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A 63-year-old imam of a mosque has been “beaten to death” on Saturday in the Muslim-majority city of Novi Pazar in Serbia.

Nazir Salihovic was attacked when he was on his way back home after leading the night prayer at the mosque, the Serbian Islamic Union said in a statement.

It said the attack on Salihovic was “unacceptable” and that an investigation had been launched to identify the attackers.

Kemal Brnicanin, doctor at Novi Pazar Hospital, told Anadolu Agency that...

The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United Nations-backed international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague of 10 offences involving extermination, murder and persecution of civilian populations.

As he entered the...

An illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade lay in ruins on Friday morning after the city authorities destroyed it overnight, despite protests by local Muslims. N1 television reported that police forces blocked the area until Friday morning. The Mufti of Belgrade, Muhamed Jusufspahic, condemned the overnight demolition in the Zemon Polje area. On Friday, on his Facebook account, he called it an “attack on the Muslims in Serbia”. Jusufspahic complained that Serbia's authorities had not...

Groups representing victims of the Bosnian War hit out on Friday at the erection of a monument to Russian mercenaries killed fighting for Bosnian Serb militias in the 1992-1995 conflict. Bosnian Serbs on Wednesday erected a 5.5-meter high monument on a hill in the eastern town of Visegrad to honor the foreign fighters. According to Republika Srpska -- the Bosnian Serb entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina -- 37 Russian mercenaries were killed in the war, seven of them in Visegrad.

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Refugees and migrants using the Balkan route often experience violent, brutal and unlawful treatment by authorities, according to a report published Thursday.

People fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria told researchers for NGO Oxfam, which compiled the “A dangerous game” report, that they had been beaten, robbed and illegally deported by police, border guards and other officials.

The research, conducted for Oxfam by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the...

Refugees endure a miserable, toxic existence in a warehouse in Belgrade. They cling to the hope of reaching Western Europe, but Serbian authorities don't want them to become a permanent fixture in the city.

The derelict train warehouses still stand, tucked behind Belgrade's main rail station. The complex has imposed itself on this part of town since 1882. But soon, it will all be gone. Swept away with the relics of the past and replaced with the glitzy $3.5 billion dollar Belgrade...

Thousands of people from war-torn countries crossed the so-called Western Balkans migration route from Greece, across Macedonia, and to Serbia, on their way to Hungary. But many people who were transiting have been stranded in Serbia and are now living in overcrowded camps.

The refugee surge waned after the closure of the migration route in 2016. However, the crisis continues as many remain in appalling conditions, and others are still arriving.

"When I came I saw that 40...

A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, a poll has revealed.

An average of 55 per cent of people across the 10 European countries surveyed wanted to stop all future immigration from mainly Muslim countries.

The Chatham House study, conducted before US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries, found majorities in all but two of the ten states opposed...

Migrants are stuck in freezing conditions behind the central train station in Belgrade, Serbia, where they survive on one meal a day.

Many of the estimated 1,000 migrants are escaping instability in Afghanistan, where a worsening war with the Taliban has sent record numbers of people fleeing their homes. They have lingered for weeks in legal limbo, unable to move north after European countries along the Balkans shut their borders last year.

“They have been left for months...

In the final day of closing arguments at former Bosnian Serb military chief’s trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague on Tuesday, the defence refuted the charge that Ratko Mladic’s troops terrorised the population of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege of the city.

Mladic’s defence lawyer Dejan Ivetic argued that idea that Bosnian Serb forces operated a reign of terror was fabricated by the Bosniak authorities to win international sympathy....

Coup soldiers attacked civilians with tanks, F-16 jets and helicopters. They targeted innocent civilians deliberately. Turkish parliament and Presidential Complex were also bombed by coup plotters. However, despite this tragic event that no representatives or officials from EU have visited for condolence since failed coup in Turkey.

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees.
The goal of the agreements—described as “compacts”—is “the combatting of causes of flight and a reduction of irregular migration to Europe,”...

Serbia and Slovenia will demand visas as of midnight. Thus, thousands of refugees near the town of Idomeni by the Greek border with Macedonia will not be permitted to enter into Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Serbia’s Interior Ministry said Serbia was informed of the new restrictions scheduled to begin on Tuesday by Slovenia and will act accordingly and close its borders with Macedonia and Bulgaria for refugees and other migrants who do not have valid visas. It also says "Serbia...

The Balkan countries are closing their borders to refugees one by one. As of last night, Slovenia and Serbia began to demand visas from refugees. In a statement by Croatia this morning, it was announced that borders were closed to refugees.
The closures by Slovenia and Serbia come to mean that thousands of refugees waiting in the town of Idomeni near the Greek border with Macedonia will not be allowed to cross into Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Through these measures, European...