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28 Mar 17

Pristina Allows Serbian PM Vucic to Visit Kosovo

The Kosovo government is allowing Serbian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic to visit the northern part of country for three hours on Wednesday.

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28 Mar 17

Kosovo Special War Crimes Court Adopts Rulebook

The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers, set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes, could now be judicially operational in May.

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28 Mar 17

Serbian PM Mulls Kosovo Visit amid Election Uncertainty

Serbia’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic is set to visit northern Kosovo, where locals hope for a chance to vote fairly.

srpska-lista-ends-boycott-to-push-municipalities-deal-in-kosovo-03-27-2017
27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

Serb MPs returned to Kosovo parliament after six months to speed up the formation of an Association of Serb Municipalities but also to try to stop the formation of a Kosovo Army.

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25 Mar 17

Kosovo Witnesses Recall Expulsions by Serbian Forces

Two survivors of a massacre by Serbian forces in the Kosovo village of Cuska in May 1999 told a Belgrade court how they were forcibly evicted from their homes.

prosecution-proposes-new-witnesses-on-ivanovic-retrial-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb Leader Asserts Innocence as Retrial Begins

The retrial of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic began with the defendant again insisting he is not guilty of ordering the killings of nine ethnic Albanians in 1999.

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24 Mar 17

Serbia Mourns 1999 Bombing Victims; Kosovo Thanks NATO

Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia with a ceremony in Grdelica, where a passenger train was hit - but Kosovo officials gave thanks for the Western military intervention.

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23 Mar 17

Kosovo MP's Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated

An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina.

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21 Mar 17

No Decision if Kosovo Serbs will Vote in Serbian Elections

The Government of Kosovo has not decided yet if Kosovo will allow the Serbian presidential elections in its territory or not, while the opposition remains against such a process considering it illegitimate.

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20 Mar 17

Balkan States Look Gloomy on World Happiness Table

The peoples of the Balkans have little to smile about according to a new ranking released in time with UN’s World happiness Day.

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17 Mar 17

Serbs Commemorate Anniversary of Deadly Kosovo Unrest

Serbian officials and Kosovo Serbs commemorated the anniversary of ethnic unrest in Kosovo in March 2004, when 19 people died and several thousand fled their homes.

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16 Mar 17

'People's Eye' Poses Terrorist Threat, Kosovo President Says

Hashim Thaci says security institutions have obtained a list of 26 people that an organization called People’s Eye - which has accepted responsibility for shooting Azem Vllasi - wants to execute.

kosovo-s-decision-sparks-new-belgrade-pristina-tension-03-15-2017
15 Mar 17

Serbia Accuses Kosovo of Grabbing its Property

The head of Serbia's Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, has denounced a decision to register the Kosovo state as the owner of the all immovable property once registered in the name of Yugoslavia or Serbia.

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14 Mar 17

Kosovo Shooting Suspect ‘Sought Revenge on Ex-Communist’

A man arrested for shooting at veteran Kosovo politician, rights activists and lawyer Azem Vllasi accused his victim of oppressing young people when he was a Communist leader.

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14 Mar 17

Rise of Yugo-Nostalgia ‘Reflects Contemporary Problems’

The nostalgia for socialist Yugoslavia in some Balkan countries indicates dissatisfaction with present-day conditions, a historian who led research on the issue told BIRN.

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27 Mar 17

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition

The dispute over the transformation of Kosovo's armed forces could spell the end of Kosovo's troubled ruling coalition.

22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

Business

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21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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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