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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".

Life's too harsh in Presevo to worry about Serb-Kosovo border

Presevo - In the border valley of Presevo, neither ethnic Albanians nor Serbs pay much attention to talk of changes to the frontier between Serbia and Kosovo -- they are too busy trying to eke out a living.

Being LGBT in Kosovo: a battle to come out from the shadows

Pristina - On paper, the legal request was small: changing his name from Blerta to Blert.But it was a big -- and risky -- move by Blert Morina, a transgender man trying to bring Kosovo's marginalised LGBT community out of the shadows.

Protestors block Serbian leader on Kosovo trip

Kosovska Mitrovica - Hundreds of Kosovar Albanians blocked access to a village due to be visited by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Sunday, an AFP journalist said, as a festering row over Kosovo independence clouds hopes that the war foes can normalise relations.

Kosovo, Serbian leaders cancel meeting over 'differences'

Apo - A planned face-to-face meeting between Kosovo and Serbia's presidents in Brussels fell apart at the last minute on Friday, quashing expectations that the former war foes might move closer to a deal to normalise relations.

Kosovo and Serbia: how 'redrawing the map' lost its taboo

Belgrade - Serbian and Kosovar presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci are set to resume talks in Brussels on Friday after a summer that broke the taboo of possible border changes between the former war foes.

Top Trump aide says US open to Kosovo-Serbia border changes

Kiev - US President Donald Trump's national security advisor on Friday said Washington does not "exclude" the possibility of territorial adjustments in the dispute between Serbia and Kosovo, a notion Western powers have staunchly opposed in the past.

Kosovo rape survivors battle 'code of silence' for recognition

Pristina - Raped during Kosovo's war for independence, Zana and thousands of other women are now eligible for financial aid from the government -- a victory hard-won through years of lobbying.

'Kosovo's Mandela' Adem Demaci dies

Pristina - Rights activist Adem Demaci who spent 28 years behind bars in Tito's Yugoslavia for speaking out about discrimination against ethnic Albanians -- earning him the nickname Kosovo's Mandela -- has died at the age of 82.

Division of Kosovo would mean 'war': PM

Pristina - Any partition of Kosovo or exchange of territory with Serbia would ignite "war," Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj warned on Friday, shooting down proposals that have been floated to break a diplomatic gridlock between the former war foes.

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.
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