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01 Aug 14

Kosovo Rally Denounces Israel’s ‘Genocide’ in Gaza

Supporters of hardline Muslim group rally in Pristina demanding an end to killings of civilians in Gaza and attacking Israel’s ‘genocide’.

kosovo-gains-solid-support-for-war-rape-petition
31 Jul 14

Kosovo Wins Public Support for War Rape Report

A total of 115,759 people in Kosovo have signed a petition urging the United Nations to produce a report about rapes committed during the late 1990s conflict.

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30 Jul 14

War Veterans Condemn EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report

Kosovo’s War Veterans Association said that a new EU report stating that senior Kosovo Liberation Army officials will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity was “ridiculous”.

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30 Jul 14

Council of Europe Hails Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Revelations

The European rights body welcomed an EU report accusing senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures of post-war crimes and saying there were compelling indications of organ-trafficking by fighters.

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29 Jul 14

Serbia Welcomes EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report

The Serbian government welcomed an EU task force announcement about indictments for alleged Kosovo Liberation Army crimes against Serbs, but said justice will only be done when perpetrators are convicted.

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29 Jul 14

New Kosovo Prosecutions ‘Offer Justice for Abducted Serbs’

An EU task force report announcing prosecutions of senior Kosovo Liberation Army members for crimes against humanity after the 1999 war could end impunity, said human rights group Amnesty International.

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29 Jul 14

Religious Tolerance Patchy in Balkans, State Department Says

Discrimination against smaller religious communities continues in most Balkan countries, even though governments and laws in general respect religious freedoms, a new US report says.

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29 Jul 14

Senior Kosovo Guerrillas Face Crimes Against Humanity Cases

An EU report said top Kosovo Liberation Army officials will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity including murders and abductions but there was not enough evidence yet for organ-trafficking indictments.

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28 Jul 14

Belgrade Urges Kosovo Serb Politician’s ‘Immediate’ Release

The Serbian government said that local politician Oliver Ivanovic, who has been in custody since January on suspicion of involvement in war crimes and murders in Kosovo, should be bailed.

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28 Jul 14

Kosovo Probes 23 Albanians Over War Crimes

Kosovo prosecutors said they were investigating 23 ethnic Albanians over war crimes allegedly committed during the late 1990s conflict.

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25 Jul 14

Kosovo Honours Killed Police Officer

Kosovo authorities inaugurated a new building in memory of Enver Zymberi, a police officer who was killed in disturbances in the north in 2011 and whose killer has not been caught.

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23 Jul 14

Serbia, Kosovo Far Apart on Mitrovica Bridge Deal

EU-led talks on the controversial 'Peace Park erected in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica have ended with widely differing versions of what was agreed in Brussels.

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23 Jul 14

New Tribunal to Prosecute Kosovo Guerrillas in 2015

The new Netherlands-based special court will launch its first cases against former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters for the wartime killings, deportations and abductions of Serbs next year.

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22 Jul 14

Kosovo Says More Recognitions Are in Sight

Kosovo minister say two more states plan to recognise its statehood by September, though neither country has been named and such predictions have proved false in the past.

kosovo-serbs-threaten-with-massive-quits-from-kosovo-institutions
21 Jul 14

Kosovo Serbs Threaten to Quit Pristina's Institutions

Local leaders in the Serb-run north of Kosovo are threatening a collective resignation from Pristina-led institutions unless arrested Serbs are freed ahead of their trials.

Premium

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23 Jul 14

The Problem with the Kosovo War Rape Petition

A campaign in Kosovo urging the UN to investigate wartime rapes shows the failure of local institutions to do anything themselves, highlights prejudiced attitudes towards victims and cannot bring justice.

Business

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21 Apr 14

Corruption Deters Investors in Kosovo, Report Says

As Kosovo tries to attract more foreign money, corruption and bribery remain a key factor deterring companies from investing in the country, a recent report said.

Culture and Lifestyle

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25 Jun 14

Kosovars Raise a Pint to Emerging Beer Culture

Kosovo may drink a pittance by European standards, but drinkers and brewers at annual Beerfest say thirstier days are ahead.