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Graft trial opens for ex-Dinamo Zagreb boss.

ZAGREB, April 27 — Former Dinamo Zagreb chairman Zdravko Mamic pleaded not guilty today to multi-million euro corruption charges at the start of his trial before a local court, labelling them a hideous lie'. Mamic is considered the most...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much.

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

- Balkan Insight - UK

New Apostolic Nuncio for Malta appointed.

Monsignor Alessandro D'Errico, titular Archbishop of Carini and currently Apostolic Nuncio in Croatia, has been appointed new Apostolic Nuncio for Malta. Mgr D'Errico was born in Frattamaggiore in Naples, Italy, in 1950. He was ordained priest in 1974 and he was incardinated in the Diocese of Aversa.  He studied at the ...

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Azerbaijan joins international defense exhibition in Croatia.

- Today.Az - AZ

Cycling challenge donates €70,000 for children's cancer research.

The ALIVE Charity Foundation has presented €70,000 to the Research Trust of the University of Malta. The money will go towards the University's specialised programme in children cancer research.   The sum was collected by cyclists who last year took part in a  gruelling 1100km ride from Croatia to the Vatican City in ...

- - MT

Croatian Party Ex-Leader 'Was Yugoslav Informer'.

A former Yugoslav State Security Service official alleged in court that the former leader of the governing Croatian Democratic Union, Tomislav Karamarko, was an informer in the 1980s.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Balkan States Suffer Decline in Media Freedom.

Reporters Without Borders' latest World Press Freedom Index says media freedoms are diminishing in several Balkan countries, with Croatia and Serbia registering the worst declines over the past year.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Two dead, five missing as Croatian boats crash off Dubrovnik.

Two people died and five were missing in the Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik, Croatia, after their inflatable dinghy was struck by a coastguard ship, authorities said Wednesday

- The Daily Star - LB

After half a dozen trips abroad, I'm convinced an old-school travel tool is always worth the money.

Business InsiderI'll admit that when my college roommate whipped out a guidebook on a trip to Croatia a few years back, I was skeptical. Who wants to lug an unnecessary book across international borders? I'm very attached to packing light. Plus, don't we have the internet for that? But half a dozen trips later, I've ...

- Business Insider - US

Migrant reception center near northwestern border to close.

The Municipal Security Council in the northwestern municipality of Sid, near the border with Croatia, had decided to shut down a local migrant reception center. The facility in question is located near the Serbian town's railway station, Beta is reporting on Tuesday, citing Belgrade-based daily Blic.

- B92 - SK

Infosys opens centre in Croatia.

IT services major Infosys on Tuesday announced it was strengthening its engineering footprint in Eastern Europe by opening its first delivery center in Karlovac, Croatia. The new facility will me...

- The Hindu - IN

Slovenian leader wants talks on EU systematic border checks

Slovenia's prime minister is seeking discussions over increased border controls that have led to huge lines of cars forming on the country's border with Croatia.

- FOX News - US

Anti-fascists and Jews boycott Croatia memorial at WWII death camp

Croatia honoured on Sunday the victims of its most brutal World War II death camp, an event again snubbed by ethnic Serbs, Jews and anti-fascists who accuse authorities of tolerating a pro-Nazi ideology. Conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, several ministers and foreign diplomats attended a...

- The Raw Story - US

Serbs Recall Childhood Jailing in Croatian WWII Camp

Serbs who were imprisoned as children in the Croatian World War II concentration camp at Jasenovac tell their traumatic and emotional stories in a new documentary.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatian PM hopes border chaos won't affect tourism

Croatia's prime minister said yesterday that he hopes to find a solution to new border crossing problems before the start of the tourist season. Changes to Schengen rules have caused chaos on its border with Slovenia.

- EurActive - UK

International appointment for Helen O'Grady academy principal

Well-known actor Alan Montanaro, principal of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Malta has been invited to join the academy's international training and development team. A number of new branches are expected to open in several new territories, including Moscow, Turkey, Croatia, Asia and South America. The concept and ...

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Ten member states register surplus

Ten countries – including Malta – in the European Union registered a surplus in 2016, Eurostat reported yesterday. Luxembourg , Malta , Sweden , Germany , Greece , the Czech Republic , Cyprus and the Netherlands , Estonia and Lithuania registered a government surplus, while Bulgaria and Latvia reported a government ...

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Croatian Military Policemen Jailed for Lora Prison Crimes

Three former Croatian military policemen were jailed for crimes against Serb prisoners of war who were beaten and tortured at the Lora prison camp in the coastal city of Split in 1992.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatia football 'boss' Mamic faces major graft trial

ZAGREB, April 25 — Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure. Mamic,...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play

Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape.

- FOX News - US

Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play

SPLIT, Croatia " Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape.Oliver Frljic's "Our violence and Your Violence" deals with...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Jasenovac victims honored at former death camp site

Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday attended a commemoration for the Jasenovac victims, held at the site of one of the death camp's largest killing grounds. The camp in Donja Gradina - now a town in the Serb Republic , in Bosnia-Herzegovina, near the border with Croatia - was formed in 1942 as part of the Jasenovac ...

- B92 - SK

Rival Events Commemorate Croatian WWII Camp Victims

Croatia's Jews, Serbs and anti-fascists have again boycotted the state commemoration of victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp over claims that the government tolerates pro-fascist activities.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Archana stars as India claim team gold

Archana Kamath spearheaded India to the team gold in the Junior girls category of the ITTF Junior Circuit Belgium Open table tennis tournament at Spa on Saturday.The Indian team, comprising Archana, Moumita Datta and Priyank Pareekh, posted a 3-2 win over a team comprising players from USA, Croatia and England. In the group ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site

Tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Gypsies died in death camps run by Croatia's pro-Nazi puppet state in World War II.

- Stars and Stripes - US

When My Perfect European Road Trip Ended in Tragedy

A nine-day motorcycle trip through Croatia went from idyllic to horrific.

- OZY - US

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp

Croatian anti-fascists and Serb minority groups have held a commemoration ceremony at the site of a notorious World War II death camp, boycotting the official event over alleged government inaction to curb the surge of neo-Nazi sentiment in the Balkan country.

- FOX News - US

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site

ZAGREB, Croatia " Croatian anti-fascists and Serb minority groups on Saturday held a commemoration ceremony at the site of a notorious World War II death camp, boycotting the official event over alleged government inaction in...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Catholic Church condemns Croatian play featuring Jesus Christ Muslim rape scene

The play features a hijab-clad woman being raped by Jesus after pulling a national flag from her genitals. The Catholic Church says it was inundated with complaints from its disgusted members.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Croatian capital to build 3.5-meter tall Tudjman statue

The mayor of Croatia's capital Zagreb, Milan Bandic, has signed a contract to design a 3.5-meter tall statue of former Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. "The statue will be installed in the meadow on the corner of Grada Vukovara and Hrvatske Bratske Zajednice streets," Bandic announced, reported.

- B92 - SK

Dishonour for Zagreb Over 'Alternative Facts' About Holocaust

The Zagreb authorities have showed their disrespect for World War II victims by honouring a film-maker whose documentary downplays the crimes committed at the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Regional ministerial team to deal with Agrokor fallout

Regional officials who met in Belgrade on Wednesday to discuss the Agrokor crisis have decided to form a ministerial team. It has been set up to maintain daily communication to exchange information and undertake joint activities aimed at protecting jobs, supplier interests and stable operation of companies within Croatia's ...

- B92 - SK

Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has "the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans." In addition, Bushati says that Albania is "a bastion against Russia's influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia."

- B92 - SK

Ukraine's envoy to Serbia: S-300s never supplied to Croatia – media

Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Oleksandr Aleksandrovych has denied that Ukraine has ever supplied S-300 missile systems to Croatia in the past 25 years, according to Serbia's, which quoted that country's state news agency Tanjug.


Zagreb Award For Jasenovac Film Director Draws Protests

Zagreb city assembly has awarded the maker of a controversial documentary on the Ustasa-run concentration camp at Jasenovac - despite claims that it sets out to downplay the crimes committed there during World War II.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Perkovic Defence Lodges Appeal Before German Court

The lawyer of former Yugoslav State Security Service officer Josip Perkovic confirmed they had filed an appeal before the court in the case of the murder of a Croatian émigré in Germany in 1983.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatian activists fear rivers facing hydroelectric peril

Swans glide peacefully over green river waters in the central Croatian area of Karlovac, a tranquil spot popular with fishermen and swimmers that environmentalists fear could be devastated by hydropower projects.

- The Daily Star - LB

Belgrade to host regional meeting on Agrokor crisis

Belgrade will host a meeting between Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's meeting with Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian and Montenegrin trade and economy ministers. They will be joined by Serbia's agriculture minister "to discuss the status of the Agrokor company headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia," Beta reported.

- B92 - SK

Now Ukraine denies delivering S-300s to Croatia

Ukraine's Ambassador in Belgrade Oleksandr Aleksandrovych has denied that his country installed missile systems S-300 in Croatia, Tanjug is reporting. Aleksandrovych said that, in this context, he found a statement given to the agency late last week by Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin "interesting."

- B92 - SK

Serbia Hosts Agrokor Summit Without Croatia

Serbia's Trade Minister on Wednesday will host a joint meeting with trade ministers from Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro on the Agrokor crisis - but apparently without a Croatian representative.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatia presents its first two PzH 2000s

On 13 April the Croatian Ministry of Defence presented the country's first two Panzerhaubitze 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzers , which were bought second-hand from Germany, modified to Croatian standards, and arrived in the country a few days before. The two SPHs are the first

- Jane’s - US

Moscow reacts to reports about weapons deliveries to Croatia

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that the goal of recent articles in Croatian media was to undermine Moscow's relations with Balkan countries. "The goal of the propaganda campaign, built on malicious speculations around fake news, is quite obvious: the task is to damage Russia's cooperation with friendly states in ...

- B92 - SK

Agrokor Crisis Threatens Croatia's Small Farmers With Ruin

While the crisis facing Croatia's giant retailer remains in the focus of attention, the disastrous potential effects of this crisis on Agrokor's suppliers have mostly been ignored.

- Balkan Insight - UK