News Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his general Ratko Mladic are seen on Mountain Vlasic in April 1995

Serb army commander sends off for his false teeth - and dismisses UN war crimes tribunal as 'satanic court'

Kiro Gligorov: President of Macedonia throughout the Nineties

While Yugoslavia was descending into chaos in the early 1990s, fate smiled upon its most obscure breakaway republic, the Republic of Macedonia.

Serbian refuses to enter plea on war crimes charges

Serbia's last major war crimes suspect refused to enter a plea on charges over the Croatian war, between 1991 and 1995, when he made his first appearance yesterday at the UN's Yugoslavia tribunal.

War crimes suspect Goran Hadzic in court

Serbia's last major war crimes suspect refused to enter a plea on charges over the 1991-1995 Croatian war when he made a brief first appearance at the UN's Yugoslavia tribunal today.

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There was once this woman," the title story opens. "She was quite famous, in a way." Social smiling masks the private world. The smiling woman lives above an unspeakable abyss. Its looming presence in the round of Jenny Jamieson's day is signalled in the numb, glazed tone that characterises the fable.

Mladic ejected from court after outburst at judge

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander was removed from the courthouse in The Hague yesterday for repeatedly interrupting the judge with complaints about his treatment, during what should have been a straightforward plea hearing.

Mladic completes jail medical tests

Ratko Mladic has been transferred to a regular cell at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal's detention unit after completing medical tests.

Down the hall, Karadzic case slowly grinds on

As Ratko Mladic made his first appearance before the international criminal tribunal in The Hague's Courtroom One yesterday, his alleged accomplice Radovan Karadzic continued to defend himself against identical charges of genocide and crimes against humanity down the hall in Courtroom Three.

'Fit for trial' prisoner faces quick extradition to The Hague

Ratko Mladic yesterday failed to persuade a Serbian court that he was too ill to face a trial, meaning he could be extradited to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague within days.

From Srebrenica to The Hague: The day justice finally caught up with Ratko Mladic

The damage inflicted by the former Bosnian Serb military commander is more than his trial can repair.

Ratko Mladic: Genocide suspect, goat herd, 'God'

General Ratko Mladic's ruthlessness was legendary: "Burn their brains!" he once bellowed as his men pounded Sarajevo with artillery fire.

Album: Miloš;The Guitar, (Deutsche Grammophon)

Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglic was a child prodigy who became a star of Yugoslavian TV and radio in his teens before studying at London's Royal Academy, where he received the Julian Bream Award from the celebrated guitar legend himself – a passing-on of the torch which bears its first fruit with this striking debut album.

War crimes court jails ex-Croatian general Ante Gotovina for 24 yrs

A UN war crimes tribunal convicted a former Croatian general of orchestrating a campaign of murder and plunder to drive around 200,000 Serbs from a rebel enclave of Croatia, sentencing him to 24 years in prison.

The diva, her warlord and a football fraud trial

The wife of the late war criminal Arkan is accused of stealing €4.5m in a case dividing Serbia

Chris Cviic: Broadcaster and writer who became a leading expert on Yugoslavia and the Balkans

Chris Cviic was a writer and broadcaster who became a leading expert on the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans. Born in Croatia, the son of a businessman, he settled in Britain in 1954. His career took him to the BBC World Service, to St Antony's College, Oxford, to Chatham House and finally to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, which promotes foreign investment and economic reform in former communist countries.

Germany urged to strip Tito of honour after claims he ordered assassinations

Germany has has been asked to posthumously strip the late Yugoslav leader Tito (born Josip Broz) of its highest state decoration.

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