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29 Dec 17

Kosovo Court Releases Detained Vetevendosje MPs

The Pristina Basic Court has released Vetevendosje MPs Albin Kurti and Donika Kadaj Bujupi who had been detained on charges of letting off tear gas in parliament.

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29 Dec 17

Kosovo President Could Pardon ‘Revenge’ Killers

President Hashim Thaci is believed to be considering giving a pardon to three former Kosovo guerrillas convicted of killing a family in revenge for their links with the Serbian police.

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29 Dec 17

Call for Campus Mosque Causes Storm in Kosovo

The deputy mayor of Pristina's call to build a mosque on the campus of Pristina University has sparked adverse reactions in Kosovo, while the municipality says it does not back the idea.

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28 Dec 17

Kosovo MP Warns New War Court Against Arrests

MP Daut Haradinaj, a former Kosovo Liberation Army fighter and brother of the prime minister, said that arrests by the new Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers would cause a major backlash.

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22 Dec 17

Kosovo Lawmakers Try to Scrap New War Court

MPs failed on Friday night to push forward an attempt to revoke a law allowing a new Hague-based court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters for war crimes after strong pressure from the US and the EU.

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22 Dec 17

Kosovo MPs Attempt to Stop War Court

As MPs staged a dramatic intervention to change the law on the new Hague-based court that will try Kosovo Liberation Army members, the US ambassador to Pristina warned it could have “profoundly negative implications”.

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21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Celebrates Achievements at Closing Ceremony

At its closing event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia had shown the international community’s commitment to holding war criminals accountable.

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20 Dec 17

Serbia Seeks Russian Role in Kosovo Talks

Aleksandar Vucic says he has asked Serbia's ally, Russia, to join the Kosovo negotiations if the US also joins the table – and President Vladimir Putin has indicated his willingness to do so.

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18 Dec 17

Kosovo Witnesses Tell Belgrade Court of Relatives’ Murders

Two witnesses told a Belgrade court how their family members were murdered during the May 1999 massacre of Kosovo Albanian villagers from the Cuska area by Serbian forces.

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18 Dec 17

Kosovo PM Faces Uphill Battle on Brussels Trip

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj has promised big steps forward for Pristina before meetings in Brussels this week, such as visa liberalisation and a new Kosovo army, but observers say this is unrealistic.

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14 Dec 17

Kosovo Extradition of Wanted Turkish ‘Gulenist’ Suspended

Kosovo’s prosecution withdrew its request to a Pristina court to allow the extradition of Ugur Toksoy, a teacher wanted by Turkey for alleged links to the so-called Gulen movement, suspending the procedure.

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13 Dec 17

US Urges Serbia to Tackle Kosovo Massacre Cover-Up

The US State Department said that those responsible for moving the bodies of Kosovo Albanian civilians killed in the 1999 war to mass graves in Serbia should be brought to justice.

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13 Dec 17

Kosovo Urged to Increase Aid to Wartime Rape Victims

Kosovo will offer reparations to survivors of wartime sexual violence, but an Amnesty International report warns that the law doesn’t do enough to help them and that access to justice remains limited.

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12 Dec 17

Kosovo Veterans Campaign Against Special Court Law

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans said they will launch a petition calling for the law governing the new Specialist Chambers, set up to try former KLA members, to be changed because it is “discriminatory”.

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12 Dec 17

Kosovo, Macedonia Urge International Probe of Kumanovo Shootout

Kosovo and Macedonia’s prime ministers agreed to push for an international investigation into a deadly 2015 shootout with police in Kumanovo, for which 16 Kosovo citizens have been jailed for terrorism.

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23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

11 Jan 18

Kosovo: New Year Brings Same Old Struggles

Business

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06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

As Kosovo’s government mulls withdrawing from CEFTA, citing its unequal treatment, economists warn that a halt to regional free trade will result in price rises.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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23 Jan 18

Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

25 Dec 17

Festive Cheer at Pristina's Christmas Market