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Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia

FOCA, Bosnia: A meteor shower lit up the skies above eastern Bosnia on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye. “I think that everybody should see this,” said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an international group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the town of Foca. The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern…

UN prosecutor urges Croatian leaders to face up to war-time past

THE HAGUE: The chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes court Sunday urged Croatian leaders to face up to what happened in the past and work towards reconciliation, after the suicide of a Bosnian Croat leader. In dramatic scenes Wednesday, Slobodan Praljak swallowed poison before UN tribunal judges, just moments after they upheld his 20-year jail sentence for war crimes in the 1990s Balkans conflicts. "It is unfortunate that Mr. Praljak made the choice to end his life," Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor for the…

Bosnian war criminal dies after ‘taking poison’ in UN court

THE HAGUE: A Bosnian Croat war criminal died on Wednesday after apparently drinking poison in dramatic courtroom scenes after UN judges upheld his 20-year jail term, Croatian media said, throwing the tribunal into chaos during its final judgement. Slobodan Praljak, 72, died in hospital, according to Croatia's state-run news agency HINA after he drank from a brown bottle at the hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. After the judges upheld a 20-year jail term…