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday.
Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, that Russia will respect the outcome in the Oct. 7 general election and won't be backing any party.
Bosnia police clash with protesting war veterans
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Wednesday clashed with several hundred war veterans protesting the lack of funds for former fighters from the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Police with shields and helmets used what appeared to be pepper spray on the former soldiers, some of whom were carrying flags or batons at the demonstration in Sarajevo, the capital. Some protesters appeared to be sickened by the spray.
Ex-Bosnian Serb official sentenced for war crimes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A court in Bosnia has sentenced a former high-ranking Bosnian Serb official to eleven years in prison for war crimes during the 1992-95 war, including imprisonment, torture and murder of non-Serb civilians.
The Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina ruled Thursday that Jovan Tintor participated in a in a systematic attack on Muslim and Croat population of Vogosca, in the outskirts of Sarajevo, in 1992.
Correction: Bosnia-Journalist Beaten story
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In a story Aug. 27 about the beating of a Bosnian Serb reporter, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of Dunja Mijatovic. She is Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, not EU commissioner for human rights.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Beating of Bosnian Serb reporter draws international outrage
Bosnia journalists rally again after TV reporter beaten
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's journalists held protests for a second day on Tuesday to express solidarity with a reporter from an independent Bosnian Serb television station who was badly beaten by unknown assailants.
BNTV reporter Vladimir Kovacevic was hospitalized following the beating late Sunday outside his home in Banja Luka, the main town in the Serb-run part of Bosnia.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Dropped into Europa League qualifying rounds by AC Milan's reprieve, Atalanta has been drawn against an opponent in Israel or Iceland if it first beats Sarajevo.
Atalanta was in the group stage until Milan's win at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday overturned an expulsion by UEFA for breaking financial monitoring rules.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hatidza Mehmedovic, who headed the Mothers of Srebrenica association comprising relatives of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, has died. She was 65.
The Srebrenica Islamic Community says Mehmedovic died on Sunday. Bosnian media say she was in a Sarajevo hospital.
Bosnians pay respect to 35 Srebrenica victims
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street on Monday to pay respects to 35 victims of the Srebrenica massacre as a truck carried their coffins to a final resting place.
The remains of the men and boys, found in mass graves and identified through DNA analysis, will be buried in Srebrenica on Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the massacre, next to 6,575 previously found victims.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Several nations along a migrant route through the Balkans have urged joint efforts to manage a renewed influx through the region toward Western Europe.
Officials meeting in Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, Thursday called for cooperation in the exchange of information and data about the migrants entering any of the countries.
The meeting included officials from Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Turkey's president addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Bosnia's capital Sunday to shore up support before his country's snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month.
Adapting his domestic campaign speeches to include promises to Turkish citizens living abroad, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on "European Turks to show their strength to the whole world."
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A convoy of buses with 270 migrants, including children that were stuck in central Bosnia, was allowed to pass after several hours of political bickering on Friday — reflecting the chaotic situation in the war-scarred Balkan country as it struggles to cope with the influx.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Buses with about 270 migrants are on their way to an asylum center in southwestern Bosnia following a blockade reflecting confusion in the Balkan country struggling with the influx.
The buses had left Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, early Friday toward the camp in Salakovac, near Mostar, but regional authorities had banned entry and stopped the convoy.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia police will increase patrols along its borders with Serbia and Montenegro to prevent a growing influx of migrants illegally trying to reach Western Europe, a top official said Thursday.
Migrants have recently turned to Bosnia to avoid more heavy guarded routes and borders in other Balkan countries. Hundreds have been camping outdoors in Sarajevo, the capital, and other towns.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of Bosnians demanded Tuesday that authorities find the truth behind the deaths more than two years apart of a Muslim and a Serb, bridging Bosnia's ethnic divide with a protest calling for an end to alleged government corruption and negligence.
Holding banners reading "Who is protecting the killers?" and "We want the truth," the protesters in the capital of Sarajevo accused authorities of covering up the killings of David Dragicevic and Dzenan Memic.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia must do more to help migrants, a European human rights official said Tuesday as the war-scarred country struggles to cope with a growing influx of people trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.
Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern in a letter to Bosnian authorities over "lack of systematic response" to the situation, with migrants sleeping outdoors in Bosnia's streets and parks.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of war veterans and civilians rallied Friday in support of a Bosnian Muslim wartime military commander who is suspected of war crimes against Serb civilians during the 1992-95 conflict.
Carrying wartime Bosnian flags and banners, the protesters gathered in central Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, carrying a huge banner saying "Heroes, not criminals!"
When was the last time you stopped to get your shoes shined?
As I never tire of repeating, the best documentaries (not to mention essays and newspaper columns) focus on a “small” subject to reflect on larger themes, sometimes reaching the profound by way of the mundane.
Croatian president honors war victims in Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Croatia's president has paid respect to the victims of one of the most notorious massacres committed by Bosnian Croat troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict — a move expected to ease tensions between Sarajevo and Zagreb.
AP PHOTOS: Bosnian Serbs observe Christmas as ancient ritual
PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — For the Stanar family, Bosnian Serbs who are Orthodox Christians, Christmas preparations are a ritual to be handled with an obsession to detail.
Novica Stanar, 65, observes ancient customs in hopes of passing them on to his grandchildren, Selena and Viktor. A poem is read to the oak that will serve as the family's Christmas tree before Stanar cuts it down. The children throw wheat seeds on the spot to show further respect for the tree.
Bosnia marks 20 years since Princess Diana’s visit
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's visit, her last overseas tour before she died in a car crash in Paris.
Her crusade against land mines led to her three-day visit to Bosnia from Aug. 9, 1997, during which she met victims who sustained injuries from devices planted during the country's savage civil war in the 1990s.
Looming Balkan trade war over Croatia’s import taxes
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Four Balkan countries on Monday threatened to retaliate if Croatia does not revoke its decision to raise taxes for fruit and vegetable imports.
Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro issued an ultimatum to Croatia after a meeting of government officials in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.
PARIS (AP) — A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged jihadi recruiting network linked to the Islamic State group who were detained on Tuesday, a French judicial source said.
Among the suspects arrested was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the U.S. detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the case.
Raw: Sarajevo Dancers Aim for Guinness Record
Swiss authorities extradite war crimes suspect to Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Prosecutors in Bosnia say a woman wanted for war crimes she allegedly committed against Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war has been extradited from Switzerland.
A statement from prosecutors says that 56-year-old Efeta Veseli was handed over to authorities on Friday at Sarajevo's airport.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Union's enlargement commissioner urged Balkan leaders Thursday to stop stoking regional tensions and fully embrace their European future.
Johannes Hahn addressed the prime ministers of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia, who met in Sarajevo as part of preparations for a summit of some EU and western Balkan nations to be held in Trieste, Italy on July 12.
Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding.
Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake.
Serbia FM Dacic sees danger in Bosnia’s UN suit revival
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Saturday sharply criticized neighboring Bosnia's bid to revive a genocide suit against his country before the United Nations' top court, describing it as "very dangerous."
Sarajevo's move could cause tensions within Bosnia, jeopardize both regional stability and bilateral ties between Serbia and Bosnia, Ivica Dacic warned on Serbia's state TV.
NATO chief sees growing Russian influence in the Balkans
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is closely following reports about growing Russian influence in the Balkans and is cooperating with regional allies to strengthen their ability to resist outside interference.
NATO chief said Thursday in Sarajevo that the alliance has seen "several reports about increased Russian influence" in the Balkans, in particular "about Russian intervention in the political process in Montenegro" last year.
Bosnia: Sarajevo defense commander charged with war crimes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Prosecutors in Bosnia have charged the commander of special police units in Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege of the city by Bosnian Serb forces with war crimes over the execution of eight captured enemy combatants.
Sarajevo introduces transport restrictions to ease pollution
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sarajevo authorities have banned half of the city's cars from driving on city streets in an attempt to ease air pollution.
The city government ordered the introduction of alternative driving days for cars with even and odd numbered license plates and made public transportation free until the situation improves. Some outdoor construction work has also been halted. The ban went into effect on Sunday.
Hundreds gather in Sarajevo to rally for peace in Syria
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — Up to a thousand people gathered Wednesday in Sarajevo — the Bosnian city that survived a brutal 44-month siege during the Balkan wars of the 1990s — to rally against the carnage in Syria.
Representatives of Bosnia's Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox Christian and Jewish communities said they felt a moral responsibility to voice outrage at the international failure to stop crimes against civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.
Serb general’s lawyers call for acquittal at genocide trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Gen. Ratko Mladic's defense team called on United Nations judges Tuesday to acquit the former Bosnian Serb military chief, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove he orchestrated atrocities by Serb forces under his command during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
Bosnia: Sarajevo students to learn about corruption
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Local authorities in Sarajevo say they plan to teach primary and high school students what corruption is, and what it does to society.
The local Education Ministry said Thursday that a working group will draft a plan for addressing the issue in schools.
US authorities extradite war crimes suspect to Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's state prosecution says a Croatian woman wanted in Bosnia for war crimes she allegedly committed against Serbs during the 1992-95 war has been extradited from the United States.
A statement from the prosecution office said Azra Basic, 58, was handed over to authorities on Tuesday at the Sarajevo airport.
A hostel in Sarajevo offers guests a taste of life in war
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A hostel in Bosnia is offering visitors a unique experience: the opportunity to live like civilians in a war zone.
But at the Sarajevo War Hostel, guests have the luxury of knowing they won't be killed, starved or lose family or friends. And unlike the Sarajevans who actually endured the 1992-95 war, the visitors can leave any time.