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Kosovo celebrates '20 years free' with Clinton visit

Pristina - With celebratory speeches, a new statue and a visit from former US president Bill Clinton, Kosovo will on Wednesday mark 20 years since the NATO intervention that ended its war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence.

Kosovo decorates Bill Clinton with a 'freedom medal'

Pristina - Kosovo decorated former US president Bill Clinton with an "Order of Freedom" medal on Tuesday in gratitude for his support for the former Serbian province as it cleaved away from Belgrade 20 years ago this week.

Freedom and fear: Kosovo remembers war, 20 years after

Pristina - Twenty years ago tears were flowing in Kosovo -- of joy or of despair depending which side you were on -- as NATO troops rolled in, ending the war with Serbia.For Kosovo Albanians, June 12, 1999 was a day of liberation from Belgrade's repression.

Kosovo prosecutor asks to lift Russian UN staff's immunity

Kosovska Mitrovica - A Kosovo prosecutor on Wednesday asked to revoke the diplomatic immunity of a Russian UN staff member suspected of obstructing a police crackdown on organised crime, despite Moscow blasting his detention as "outrageous".

Kosovo police meet 'armed resistance' in crime sweep of Serb north

Pristina - Kosovo police arrested more than a dozen fellow officers as part of a crackdown on organised crime in the mainly Serb north on Tuesday, triggering concern from the UN, which said two of its staff were injured.

Kosovo police crackdown meets 'armed resistance' in Serb north

Pristina - Kosovo police forces met "armed resistance" in an early morning raid Tuesday targeting fellow officers and others suspected of organised crime in the predominantly Serb north, authorities said, raising tensions with Belgrade.

Kosovo mayor refuses to cede land to UNESCO Serbian monastery

Pristina - A mayor in Kosovo has refused to cede contested land to a UNESCO-listed Serbian Orthodox monastery despite a court order and pressure from the EU, in a long-runningThe status of Serbian Orthodox church sites in mainly Muslim Kosovo is an acute source o...

Kosovo orders house arrest for women repatriated from Syria

Pristina - Over 20 women repatriated from Syria to Kosovo have been put under house arrest for one month while they are investigated for links to the Islamic State group, a statement said on Thursday.

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Belgrade - Serbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France.The donation, equivalent to $1.

Serbian late strongman Milosevic's widow buried

Pozarevac - The ashes of Mirjana Markovic, the widow of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, were on Saturday buried in Serbia along with her late husband.

Kosovo repatriates 110 citizens from Syria

Pristina - Kosovo on Saturday repatriated 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers with their children having followed their partners who went to join jihadist groups in the war-torn country.

Serbian late strongman Milosevic's widow dies: friend

Belgrade - The widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, often dubbed the "Lady Macbeth of the Balkans", has died in Russia at the age of 76, a friend told AFP on Sunday.

Thousands protest against Serbian President Vucic

Belgrade - Thousands of people on Saturday rallied in Belgrade against President Aleksandar Vucic who they accuse of authoritarianism and muzzling the media.

Kosovo bans gambling after casino murders

Pristina - Kosovo has banned all gambling for the next decade in a bid to crack down on crime after two casino staff were murdered last week.

Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing campaign

Belgrade - Serbia on Sunday marked 20 years since the NATO air strikes that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, ending a conflict that claimed more than 13,000 lives.

Media attacks in Balkans harming EU accession hopes

Belgrade - Last weekend Serbian protesters stormed their state-run TV station demanding fair coverage while Montenegrins were chucking rolls of toilet paper at theirs, as public anger at the media erupts in the Balkan states.

Serbian downed US stealth jet, then befriended pilot

Skorenovac - Twenty years ago, Zoltan Dani achieved a miraculous military feat: wielding outdated missile equipment, his army unit shot down an American F117 "stealth fighter" flying over Serbia as part of NATO's 1999 air strike assault.

20 years on, Serbian victims of NATO bombings feel forgotten

Surdulica - On the outskirts of the southern Serbian town of Surdulica a black cross looms above a grave covered in a tangle of weeds.

Protesters block Serbian presidential palace

Belgrade - Thousands of demonstrators rallied around Serbia's presidential palace in Belgrade on Sunday, accusing President Aleksandar Vucic of authoritarianism and muzzling the media.

The New Zealand mosque massacres revive old wounds in the Balkans

Belgrade - As the gunman drove to the two New Zealand mosques where he carried out his mass killings, a Serb nationalist song was heard playing in the background of the haunting video he broadcast live on Facebook.
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