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Serbia launches provocative train service to Kosovo's Serbian north

Belgrade - There is no mistaking the Serbian nationalist message of the train, from the Orthodox icons adorning its interior to the bold claim plastered across its exterior in a host of languages: "Kosovo is Serbia".

French court bails ex-Kosovo PM accused of war crimes

Colmar - A French court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of former Kosovo prime minister and ex-rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested last week on suspicion of war crimes.

French court bails ex-Kosovo PM accused of war crimes

Colmar - A French court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of former Kosovo prime minister and ex-rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested last week on suspicion of war crimes.

French court bails ex-Kosovo PM accused of war crimes

Colmar - A French court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of former Kosovo prime minister and ex-rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested last week on suspicion of war crimes.

Arrest of Kosovo's ex-PM threatens fragile ties with Serbia

Pristina - The arrest in France of Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on suspicion of war crimes threatens to derail fragile negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo and ramp up tensions between the former foes.

France arrests former Kosovo PM sought by Serbia

Paris - A former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, was arrested in France on Wednesday in response to an international arrest warrant for war crimes filed by Serbia.

Kosovo uses sport in diplomatic joust with Serbia

Pristina - Belgrade rejects its claim to independence and Russia blocks it from joining the United Nations, but Kosovo is fighting back for its place on the international stage through sport."Great news!

Jailed Kosovo activist committed suicide: prosecutor

Pristina - An autopsy on the body of a Kosovo opposition activist who died in prison found that he committed suicide, authorities in the Balkan nation said, after his death drew protesters onto the streets.

Macedonian police say Islamist attacks foiled

Skopje - Macedonian police said Thursday that Islamist terror attacks had been foiled in the Balkan country as they announced the arrest of two citizens in a wider regional crackdown.

Kosovo urges citizens to avoid Serbia over arrests

Pristina - Pristina on Monday advised its citizens not to use neighbouring Serbia as a transit country after the second arrest of a Kosovo Albanian in a month.

Leading Kosovo guerrilla faces fresh war crimes charge

Pristina - Kosovo's special prosecutor filed a war crimes indictment Friday against a top guerrilla commander turned politician who has twice before been charged and acquitted over atrocities in the 1990s conflict.

Kosovo 'is a state' Albanian PM Rama tells Serbs

Belgrade - Serbia should recognise its former southern province Kosovo, which "is a state," Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Thursday during a visit to Belgrade.

Kosovo 'boils' over drawing border with Montenegro

There are no guards in the uninhabited Rugova mountains bordering Montenegro, only sheep on pasture land, but a dispute over defining the borderline could push Kosovo into chaos as the political opposition views the demarcation deal as close to "treaso...

Kosovo hacker linked to IS group gets 20 years in US prison

Washington - A computer hacker who helped the Islamic State group by providing stolen personal data on more than 1,000 US government and military workers was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Kosovo expels Russian, Ukrainian journalists

Pristina - Kosovo police said Friday they had expelled two journalists, a Russian and a Ukranian, who did not have entry visas.

Kosovo postpones controversial border deal vote

Pristina - Protesters in Kosovo cheered Thursday as the government withdrew a controversial draft law on a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, saying a vote on the deal would be postponed indefinitely.

Kosovo police arrest six opposition activists over blast

Pristina - Kosovo police arrested six opposition party activists Tuesday over a grenade fired at parliament, one of several recent attacks that have rattled the capital ahead of a controversial parliamentary vote.

Grenade attack on home of Kosovo TV chief over border deal

A shadowy activist group in Kosovo claimed responsibility Monday for an attack on the home of Kosovo's public broadcast chief, in protest over a controversial border deal.

Biden warns Kosovo of 'cancer' of corruption

Pristina - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the United States would remain a "champion" of an independent Kosovo, but he firmly warned its leaders against the "cancer" of corruption.

In Belgrade, Biden calls for better Serbia-Kosovo ties

Belgrade - US Vice President Joe Biden called Tuesday for improved ties between former foes Kosovo and Serbia during a visit to the Balkans to promote reconciliation in the fragile region.

EU court jails Kosovo ex-guerrilla for war crimes

Pristina - A panel of international judges Monday sentenced a former member of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian guerrilla group to eight years in prison for war crimes committed during the 1998-1999 conflict, a court statement said.

Three Kosovans among dead in Munich shooting

Pristina - Three Kosovans were among the nine people killed in a shooting rampage by a German-Iranian gunman at a busy Munich shopping centre, the foreign ministry said Saturday."Three citizens of Kosovo are among the victims of the shooting in Munich.

Kosovo holds first ever gay pride march

Pristina - A few hundred people from Kosovo's gay and lesbian community held their first ever pride parade Tuesday, seeking acceptance and respect of their rights in the conservative society.

London priest wanted for child abuse arrested in Kosovo

Pristina - Kosovo police have arrested a Catholic priest accused of child sex offences in Britain and his extradition is being processed, a senior police official said Sunday.

Kosovo Serbs worried about EU proposal for visa-free travel

Kosovska Mitrovica - Kosovo Serbs voiced concerns on Thursday about an EU proposal to allow visa-free travel for citizens of Kosovo, fearing it would force the Serb minority to recognize the territory's disputed independence.

Albania and Kosovo: A 'new front' for jihadists

Tirana - Three years ago, Albert and Yassin left their homes in Kosovo and Albania to wage jihad in Syria. Now they're back, swelling the ranks of jihadists in a region the Islamic State has called a "new front" in Europe.

European Commission proposes visa-free travel for Kosovo

Brussels - The European Commission on Wednesday proposed that Kosovo citizens be allowed to travel to the EU's passport-free Schengen zone without a visa, a day after the Balkan nation became a UEFA member.

Swiss mull extradition for Kosovan war crimes suspects: Report

Ginebra - Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media said Monday.

Serbia defends decision to honour Sudan's Bashir

Belgrade - Serbia's presidency on Thursday defended its decision to decorate Sudan's president and genocide suspect Omar al-Bashir, saying he was honoured for refusing to recognise Kosovo.

Kosovo's former premier Thaci becomes president

Pristina - Kosovo's powerful former premier Hashim Thaci was sworn in as president Thursday in a session boycotted by opposition parties which dispute his election to the top job.
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