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02 Oct 14

Kosovo Stays in Limbo as Assembly is Postponed

Kosovo' political stalemate looks set to continue after the constituent session of the new parliament was postponed.

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02 Oct 14

Kosovo Leads Balkans in Internet Addiction

Kosovars are the keenest internet users in the Balkans, in national percentage terms, a global survey of internet and Facebook penetration shows.

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01 Oct 14

Kosovo Political Crisis Delays New War Crimes Court

While Kosovo remains without a government, the new special court to try Kosovo Liberation Army war crimes suspects cannot start work as planned in January, BIRN has learned.

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01 Oct 14

Judges Dismissed in Kosovo Politician Limaj’s Trial

Judges in the trial of guerrilla commander turned politician Fatmir Limaj and nine other ex-fighters accused of abuses at the wartime Klecka detention centre were disqualified after claims of bias.

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30 Sep 14

Kosovo No Haven for Jihadists, Thaci Says

Writing in the UK ‘Guardian’, the Kosovo leader has slated claims that the country is becoming a base for Islamists.

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30 Sep 14

Kosovars Petition Against Hike in Power Bills

Over 30,000 people Kosovo have signed a petition opposing rises in energy prices, while civic society groups warns of street protests if the petition wins no response.

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29 Sep 14

Serbia Reopens Batajnica Mass Grave Probe

Serbia reopened its investigation into the Batajnica police training centre, where hundreds of bodies of Kosovo Albanians were found buried, searching for another mass grave at the site.

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26 Sep 14

Kosovo Jihadist Makes State Department Terror List

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, a Kosovo Albanian fighter for Islamic State, has joined a US State Department list of global terrorists.

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26 Sep 14

Serbia Faces Dilemma Over Kosovo Football Fans

Fans from Kosovo have expressed their wish to go to Belgrade to support the Albanian national team in a football match against Serbia - but it is not clear they will be allowed into the stadium.

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23 Sep 14

Millions Earmarked For Kosovo Serbs 'Wasted'

Hundreds of millions of euros from the Serbian budget that is supposed to help the Serbs in Kosovo have been misspent, a new TV investigation claims.

 

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23 Sep 14

Croatia Joins Balkan Anti-IS Coalition

Alongside the other Balkan states, Croatia has joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militants, although its obligations remain unclear.

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18 Sep 14

Gridlock Over Speaker in Kosovo Continues

The impasse over the election of a speaker of parliament in Kosovo continues after the assembly failed to elect a candidate on Thursday.

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17 Sep 14

Hundreds of Balkan Jihadists Have Joined ISIS, CIA Says

The latest CIA report says several hundred jihadists from a number of Balkan countries have joined the extremist group Islamic State in the Middle East.

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17 Sep 14

Kosovo Police Swoop on Hardline Muslim Leaders

Party leader Fuad Ramiqi is among a number of Islamic leaders seized by police as part of a crackdown on Islamists in the majority-Muslim country.

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16 Sep 14

BIRN Film Premieres in Kosovo’s Divided Mitrovica

The screening of BIRN’s road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here in Mitrovica was followed by a debate examining how transitional justice can address the grievances of the wartime past.

Business

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29 Sep 14

Balkan States to Cut Mobile Roaming Charges

Following the EU's example, regulators in four Balkan countries have finally agreed to reduce mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than in western Europe.

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.