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Kosovo president says he will face war crime prosecutors if summoned

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said Monday he would respond "with fullest transparency" if he is summoned for questioning by prosecutors of an EU-backed international court investigating alleged war crimes during a 1990s war with Serbia.

Murdered Kosovo Serb politican remembered, one year after drive-by shooting

Belgrade - Thousands of people on Wednesday took part in a silent march in Belgrade in memory of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic murdered a year ago in a drive-by shooting..

Justice at last for Kosovo's 'second-class victims'?

Pristina - Twenty years after the war for Kosovo's independence, victims of alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas have all but given up hope of justice.Now, finally, relief may be on the horizon.

Border plan sparks fear in Kosovo's Serb enclaves

Gracanica - A possible land swap between Serbia and Kosovo, suggested by their leaders to end one of Europe's most volatile territorial disputes, has sparked concerns that the border could be redrawn along ethnic lines and reignite festering communal ethnic animos...

EU warns Serbia and Kosovo over flare up in tensions

Apo - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday issued a stern warning to Serbia and Kosovo to put aside recent bickering amid a major flare-up in tensions between Belgrade and Pristina.

Kosovo says army 'irreversible' ahead of UN meeting

Pristina - Kosovo's president said the country's decision to build an army was "irreversible" before heading to a UN Security Council meeting on Monday about the move, which has drawn the ire of former war foe Serbia.

Kosovo and Serbia's simmering disputes

Pristina - Serbia and Kosovo's troubled relationship has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, with Pristina's vote on Friday to form an army just one of many sources of tension between the former war foes.

Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia

Pristina - Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence.

NATO-led troops on the move in northern Kosovo

Kosovska Mitrovica - Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeepers moved troops through the Serb-dominated north on Thursday, an AFP correspondent reported, amid high tensions with Belgrade on the eve of a parliament vote to create a Kosovo army.

Kosovo tests Serbia with vote to build an army

Pristina - Kosovo will vote Friday on whether to create its own army, in a heavily symbolic show of independence from Serbia that has inflamed tensions between the former wartime foes.

Two Kosovo ex-commanders summoned to Hague in war crimes probe

Pristina - Two top Kosovo independence fighters are among the first to be summoned for interviews by special war crimes prosecutors in The Hague, their lawyers said Wednesday.

US backs Kosovo's plan to create an army

Pristina - Washington supports Kosovo's plans to create its own army, the US ambassador to Pristina said Thursday, signalling a rift with NATO, which is against the move.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

Serbia 'hopes' it won't need to use army against Kosovo: PM

Belgrade - Serbia's Prime Minister said Wednesday she "hoped" Belgrade would not have to resort to war in response to Kosovo's moves to create its own army, in the latest fiery salvo between the neighbours.

NATO warns Kosovo over 'army' plan

Apo - NATO on Wednesday warned it would have to reassess its security mission in Kosovo if Pristina goes ahead with plans to create its own army.

Kosovo Serbs protest Pristina's tariff

Kosovska Mitrovica - Several thousand Kosovo Serbs protested in northern Kosovo on Tuesday against Pristina's massive customs tariff on Serbian goods, a retaliatory measure announced last week that has spiked tensions and curtailed trade between the neighbours.

Three Kosovo Serbs arrested over politician's murder

Kosovska Mitrovica - Three Kosovo Serbs were arrested Friday over the murder of prominent Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic who was shot dead in January, Kosovo authorities said.

Tensions flare after Kosovo's massive tariff on Serbia

Kosovska Mitrovica - Kosovo's move to slap Serbian imports with a 100 percent tariff triggered a new surge of tensions between the former war foes on Thursday, with Pristina ignoring European Union calls to reverse the decision.

Kosovo imposes 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods

Pristina - Kosovo imposed a 100 percent tariff on Serbian imports Wednesday, after it blamed Belgrade for sabotaging its bid to join the international police organisation Interpol.

Interpol again rejects Kosovo's membership bid

Lyon - Interpol's general assembly rejected Kosovo's bid for membership on Tuesday, a decision assailed by Pristina as the result of a "fierce campaign" led by its historic rival Serbia.

Serbia warns Kosovo against 'undermining' regional stability

Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday accused Kosovo of "undermining regional cooperation and stability" by raising taxes on Serbian goods.

Serbia president says army being 'dramatically strengthened'

Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday said the country's army was being "dramatically" strengthened.

Kosovo-Serbia border will not be redrawn on ethnic lines: Thaci

Paris - A revised border between Kosovo and Serbia will not be drawn along ethnic lines, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci insisted in an interview with AFP on Friday.

Points of dispute between Kosovo and Serbia

Pristina - Normalising Pristina-Belgrade ties seems a long way off as distrust between the former foes still remains strong two decades after the Kosovo war, the last conflict that accompanied Yugoslavia's collapse.

Kosovo, Serbian leaders resume dialogue amid tensions

Apo - Kosovo and Serbia's presidents met Thursday under EU auspices to resume dialogue aimed at normalising relations, amid increasing tensions between former foes.

Lake Gazivode, troubled waters between Kosovo and Serbia

Pristina - Controlled by Serbs but a key resource for Kosovo, the cool blue waters of Lake Gazivode reflect the chilly relationship between the former war foes over their contested border.

US asks UN to prepare exit from Kosovo

New York - The United States has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to come up with an exit strategy for the UN's mission in Kosovo after a nearly two-decade presence there.

A Kosovo army would 'jeopardise peace': Serbian leader

Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Friday that the creation of Kosovo army would "jeopardise peace and stability" and put the Balkan country in "big trouble".

Gay activists seek 'freedom' at Kosovo pride parade

Pristina - Hundreds of people took part in a gay parade in Pristina on Wednesday, demanding "freedom" and "equal rights" in patriarchal and Muslim majority Kosovo.

Longer 'frozen conflict' if Serbia talks fail: Kosovo president

Geneva - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci warned Tuesday that a failure to seize the momentum in fragile talks with Serbia could lead to another decade of "frozen conflict".
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