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Kosovo heads to snap poll after MPs dissolve parliament

Pristina - Kosovo MPs voted on Thursday to dissolve parliament and trigger early elections, a move that could shake up the political scene at a time when negotiations with former foe Serbia are deadlocked.

Kosovo ex-PM questioned at war crimes court

Den Haag - International prosecutors questioned Kosovo's ex-prime minister and wartime guerrilla commander Ramush Haradinaj on Wednesday in the latest in a series of war crimes proceedings against him.

Kosovo PM set to be grilled by war crimes court

Pristina - Kosovo's outgoing Prime Minister and wartime guerrilla commander Ramush Haradinaj left Tuesday for the Hague to be interrogated by a war crimes court as a suspect, public RTK television said.

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist

Pristina - Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo's prime minister on Friday, is hailed as a hero at home -- where he is nicknamed "Rambo" -- but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, which has long sought to see him behind bars.

Kosovo PM resigns after being called to war crimes court

Pristina - Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), said Friday he has resigned after being called as a suspect before a war crimes court in The Hague.

Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo dialogue

Belgrade - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday vowed to help restart dialogue and reach a long-lasting agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, former war foes who have been locked in a diplomatic spat for months.

The singular voice of Father Sava, a Serb abbot in Kosovo

Decani - Serbia and Kosovo's leaders do not agree on much these days, but they do share one uncompromising critic: Father Sava, the social media-savvy abbot of a medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery.

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.

Recommit to peace, US tells Kosovo, Serbia

Washington - Kosovo and Serbia must put aside extremist rhetoric and recommit to peace, the White House said Monday, 20 years after the end of a NATO bombing campaign against a Serbian crackdown.

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's Thaci says no deal with Serbia without US help

Berlin - Kosovo's president said Tuesday help from the United States was necessary to resolve a bitter dispute between his country and Serbia, as Europe was too "weak and divided".

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Berlin - Serbia and Kosovo have agreed at a summit in Berlin to resume talks, after the leaders of France and Germany warned the bitter foes that resolving their dispute was crucial to future ties with the European Union.

Macron and Merkel try to resurrect Serbia-Kosovo talks at Balkan summit

Berlin - European leaders will try to bring bitter foes Serbia and Kosovo back to the negotiating table at a regional summit in Berlin on Monday, hoping to reboot a dialogue over one of the Balkans' thorniest disputes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Serbian leader hints Kosovo recognition possible: ANSA

Rome - President Aleksandar Vucic hinted Monday that Serbia may be willing to recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state, but would require something in return from its former province as part of a broader compromise deal.

Kosovars feel trapped in EU visa 'cage'

Pristina - Kosovars are increasingly vexed by the massive amount of time, money and paperwork needed to obtain visas to enter the European Union -- a process not required of any of their Balkan neighbours.

NATO defence ministers to review Kosovo role

Apo - NATO defence ministers will this week review the alliance's activities in Kosovo, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, amid unease about Pristina's decision to create its own army.

Kosovo PM summons police, justice officials over girl's alleged rape

Pristina - Kosovo premier Ramush Haradinaj summoned senior law enforcement and justice officials Friday over the alleged rape of a teenager -- first by a teacher and then police she reported it to -- in a case that has shocked the nation, the government said.

Overwhelmed by crises, UN council puts Kosovo on back burner

New York - Faced with an ever-growing list of world conflicts to tackle, the UN Security Council decided on Thursday that it would cut the number of meetings it is holding on Kosovo to allow time for more pressing crises.

Kosovo leaders at odds over Serbia border changes

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Wednesday resumed their public dispute over possible border changes to end one of Europe's most volatile territorial disputes.

Kosovo leader says Russia won't stop Serbia compromise

Washington - Kosovo's leader said Tuesday that Serbia's traditional backer Russia had promised to support eventual reconciliation between Belgrade and Pristina, removing one potential obstacle in stalled talks.
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