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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

Kosovan president forced to step down

Kosovo's president resigned yesterday, potentially destabilising the political scene before talks with Belgrade, which still refuses to recognise the former Serbian province's independence.

Tipsarevic sparkles for Serbia to book Davis Cup final showdown with France

Janko Tipsarevic was Serbia's hero after he beat Radek Stepanek in the decisive rubber to propel his country to their first Davis Cup final with a nerve-jangling 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Super Sava: Find beauty, wildlife and history on the shores of this mighty river

The Sava runs for 1,000km from the Julian Alps to the Danube

Charles Crawford: Belgrade must accept history and finally confront need for action on Srebrenica

Belgrade is having a gloomy time in foreign courts. First the International Court of Justice last week gave an advisory opinion on Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration which was widely seen as a significant victory for Kosovo.

Allowed to remain in Britain, the Bosnian accused of war crimes

A judge yesterday threw out an attempt by Serbia to extradite a former Bosnian president for war crimes after ruling that the request was "politically motivated" and an abuse of the British judicial process.

Belgrade loses fight over Kosovo independence

UN's highest court backs 2008 declaration as Nato steps up presence amid fears of violent backlash from Serbian minority

48 Hours In: Belgrade

With a new low-cost link making it easier to reach, discover the charms of the Serbian capital, says Mick Webb

Book Of A Lifetime: Danube, By Claudio Magris

The Balkans shaped the opening and close of our last century, but for poorly prepared Westerners they remain, even now, a distant cauldron into which we like to toss our prejudices, ignorance and jokes; an indeterminate, Ruritanian region, full of people with names like Zog and nowhere better evoked than in the novels of John Buchan and Dornford Yates. Asked in 1921 to consider an invitation to become king of Albania, Lord Inchape is supposed to have stared at the motorcyclist who brought him the urgent message, and replied: "Where is it?" (He declined on the grounds "It's not in my line."). Nor does prejudice vanish on the ground. "Who ever saw a green horse or an intelligent Serb?" is a Romanian proverb of lengthy stock.

Horrors of Bosnian War relived in British court

An engineering professor masterminded a series of war crimes, including ordering the execution of wounded Yugoslav soldiers, when he briefly became President of Bosnia at the outbreak of war 18 years ago, a court in London heard yesterday.

The problem is all in Rooney's mind, says Italian coach

For the second time in a week Wayne Rooney marched out of a football stadium with a face like thunder on Friday night, clutching a coffee carton just as tightly as the half-eaten apple he had in his hand after the draw with the USA six days earlier. No FCUK U boots on his feet this time because Rooney did not need any subliminal way of conveying his message.

Mladic's wife held over weapons in Belgrade

The wife of fugitive war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, has been questioned over illegal weapons found at the family home.

Birmingham complete Zigic deal

Birmingham have finalised the signing of Serbia striker Nikola Zigic on a four-year contract.

Mladic is dead, family tells war crimes tribunal

The family of the Bosnian Serb war-time commander Ratko Mladic is seeking to bring the search for the genocide suspect to an end by having him declared legally dead.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness