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Serbian PM forced to leave Srebrenica massacre event

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was forced to leave an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre today after being chased away by a crowd hurling stones and bottles.

A stone is thrown at Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as bodyguards use umbrella to shielf him Credit: Reuters
Serbia's prime minister leaves the event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis encourages reconciliation on Bosnia trip

Pope Francis urged Bosnia's Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities to work together. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Pope Francis has urged Bosnia's Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities to work together for a peaceful future, as he made a one-day visit to the capital Sarajevo.

A general view of the stadium before Pope Francis is celebrating a Holy Mass in Sarajevo. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The Pope hopes to encourage reconciliation, following the devastating Balkans war of the 1990s.

Children welcome Pope Francis as he arrives for a one-day visit at the airport in Sarajevo. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Pope Francis was speaking at a joint news conference with the Serb chairman of Bosnia's three-member presidency, Mladen Ivanic.

Bosnia floods uncover human remains 'of war dead'

Last week's record flooding in Bosnia has uncovered human remains which are believed to belong to people who disappeared during the country's 1992-95 war.

Bosnia's Institute for Missing Persons said teams fixing power lines discovered the remains in Usora, near the northern town of Doboj, after the flood had washed away part of the river bank.

man navigates a boat along a street during heavy floods in Bosnia last week. Credit: Reuters

Spokeswoman Lejla Cengic said the institute is hoping the remains belong to some of the 30,000 people who went missing during the Yugoslav wars.

One third of them have been found in mass graves, mostly in Bosnia, but authorities continue to search for the thousands who are still believed to be hidden.


Serbian authorities clear towns as river swells

A woman reacts as she walks near a house tilted by floods in the village of Krupanj, west from Belgrade. Credit: Reuters\Marko Djurica

Serbian emergency services have cleared 12 towns and villages along the banks of the raging Sava river, including one where soldiers, police and volunteers have been working around the clock to protect the country's main power plant, Reuters has reported.

Entire towns and villages are underwater, thousands of hills have crumpled into landslides and tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes.

Balkan floods trigger thousands of landslides

Floodwaters triggered more than 2,000 landslides across much of the Balkans, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines left over from the region's 1990s war.

A man walks through flood water in the town of Obrenovac in Serbia Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

The Balkans' worst flooding since record-keeping began forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant, which supplies electricity to a third of the country and most of the capital, Belgrade.

Authorities organised a frenzied helicopter airlift to get terrified families to safety before the water swallowed up their homes. Many were plucked from rooftops.

Russia joins international flood relief effort for Balkans

Russian cargo planes carrying boats, generators and food have joined rescue teams from around Europe and thousands of local volunteers to evacuate people and build flood defences after the River Sava in Serbia burst its banks following days of torrential rain.

People receive food from Serbian army soldiers in the flooded town of Obrenovac, south west of Belgrade Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Flood waters receded on Sunday in some of the worst-hit areas of Serbia and Bosnia, but the Sava was forecast to rise further after thousands of people were displaced by rising waters.

An aerial view of the flooded city of Orasje in Bosnia Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Flooding has already cut Serbian power generation by 40 per cent, forcing the cash-strapped country to boost imports.

Serbians scramble to protect power plants from floods

Soldiers, police and villagers have battled to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters as the death toll from the Balkan region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 37.

An aerial view of the flooded city of Orasje in Bosnia, which has also been affected by heavy flooding Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Twelve bodies were recovered from the worst-hit Serbian town of Obrenovac, which lies 18 miles south west of the capital, Belgrade, but the number was likely to rise as waters receded.

An aerial view of the flooded city of Orasje in Bosnia Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic admitted to reporters the situation is "catastrophic".

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