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The Balkans

Mladic assails genocide hearing with his kidney ailment

FORMER Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic complained yesterday about his health, courtroom cameras and what he called media’s lies during an hour-long pre-trial hearing at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Daria Sito-Sucic: Political stagnation threatens Bosnia

HOPES for the quick appointment of a government in Bosnia were hardly high when rival ethnic nationalists polled Daria Sito-Sucic strongly in an election last October.

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Kosovans withdraw after Nato steps in

SPECIAL police units that moved into Kosovo's disputed north overnight on Monday will withdraw as part of a deal between Kosovo and Serbia, brokered by Nato.

Serbian suspect refuses to enter a plea at war crimes tribunal

Serbia's last major war crimes suspect has refused to enter a plea on charges over the 1991-1995 Croatian war when he made a brief first appearance at the United Nation's Yugoslavia tribunal.

Balkan war suspect set to face UN tribunal

THE last Balkan war crimes suspect was extradited to the United Nations tribunal yesterday for prosecution after being allowed to pay a last-minute visit to his ailing mother.

Last Serbian war crime fugitive held

THE last fugitive sought by the UN Balkan war crimes tribunal was arrested yesterday, answering intense international demands for his capture and boosting the country's hopes of becoming a candidate for European Union membership.

Serb prosecutor seeks to interview Ratko Mladic

SERBIA'S war crimes prosecutor will seek permission from a UN tribunal to question former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic as part of its own investigation into wartime atrocities against Serbs.

Ratko Mladic a 'dead' man

RATKO Mladic is dying from Hodgkin's disease, according to medical documents seen by Alo, a Serbian newspaper. The paper said the documentation had been handed over by Mladic's lawyer and confirmed he was suffering from the last stages of the disease.

Mladic dismisses charges of genocide as 'monstrous'

RATKO Mladic belied his frail appearance yesterday to defiantly reject genocide charges laid before him at a United Nations war crimes tribunal. In his first appearance at The Hague following his arrest, the former Bosnian Serb army commander dismissed the allegations that he orchestrated some of the worst atrocities of the Bosnian conflict as "obnoxious" and "monstrous words".

Daria Sito-Sucic: A man is on trial - but a nation will be judged as well

The trial of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, known as the "butcher of the Balkans", may serve justice by exposing the truth about the war in Bosnia, but reconciliation of its divided people is still far off.

Ratko Mladic shuns 'obnoxious charges' at war crimes trial

RATKO Mladic has told a United Nations war crimes court he is "a gravely ill man" and refused to enter pleas to "obnoxious charges" alleging he orchestrated the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives.

Dutch revisit humiliation of Srebrenica

The trial of Ratko Mladic in the Hague will reopen old wounds in the Netherlands, whose troops were defending Muslims in the United Nations' "safe haven" at Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb tanks rolled in. What followed in July 1995 was a Dutch national humiliation.

Mladic treated for cancer in Serbia hospital, says lawyer

CAPTURED Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic was treated for cancer in a Serbian hospital while he was on the run, his lawyer claimed last night.

Mladic accused of delaying tactics after launch of extradition appeal

The lawyer for war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has formally filed an appeal against the former general's detention - a move that is likely to delay his extradition for at least a day.

Joan McAlpine: Trying Mladic won't cure Bosnia's ills

Bosnia's economy is ruined, many of its people unemployed and more violence waits in the wings

Mladic did not order Srebrenica massacre, says son

RATKO Mladic claims he did not order the massacre of 8,000 people in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, his son said yesterday.

Bosnia's Muslims remember the dead

UP TO 2,000 Muslim Bosniaks converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad yesterday to remember friends and relatives killed there by forces led by Ratko Mladic at the start of the country's 1992-95 war.

Ratko Mladic: Reputation, time and luck finally run out

In an interview in 1997, Ratko Mladic was defiant when asked whether he thought he would ever be arrested.

Chris Stephen: Serbian patriotism proved no substitute for food on the table

SERBIAN nationalism is a powerful force that triggered wars across the Balkans more than a decade ago - but the arrest of Ratko Mladic is proof that in the end it proved no match for Belgrade's need for foreign cash.

Ravaged face of a monster: Ratko Mladic ruled fit to face trial

former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic has been judged fit to be extradited to face trial at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

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