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REFILE-Environmentalists seek tougher EU curbs on Balkan coal power plants

19 Feb 2019

SARAJEVO, Feb 19 Environmentalists urged EU policy makers on Tuesday to take a tougher stance on air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans, blaming the fumes for 3,900 deaths across Europe each year.

ArcelorMittal's bid to buy stake in Bosnian iron ore mine rejected

30 Jan 2019

SARAJEVO ArcelorMittal's application to bid for the Bosnian government's stake in the Ljubija iron ore mine has been rejected over procedural issues, prompting the world's largest steelmaker to warn of risks to the future of mining in the area.

Syrian children in focus at Sarajevo museum on war and childhood

27 Jan 2019

SARAJEVO Toys, house keys and diaries hang suspended from the ceiling or sit on plain white pedestals at Sarajevo's War Childhood Museum in a simple tribute to the children living in the shadow of the war in Syria.

Beset by protests, Serb leader stages lavish reception for Putin

17 Jan 2019

BELGRADE Serbia's pro-Western President Aleksandar Vucic staged a lavish welcome for Vladimir Putin on Thursday - even presenting the visiting Russian leader with a puppy - in what critics called a bid to deflect attention from weeks of anti-government protests.

Public anger as air pollution in Western Balkan cities worsens

04 Dec 2018

SARAJEVO When winter arrives in the Western Balkans, it is not unusual for dense smog to envelop its cities, making it hard to breathe and impairing visibility. But this year, pollution levels are among the highest in the world and public anger is on the rise.

Serbia plans to halt dam boom in protected areas

27 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO Serbia has drafted a new law to ban the construction of small hydro power plants in protected areas, bowing to pressure from environmentalists aiming to preserve a network of waterways that see the Balkans dubbed the "blue heart" of Europe.

Bosnia's new presidency sworn in, rivalry looms

20 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO A pro-Russian Serb nationalist who wants the Bosnian army dismantled and pro-NATO Croat and Bosniak supporters of a multi-ethnic Bosnia were sworn in on Tuesday as new members of the state presidency, with rivalry looming among them.

Bosnian musicians keep Sephardic Jews' dwindling language alive

05 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO Sephardic Jews in Bosnia have kept their language alive ever since they were expelled from Spain in the late 15th century and found a home in Sarajevo, but today it is spoken by only a handful of the city's ageing Jews.

Depleted Western Balkan rivers hit power generation, up prices

01 Nov 2018

BELGRADE A protracted drought and higher than average September-October temperatures have lowered water levels across the Western Balkans, hitting hydropower output and driving up power prices.

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