April 9th, 2013
06:57 AM ET

13 killed in 5 houses in Serbia spree

A gunman went on a shooting spree in the Serbian town of Velika Ivanca Tuesday, killing at least 13, including a small child, according to police chief Milorad Veljovic. The town lies roughly 25 miles south of the capital Belgrade.

The man in his 60s entered five different houses and shot six men, six women and one child dead.

The motive is not yet known, Veljovic said.

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May 16th, 2012
12:36 AM ET

Long-awaited Mladic war crimes trial begins Wednesday

Ratko Mladic, who is accused of orchestrating a horrific campaign of ethnic cleansing during the bloody civil war that ripped apart Yugoslavia, goes on trial Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prosecutors say Mladic's campaign included the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The 70-year-old former Bosnian Serb general has been indicted on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1992-95 war.

On Monday, his lawyers filed a petition to delay his trial by six months, contending the prosecution failed to share evidence in a timely manner and that the presiding Dutch judge was biased because of his role in other trials of Serbs.

The court, however, said the trial is set to open as scheduled on Wednesday morning.

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Police arrest man believed to be Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic
Ratko Mladic is seen in Sarajevo in this February 1994 photo.
May 26th, 2011
06:29 AM ET

Police arrest man believed to be Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic

Police in Serbia have arrested a man suspected of being former Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic, the highest-ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Serbia's B92 radio reported Thursday.

Police are doing DNA tests on the man to determine if he is Mladic, the radio station reported, citing a leading Croatian newspaper. The radio station said it "contacted the police, but was told only that an indentity check and DNA analysis were 'ongoing.'"

CNN has not confirmed the report, but Serbian President Boris Tadic's office announced a surprise press conference for Thursday afternoon, shortly after the reports first appeared.

Mladic is wanted on charges of genocide, extermination and murder, among other charges, by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The tribunal accuses him of "direct involvement in the genocide committed after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995," and the killing of "close to 8,000 men and boys following the fall of this enclave."

The massacre of the Muslim men and boys is thought to be the largest individual slaughter in Europe since the end of World War II.

Mladic has been on the run since the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina ended in 1995.

His former boss, Radovan Karadzic, was arrested in July 2008 and is now on trial in The Hague.

Slobodan Milosevic, who was president of Yugoslavia during the conflict, was toppled in 2000 and put on trial at The Hague. He died in jail before the trial came to an end.

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