Yugoslavia

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Montenegro was a success story in troubled Balkan region – now its democracy is in danger

Western leaders learned the hard way 25 years ago that conflict in the Balkans can become ethnic cleansing. Add Russia into the mix, and Montenegro's new problems are US and European problems, too.

Montenegro was a success story in troubled Balkan region – now its democracy is in danger
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In the western Balkans, DNA tests help families discover fate of dead relatives

In the western Balkans, DNA tests help families discover fate of dead relatives
woman wearing military fatigues holds a gun

Thousands of ISIS fighters sit in prison. Kurdish leaders call for a special tribunal.

Thousands of ISIS fighters sit in prison. Kurdish leaders call for a special tribunal.
DNA testing in The Hague

Cutting-edge DNA labs help identify people missing in conflicts and disasters

Cutting-edge DNA labs help identify people missing in conflicts and disasters
Yu-Mex records in Belgrade, Serbia

In mid-'60s Yugoslavia, mariachi music was really popular

In mid-'60s Yugoslavia, mariachi music was really popular
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During WWII, European refugees fled to Syria. Here's what the camps were like.

A rare collection of refugee camp reports chronicle journeys through Turkey and across the Mediterranean by refugees trying to leave Europe.

During WWII, European refugees fled to Syria. Here's what the camps were like.
Gottscheer descendants attend a festival in New York

Each year in New York, Gottscheers celebrate the culture of a city that no longer exists

Gottscheers are a small immigrant group in the US. The thing is, their homeland doesn't exist anymore. They come from a German speaking city in what is now Slovenia. And the whole community was uprooted after World War II. Here's what's left of Gottschee in New York.

Each year in New York, Gottscheers celebrate the culture of a city that no longer exists
The Kouachi brothers gesture after shooting up the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris last week.

Where did the Paris attackers get their guns?

The attacks in Paris last week were carried out with automatic weapons, including a variant of the AK47. These kinds of weapons are very difficult to obtain legally anywhere in the European Union, which has led many to wonder where the accused attackers got their weapons.

Where did the Paris attackers get their guns?
People put up a poster of Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb who gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and lit the fuse for World War One. The banner says "We Are All Gavrilo."

Why are world maps being rewritten? Consult a book on World War I

In the Middle East, Africa and even possibly the United States, the world created by World War I is starting to unravel. Now resurrecting that century-old history may be the best guide to understanding modern wars.

Why are world maps being rewritten? Consult a book on World War I

A soccer team unites the Bosnian community in St. Louis

For the first time since Bosnia gained its independence from the former Yugoslavia, the country is sending a team to the World Cup finals. And that's got the biggest Bosnian community in the US pretty excited.

A soccer team unites the Bosnian community in St. Louis

Testicles the main ingredient at Serbian cooking contest

Serbia recently celebrated the 10th Annual World Testicle Cooking Championship. That's right, a group of about 100 people came together to cook -- and eat -- testicles, of the animal persuasion.

Testicles the main ingredient at Serbian cooking contest

Because of disputed status, first Kosovar Olympian competing for Albania

Majlinda Kelmendi will be competing in the Olympics in London this year. She's the first Kosovar to participate since the country declared independence back in 2008. But because Kosovo isn't recognized by the United Nations, she must compete for Albania.

Because of disputed status, first Kosovar Olympian competing for Albania

Janitor Graduates from Columbia After 19 Years

Janitor Graduates from Columbia After 19 Years

Columbia University janitor graduates with degree in Classics

It's not every day that someone employed as a janitor can graduate with a degree from Columbia University. But Gac Filipaj, a refugee who fled war-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s, became that guy this month. He earned a degree in Classics from Columbia after spending 12 years as both a college janitor and a college student.

Columbia University janitor graduates with degree in Classics

Kosovo trying to cultivate reputation as a burgeoning wine making location

Kosovo's wine industry was facing ruin in the 1990s, when the former Yugoslavia fell apart, and it was plunged into war. Now there are signs that a once-thriving industry is getting back on its feet.

Kosovo trying to cultivate reputation as a burgeoning wine making location