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first-historic-point-at-kosovo-s-first-match-09-06-2016 06 Sep 16

Kosovo Celebrates Historic World Cup Football Debut

People celebrated in Kosovo as the national team drew against Finland, securing a point in a World Cup qualifier at the country’s first-ever competitive international football match.

kosovo-s-dua-lipa-to-play-albania-08-10-2016 10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

After a big open-air concert in her hometown of Pristina, UK-based pop star Dua Lipa is all set to perform in Tirana, Albania.

mock-facebook-event-calls-for-kelmendi-welcome-in-serbia-08-08-2016 08 Aug 16

Facebook Satirists Plan Kelmendi Welcome Party in Serbia

Making fun of Serbia's dismay over Kosovo's participation in Rio, Serbian Facebook fans have jokingly called for a party in Belgrade to celebrate the Kosovo gold medal winner Majlinda Kelmendi.

majlinda-kelmendi-wins-kosovo-s-first-olympic-gold-medal-08-08-2016-1 08 Aug 16

Kelmendi Wins Kosovo its First Olympic Gold

After Majlinda Kelmendi won a gold for judo in Rio, national leaders along with thousands of people took to social media to rejoice over the country’s first-ever Olympic medal.

kosovo-albanian-musician-conquers-world-with-a-song-08-04-2016 05 Aug 16

Kosovo's Istrefi Tastes Sweet Success With 'Bonbon'

Pristina-born singer Era Istrefi is rapidly going viral worldwide, after her greatest hit attracted more than 121 million YouTube page views.

dokufest-without-institutional-support-08-01-2016 02 Aug 16

Kosovo Film Festival Starts Without State Cash

Days ahead of the start of the Prizren documentary and short film festival, organisers of Dokufest say that while authorities in Kosovo pledged to help, they have not yet handed over a penny.

rita-ora-includes-kosovo-vibes-in-her-new-album-07-10-2016 11 Jul 16

Rita Ora's New Album to Pay Tribute to Kosovo

The Kosovo-born UK pop star plans to include rhythms and sounds from her native country in her next record. 

shok-couldn-t-get-the-oscar-but-it-made-the-history-02-29-2016 29 Feb 16

Kosovo Film Makes History Despite Oscars Disappointment

The short film ‘Shok’ (‘Friend’) failed to win an Oscar but the conflict drama made history for being the first movie shot in Kosovo ever to be nominated for a prestigious Hollywood award.

kosovo-movie-reaches-hollywood-01-14-2016 14 Jan 16

Kosovo War Movie Nominated for Oscar

The short film ‘Shok’ (‘Friend’), about how the 1990s war affects the lives of two boys, has made cinematographic history in Kosovo after being nominated for an Oscar.

kosovo-survey-reflects-conservative-moral-values-11-09-2015 10 Nov 15

Kosovo Survey Reflects Conservative Moral Values

Unmarried women are usually virgins while married Kosovars rarely have more than one sexual partner, a UNICEF/Kosovo Agency of Statistics survey suggests.

klina-s-football-girls-dream-came-true-09-18-2015 21 Sep 15

Kosovo Girls' Football Team Dreams of Success

A newly established women's football team in Klina has high hope for success in the country’s league - despite a good many problems.

kosovo-nominates-babai-for-the-oscars-09-10-2015 10 Sep 15

Kosovo Eyes Oscar For Tale of Fatherless Boy

Kosovo has nominated Visar Morina's Babai, the country's most expensive film ever, for the best foreign film prize at the Oscars.

film-on-kosovo-serbs-in-bid-for-oscar-09-04-2015 07 Sep 15

Film on Plight of Kosovo Serbs Bids for Oscar

‘Enclave’, a drama that follows the lives of Serbs who continued to live in Kosovo after the war, has been chosen as the Serbian candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

birn-s-war-movie-presented-at-bosnia-s-prestigious-film-festival-08-18-2015 19 Aug 15

BIRN Film on Kosovo Makes Debut in Sarajevo

BIRN documentary on some of the most brutal crimes of the Kosovo war had its international premiere at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival.

birn-s-war-movie-premieres-at-sarajevo-film-festival-08-16-2015-1 17 Aug 15

BIRN’s War Movie Premieres at Sarajevo Film Festival

BIRN’s latest feature-length documentary ‘The Unidentified’, investigating the commanders responsible for some of the most brutal attacks of the Kosovo war, will be screened at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival.

Culture Policy Focus

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12 Nov 15

Shakespeare Reconnects Serbian and Kosovo Theatregoers

With a Kosovo Albanian playing Romeo and a Serb playing Juliet, Predrag Miki Manojlovic’s production of the Shakespeare classic is intended to bring Belgrade and Pristina closer together.

04 Jun 14

Northern Mitrovica Shakes off the Blues

Politics and Society

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08 Dec 16

Kosovo Bans Building of Serb Wall in Mitrovica

The building of a concrete wall by the Serb authorities on their side of the bridge that ethnically divides the Kosovo town of Mitrovica was ordered to stop after strong criticism by Kosovo Albanian officials.

Business

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02 Nov 16

World Bank Still Mulling Support for Kosovo Power Plant

While Kosovo officials claim the World Bank has pledged to support construction of the new Kosova e Re power plant, the bank has told BIRN no such decision has been made.

13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans