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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…

Bosnian Muslim leader urges Serbs to ‘accept the truth’

SARAJEVO: Bosnian Muslim leader Bakir Izetbegovic on Wednesday urged ethnic Serbs to "accept the truth" after a UN court sentenced Bosnian Serb wartime military chief Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment for genocide during the 1990s war. "Accepting of the truth is the only path, the only way, that the future in this country will become better that the past," Izetbegovic told a press conference in Sarajevo. The Hague-based UN tribunal ruled that Mladic, widely known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", will spend the rest of his…

Srebrenica women cry tears of joy over Mladic life sentence

SARAJEVO: "Thank you God! I kiss you God, for the sake of our sons!" cried Nedziba Salihovic, jumping to her feet in joy as a UN court on Wednesday sentenced Bosnian Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic to life in prison. Salihovic, like many other Bosnian Muslims, had long waited for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to deliver its judgement for the 74-year-old former general. The Hague-based court has now ruled that Mladic, widely known as the "butcher of Bosnia", will spend the rest of…

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ faces historic war crimes verdict

THE HAGUE: UN war crimes judges will on Wednesday hand down a historic verdict against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, blamed for steering Europe's worst atrocities since World War II. The judgement and possible sentencing before the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague marks the culmination of a case spanning 22 years against Mladic, once dubbed "The Butcher of Bosnia". As the head of Bosnia's Serb-dominated army, Mladic, 74, is accused of 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against…

Nigeria compares Myanmar crisis to Bosnia and Rwanda

NEW YORK: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people. Comparing the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine province to the massacres in Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1994, the leader of Africa's most populous nation declared: "The international community cannot remain silent." More than 420,000 people have fled violence in Rakhine, which Buhari said bears the hallmarks of a "state-backed program of brutal…

Two wartime mass graves discovered in Bosnia

SARAJEVO: The remains of potentially dozens of victims from Bosnia's 1990s civil war, most likely Bosnian Muslims, have been exhumed from two newly-discovered mass graves, the Missing Persons Institute said on Wednesday. One of the graves was discovered in the mountainous area of Koricanske Stijene in central Bosnia, where more than 200 civilian men were executed by Serb forces in August 1992 following their eviction from a northwestern region. It marked one of the most brutal episodes in the inter-ethnic conflict,…

Thousands mourn Srebrenica massacre victims

SREBRENICA: Thousands gathered in Srebrenica on Tuesday to mark the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, with some relatives of the victims giving their loved ones a proper burial for the first time. The remains of 71 victims of the bloodshed, which has been ruled genocide by international courts, were laid to rest in a joint funeral at a memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica. They included a 33-year-old woman and seven people who were under 18 when they were…