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Kosovo heads for snap polls after top court brings down government

Pristina - Kosovo was preparing for a snap poll Tuesday after its top court annulled a vote that installed Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, fuelling further turmoil in the crisis-hit democracy.

End of an era? Hague trials rock Kosovo's rebel-led politics

Pristina - After more than a decade at the helm, Kosovo's former guerillas may have finally met their match -- not at home but in The Hague, where they are on trial for war crimes.

'Catastrophic': Balkan healthcare overwhelmed by virus surge

Belgrade - Not enough beds and not enough doctors: a skyrocketing coronavirus caseload is pushing hospitals in the Balkans to the cusp of collapse, in chaotic scenes reminding some medics of the region's 1990s wars.

Hashim Thaci: Kosovo rebel who swapped guns for politics

Pristina - Kosovo's ex-president Hashim Thaci, who was to appear before a war crimes court in The Hague on Monday, is a former rebel commander known as "Snake" who fought for Kosovo's independence and has dominated the young nation's democracy ever since.

Kosovo ex-president Thaci denies war crimes

Den Haag - Kosovo's former president Hashim Thaci pleaded not guilty to war crimes charges in the 1990s war against Serbia as he appeared for the first time at a special international court in The Hague on Monday.

Kosovo ex-president to make first war crimes court appearance

Den Haag - Detained former Kosovo president Hashim Thaci will make his first appearance at a war crimes court in The Hague on Monday, the tribunal said.

Kosovo president resigns to face war crimes court in The Hague

Den Haag - Kosovo president and former guerilla leader Hashim Thaci was in detention in The Hague on Thursday, just hours after he resigned to face an indictment at a war crimes court.

Lake Trump? Disputed reservoir could be named after US president

Pristina - In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour.

The art of the non-deal? Scepticism over Trump's Balkan pact

Belgrade - 'Truly historic', 'a real breakthrough' and 'very big' -- US President Donald Trump let the superlatives flow when he announced a deal between Serbia and Kosovo, earning himself a second Nobel Peace Prize nomination this year.

Kosovo veterans handed more 'leaked witness files' from Hague court

Pristina - Kosovo war veterans said Thursday an "unknown person" had handed them a new batch of confidential files about witnesses from a war crimes court in The Hague, in a potential major security breach.

As hospitals fill, Kosovo battles plague of virus deniers

Pristina - Inside Kosovo's hospitals, beds are filling up with the sick and dying as Covid-19 tears through one of Europe's poorest corners.

Serbia, Kosovo strike economic pact at White House

Washington - Former foes Kosovo and Serbia agreed Friday to normalize economic relations in a US-brokered deal that the administration of President Donald Trump touted as a major diplomatic success.

Trump announces historic accord between former foes Serbia, Kosovo

Washington - Former foes Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on a historic pact to normalize economic relations, US President Donald Trump announced Friday at the White House.

Serbia, Kosovo expected to sign pact at White House

Washington - Serbia and Kosovo are expected to sign an agreement on opening economic relations at the White House Friday, giving President Donald Trump the opportunity to claim a new diplomatic victory for his administration.

'Real progress' at Serbia-Kosovo talks hosted by White House

Washington - Kosovo and Serbia officials made progress toward thawing economic relations in talks Thursday at the White House, officials said, but Serbia said it rejected an effort to force it to officially recognize its bitter enemy.

Trump to host summit between bitter enemies Kosovo and Serbia

Washington - The United States hopes to foster a breakthrough in talks between Balkan war foes Kosovo and Serbia as leaders of the two countries meet at the White House Thursday and Friday.

Frosty start as Serbia-Kosovo talks resume after long pause

Apo - Long-stalled face-to-face talks between Belgrade and Pristina got off to a frosty start in Brussels on Thursday as Serbia accused Kosovo of making unrealistic demands.

Serbia and Kosovo resume rocky road towards an accord

Apo - Former war foes Serbia and Kosovo restarted talks in Brussels on Thursday as the EU urged them to compromise to normalise their strained relationship.

Kosovo's Thaci quizzed by war crimes prosecutors

Den Haag - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci arrived on Monday for questioning by war crimes prosecutors in The Hague, saying that "nobody can rewrite history" over his role in the 1990s war.

'Our war was clean and just' says Kosovo's Thaci

Tirana - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on Sunday defended his record, a day before flying to The Hague to be questioned by war crimes prosecutors over his role in the 1998-99 conflict.

Serbia, Kosovo renew 'very difficult' dialogue

Paris - The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on Friday held their first talks in 18 months on resolving one of Europe's most intractable territorial disputes, agreeing to a face-to-face meeting next week on the "very difficult" process.

Kosovo president to resign if war crimes charges confirmed

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said Monday he would "immediately resign" if a special court in The Hague confirms war crimes charges levied against him over his role in Kosovo's 1990s war, allegations he flatly denied.

Kosovo's Thaci accuses international justice of rewriting history

Tirana - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on Friday accused international justice of "rewriting history" after he was charged with war crimes linked to the 1990s conflict with Serbia.

Kosovo defends 'just war' after president accused of war crimes

Pristina - Kosovo on Thursday awaited the return of President Hashim Thaci to respond to accusations of war crimes from the 1990s conflict with Serbia, as supporters and critics alike defended the "just" struggle that paved their path to independence.

Kosovo president cancels US talks with Serbia after war charges

Washington - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci will return home Thursday after war crime charges "interrupted" his planned trip to Washington to discuss tensions with Serbia, his office said Wednesday.

Kosovo president charged with war crimes over 1990s killings

Den Haag - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has been charged with 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the country's conflict in the 1990s, a tribunal in The Hague said on Wednesday.

Kosovo president charged with war crimes in The Hague

Den Haag - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has been charged with 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the country's conflict in the 1990s, a Hague-based tribunal said Wednesday.

Avdullah Hoti: Kosovo's new PM emerges from the shadows

Pristina - After a decade in the shadow of his political mentor, the centre-right economics professor Avdullah Hoti was named Kosovo's Prime Minister Wednesday, taking charge of Europe's youngest democracy after months of political chaos.

Kosovo parliament names new government after months of crisis

Pristina - Kosovo named a new government Wednesday after months of political turmoil in the former Serbian province, casting out left-wing leader Albin Kurti and raising tensions with his supporters.

Kosovo parliament names new government after months of crisis

Pristina - Kosovo named a new government Wednesday after months of political turmoil in the former Serbian province, casting out left-wing leader Albin Kurti and raising tensions with his supporters.
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