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16 Nov 17

Kosovo Braces for Security Challenge of Returning Fighters

A draft strategy developed by the government says fighters coming back from the Middle East, as Islamic State collapses, pose the next major challenge to the country's security.

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15 Nov 17

Serb Policeman Accused of Beating Kosovo Prisoners

At the trial of Zoran Vukotic, a Serb ex-policeman charged with war crimes in 1999, two Kosovo Albanian witnesses testified about the defendant’s alleged brutality against civilian prisoners.

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14 Nov 17

Kosovo Witnesses Testify About Beatings, Murders by Serb Forces

Kosovo Albanian witnesses at the trial of Zoran Vukotic, a former Serb policeman charged with war crimes in 1999, testified that they were beaten by him and saw him committing murder.

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13 Nov 17

Kosovo Court Upholds Serbian Church’s Right to Land

The Kosovo Appeals Court granted the Serbian Orthodox Church land ownership rights to a church that has been a source of dispute since the 1990s, rejecting an appeal from the University of Pristina.

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11 Nov 17

Kosovo Journalist Threatened During Protest

Journalist Taulant Osmani was threatened with physical attack and verbally abused on Saturday at a protest against the relocation of a monument dedicated to the fallen of the 1941-1945 war.

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10 Nov 17

Kosovo Aids Families of Macedonia Shootout Convicts

The Kosovo government will give 219,000 euro in aid to family members of ethnic Albanians convicted of terrorism or killed during the two-day Kumanovo gunbattle with police in Macedonia in 2015.

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08 Nov 17

Kosovo Equality Laws Remain Dead Letter, Report Says

A policy paper concludes that although most directives and concepts from the EU gender equality 'aquis' have been transposed into Kosovo legislation, the laws are not being put into practice. 

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07 Nov 17

Kosovo President Honours Albanian Speaker to Mixed Reactions

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has honoured Albanian parliamentary speaker Gramoz Ruci with the "Freedom Order",  sparking some impassioned reactions from intellectuals and politicians in Kosovo. 

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07 Nov 17

Montenegro Snubs Kosovo's Talk of Arbitration Over Border

While Kosovo mulls sending the disputed border agreement with Montenegro to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Montenegro shows no sign of agreeing to such a solution. 

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03 Nov 17

Serbia Warns Kosovo Over Extra Tax on Flour

Serbia said it would introduce unspecified 'counter-measures', after Kosovo said it was sticking by its decision to raise the tax on imported Serbian flour.

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03 Nov 17

Macedonia Shootout Verdicts Trigger Protests in Kosovo

People in Kosovo have protested against the heavy sentences issued to those involved in a gunbattle in Macedonia in 2015, as PM Haradinaj said he had called back Kosovo's ambassador for consulations.

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01 Nov 17

Thaci Vows to Ease Serb Fears About Kosovo Army

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci joined a discussion on the potential creation of a regular army in Kosovo, saying Serbian fears about such a development needed addressing.

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01 Nov 17

No War Crimes Evidence Against Kosovo Serb Minister

The Kosovo Special Prosecution announced that there is no evidence to support allegations that Serb minister Nenad Rikalo tortured ethnic Albanians during the war.

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01 Nov 17

BIRN Publishes Kosovo War Crimes Court E-Book

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has published an e-book about the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, aiming to increase understanding about the newly-established court that will try ex-guerrillas for crimes during and after the war.

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31 Oct 17

Kosovo Says Suriname Can’t Revoke Independence Recognition

After Serbia’s foreign minister said that the South American state of Suriname has revoked its recognition of Kosovo, the Pristina government claimed that this is not possible under international law.

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19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

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

10 Jan 18

Disabled Community Takes a Stand in Kosovo

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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11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

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