World Bulletin / News Desk
The worst floods to hit the Balkans in 120 years have cost Bosnia and Herzegovina 26.8mn euro (US$36.3mn) in damages, the country's transport minister told the Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
Enver Bijedic said that the floods caused massive damage to the country's infrastructure, surpassing the government's budget.
So far, around 521,000 euros have been spent on emergency clear-up and repair work officials have said, adding that an additional 1.6 mn euro is required to finish the job.
Overall, more than EUR 20 million is needed to repair highways, railways, underground cables, power poles and canals, according to analysts.
On May 28, the European Union announced an aid package worth 65 billion euro for Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia to help them cope with the aftermath of the disaster.
The EU Commission said the sum would be divided into two and the first part – worth 3 million euro – would be released immediately for communities worst-hit in both countries.
The rest of the aid would be made available by the end of June for longer-term relief and recovery.
The 28-member bloc said it would also dispatch funding for long-term reconstruction over the next six years, with the scope and amount to be decided in the coming weeks.
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub has defended his decision to abandon the bid to suspend Israel saying that he has not "suspended the resistance".
A second batch of live anthrax was sent by the US military
The Italian parliament has released the name of a candidate representing southern Italy's cocaine heartland, and is also a candidate for PM Renzi's party.
The US formally removed Cuba from "state sponsored terrorism" list.
Nigerian Finance Minister Akinwumi Adesina became president of the institution on Friday
More than 200 Eritrean refugees have been turned back by border police in the Italian Alps.
Protests have continued in Burundi against the Presidents third bid for Presidency
An ultra orthodox sect in Britain have banned women from driving. Children, whose mothers drive them to their religious school will also be refused entry to the school.
Nigeria's new President has vowed to fight Boko Haram and corruption.
Clashes have caused more than 60,000 to flee the fighting in Mali with escalating violence threatening to derail peace efforts.
The Kyrgyzstan government has banned all unauthorized sermons in certain regions.
The EU and US have pressured Serbia to withrdraw from the Russian-Turkish South Stream project.
Unable to sort their differences, Morocco has begun building a 100km fence on the border with Algeria.
The head of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland asks Egypt's supreme religious official not to approve over 100 death sentences
Belgium will probe claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe.
The United States will be sending military trainers to Nigeria to help the fight against Boko Haram.