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Mladic's victims still being identified as he faces verdict

Relatives of those killed in the massacres led by Ratko Mladic have said their pain is as fresh as ever as the Serb General faces a verdict in his war crimes trial tomorrow.

Mladic is expected to be found guilty of genocide when the International Criminal Court in the Hague announces its decision tomorrow.

The bodies of some of the hundred thousands victims killed in his campaign are still being identified, including the many who were slaughtered and dumped in mass graves in the Srebrenica massacre.

A guilty verdict will help thousands find some peace. But the wounds from the war in Bosnia will take many more years to heal.

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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

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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.

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