Bosnia and Herzegovina
Country in Southeast Europe
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH or B&H, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country at the crossroads of south and southeast Europe, located in the Balkans. The capital and largest city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina borders Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast, and Croatia to the north and southwest. It is not entirely landlocked; in the south it has a narrow coast on the Adriatic Sea within the Mediterranean, which is about 20 kilometres long and surrounds the town of Neum. Bosnia, which is the inland region of the country, has a moderate continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. In the central and eastern regions of the country, the geography is mountainous, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and in the northeast it is predominantly flat. Herzegovina, which is the smaller, southern region of the country, has a Mediterranean climate and is mostly mountainous.
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Bosnia's rival ethnic parties seal a deal on Mostar after a decadeBosnia's largest Croat and Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) parties agreed on Wednesday, under international mediation, on the way the southern town of Mostar should be governed, paving the way for the first..
Montenegro reports first new coronavirus case since May 5Three weeks after declaring it was free of the coronavirus, Montenegro has reported a new COVID-19 case -- a person who arrived from neighbouring Bosnia.
Bosnia's security minister to resign over migrant disputeBosnia's security minister announced his resignation on Tuesday over what he called a lack of support in handling a migrant crisis from a government plagued by infighting.
Bosnian court rejects request to detain regional PM over ventilators dealBosnia's state court ordered the release on Sunday of a regional prime minister and two other men suspected of corruption in connection with the import of defective ventilators for coronavirus..
IMF says Bosnia's failure to disburse IMF emergency aid is unprecedentedFive weeks after the International Monetary Fund gave Bosnia $370.46 million in emergency aid to help combat the coronavirus crisis, the funds have still not been disbursed due to a disagreement..
Bosnia police question regional PM over import of defective ventilatorsThe prime minister of Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation Fadil Novalic has been quizzed by police about the import by a fruit processing firm of ventilators for COVID-19 patients that proved..
U.N. court postpones Mladic appeals hearingsThe U.N. court for the former Yugoslavia on Thursday postponed until further notice the appeals hearings of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, citing concerns about his health and travel..
Bosnia to re-open borders with neighbouring countries on June 1Bosnia will re-open borders closed by the coronavirus pandemic with neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia on June 1 and lift restrictions for commercial flights, Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija..
Bosnia and Croatia arrest eight suspected migrant smugglersPolice from Bosnia, Croatia and regional agency Europol caught eight suspected traffickers on Wednesday and blocked the smuggling of 45 migrants into the European Union (EU), Bosnian authorities said.
Bosnia's Serb Republic lifts coronavirus state of emergencyBosnia's autonomous Serb Republic on Thursday lifted a state of emergency introduced in March over the coronavirus epidemic, returning legislative powers to the parliament from the region's president.
Bosnia sets local polls for October 4, but Mostar excluded againBosnia will hold local elections on Oct. 4 but Mostar, an ethnically divided town in the south of the Balkan country where no vote has been held since 2008, will be exempted again, the state election..
Bosnia's coronavirus-free Adriatic resort charges disinfection entrance feeThe authorities in Bosnia's sole Adriatic resort Neum have begun charging an entrance fee for the disinfection of vehicles as a measure to keep the town coronavirus free with the Labour Day holidays..
Bosnia reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases after relaxing lockdownBosnia reported on Wednesday its sharpest daily rise in new coronavirus infections this month after its two autonomous regions had gradually begun to ease lockdowns.
Bosnian region eases lockdown on seniors, reopens some businessesBosnia's autonomous Serb Republic on Monday loosened restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing seniors to leave homes for three hours each workday and some businesses to..
Coronavirus movement ban for seniors, youth illegal: Bosnia's top courtBosnia's top court ruled on Wednesday that a measure curtailing freedom of movement for people older than 65 and younger than 18 to try and halt the spread of the coronavirus is not in line with the..
Bosnians allowed to go home after coronavirus quarantine protestProtesters in Sarajevo who staged a hunger strike over their treatment in coronavirus quarantine were on Tuesday allowed to go home by Bosnian authorities.
Bosnian Serb region declares state of emergency over coronavirusBosnia's autonomous Serb Republic declared a state of emergency on Saturday, handing legislative powers to the region's president to expedite the passage of laws to ease the impact of the coronavirus..
Bosnia's health authorities report first coronavirus deathA Bosnian man became the first to die of the coronavirus in the Balkan country, the manager of a hospital in the northwestern town of Bihac said on Saturday.
Bosnia charges two men with fighting for Islamic StateTwo Bosnian Muslim men were charged with terrorism offences on Friday, over accusations they fought for Islamic State in Syria, the Bosnian state prosecutor's office said.
UK's Prince Charles cancels tour of Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan over coronavirusPrince Charles and his wife Camilla have canceled their tour of Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan after being advised to do so by the British government, a spokesman for the royal couple said on Friday.
Bosnia bars entry to travelers from coronavirus-hit countriesBosnia on Tuesday barred entry to travelers from countries most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, while its Serb region shut all schools and universities and banned public events from March 11 to..
Migrants target Croatian gateway into EU after Turkey opens borderHisham and Said seemed close to reaching Italy, their dream destination, when Croatian authorities caught them and deported them this week back across the border to Bosnia, which is outside the..
Bosnia confirms its first two cases of coronavirus - health ministerBosnia confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus -a middle-aged man who recently visited Italy and his child, the health minister of Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic said on Thursday.
Bosnia war veterans become peace messengers as threats to stability riseThey played football together as young men. Then they fought each other in a 1990s war in three rival Bosnian armies. Now, as the country goes from one crisis to another, the three veterans feel it is..
EU aims to admit six Balkan states under reformed process: commissionerThe European Union still aims to admit the Balkan nations of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia into the bloc, new EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on..
Bosnia indicts Serb army general over Srebrenica genocideA Bosnian war crimes prosecutor on Tuesday indicted a Bosnian Serb former army general for taking part in the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, an atrocity described as..
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Bosnia moves migrants from freezing forest campBosnian authorities, bowing to international pressure, begun moving migrants on Tuesday from a freezing makeshift camp in a forest to more appropriate shelter.
Bosnia postpones repatriation of ex-IS fighters from SyriaBosnia said on Friday that the repatriation of nine ex-Islamic State fighters, along with wives and children, from Syria that had been planned for this weekend, would be delayed until further notice.
Migrants in Bosnia refuse to move from forest campBowing to international pressure, Bosnian authorities agreed on Friday to dismantle a makeshift refugee camp of freezing snow-covered tents, but some migrants living there have been refusing food in..
Bosnia must overhaul judiciary, end political obstruction: reportBosnia must overhaul its complex and opaque justice system and do more to protect the rule of law if it wants to press its case to join the European Union, legal experts said in an EU-commissioned..
Bosnia's parliament endorses new prime ministerZoran Tegeltija was endorsed by parliament on Thursday as Bosnia's new prime minister and said he would work to make up for lost time after a 13-month deadlock on forming a government.
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Post-war Bosnia to take full control of air space for first timeBosnia will take full control of its air space from Thursday for the first time ever after its 1990s war of independence led to a period of oversight by international peace forces.
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