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21 Jan 17

Balkan Feminists Rally in Solidarity With US Women

Activists in Belgrade, Pristina and Sofia will hold rallies in solidarity with the huge women's march planned for Washington, one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

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19 Jan 17

Russia May Recognise Kosovo, UK Expert Says

Leading expert on Russia in UK says Moscow might recognise Kosovo as part of a grand re-set of America-Russia relations.

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18 Jan 17

Ambassador Reminds Trump That Kosovo Loves America

Kosovo's ambassador to Washington, Vlora Citaku, has held a brief conversation with Donald Trump in which she reminded the new US President of her country's staunch loyalty to America.

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17 Jan 17

Kosovo Veteran’s Photographs Document Wartime Crimes

War crimes against Albanian civilians in the Gjakova/Djakovica area during the 1998-99 conflict are documented in an exhibition of pictures by Kosovo Liberation Army veteran Shkendije Hoda.

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16 Jan 17

Serbia Accused of Provoking Kosovo Over Train

Serbian opposition politicians and experts have condemned Belgrade’s decision to send a train covered in nationalist slogans and pictures to Kosovo as unnecessarily provocative.

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16 Jan 17

Kosovo Indicts KLA Ex-Guerrilla for War Crimes

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution has filed an indictment against former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrilla Remiz Shala, accusing him of abducting an ethnic Albanian civilian suspected of collaborating with Serbia.

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14 Jan 17

Serbia Accuses Kosovo of Planning Attack on Train

Aleksandar Vucic has accused Kosovo of sending special forces to attack the first train to run in many years from Belgrade to the northern, Serb-run part of Kosovo, claiming the Kosovars planned 'a conflict of broad proportions'.

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13 Jan 17

Kosovo MP Fatmir Limaj’s War Crimes Trial Opens

Former guerrilla commander turned Kosovo MP Fatmir Limaj pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial to accusations that he was responsible for the murder of two Kosovo Albanian civilians in October 1998.

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13 Jan 17

Serbia Demands Haradinaj’s Extradition from France

The Serbian government urged France to send former Kosovo Liberation Army commander and ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj to Belgrade to face war crimes charges, threatening retraliation if he isn’t extradited.

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12 Jan 17

France Frees Kosovo Ex-PM Haradinaj from Custody

Kosovo Liberation Army commander turned politician Ramush Haradinaj, arrested in France over Serbian war crimes charges, has been released from custody while Belgrade’s extradition request is being considered.

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11 Jan 17

Grenade Damages Govt Building in North Kosovo

An explosive device was thrown at the government building in northern, Serb-run part of the divided town of Mitrovica in Kosovo on Tuesday.

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11 Jan 17

Kosovo Pressed to Choose European Integration Minister

Kosovo’s government remains without a European integration minister because the ruling coalition has yet not proposed anyone, causing the European Parliament to voice its concern.

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11 Jan 17

Albanians Abroad Unite for Kosovo Ex-PM Haradinaj

Albanians worldwide have become involved in a protest campaign over the detention in France of former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj - causing an angry reaction from Serbia, which requested his arrest.

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10 Jan 17

Serbia, Kosovo Urged to Work Harder on EU Goals

New EU reports on Kosovo and Serbia list judicial issues, media freedom, corruption, organized crime and political polarization as the chief obstacles slowing their path to EU membership.

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09 Jan 17

Blizzards and Flu Epidemics Grip Balkans

Heavy snow has left many villages and roads snowed in across the Balkans, while schools are on a prolonged winter break as the authorities try to contain outbreaks of flu.

Premium

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20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

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

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02 Jan 17

Balkans Celebrates NYE with Spectacular Firework Shows

Cities across the Balkans rang in the New Year with grand firework displays and family friendly music concerts, welcoming 2017 in style.

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans