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Kosovo, Albania collect money for fined Swiss players

Pristina - Kosovo and Albania are collecting money to pay the FIFA fines of Switzerland players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.

Criticism as EU justice mission leaves Kosovo

Pristina - As an EU judicial mission prepares to leave Kosovo, the assessments of its decade-long mandate are mixed -- hailed by officials but criticised by the public.

To isolate, or not, Kosovo's returning jihadists

Pristina - One of Europe's smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq.

Kosovo jails Muslim extremists over Israeli football terror plot

Pristina - Eight Muslim extremists who plotted terror attacks against Israeli footballers and fans during a 2016 World Cup qualifier in Albania were jailed for up to 10 years on Friday.

Kosovo main 'hurdle' on Serbia's path to EU: President Vucic

Belgrade - Kosovo remains the major "hurdle" blocking Serbia's path to European Union membership, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday, urging concessions from Pristina.

Turkey says '80 Gulenists brought back' in foreign operations

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday said its intelligence agency had brought back from abroad a total of 80 suspected members of the movement blamed for the 2016 failed coup, after a hugely controversial secret expulsion operation last month in Kosovo.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Pristina - Security forces will march Sunday through the capital of Kosovo as it celebrates a decade since declaring independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.

Kosovo court prosecutor stepping down, vows work will go on

Den Haag - The prosecutor for a special tribunal set up to try crimes committed in the late 1990s in Kosovo announced Thursday he is stepping down, as his term has expired.

Ten-year rejection of Kosovo stalls Serbia's EU hopes

Belgrade - A decade after its southern province formally broke away, Serbia bluntly refuses to recognise Kosovo's independence, but President Aleksandar Vucic has warned something must change for his country to join the European Union.

Kosovo's guerrilla 'heroes' fear war crimes court

Pristina - In Kosovo, the guerrillas who fought for independence from Serbia a decade ago are revered as heroes.

Fear stalks Kosovo's divided Mitrovica city

Kosovska Mitrovica - Ten years after independence, Albanians and Serbs from Kosovo's divided city of Mitrovica have one thing in common -- fear, heightened by the recent assassination of a moderate Serb politician.

Girl named Independence turns 10 with divided Kosovo

Pristina - On February 17, 2008, Kosovo's parliament unanimously endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia. The same day a baby girl was born: Her family named her Pavaresia, the Albanian word for "independence".

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of sovereignty-in-progress

Pristina - Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since its unilateral declaration of independence -- a sovereignty still under construction and stubbornly rejected by its Serb minority and Belgrade.

In Kosovo's capital, 'breathing harms health'

Obiliq - Every winter morning workers wrap scarves around their faces and emerge from the pea soup fog that engulfs their town of Obiliq, stuck between two coal-fired power stations on the outskirts of Kosovo's capital.

US pushes Kosovo, Serbia to normalize ties

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday urged Kosovo and Serbia to move toward normalizing ties, telling the UN Security Council that the time had come for a lasting peace.

Kosovo president seeks final deal with Serbia in 2018

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci hopes to strike an "historic agreement" with Serbia in 2018, 10 years after his country made a declaration of independence that Belgrade still rejects."I think that 2018 is a crucial year and should be a decisive one.

Dark clouds loom over Kosovo 10 years after independence

Pristina - The assassination of a prominent Serb politician has cast another dark cloud above Kosovo as it is prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its independence.

Serbia's Vucic urges Kosovo Serbs to remain calm

Kosovska Mitrovica - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic urged Kosovo Serbs on Saturday to remain calm after the murder of a prominent political leader that sparked fears of renewed tensions in the fragile region.

Hundreds mourn slain Kosovo Serb politican at funeral

Belgrade - Hundreds of people mourned at the funeral of moderate Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic on Thursday, two days after his murder raised tensions in the volatile region.

Kosovo probes Serb politician's shock killing

Kosovska Mitrovica - Investigators Wednesday were probing the killing of a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, which observers warned could worsen tensions in the volatile region.

Kosovo probes Serb politician's shock killing

Kosovska Mitrovica - Investigators Wednesday were probing the killing of a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, which observers warned could worsen tensions in the volatile region.
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