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A mass grave believed to contain the bodies of at least 250 ethnic Albanians killed in the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo has been uncovered in Serbia.

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Depending on who you speak to, he was a "magician of self-promotion" or a man who triumphantly led the former Yugoslavia during its golden years. His critics talk disdainfully of his love of Cuban cigars and whiskey – but his supporters say that everything he had belonged to the people. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of his death, the legacy of Josip Broz Tito remains a topic of keen debate.

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A geeky boy with wire-rimmed spectacles, outdated haircut and slightly shiny pinstriped suit seems an unlikely target for irate Serbian nationalists.

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Behud, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Secular Sikh playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's last stage play, Behzti ("Dishonour"), started a riot at the Birmingham Rep in 2004 when religious Sikhs stormed the theatre in protest against fictitious scenes of rape and violence perpetrated in a holy temple and forced the play's withdrawal.

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Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's last play started a riot. Will her follow-up be equally controversial?

Petar Borota: Flamboyant goalkeeper who kept the fans entertained during a fallow period for Chelsea

It was difficult to be neutral about Petar Borota, the Chelsea goalkeeper between 1979 and 1981, a generally glum period of under-achievement at Stamford Bridge.

Charles Crawford: Bosnia will be the real loser in this messy legal battle

Once more, the London courts may find themselves making far-reaching legal rulings with momentous political implications for other countries. In 1998, the alleged crimes of Augusto Pinochet became the focus of the courts right up to the House of Lords when the former Chilean dictator was arrested in London.

Ejup Ganic: war criminal or just a political pawn?

Ex-Bosnian president denies involvement in crimes that have seen him jailed in Britain

Observations: Peggy Lee fever strikes again

Peggy Lee, the singer best known for that definitive version of "Fever", is set to return to the charts this month, sampled on a dance tune. Her vocal provides the hook for "Why Don't You" by a producer called Gramophonedzie, aka Marko Milicevic, a Serbian DJ working out of Belgrade, who is set to be the first Balkan house producer to make a name here. His tune is based on Lee's version of the blues standard "Why Don't You Do Right?", a hit in 1943, later covered by Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Last year, Milicevic's version was crowned an Ibiza anthem and has now been picked up by the house imprint Positiva. Serbia has long boasted a vibrant dance scene, so international success for a homegrown artist is overdue.

Charles Crawford: Ejup Ganic and the 1992 Volunteer Street Massacre

The arrest of former Bosnian leader Ejup Ganic at Heathrow in response to an arrest warrant issued in Belgrade flows from events 18 years ago in Sarajevo.

Karadzic defends himself against genocide charges

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic today defended himself against genocide charges, claiming attacks against Muslims were self defence.

Charles Crawford: Language is a tool which must be kept well-honed to do its job

Language does not decay unless it ceases to be used for communication. It changes, sometimes other people's usage (or mistakes) grate upon those who say it differently, but the language itself is not in any danger.

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