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31 Jul 15

Kosovo’s Constitutional Court Ex-Chief Charged with Fraud

The former head of the constitutional court of Kosovo, Enver Hasani, was charged with falsifying documents for financial gain while he was rector of the University of Pristina.

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31 Jul 15

Kosovo Sets Date for War Crimes Court Vote

Parliament will hold a repeat vote on Monday on whether to set up a new war crimes court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, with the government apparently confident it will pass this time.

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31 Jul 15

Serbia’s Plan for Refugees ‘Likely to Fail’

The new Serbian national strategy on refugees and displaced people will not help them resolve their problems, a refugee association warned.

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30 Jul 15

Serbia Taken to Euro Court Over Roma Evictions

The European Court of Human Rights is hearing a case against Serbia brought by campaigners seeking to stop forced evictions of Roma families who fled the Kosovo war in 1999.

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30 Jul 15

Kosovo Govt Prepares New War Crimes Court Vote

The government will call another vote on setting up a special war crimes court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, indicating it now has enough support to get it approved.

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30 Jul 15

Montenegro Urged to Respect Kosovo’s Yugoslav-Era Border

Kosovo MP Ramush Haradinaj said that the country has to insist on its Yugoslav-era border in demarcation negotiations with Montenegro, which has been accused of claiming more land.

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28 Jul 15

Kosovo’s Drenica Group Appeal War Crimes Convictions

Former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s Drenica Group cell said they will appeal against their convictions for crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict.

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28 Jul 15

US Criticises Balkans over Human Trafficking

All Balkan countries except Macedonia do not meet minimum standards in combatting human trafficking and some fail to punish the perpetrators adequately, the US State Department said.

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28 Jul 15

Kosovo Parliament Rejects Serb Minister’s Cyrillic

A ministerial document written in the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs was rejected by the commission for legislation, highlighting the language differences which continue to cause problems in Kosovo.

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27 Jul 15

Serbia Vows to Stop Kosovo Joining UNESCO

Belgrade said it will fight Pristina’s bid to join UN cultural body UNESCO, arguing that Kosovo is not a state and cannot protect Serbian religious monuments and heritage there.

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27 Jul 15

Kosovo, Serbia Suspend Cross-Border Car Agreement

A long-awaited agreement designed to make travel between Kosovo and Serbia cheaper was suspended hours before its planned implementation, with both sides blaming the other. 

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24 Jul 15

EU Kosovo Mission Ex-Prosecutor Alleges ‘Intimidation’

A former EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo prosecutor who made claims of corruption said she has been threatened with criminal prosecution if she speaks publicly about her case against her ex-employers.

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23 Jul 15

Kosovo Parliament Demands Probe of EU Law Mission

The Kosovo parliament passed a resolution asking for an investigation into alleged corruption inside the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX.

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23 Jul 15

Balkan Countries See Police as Corrupt, Report Says

Only around 5 per cent of people in the Western Balkans see the police as an uncorrupt force, research by five civil sector organizations shows.

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23 Jul 15

Kosovo Police Crack 'Cheap' Flights Scam

Police on Wednesday said they had arrested the boss of a travel agency selling cut-price flight tickets to members of the diaspora - most of whose flights were then cancelled.

Business

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14 Jul 15

Kosovo to Reform Taxes To Help Businesses and Poor

Kosovo MPs will vote on significant tax reforms on Thursday, expected to lessen the burden on the poorest members of society as well as boosting businesses and investors.

Culture and Lifestyle

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04 Jun 15

Festival Aims to Rebuild Serbia-Kosovo Relations

A festival in Belgrade of Kosovo Albanian films, exhibitions, concerts and debates about the 1990s conflict is aimed at restoring personal contacts between Serbs and their neighbours.