U.N. Kosovo mission awaiting word on power handover

PRISTINA (Reuters) – U.N. authorities in Kosovo expect instructions within days on how to proceed after June 15, when Albanians hope to receive a raft of new powers under their first state constitution, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday. U.N. veto holder Russia is blocking the transfer of powers from …

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Bosnia search for missing becomes global resource

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – An agency set up to identify the dead of the Yugoslav wars is now sharing its missing persons expertise with nations including Lebanon, Colombia and Iraq. “Effectively, we have the biggest human identification laboratory in the world,” Kathryne Bomberger, the head of the Sarajevo-based International Commission for …

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Clear winner in Macedonia vote, guns still in play

SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski scored an overwhelming election victory on Sunday but the violence that marred the poll may perpetuate divisions and delay the country’s progress towards European Union membership. Gruevski’s conservative VMRO-DPMNE party will have the healthiest majority in parliament in more than a decade, …

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