There's one month to go and the argument is on over whether Nicolas Sarkozy’s surge in the polls is enough to ensure the mother of all comebacks. Also, the mess in Mali’s north, and 20 years after the siege of Sarajevo, what lessons apply to Syria?
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Fri. 06/04/12: According to Le Figaro, ECOWAS is the only organisation that could legitimately intervene in Mali to ensure stability now that the country is cut in two. But the French daily points out that the "white helmets" aren’t experienced or ready. Meanwhile, an egg shortage in Eastern Europe drives prices up jjust ahead of Easter.
Sarajevo marked on Friday the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian War, a conflict that saw two million displaced and 100,000 killed. The nation still struggles with the legacy of the brutal conflict, with ongoing simmering ethnic tensions.
Douglas Herbert speaks to award-winning war correspondent Janine Di Giovanni. She spent much of the 1990s covering the Balkan wars - as well as other calamities in Rwanda, Liberia, Congo, and Chechnya. In a 2004 chronicle about her Balkan experiences entitled "Madness Visible", she recounted the human cost of the war in vivid terms - from the genocide of Srebrenica to the gang-raping of Muslims in Kosovo.
In today's international papers - the anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war, how much better organised Obama is than the Republicans, and the daftest requests Brits abroad make of the Foreign Office.
The trial of Ratko Mladic (pictured), the former commander of Bosnian Serb forces who faces genocide and war crimes charges, is set to begin on May 14, the UN’s special war crimes tribunal said Wednesday.
Bosnia’s main Muslim, Serb and Croat parties on Wednesday formed a central cabinet and passed a budget for 2011, putting an end to more than a year of political deadlock. They also agreed on laws that pave the way for Bosnia's accession to the EU.
Serbian police on Saturday arrested 17 people with links to suspected radical Islamist Mevlid Jasarevic (pictured). Jasarevic was wounded and arrested on Friday after he opened fire on the US embassy in Sarajevo.