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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.

Prominent Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting

Kosovska Mitrovica - Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that sparked fears of a resumption of ethnic tensions in the volatile region.

Kosovo requests extradition of Israeli 'organ trafficker'

Pristina - Kosovo has asked Cyprus to extradite an Israeli man suspected of being the brains behind an international organ trafficking gang.

Police arrest Israeli organ smuggling 'mastermind'

Pristina - The Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers has been arrested in Cyprus, Kosovan police said on Saturday.

Kosovo detains main opposition figure over tear gas protests

Pristina - Kosovo police on Friday arrested three leading members of the main opposition party, including its founder, over the firing of tear gas in parliament last year.

Kosovo court prosecutor vows to protect witnesses

Den Haag - The prosecutor for a special tribunal set up to try crimes committed in the Kosovo conflict in the late 1990s vowed Tuesday to do everything possible to protect witnesses, who could be "at risk from everything from death to intimidation".

Serbian court issues suspended sentences over US embassy fire

Belgrade - A Serbian court handed suspended jail sentences to four men on Tuesday for their involvement in setting fire to the US embassy in Belgrade nearly a decade ago.

Gloves off for Kosovo leader as war court charges loom

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci has launched a rare attack on the country's Western supporters in recent weeks, an outburst that analysts say could be linked to coming war crimes indictments.

Putin claims Western 'double standards' over Catalan crisis

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the Catalan crisis was Spain's internal affair but slammed what he called Western double standards over separatist movements."Russia's position is known here.

Kosovo seeks Albanian help to sidestep EU visa demand

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on Wednesday asked Tirana to smooth the way for Kosovans applying for Albanian citizenship, which would enable them to travel to Europe without visas.

Activists have high hopes with Kosovo's first gay pride parade

Pristina - About 300 people marched through Kosovo's capital on Tuesday at the first gay pride parade in the strongly conservative country which has a large Muslim majority.

Kosovo leader assails empty 'promises' of Western leaders

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci lashed out at Western leaders on Monday, saying they had failed to fulfil promises made to his country in return for Pristina's approval of a war crimes tribunal."Kosovo has kept its word.

Going to school in the Balkans, segregated by ethnicity

Drenas - Benjamin, an ethnic Albanian, and Luka, an ethnic Serb, are young neighbours who share a school but meet only on the football pitch. One boy is taught that Kosovo is independent and the other that it is a Serbian province.
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