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Soldiers work on a map of Poland for the peace conference following the first World War. Photograph: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images

Nearly 100 years ago, the Great War ended with the defeat of the Central Powers. Their military collapse went hand-in-hand with the disappearance from(...)

Radovan Karadzic:  was found responsible for crimes including the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo, which claimed about 10,000 lives. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has urged United Nations judges to quash his convictions for genocide and war crimes, claiming they were b(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Political tension in Kosovo has eased after Serbs scrapped plans to seek more autonomy in defiance of the government, as EU foreign policy chief Fede(...)

EU high commissioner for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini: “The western Balkans countries are European, and will be part of the European Union.” Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Turkish accession to the EU should remain on hold because of concerns about human rights abuses, the European Commission has recommended. “Turkey con(...)

Ganoderma applanatum or artists’ conk mushrooms.

The medicinal use of mushrooms in Asian culture is widely known, but what is less known is that some of the most potent Asian medicinal mushrooms grow(...)

Milo Djukanovic: portrayed himself as only candidate who could ensure Montenegro remained on a pro-western path, with hopes of joining the EU by 2025, and fending off Russian influence. Photograph: Stevo Vasiljevic

Milo Djukanovic has pledged to guide Montenegro towards European Union membership after a presidential election victory gave him an eighth term in pow(...)

Milo Djukanovic said victory in Sunday’s presidential elections “is more important for Montenegro and its path than to me personally”. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Montenegro’s long-time leader Milo Djukanovic will seek a return to power on Sunday, in presidential elections held amid rising concern over mafia kil(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

There was an almost fourfold increase in cases of “extreme exploitation’’ of migrant workers in Ireland last year, a Dublin conference was told on Wed(...)

 Vojislav Seselj: “I am proud of all my war crimes and crimes against humanity and am ready to repeat them.” File photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

A UN war crimes court on Wednesday overturned an acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj on charges of persecution and inhumane acts – but the(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (C), Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (R) and leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians political party Istvan Pasztor (2L). Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

Several times a day, a pair of ageing railway cars trundle across a bridge over the Tisza river between Hungary and Ukraine, through a border crossin(...)

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