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Svetozar Gligoric: Grandmaster who challenged Soviet dominance

Svetozar Gligoric was among the world's top 10 chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and was considered one of the world's best players never to win the world championship, although he did go close.

Andros Townsend separates his team-mate Danny Rose and Sasa Markovic of Serbia

Serbian FA seek formal statements from all players and staff following racism accusations during England under-21 match

All Serbia's players and staff involved in Tuesday night's hugely controversial UEFA under-21 play-off against England have been asked to make formal statements.

Serbia Under-21 international Nikola Ninkovic claims he was provoked by Danny Rose's 'inappropriate gestures'

Serbia Under-21 international Nikola Ninkovic has conceded his post-match conduct in the clash with England was wrong but insists he was provoked by Danny Rose's “inappropriate gestures” towards the home supporters.

Fisherman Renato Grbic on his boat under Belgrade's Pancevo bridge

Superman of the Danube plucks suicidal jumpers from the river

On a bright autumn day, Renato Grbic was out fishing on the Danube with his brother when he heard a big splash. At first, he thought somebody had thrown something off Pancevo bridge. Then he saw a man flailing in the water. "We hurried and pulled the man out," Mr Grbic recalled. "I remember telling him: 'Such a glorious day and you want to kill yourself!'."

Book of a lifetime: The Bridge Over the Drina by Ivo Andric

My life took an irrevocable turn in 2001, when I visited the former Yugoslavia for the first time and fell in love with the place. That visit was rapidly succeeded by others, to the incomprehension of friends. The region divides people. Its distinctive mixture of gaiety and tragedy either moves or repulses. To me, what has happened repeatedly to the people living in the region, and ways in which they've responded to those man-made disasters, seems not a distortion but a paradigm of human experience.

Vujnovich, far right, with a group of airmen saved by Halyard, and other OSS operatives, in 1944

George Vujnovich: OSS agent whose Operation Halyard saved allied airmen

A runway for the cargo planes was built on a plateau only 50 yards wide halfway up a mountain

Radovan Karadzic asks judges to dismiss charges against him

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic today asked UN judges to dismiss his war crimes case halfway through the trial.

Coach Vicente del Bosque (top left) overlooks the preparations of his Spain squad ahead of their Euro 2012 opener against Italy

Del Bosque convinced everything will be all right on the night for champions

Spain's astute coach can calm any frayed nerves as his tired team seeks to make history

Leading article: Lessons to be learned from Sarajevo

The sight of a river of empty red chairs running down the length of Marshal Tito Boulevard in Sarajevo, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the start of the siege of the Bosnian capital, has been poignant. Twenty years on from the beginning of the war in April 1992, a conflict that would go on to claim about 100,000 lives, more than 11,000 in Sarajevo – hence the red chairs, one per victim – it seems incredible that the West allowed it to happen in the first place.

Verica Barac: Serbian activist who exposed corruption

Verica Barac, who died earlier this month at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, was Serbia's most prominent anti-corruption activist and headed the country's Anti-Corruption Council. Barac came to the council's helm in 2003, as a new pro-Western government began to recover from years of wars and international sanctions suffered during Slobodan Milosevic's decade-long rule. She exposed numerous corruption scandals, such as dubious privatisation deals made during the country's transition to a market economy.

Serbia: Stolen Picassos found by police

Police have recovered two paintings by Pablo Picasso stolen in 2008 from a gallery in Switzerland.

Hadzic extradited to face war-crimes court

The last Balkan war-crimes suspect was extradited to the UN tribunal in The Hague yesterday, after being allowed last-minute visits with relatives.

Goran Hadzic extradited to Hague tribunal

The last Balkan war-crimes suspect has been extradited to the UN tribunal for prosecution today after being allowed last-minute visits with relatives, including his sick mother.

Serbian president warns of war crimes network

Serbia's last major war crimes suspect was able to evade capture thanks to a network of hardliners and may have spent time in Russia, according to the Serb President and investigators.

Serbia's last remaining war crimes suspect held after seven years on run

Goran Hadzic's arrest paves way for his country's entry to the EU
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