Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic  in court on Wednesday in The Hague, where a UN tribunal increased his sentence for war crimes from 40 years to life. Photograph:  Peter Dejong/AFP/Getty Images

A United Nations tribunal has rejected former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s appeal against his conviction for genocide and war crimes, and in(...)

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general, enters the courtroom in The Hague today to hear the verdict from the United Nations war crimes tribunal. He  was convicted of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Photograph:  Peter Dejong/Pool via New York Times

Two Bosnians living in Ireland react to the conviction on Wednesday for genocide of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic by a UN tribunal at The(...)

Europe’s jails

Ireland spends two thirds more per prisoner every day keeping them in our jails than our neighbours in Britain do. Annual data from 45 states of the C(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

Bosnian Serb candidate for mayor of Srebrenica Mladen Grujicic: he denies that the  massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town in 1995 amounted to genocide, stoking fears among Bosniaks that the town’s tragic recent history could be played down. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Concern is growing in Srebrenica amid confusion over whether a Bosnian Serb, who denies that the 1995 massacre there was genocide, has ousted the Mus(...)

A supporter of Vojislav Seselj holds a placard depicting Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic during an anti-government rally in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Belgian lawyer Serge Brammertz has dedicated almost 15 years of his life to putting war criminals from former Yugoslavia behind bars. On Thursday at (...)

Radovan Karadzic (right) and his general Ratko Mladic pictured in April 1995. The United Nations war crimes tribunal will hand down its verdict today in Karadzic’s trial for genocide during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Photograph: Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

Radovan Karadzic finally faces a legal reckoning for his actions as Bosnian Serb leader more than 20 years ago, but today’s court verdict will find Bo(...)

Serbia’s president Tomislav Nikolic with France’s sustainable development and energy minister Ségolène Royal at the UN conference on climate change in Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia is taking a step towards eventual accession to the European Union by opening the first two chapters of its membership negotiations, amid renewe(...)

Bosnian Muslim women  gather  in Potocari to remember the dead.  Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

To listen to the broadcast Hajra Catic stands perfectly still, her eyes half closed, as if hearing it for the first time. “The dead and wounded(...)

Serb prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: said a testing month lay ahead for his country and the region. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images

A plan to “reboot” Bosnia’s faltering European Union integration has stumbled at the first hurdle, as the country’s Serb-run region blocked a key r(...)

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