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The 1990s Balkans wars in key dates

Belgrade - From the death of Tito in 1980 to the independence of Kosovo in 2008, here is a timeline of the 1990s Balkans conflicts which tore the former Yugoslavia apart.

Karadzic: Bosnia's 'evil' genocide mastermind

Belgrade - To his supporters a hero who stood up for his people, Radovan Karadzic is to others a monster who brought the horror of genocide back to Europe half a century after the defeat of the Nazis.

Remorseless Seselj still dreams about 'Greater Serbia'

Belgrade - Vojislav Seselj has no remorse over his role in the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Now 63, the ultra-nationalist Serb is again an MP in the parliament in Belgrade and has no regrets."We will never give up the idea of a Greater Serbia," he insists.

Kosovo PM orders probe into expulsion of Gulenists

Pristina - Kosovo's prime minister has sacked his top security chiefs and ordered a probe into the expulsion of six members of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which is blamed by Turkey for a 2016 coup attempt.

Iranians use visa-free travel to Serbia to flee to EU

Belgrade - Until six months ago, the Lovimi family from Iran had never heard of Serbia.

Serbs quit Kosovo government after negotiator arrested

Belgrade - Serb members of the Kosovan government on Tuesday decided to pull out of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's cabinet in protest at the arrest and expulsion of a senior Serbian official.

Tensions as Kosovo police arrest senior Serbian official

Pristina - Kosovo police on Monday arrested a senior Serbian official in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica, raising fresh tensions between the former foes who are trying to relaunch a dialogue.

Kosovo Dervishes pierce their mouths in celebration of spring

Prizren - Like every spring, the Dervishes in Kosovo on Thursday celebrated the beginning of the season by dancing and pushing skewers into their mouths in a quest for heavenly salvation.

Kosovo border deal ratified despite tear gas attack

Pristina - Tear gas was repeatedly lobbed into the Kosovo parliament on Wednesday but it did not stop MPs ratifying a border agreement with Montenegro seen as key for Pristina's bid to join the EU.

Serbia probes vaccination opponents amid measles outbreak

Belgrade - Serbian authorities said Tuesday they have launched an initial investigation of some public opponents of vaccination after 12 people, including two children, have died in an outbreak of measles.

Serbia, Kosovo leaders to meet for renewed EU talks

Belgrade - The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are set to meet in Brussels next week for the first time in more than a year as part of re-launched EU-sponsored talks on normalising ties.

Serbia ready for compromise over Kosovo, president says

Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday his country is ready for a compromise over Kosovo since resolving a dispute with its former province is key to its EU bid.

US accuses Russia of 'destructive role' in the Balkans

Pristina - A senior US official on Monday accused Russia of spreading disinformation and undermining democracy in the Balkans, warning that Moscow was playing an "increasingly destructive role" in the region.

Belgrade to honour slain pro-European leader Djindjic

Belgrade - The Serbian government said Monday it planned to erect a monument honouring the country's pro-European prime minister Zoran Djindjic, assassinated in 2003, even as some voices called for a statue to the man he ousted, Slobodan Milosevic.

Iran, Serbia resume direct flights after 27-year gap

Belgrade - After a gap of 27 years, direct flights between Iran and Serbia resumed on Saturday, when an IranAir jet touched down at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport, Serbian media reported.

EU opens door for Balkan states, but hurdles remain

Belgrade - The European Union has offered some of the six Balkan states who hope to join the bloc the prospect of becoming new members by 2025, but warned them they still have many obstacles to overcome.

Giant mosaic unveiled in world's second largest Orthodox church

Belgrade - A four-million-euro mosaic depicting Jesus Christ inside the world's second largest Orthodox church was unveiled in Belgrade on Thursday.

West's attitude stoking tensions in Balkans: Lavrov

Belgrade - The West is stoking tensions in the Balkans despite Russia's pacific stance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying Monday ahead of a visit to Serbia.

Albanian PM moots co-presidency with Kosovo

Pristina - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Sunday his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president as a "symbol of national unity" between Tirana and Pristina.

'Towels' and telephone codes: five things to know about Kosovo

Pristina - Kosovo, which celebrates 10 years of independence on Saturday, has a flag that few people care about, four international telephone codes and a judoka hero.Here are five things to know about the youngest European country.
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