The Bosnian Federation government, half of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s dual ruling powers, called for early elections after hundreds of people were hurt in protests in the ex-Yugoslav republic’s worst violence since 1995.
Lawsuits claiming Saudi Arabia aided al-Qaeda and should be held liable for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack was revived by a U.S. appeals court in a decision that allows victims and their families another chance to seek compensation from the kingdom.
In the spring of 1992, at the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, an exchange between General Ratko Mladic and a Serb artillery colonel commanding positions above the city was intercepted and recorded. "Fire on Velesici and Pofalici," General Mladic ordered, referring to two Sarajevo neighborhoods. "There aren’t many Serbs there." A certain glee in his voice is audible as he refines his order: "Don’t let them sleep. Make them lose their minds."
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s long-term foreign-currency sovereign-credit ratings were cut to B from B+ by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, which cited political disputes that are preventing the formation of a government.
Haiti and the Philippines suffered the biggest climate-related disasters last year, a study showed as United Nations envoys from 195 nations discussed ways to assist countries coping with the impacts of global warming.