NEWS WATCH: UN Tribunal For Ex-Yugoslavia Marks 20th Anniversary Amid Controversy

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 king willem-alexanderBy Stefan J. Bos, Chief Internatonal Correspondent BosNewsLife THE HAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has marked its 20th anniversary on Monday, amid concern about the future of some cases. Dutch King Willem-Alexander was among those invited to commemorate the occasion at a time when the United Nations court is under pressure to end its operations.

NEWS WATCH: Serbia, Kosovo Peace Talks Breakdown

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Listen to BosNewsLife's report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife serbiakosovoBRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have failed to come to an agreement on the status of Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, though they do not rule out an accord later this month.

NEWS WATCH: EU’s Ashton Expects Breakthrough In Kosovo Dispute

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Listen to BosNewsLife via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Catherine-AshtonPRISTINA/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Serbia and Kosovo are close to a deal to end the ethnic partition of the former Serbian province.

NEWS WATCH: Bosnian Serb General Sentenced For Genocide

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife images BUDAPEST/THE HAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- A United Nations court has sentenced former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir to life imprisonment for crimes committed during the Balkan war in the mid-1990s, including his involvement in killing thousands of Muslims.

BREAKING NEWS: Macedonia Sentences Orthodox Archbishop To 3 Years Jail

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife bishopSKOPJE/BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Macedonian court sentenced the archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Macedonia to three years in prison on what his denomination and activists called Wednesday, July 3, "false charges" of money laundering, while fourteen co-defendants received suspended jail terms.

Serbia Compares Detention Hadzic With Capture Osama bin Landen (Profile)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Goran HadzicBELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Serbia says the successful detention of the last fugitive war crimes suspect from the Balkan wars involved an operation that was as difficult as finding terrorist Osama bin Laden.  Wednesday's announced arrest of Goran Hadzic in northern Serbia ended a seven-year manhunt.  

Kosovo’s Serb Christians Face “Rising Attacks” Against Orthodox Sites

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KOSOVOCHURCHBELGRADE/PRISTINA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo struggle with a "sharp rise" in threats and vandalism against their churches and other religious sites, human rights investigators told BosNewsLife Tuesday, January 22.

BREAKING NEWS: Mladic Arrives In Netherlands For War Crimes Trial (NEWS WATCH)

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By BosNewsLife News Center BELGRADE/AMSTERDAM/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Serbian government plane carrying former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has landed in the Netherlands, where he will be tried by the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal on genocide charges, including Europe's worst massacre since World War Two.

NEWS WATCH: Heat Wave Causing Misery in Europe

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest picturenowBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe is trying to overcome a stubborn heat wave that has overshadowed Europe's largest music festival and caused wild fires in the Balkans.

NEWS WATCH: Yugoslav Army Chief Sentenced for War Crimes

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/THE HAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- The Netherlands-based United Nations war crimes tribunal has sentenced the former chief of the Yugoslav army, Momcilo Perisic, to 27 years in prison for war crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The crimes included providing crucial military aid to Serb forces during Europe's worst massacre since World War II, and the shelling and sniping of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.