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Croatian ‘miracle’ down to team work and unity, says Dalic

MOSCOW: Croatia’s fairytale run to the World Cup final is a footballing “miracle” built on a foundation of teamwork and unity which has seen them outlast sides reliant on brilliant individual talent, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Thursday. Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over England in Moscow sent the Croatians into Sunday’s final against France, a third straight knockout match in which they had been forced to play extra time. The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as…

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…