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24 Nov 14

Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Promised Pensions in 2015

The authorities in Pristina said that ex-guerrillas verified as having fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbian forces will get veterans’ pensions from January.

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19 Nov 14

Ombudsman Checks EULEX's Corruption Probe

The European Ombudsman is investigating whether EULEX has taken all the measures it should to probe the corruption allegations made against mission.

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19 Nov 14

Mogherini Urges Action on Kosovo-Serbia Deals

Federica Mogherini, the EU's new foreign policy chief, has called on Kosovo and Serbia to continue implementing deals brokered in Brussels ahead of a resumption of talks.

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18 Nov 14

Regional Truth Commision One Step Closer To Establishment

The coalition of groups working to establish a fact-finding commission into the Yugoslav wars, known as RECOM, amended its statute ahead of the hoped-for formation of the commission next year.

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18 Nov 14

Kosovo Opposition Splits Boost Thaci's Chances

As the opposition coalition starts falling apart in a tussle over which party should get the Prime Minister's post, Hashim Thaci's party is eyeing its chances of forming another government.

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18 Nov 14

Witness A: Thaci Ordered Killings of Collaborators

A protected witness told the court on Monday that Hashim Thaci personally told Sylejman Selimi and other defendants in the so-called Drenica Group trial to kill alleged collaborators with the Serbian authorities.

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14 Nov 14

Diplomats Nudge Kosovo to Form Parliament

Pressure is growing on Kosovo's outgoing Prime Minister to give ground politically, now the four-party opposition coalition has relinquished its demand for the post of speaker

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13 Nov 14

Kosovo-Serbia Talks Need Reviving, Report Says

Only four of 16 accords reached in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue have been fully implemented according to Big Deal, a civil society project involving NGOs from Kosovo and Serbia.

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13 Nov 14

Few Kosovo-Serbia Deals Implemented, Report Warns

A new report on Kosovo-Serbia deals shows that only a quarter of the agreements reached in Brussels have been fully put into action.

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12 Nov 14

Kosovo Politician Accused of Wartime Execution

A witness told the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting prisoners during the 1998-99 war, that politician Sami Lushtaku carried out a revenge murder.

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10 Nov 14

EU Appoints Legal Expert to Probe Kosovo Mission

The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has appointed an independent legal expert to investigate allegations of corruption at Brussels’ rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX.

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07 Nov 14

Pressure Grows to end Kosovo's Political Stalemate

Five months on from the elections, as Kosovo’s leaders come under increasing pressure to form a new government, an exit strategy from the current impasse has yet to appear.

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06 Nov 14

Kosovo Graft Claims Threaten EU’s Credibility, Say MEPs

Two senior members of the European Parliament said allegations of corruption made by an EU rule-of-law mission prosecutor could seriously damage Brussels’ reputation in Kosovo if proved true.

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05 Nov 14

Kosovo Arrests 15 Suspected Migrant Traffickers

In two separate operations, the Kosovo Police have arrested 15 persons suspected of trafficking in migrants.

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03 Nov 14

Kosovo President Fails to Break Political Deadlock

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga has been unable to resolve the political dispute which has meant that no government has been formed in the five months since parliamentary elections.

Business

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04 Nov 14

Kosovo Facing New Energy Crisis Over Winter

Kosovo faces another difficult winter for energy following the June blast in a worn-out power plant, the power supply company, KEDS, has warned.

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.