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31 Mar 15

Serbian Fighters’ Kosovo Massacre Convictions Overturned

A verdict convicting nine former Serbian fighters of killing more than 118 Albanians near the Kosovo town of Pec/Peja in 1999 was annulled and the case sent for retrial.

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30 Mar 15

Kosovo Police Halt Angry War Veterans’ Rally

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans broke into the courtyard of the government building during a protest calling on the authorities to start paying them state benefits.

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30 Mar 15

Kosovo Serb 'Civil Protection' Force Faces Disbanding

A Kosovo minister said that the Serb-run Civilna Zastita (Civil Protection) force in the north will soon be dissolved and incorporated into the country's regular police.

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26 Mar 15

Kosovo PM Says He Has Hotline to Belgrade

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Thursday said that he and the Serbian Prime Minister had agreed to discuss certain problems directly - and not rely solely on meetings in Brussels.

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26 Mar 15

EU's Mogherini Pays First Visit to Kosovo

The EU foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, will visit Kosovo for the first time on Thursday, meeting the Prime Minister, opposition leaders and heads of the Serbian community.

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25 Mar 15

EU Offers 1bn to Boost Balkan Infrastructure

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn promised the region 1 billion euro in infrastructure investment at the third 'Western Balkans 6' conference held in Pristina - which Serbia also attended.

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25 Mar 15

Serbia Takes Part in Balkan Summit in Kosovo

A regional conference of ministers from six Balkan states opened in Pristina on Wednesday - with Serbia taking part in a summit in Pristina for the first time.

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25 Mar 15

Judges' Strike Brings Halt to Trials in Kosovo

Judges have entered the fourth week of a strike over pay in Kosovo, which is bringing the judicial system grinding to a halt.

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25 Mar 15

Serbia Mourns NATO Bombing Victims

Hundreds of people gathered in Belgrade on the 16th anniversary of the air strikes on Yugoslavia that ended the Kosovo war in 1999 to commemorate the victims of NATO’s bombing.

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24 Mar 15

Albania PM's 'One Nation' Talk Alarms Serbia

A joint session of the Albanian and Kosovo governments in Tirana has upset Belgrade, which has urged the EU to react to the ‘nationalistic’ remarks of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama.

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24 Mar 15

Kosovo President: NATO Air Strikes Were ‘Humanitarian’

On the 16th anniversary of the launch of NATO’s strikes on Yugoslavia, President Atifete Jahjaga said the Western military intervention had prevented genocide and helped set Kosovo free.

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24 Mar 15

Kosovo Accuses Serbia of Delaying Brussels Agreement

In a new report, Kosovo Minister Edita Tahiri says Belgrade is to blame for the slow pace of implementation of the Brussels Agreement in almost all fields except justice.

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24 Mar 15

Albania PM Pans EU’s 'Unjust' Visa Policy on Kosovo

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has criticized the European Union for failing to liberalize its visa regime with Kosovo, saying the current policy offends Europe's dignity as well as Kosovo's.

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23 Mar 15

North Kosovo Land Row Stalls Post-War Rebuilding

Competing claims from Albanians and Serbs over land in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo have prevented the reconstruction of houses for people seeking to return after the 1990s conflict.

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20 Mar 15

Kosovo President Says Rape Victims Still Stigmatised

President Atifete Jahjaga has demanded more institutional support for wartime rape victims, saying too many people in Kosovo still regard the issue as a taboo subject.

Premium

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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

Business

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11 Mar 15

Balkan Economies Falling Behind, IMF Warns

The Western Balkan are lagging behind other former Communist transitional countries and need to complete the transformation process that began two decades ago, an IMF report says.  

Culture and Lifestyle

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16 Mar 15

British Composer Commemorates Kosovo War Dead

The Kosovo Philharmonic marked its 15th anniversary with the Pristina premiere of an anti-war mass by British composer Karl Jenkins, which is dedicated to victims of the 1998-99 conflict.