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Coalition led by former rebel leaders leads in Kosovo election

Pristina - Almost complete results from the Kosovo national election show that a coalition of ethnic Albanians, former leaders in the war of independence waged in 1998-1999 against Serbian troops, are leading, receiving about a third of the votes.

Kosovo's old guard takes fragile lead in snap polls

Pristina - Kosovo's snap parliamentary election Sunday looked likely to usher in a period of uncertainty, with the old guard of former guerrilla fighters in the lead but lacking an outright majority against parties calling for change, official early results showe...

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

Pristina - Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes Sunday at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes.

Ex-guerrilla, economist and 'Kosovo's Che' vie to be PM

Pristina - In Kosovo's parliamentary election on Sunday, a former guerrilla commander will take on an economist compared to Emmanuel Macron and a popular former student leader once known as "Kosovo's Che Guevara".

Preaching from behind barbed wire in Kosovo's north

Father Nenad Stojanovic is waiting for the day when he will celebrate Sunday service in Kosovo's northern city of Mitrovica "without police protection or barbed wire".The Orthodox priest officiates at St.

Serbia's new president calls for 'dialogue' over Kosovo

Belgrade - Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic, who was sworn in as the country's president on Wednesday, wants to open a debate over the future of Kosovo, the breakaway province whose independence Belgrade has refused to recognise.

UN to set up fund to help Kosovo displaced poisoned at UN camps

New York - The United Nations on Friday expressed regret after hundreds of displaced people in Kosovo were exposed to lead poisoning in UN-run camps and said it will establish a trust fund to help them.

Kosovo calls snap election for June 11

Pristina - President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo on Thursday called for a snap parliamentary election on June 11, a day after the government lost a confidence vote in parliament after a year of political crisis.

Kosovo government falls, snap election to follow

Pristina - Kosovo's government collapsed Wednesday after it lost a confidence vote in parliament, a move expected to trigger a snap election after more than a year of political crisis in the tiny Balkan country.

Sheep slaughter and gifts to welcome summer in Kosovo

Drenas - A slaughter of sheep and offerings for sunny weather and good health: thousands of ethnic Albanians poured into a small village in southwest Kosovo on Saturday for an age-old, part-religious and part-pagan festival.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo's ex-PM to Serbia

Colmar - A French court rejected a request from Serbia to extradite Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj over accusations of war crimes committed in the 1990s, sparking outrage in Belgrade.

Kosovo ex-PM blames 'political persecution' for French arrest

Strasbourg - Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj says it is "political persecution" -- in the form of a Serbian arrest warrant -- which has kept him in France since January, and could torpedo his election ambitions back home.

Kosovo's president bows to pressure on his army plan

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci on Thursday gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation's defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.

Kosovo's president bows to pressure on his army plan

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci on Thursday gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation's defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.

Kosovo's president bows to pressure on his army plan

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci on Thursday gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation's defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.

Italy foils plot to blow up Rialto Bridge in Venice

Rome - Three men from Kosovo and an unidentified minor have been arrested in Venice on suspicion of plotting to blow up the city's celebrated Rialto Bridge, Italian police said Thursday.

Former Milosevic opponent shot in Kosovo attack

Pristina - A prominent Kosovo lawyer, once a leading opponent of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, was shot outside his home in Pristina on Monday, the police and doctors said.

NATO, US condemn Kosovo army plans

Pristina - NATO and the US on Wednesday condemned Kosovo's plans to create a national army, a move that would spark anger among its minority ethnic Serbs and in Belgrade.

Kosovar protesters demand ex-leader's release

Pristina - Thousands of protesters gathered in the Kosovo capital Pristina on Saturday calling for France's release of Ramush Haradinaj, a former rebel leader accused of war crimes by Serbia.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

Sour mood as Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine

Pristina - Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo's forgotten victims

Belgrade - Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo's forgotten victims

Belgrade - Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo's forgotten victims

Belgrade - Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

NATO chief tells Kosovo and Serbia to 'calm down'

Pristina - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo and Serbia to "calm down" on Friday, following a string of disputes that have sent bilateral tensions rising to their highest level in years.

Serb, Kosovo leaders agree to ease tensions, pursue talks

Brussels - Kosovo's and Serbia's leaders agreed to ease tensions that have risen in past weeks and pursue intensive high-level talks following EU-brokered efforts in Brussels to normalise their relations.

Serbia and Kosovo declare war of words

Pristina - A propagandist train, a rising wall and the ghosts of the late 1990s conflict: Serbia and Kosovo are engaged in a disturbing war of symbols and words, unprecedented in recent years.

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.
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