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Top Kosovo ex-fighters face organ trafficking, war crimes indictment

Pristina - Several leaders of Kosovo's 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials, face possible indictment for crimes against humanity including murder and organ trafficking, an EU probe found Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Dutch shamed by failure to prevent Serbian Muslim massacre

The Hague - The Dutch government has been held liable for the worst massacre on European soil since World War 2, the Serbian slaughter of Bosnian Muslims.

Debt-laden Serbia braces for painful reforms

Belgrade - With one in five people unemployed and pensioners outnumbering those in work, Serbia is struggling with a record budget deficit and could sink into bankruptcy.

All creatures great and even greater from Dutch sculptor Hofman

Rotterdam - Florentijn Hofman, the Dutch sculptor famed for his much larger than life creature creations has been busily working his animal magic again.

EU hopeful Serbia in quandary over Ukraine

Belgrade - The Ukraine crisis has strengthened some alliances and severed others. But things are not so clear for Serbia, which finds itself in a tug-of-war between the European Union and its historical ally Russia.

Kosovo PM condemns 'flower blockade' in flashpoint town

Pristina - Kosovo's prime minister called on Thursday for the removal of a blockade of flower pots on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica.

Kosovo Serbs replace barricade with flower boxes in flashpoint town

Kosovska Mitrovica - A barricade that symbolised the angry refusal of ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo to merge with the rest of the country was removed on Wednesday after three years and replaced with flower boxes.

Kosovo PM Thaci's party claims victory in early polls

Pristina - The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci claimed victory in Sunday's snap legislative elections, with electoral officials saying preliminary results showed the PDK in the lead.

Kosovo polls seen as key test for EU ambitions close

Pristina - Kosovo's snap parliamentary election passed off peacefully on Sunday with Serbs in its restive northern region taking part for the first time in a possible boost for the country's EU hopes.

Massive clean-up in Balkans after flood of the century

Belgrade - The death toll from cataclysmic floods in the Balkans rose by six to 57 on Friday as people returned home to salvage what belongings they could amid a huge clean-up operation.

Deadly floods recede to reveal Balkan desolation

Belgrade - Floodwaters crept lower in the shellshocked Balkans Thursday to reveal widespread devastation after the region's deadliest natural disaster since records began more than a century ago.

Waters recede in Serbia to reveal a ghost town

Obrenovac - The roar of an armoured vehicle ploughing through muddy water was the only sound on the deserted streets of Obrenovac, a Serbian town hit by some of the worst flooding of the past week.

Disease warning in deluged, mourning Balkans

Belgrade - Officials in the Balkans warned Tuesday of the risk of epidemics as the death toll from the worst floods in over a century hit 49 and water levels in Serbia inched ever higher.

Balkans flooding death toll rises to 44

Belgrade - More bodies were recovered from the Serbian town of Obrenovac Sunday as unprecedented floods swept the region, bringing the overall death toll across the Balkans to 44.

At least 30 dead in massive flooding in Bosnia, Serbia

Belgrade - The heaviest rains in mor than a century have sparked floods across Bosnia and Serbia, claiming at least 30 lives and leading to the evacuation so far of more than 16,000 from flooded villages, officials said.

Floods kill three in 'worst natural catastrophe' to hit Serbia

Belgrade - Three people have drowned in Serbia and more than 3,000 evacuated following flooding caused by torrential rain that prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency, officials said Thursday.

New Serbia cabinet to press EU bid, tackle economic woes

Belgrade - Serbia's new centre-right coalition government led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was sworn in on Sunday, expected to push the country's EU membership bid and urgently tackle the ailing economy.

Exhumation of suspected mass grave begins in Serbia

Belgrade - Forensic experts began exhumation work Wednesday on a suspected mass grave in Serbia believed to contain remains of ethnic Albanians killed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, officials said.

Reluctant Kosovo approves war crimes court

Pristina - Kosovo's parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.

EU to set up international court for Kosovo war crimes

Pristina - The European Union said on Saturday it plans to set up an international court in Kosovo to deal with alleged crimes committed by ethnic-Albanian guerrillas during the war with Serbia.
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