“Two 12-year-old migrants have been seriously wounded after Croatian police opened fire on a van they were travelling in which refused to stop.

The children, from Iraq and Afghanistan, were among nine people injured when officers opened fire on the vehicle as it tried to crash through a roadblock overnight, near the southeastern town of Zadar, the police said on Thursday.

The van was attempting to enter the EU illegally from Bosnia carrying 29 mainly Afghan and Iraqi migrants.

The driver, believed to be Bosnian, fled the scene and a search was under way.

‘The driver did not stop after several warnings. He finally passed through a roadblock and drove towards the police. The police reaction was justified. They were forced to open fire because their lives were in danger,’ said Ranko Drazina, the Zadar police chief.” (Daily Mail)


“Nichola D. Gutgold, professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley, was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a 2018 Woman of Influence, alongside 27 other Lehigh Valley women…

…She recently traveled to Zagreb to interview the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, about the barriers Grabar-Kitarović has faced as the youngest and first woman ever elected to lead Croatia. The interview will be part of a new book on women world leaders to be released in 2019.” (PSU)


“The New York residence of the former Yugoslavia’s ambassador to the United Nations has been sold for US $12.1 million and of that amount, Croatia is entitled to 2.075 million, the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said on Saturday.

The sale of four other formerly jointly owned properties – the permanent mission of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) at the United Nations in New York, the embassies in Bonn and Bern, and the embassy/residence in Tokyo – is underway.

The Croatian ministry said the contract on the joint sale of the New York residence of the former Yugoslav ambassador to the UN, which had been empty since 1992, was signed by representatives of five successor countries on May 31.” (N1)