Marija Vasic’s degree from Belgrade University does her no good in her current occupation: hawking rolling papers on a cobblestoned Belgrade street alongside sellers offering bootleg handbags and watches.
The United Nations today failed to clear up conflicting claims about chemical weapons in Syria, after a former war-crimes prosecutor said there were signs that rebels, not government forces, had used sarin gas.
Ljubica Mladic, a 76-year-old pensioner, says Serbia should join the European Union. Ljubica Rovic, an unemployed wallpaper hanger, says it shouldn’t. Mladic favors capital from abroad; Rovic wants foreign banks to leave.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic apologized for all crimes committed by Serbs during the violent breakup of former Yugoslavia, including the massacre in Srebrenica, which he stopped short of calling a genocide.
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."
Giovanni di Stefano, an Italian who acted as defense attorney for Saddam Hussein and former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, was convicted on money laundering, fraud and deception charges by a London court.