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UN tribunal orders medical examination of former Bosnian Serb military chief

The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today ordered a medical examination of Ratko Mladic, the former head of the Bosnian Serb armed forces who is being tried on genocide charges, to assess whether he is fit for trial.

Security Council extends European peacekeepers in Bosnia

The Security Council today extended for another year the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) that is tasked with ensuring that all sides continue to comply with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Security Council hears of political stagnation

Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to stagnate politically mainly because of politicians’ reluctance to compromise and engage in dialogue, as well as their tendency to abuse the system, even as State institutions face functional and economic pressure that has undermined their efficiency, the Security Council heard today.

'Very low' levels of radiation detected in Europe, UN agency reports

Small amounts of a radioactive particle have been detected in the air in the Czech Republic and other European locations, but they do not pose a health risk to the public, the United Nations nuclear agency reported today.

UN tribunal transfers convicted Bosnian Serb to Denmark to serve rest of jail term

A former senior Bosnian Serb police officer convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a United Nations tribunal has been transferred to Denmark to serve the remainder of his 17-year prison sentence.

UN-backed study projects United States tourists visiting in Europe in greater numbers

United States tourists will gradually start visiting Europe in larger numbers despite the downward revision of the economic outlook in the US, according to a new report released this week by the United Nations agency promoting responsible and ?sustainable tourism.

Kosovo: UN envoy condemns fatal shooting incident in north

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo has strongly condemned yesterday’s shooting incidents in the northern part of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica that resulted in one death and two injuries, and called for an investigation to determine the cause of the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN envoy welcomes conviction for rape and murder during Bosnian conflict

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the conviction of a Bosnian Serb ex-soldier for acts of murder, rape and enslavement during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

UN refugee agency welcomes declaration on ending Balkans refugee crisis

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a joint declaration by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia to expedite the search for solutions for 74,000 remaining refugees from the Balkans conflict of the 1990s.

Moldova must work harder to end discrimination, says UN rights chief

It is vital for authorities in Moldova to ensure an independent judiciary, tackle discrimination and protect the rights of minorities as it works to strengthen democracy, the United Nations human rights chief said today.