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28 Jan 15

Belgrade Urges Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic’s Release

The Serbian government called on the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo to grant bail to war crimes defendant Oliver Ivanovic to prevent further damage to relations between Serbs and Albanians.

28 Jan 15

Freedom House Moves Kosovo up - Bosnia, Macedonia Down

The latest report of the US-based watchdog Freedom House on global political rights and civil liberties has moved Kosovo up a notch - and Macedonia and Bosnia down.

28 Jan 15

Kosovo Politicians Trade Accusations After Unrest

Kosovo’s government accused opposition leaders of trying to seize power using violence after protest clashes in Pristina that left over 170 people injured, while the opposition blamed the police.

27 Jan 15

Dozens Injured in Kosovo Protest Clashes

Violent clashes erupted between riot police and several thousand protesters demanding the dismissal of Serb minister Aleksandar Jablanovic, who is accused of insulting Albanian war victims.

26 Jan 15

Bosnia's Radoncic to Testify at Kelmendi Drug Trial

Witnesses including Bosnian politician and media mogul Fahrudin Radoncic will be called to testify at the organised crime trial in Kosovo of alleged drug lord Naser Kelmendi.

26 Jan 15

Kosovo Govt Rejects Protesters’ Ultimatum After Clashes

The government rejected an opposition ultimatum demanding the sacking of a Kosovo Serb minister whose comments sparked a major protest at the weekend that ended in clashes with police.

24 Jan 15

Clashes Erupt as Thousands Protest in Kosovo

Protesters clashed with police as several thousand people rallied in Pristina for the sacking of a Serb minister and for Kosovo to take full control of the huge Trepca mine complex from Belgrade.

23 Jan 15

Kosovo Miners Suspend Strike at Trepca

Miners have announced they are suspending further strike action for a month, awaiting a decision of the Kosovo government on the mine's future.

23 Jan 15

NATO Chief Lauds Kosovo's Progress Since 1999

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that Kosovo had become a much safer place since peacekeeping troops first came at the end of the war in 1999.

23 Jan 15

Islamist Terror Threat Draws EU, Balkans Together

New internal security strategy for Europe will involve ever-closer links to security structures in the Western Balkans.

22 Jan 15

Trepca Miners Vow to Continue Strike

Miners have pledged to continue their strike, called to protest against the government’s decision to postpone the troubled complex’s long-term transformation.

22 Jan 15

Murder Testimony Against Kosovo Serb Leader ‘Unconvincing’

The defence of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, accused of ordering paramilitary police to kill several ethnic Albanians in April 1999, said an alleged eyewitness had failed to prove his guilt.

21 Jan 15

Kosovo Serb Politician ‘Led Deadly Police Squad’

A witness at the trial of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic said he saw him with a paramilitary police group that killed several ethnic Albanians in April 1999.

20 Jan 15

Delays Over Trepca Ignite Protests in Kosovo

The government's decision to postpone the transformation of the Trepca mining complex has been met with street protests - and has widened the rift between Kosovo Serbs and Albanians.

20 Jan 15

Students Rally for Kosovo Serb Minister’s Dismissal

Some 500 students marched through Pristina, demanding the sacking of minister Aleksandar Jablanovic, accused of insulting Albanians who blockaded Serb pilgrims at Orthodox Christmas.


13 Jan 15

Belgrade’s Last Refugee Camp Endures Another Winter

The New Year has not brought changes for the Serbs who fled the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and still live in a rundown refugee centre on the capital’s outskirts.


14 Jan 15

World Bank Revises Croatia's GDP Growth Down

In more bad news for the struggling centre-left government, the World Bank has altered its earlier forecast of Croatia’s GDP growth in 2015, cutting it from 1.2 to 0.5 per cent.

Culture and Lifestyle

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.