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egypt-named-as-source-of-balkan-islamic-extremism-08-26-2015
27 Aug 15

Egypt Named as Source of Balkan Islamic Extremism

Kosovo researcher says imams promoting ISIS in Balkans studied together in Egypt before bring their militant ideas back home.

rebuilding-trust-in-a-divided-kosovo-town-08-14-2015
20 Aug 15

Restoring Trust in a Divided Kosovo Town

After the Kosovo war, activist Valdete Idrizi realised that reconciliation would only be possible if Serbs and Albanians in her ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica started talking to each other again.

balkan-countries-must-take-isis-seriously-08-18-2015
19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

belgrade-roma-families-in-fear-of-eviction-08-13-2015
13 Aug 15

Belgrade Roma Families Living in Fear of Eviction

Roma families who fled the Kosovo war in 1999 are waiting nervously for a European Court of Human Rights ruling on whether the Belgrade authorities can legally evict them from their informal settlements.

kosovo-s-new-war-court-major-challenges-ahead-08-11-2015
12 Aug 15

Kosovo’s New War Court: Major Challenges Ahead

MPs in Pristina finally voted to set up the court to try Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, but protecting witnesses and assembling strong enough evidence to convict suspects could be formidable challenges.

how-will-special-kosovo-court-work--08-05-2015
06 Aug 15

Kosovo’s New War Court: How Will it Work?

After MPs in Pristina voted to set up a new court to try Kosovo Liberation Army ex-guerrillas, BIRN examines how it will operate, who it can prosecute and for which offences.

world-s-displaced-squeeze-through-balkan-route
22 Jul 15

Migrant Surge Through Balkans Bypasses Kosovo

While waves of migrants course through Macedonia and Serbia, a handful trickle into Kosovo, often by mistake.

bytyqi-case-a-decade-long-brocken-promises-1
20 Jul 15

Serbia’s Broken Promises Over US Albanians’ Murders

Officials again promised to solve the killings of the Bytyqi brothers at a Serbian police centre in 1999 - but their words just echo similar unfulfilled promises over the past decade.

kosovo-mps-to-vote-soon-on-special-court
17 Jul 15

Kosovo MPs to Vote ‘Soon’ on Special Court

As pressure mounts on Kosovo to establish a war crimes court, the government is pushing for a new vote in parliament on the issue.

balkan-states-don-t-protect-journalists-hrw-says
15 Jul 15

Balkan States Don’t Protect Journalists, HRW Says

Instead of securing safety for journalists to work freely, politicians in Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are creating a hostile environment for media freedom, a new report says.

lucrative-deal-for-thaci-s-friends
13 Jul 15

Lucrative Highway Deal for Thaci’s Friends

A lucrative contract to supply material for Kosovo’s controversial €1bn Pristina-Tirana highway was quietly given to a company closely linked to the ruling PDK party.

notorious-ex-bridge-watcher-helped-build-kosovo-s-patriotic-highway
13 Jul 15

Ex-Bridge Watcher Helped Build Kosovo’s “Patriotic Highway”

A ringleader of the 2011 violent uprising against the Pristina government worked for public figures close to the ruling Kosovo Albanian party to cash in on construction of the country’s €1bn ‘patriotic highway’.

western-balkans-on-alert-over-isis-threat
10 Jul 15

Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

new-ombudsman-vows-to-get-closer-to-people
09 Jul 15

New Ombudsman Vows to Get Closer to People

Hilmi Jashi says political influence, deficient legislation - and a general lack of faith in justice - are among the many challenges he faces in his new post.

lax-precautions-for-kosovo-terror-suspects
03 Jul 15

Lax Precautions for Kosovo Terror Suspects

In spite of admitting terrorist activities, six Kosovars have been released from custody and placed under house arrest or ordered to check in with the police.