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Asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, disembark in Palermo, Sicily (Photo: Valentino Bellini)

In Sicily, Anti-Mafia Skills Used in the Fight Against People Smugglers

Minutes after being saved by the crew of the  rescue vessel Topaz Responder in late November, Mohamed , an asylum seeker from Cote d’Ivoire collapsed on the deck as he recounted the journey that brought him through Africa, into the Mediterranean, and to the edge of a watery death.

Asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, disembark in Palermo, Sicily (Photo: Valentino Bellini)

FK Partizan supporters light flares in the stands during a match in Belgrade (Photo: Aubrey Belford)

Serbia’s Deadly Mix: Football, Politics and Crime

On the night of Oct. 13, 2016, Aleksandar Stankovic’s car pulled toward an intersection in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, sliding to a halt beside a darkened BMW where two men sat inside unseen, cradling automatic weapons.

FK Partizan supporters light flares in the stands during a match in Belgrade (Photo: Aubrey Belford)

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The Long Trial of the Balkan 'Cocaine King'

Darko Saric at court (photo:KRIK)Balkan drug lord is no stranger to courtrooms in Serbia. Stories on his ongoing trials have been published on the front pages of Serbian news portals for the past few years, catapulting the once-obscure organized crime figure into one of the most talked-about "persons of interest" in Serbia. 

Macedonia: Mystery Prosecutor, Big Job

In a survey published Thursday, Nov. 19, 33 percent of respondents believed that the new special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations against the Macedonia's political elite will be able to do her job independently and without obstruction – while 28 percent said she won’t.

New special prosecutor Katica Janeva (pictured) is a woman whose task - to untangle  accusations arising from an incendiary series of leaked 'wiretaps' - is truly great.

But what do we know about her?