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20 Feb 17

Kosovo Asks Interpol to Cancel Serbian Warrants

President Hashim Thaci asked the international police agency to cancel Serbian warrants for the arrests of former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas on war crimes charges, calling them politically-motivated.

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17 Feb 17

Belgrade Criticises Kosovo Serb Leader’s Retrial

The head of the Serbian government’s Kosovo office said a Pristina court’s decision to send Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic for retrial for alleged war crimes was unjust.

kosovo-s-successes-and-failures-on-its-9th-anniversary-02-16-2017
17 Feb 17

Kosovo Celebrates Independence Day, Trump Sends Congratulation

Officials celebrated the ninth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence, while new US President Donald Trump sent a letter offering support for a “sovereign, multiethnic, democratic” Kosovo.

croatia-albania-complain-to-nato-for-serbia-s-nationalism-02-16-2017
16 Feb 17

Croatia, Albania Complain of Serbia's Nationalism to NATO

The defence ministers of Croatia and Albania have written to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to complain about the “nationalistic rhetoric” of Serbian politicians towards Kosovo.

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16 Feb 17

Kosovo Sends Serb Leader Ivanovic for Retrial

The case of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, convicted of war crimes for ordering the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in 1999, has been sent for retrial.

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16 Feb 17

Kosovo Independence Monument Sends ‘No Walls’ Message

Pristina’s NEWBORN independence monument is being redesigned with a ‘No Walls’ message that appears to be addressed to US President Donald Trump as well as Serbs in Kosovo’s north.

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15 Feb 17

Kosovo Confirms Arrest Warrants for 57 Serbians

The Pristina authorities are seeking the arrest of dozens of unnamed Serbian citizens for committing war crimes during the 1990s conflict, although the warrants cannot be executed outside Kosovo’s borders.

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14 Feb 17

Most Serbians Unwilling to Fight for Kosovo: Survey

Three-quarters of Serbian citizens do not want to wage war to win Kosovo back, suggested a survey which also indicated that the majority support continued dialogue with Pristina.

kosovo-s-president-with-an-initiative-of-reconciliation-02-13-2017
13 Feb 17

Kosovo’s Thaci Announces Post-War Reconciliation Commission

President Hashim Thaci announced a new Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which he said was intended to encourage mutual forgiveness among Kosovo’s Albanians and Serbs.

amnesty-calls-un-to-bring-justice-to-two-killed-kosovo-albanians-02-09-2017
10 Feb 17

Amnesty Seeks Justice for Killed Kosovo Protesters

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to deliver justice to the families of two Kosovo Albanians shot dead by UN police in a demonstration a decade ago in Pristina.

kosovo-serbia-haradinaj-france-war-crimes-extradition-hearing-02-09-2017
09 Feb 17

France Postpones Extradition Ruling on Kosovo’s Haradinaj

A French court decided to postpone its decision on whether to free former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj or to send him to Serbia to face trial on war crimes charges.

kosovo-s-new-chief-of-intelligence-was-indicted-02-08-2017
08 Feb 17

Kosovo Intelligence Chief's Indictment Suddenly Withdrawn

An indictment for abuse of office against the new chief of the Kosovo intelligence agency was withdrawn only days before he was appointed to head the agency, BIRN heas learned.

serbia-kosovo-should-swap-land-ivor-roberts-says-02-08-2017
08 Feb 17

Serbia, Kosovo Should Swap Land, Ivor Roberts Says

Former UK ambassador to Belgrade says exchange of territory may be only way to stabilize relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

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07 Feb 17

EU Appoints 19 Judges for New Kosovo Court

The European Union approved 19 judges who will serve at the new Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers, set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for 1990s wartime crimes.

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07 Feb 17

Kosovo Serb Association Depends on Boycott Ending, Minister Says

Kosovo minister says government is committed to working on establishing the Association of Serbian Municipalities - once Kosovo Serb politicians end their boycott of state institutions.

Premium

hiding-in-plain-sight-kosovo-s-protected-witnesses-02-13-2017
14 Feb 17

Hiding in Plain Sight - Kosovo’s Protected Witnesses

A new court faces old problems in protecting witnesses to a dark chapter in Kosovo’s fight for freedom.

13 Feb 17

More Work for the Balkan Map Makers?

08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

03 Feb 17

Mattis Speech Reheats Debate Over Kosovo Army

02 Feb 17

Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe on the Net

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

Culture and Lifestyle

kosovo-uk-short-film-wins-bafta-awards-02-13-2017
13 Feb 17

Kosovo-Shot Refugee Film Wins British Award

‘Home’, a drama shot in Kosovo about a British family forced by war to become refugees, won the best short film prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud