A rail line, cut 17 years ago when Yugoslavia broke up in successor nations, has re-opened between the cities of Belgrade and Sarajevo. However, in a state of retrograde progress, the journey takes two hours longer than it did a generation ago, due to the condition of the rail bed and track. Railway officials say they hope the line will attract more people during the winter holidays. A BBC correspondent says reopening the connection may be another small step on a long and gradual journey of reconciliation between the two neighbouring countries as memories of war slowly recede. For more, read the BBC
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