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UN court: Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide

The UN's highest court has ruled that neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide against each other's populations during the Balkan wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The ICJ ruled neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide. Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Peter Tomka, president of the International Court of Justice, said many crimes had been committed by both countries' forces during the conflict.

However, the intent to commit genocide - by "destroying a population in whole or in part" - had not been proven against either country, he added.

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Serbia and Albania to be charged over Euro 2016 abandonment

Both Serbia and Albania are set to be charged by UEFA on Wednesday following the abandonment of their Euro 2016 qualifier.

There was fighting on the pitch in Belgrade which started when a pro-Albania flag was pulled from a drone flying over the pitch by Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic.

Stefan Mitrovic pulled down the banner. Credit: Reuters

Martin Atkinson, the referee, took the teams off the pitch and called the game off when items were thrown onto the turf.

UEFA president Michel Platini labelled the scenes "inexcusable".

The Frenchman said in a statement: "Football is supposed to bring people together and our game should not be mixed with politics of any kind. The scenes in Belgrade last night were inexcusable."

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.

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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".

Balkans: 20 die in 'worst floods for 120 years'

The worst flooding since records began has killed at least 20 people dead in Serbia and Bosnia and has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Serbian army soldiers evacuate people in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade. Credit: Reuters\Marko Djurica

The flooding is the worst since records began 120 years ago, according to meteorologists, who said it is due to the region getting three months of rain in just three days.

Serbian army soldiers evacuate people in a boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade. Credit: Reuters\Marko Djurica
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