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27 Feb 15

Kosovo Minister's Swipe at 'Privileged' Minorities Slated

NGOs representing minorities in Kosovo have called for the dismissal of a minister who compained that the 'privileged' position of minorities made it hard to change the constitution.

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26 Feb 15

Kosovo Serb Politician Ivanovic’s Custody Extended

Oliver Ivanovic, who is on trial for war crimes and ordering the killings of Kosovo Albanians, has been remanded for another two months despite a new plea from the Serbian president.

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25 Feb 15

Amnesty Gives Balkans Mixed Verdict on Rights

Balkan countries still struggled to address a range of human rights concerns in 2014, a new report by Amnesty International says.

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25 Feb 15

Interpol Seeks Arrest of 17 Yugoslav Fighters

Interpol has issued ‘red notices’ for 17 former members of Serbian forces, including a ruling party MP, over allegations that they committed war crimes in Kosovo in April 1999.

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25 Feb 15

Kosovo Migrants Flown Home from Hungary

Kosovo asylum seekers are being flown back as EU countries tighten restrictions on illegal migration.

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23 Feb 15

Kosovo’s Thaci Criticised for Genocide Suit Threat

Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci’s threat to sue Serbia for genocide at the International Court of Justice has been criticised for being legally impractical and a potential misuse of resources.

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23 Feb 15

Montenegro Urged to Close Rundown Refugee Camp

European rights officials are to urge Montenegro to shut the largest refugee camp in the country, where Roma displaced from Kosovo by the late 1990s war are still living in desperate conditions.

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20 Feb 15

Austria to Fly Back Illegal Kosovo Migrants

The Austrian Interior Minister in Pristina on Friday said the country will return migrants by plane every two weeks and that asylum requests will be expedited.

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19 Feb 15

Confidential Kosovo Special Court Details Revealed

The soon-to-be-established special court to try war crimes suspects will officially be part of Pristina’s justice system but will work independently, with judges appointed by the EU’s Kosovo mission.

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19 Feb 15

New Kosovo Mass Grave Searches Planned in Serbia

Officials in Pristina said searches are planned at two more locations near the Serbian town of Raska after the remains of 52 Kosovo Albanian war victims were exhumed there last year.

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19 Feb 15

Kosovo Serb Politician ‘Seen with Mitrovica Killers’

A prosecution witness said he saw Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic with a group of paramilitary policemen who executed four ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in April 1999.

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18 Feb 15

Kosovo Will Sign SAA This Year, Hahn Says

The EU enlargement commissioner said a landmark stability agreement with Kosovo would be signed by the end of the year, stressing the need for continued reform.

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18 Feb 15

New Kosovo Court Will Not Tackle Political Murders

The soon-to-be-established EU-backed special court for Kosovo will not deal with post-war murder cases that are suspected to have been politically motivated, officials have announced.

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17 Feb 15

Kosovo Marks Independence Day With Little Joy

Kosovo was in no mood to celebrate the seventh anniversary of its independence on Tuesday, as problems plaguing the young state continue to pile up.

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16 Feb 15

Kosovo Serb MPs to Consult Belgrade Before Quitting

Kosovo Serb MPs will hold talks with the Serbian government before deciding whether to leave both the Kosovo government and the parliament.

Premium

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17 Feb 15

Kosovar Migrants Trade Misery for Uncertainty

Driven by hopelessness, thousands of people from Kosovo are seeking a better life in the EU, although their prospects of being allowed to stay there are dim.

Business

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20 Feb 15

Austria to Fly Back Illegal Kosovo Migrants

The Austrian Interior Minister in Pristina on Friday said the country will return migrants by plane every two weeks and that asylum requests will be expedited.

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.