“The Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, attended the tributes to the tens of millions of people killed in World War I today in Paris. In a ceremony in the French capital world leaders paid their respects exactly a century from the end of World War I.” (Dubrovnik Times)

“A 65-year-old man who repeatedly shoved a Croatian anti-fascist monument in an effort to topple it paid an immediate penalty for his act of vandalism when the statue fell on his leg and broke it, according to police and local media.

In an incident condemned by authorities in the coastal town of Split as ‘savage vandalism,’ police said the man dislodged a bust of Rade Končar, a celebrated leader of the resistance to Croatia’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime during the second world war.

But the statue toppled and broke his leg, according to the regional paper Slobodna Dalmacija, in what some Croatian Twitter users said was the statue’s revenge.” (The Guardian)

“The Croatian capital has made Daily Mail’s list of the 15 most exciting Christmas markets in the world.

Zagreb, which won the title of best European Christmas markets by travellers the last three years, has made the list of 15 of the most exciting winter wonderlands according to the popular UK newspaper.

Zagreb has been included on the list with the likes of Chicago (USA), Stockholm (Sweden), Lucerne (Switzerland), Salzburg (Austria) and Leipzig in Germany.

‘There are annual awards for Christmas markets and Zagreb grabbed first place last year. Croatia’s hipster capital has a large student population and offers festive value. Ban Josip Jelacic Square and European Square are two of the main spots at which to gather and Zrinjevac Park blends local food specialities with live music performances, ‘ writes the Daily Mail, who advised readers not to miss ‘baked strukle – a warm pastry dish with soft cheese.'” (Croatia Week)

“Five men have been arrested in Croatia for allegedly stealing €2m (£1.7m) worth of jewellery owned by a member of Qatar’s royal family from Venice’s Doge’s Palace in early January.

In a case that baffled police, the thieves managed to deactivate the alarm system, break into a reinforced case, seizing some earrings and a brooch before blending into the crowds during the final day of the four-month Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajahs exhibition, which brought together a collection of five centuries of Indian craftmanship.” (The Guardian)