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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.

kosovo-expects-organ-trafficking-report-next-month
21 Jul 14

Kosovo Wartime Organ-Trafficking Report Due Next Week

An international task-force investigating alleged organ trafficking by Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas during the 1990s conflict will publish its long-awaited report next week.

dispute-over-speaker-of-parliament-delays-new-kosovo-govt
21 Jul 14

Battle Over Speaker Delays New Govt in Kosovo

With the election of a new speaker now before the courts, the President has had to delay the nomination of a new Prime Minister-designate.

kosovo-has-little-hope-for-new-evidence-of-war-dead
18 Jul 14

Grave Fails to Yield Victims of Mass Killing in Kosovo

Forensic experts in Kosovo uncovered only a few human remains at a grave site in the Kosovo village of Rezalle, dashing hopes the bodies of over 40 victims of a massacre will be found.

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17 Jul 14

Kosovo Elects Speaker in Scenes of Confusion

Despite desperate attempts by Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, to block the move, Kosovo MPs elected a speaker from the ranks of the opposition.

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17 Jul 14

Vetevendosje Drives Hard Bargain in Kosovo

Hardline party says it will only back Ramush Haradinaj’s coalition if it can take charge of talks with Serbia.

war-over-squares-continues-in-mitrovica
17 Jul 14

Demolition Threat Alarms North Kosovo Serbs

Kosovo minister's threat to send in bulldozers in to demolish newly erected monuments by both Albanians and Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica has upset local Serbs.

kosovo-opposition-fails-to-agree-on-united-steps
14 Jul 14

Kosovo Opposition Fails to Create United Front

Opposition parties have not yet been able to work out an agreement which would enable them to block Hashim Thaci from returning to the Kosovo premiership after recent polls.

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11 Jul 14

North Kosovo Serbs, Albanians, Erect Rival Monuments

Albanians and Serbs individed northern Kosovo are marking out their respectives territories by erecting rival monuments named after their respective heroes.

kosovo-serbs-build-car-lazar-square-in-mitrovica
10 Jul 14

Kosovo Serbs Erect Square on Mitrovica Bridge

A new square erected over the bridge in the divided northern town of Mitrovica, apparently designed to stop it reopening to traffic, has revived tensions between local Serbs and Albanians in the south.

kosovo-war-veterans-call-for-re-trial-in-monster-case
09 Jul 14

Retrial Demanded in Macedonia Mass Murder Case

An ethnic Albanian leader in Macedonia urged an internationally monitored retrial of the so-called 'Monster' case after six Albanians were found guilty of terrorism and jailed for life.

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09 Jul 14

Kosovo Ambassador Accused of Wartime Torture

A witness told the war crimes trial of former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sylejman Selimi, who is now Kosovo’s ambassador to Tirana, that the defendant assaulted him several times.

kosovo-parliament-to-constitute-ahead-of-new-govt
07 Jul 14

New Kosovo Parliament to Convene for First Time

Over a month after elections, the Kosovo parliament is due to convene next week, paving the way for a new government to be established after an opposition bid to rule was thwarted.

kosovo-prosecution-indicts-alleged-drug-boss-kelmendi
04 Jul 14

Kosovo Indicts Alleged Balkan Drug Lord Kelmendi

More than a year after he was arrested in Kosovo, the special prosecution indicted alleged Balkan drug boss Naser Kelmendi for organised crime, murder and dealing in narcotics.

Premium

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18 Jul 14

EU Shrinks Kosovo Rule-of-Law Mission

The EU’s rule-of-law mission, EULEX, is cutting personnel and reducing its role in war crimes and corruption cases, but some are not sure if Kosovo can deal with sensitive prosecutions itself.

Business

corruption-distracts-potential-investors-to-kosovo-report-says
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.