When it comes to accents, they paint a picture in people's mind. And they can make or break the character. That's born out in real life and on the silver screen. Renée Zellweger was widely praised for her English accent in Bridget Jones’s Diary -- and Radovan Karadžić managed to evade authorities for years, in part through a fake accent.
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic had been leading a secret life before his arrest earlier this week, and The BBC's Christian Fraser followed in Karadzic's footsteps to find out more about that secret life.
While many kids have the luxury of going off to camp in the summer, it's the rare group of adults who slip away for a week of organized play. That's just what happens each year in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The draw? Balkan dance and music.
You might think authoritarian political regimes aren't very good for art. But Serbian rock star Rambo Amadeus says tyranny gives art purpose and energy. Now he says cultural life in Serbia has run out of steam. Matthew Brunwasser has today's global hit.
Serbia withdrew its forces from Kosovo 13 years ago, but have supported a sort of Serbian parallel government in northern Kosovo. Now Serbia is telling Serbs there to vote in the Kosovo election, and many Serbs see that as a betrayal.
One of the towns hardest hit by the flooding in the Balkans is the town of Obrenovac. Thousands evacuated from the town are staying in makeshift housing in the the Serbian captial, Belgrade. Freelance journalist Mitra Nazar has been listening to their stories.