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Kosovo's Thaci quizzed by war crimes prosecutors

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'I am ready to face the new challenge and succeed for my son, my family, my people and my country. Nobody can rewrite history. This is a price of freedom,' says President Hashim Thaci, who was charged for war crimes in June

US confirms Serbia-Kosovo summit off after war crimes indictment

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:29 PM

President Hashim Thaci scraps his trip to Washington after prosecutors in The Hague announce a slew of charges related to the veteran leader's role in Kosovo's 1998-99 war with Serbia

HASHIM THACI. In this file photo taken on July 02, 2012 Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci looks on during a press conference by the International Steering Group for Kosovo in Vienna. File photo by Alexander Klein/AFP

Kosovo's Thaci accuses international justice of 'rewriting history'

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:46 PM

President Hashim Thaci, who is charged with war crimes, has previously said that he is innocent and has 'nothing to hide'

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci attends a press conference wit EU Special Representative for the Pristina-Belgrade Dialogue during a meeting in Pristina on June 16, 2020. - EU Special Representative for the Pristina-Belgrade Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak is on a three-day official visit to Kosovo regarding the EU-facilitated dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP)

Kosovo president charged with war crimes in The Hague

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:44 PM

'The indictment alleges that Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli and the other charged suspects are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,' says the Kosovo Specialist Court

INDICTED. Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci attends a press conference wit EU Special Representative for the Pristina-Belgrade Dialogue during a meeting in Pristina on June 16, 2020. File photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Kosovo parties reach deal to form a government

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The deal is reached just a day before the expiry of a two-week countdown launched by President Hashim Thaci

The Leader of the Vetevendosje Party and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister Albin Kurti (C) addresses his supporters as they celebrate their victory in Pristina on October 6, 2019. - Opposition parties won the night in Kosovo's election Sunday taking the lead over former guerrillas who have dominated politics for the past decade. The leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje was in first place with 26 percent of the vote, followed by the centre-right LDK who had 25.2 percent after more than three quarters of the ballots were counted, the electoral commission said. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP)

Kosovo to boycott Nobel ceremony over Handke's prize

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Austrian author Peter Handke is criticized for his vocal support for Serbs in the 1990s wars in former Yugoslavia

Austrian writer Peter Handke poses in Chaville, in the Paris surburbs, on October 10, 2019 after he was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize. - Austrian Peter Handke, one of the most original German-language writers alive, who once used his famously sharp tongue to call for the Nobel Prize in Literature to be abolished, was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize on October 10. The prize brings its winner "false canonisation" along with "one moment of attention (and) six pages in the newspaper," the novelist, playwright, poet and translator told Austrian media in 2014. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD / AFP)

Outrage in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel win

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Austrian writer is seen by critics as a supporter of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic

PETER HANDKE. The Austrian writer poses in Chaville in the Paris surburbs, on October 10 after he was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Opposition parties beat 'war wing' in Kosovo elections

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Voters deliver a heavy rebuke to the outgoing government led by former independence fighters from Kosovo's 1990s war with Serbia

KOSOVO ELECTIONS. The Leader of the Vetevendosje Party and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister Albin Kurti (C) addresses his supporters as they celebrate their victory in Pristina on October 6, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

In Kosovo, Roma's recycling work is unsung, underpaid

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Scavenging in the European state of Kosovo is often left in the hands of marginalized Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities, who earn as little as 8 euros on a good day

WASTE COLLECTORS. Bujar Maksuti arrange items that he found in the containers as his children look on, in Pristina, Kosovo, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Kosovo PM resigns after being called to war crimes court

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I received a call by the special court as a suspect and was offered to go as the prime minister or as an ordinary citizen of Kosovo. I chose the latter,' Ramush Haradinaj tells reporters

RAMUSH HARADINAJ. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2019 Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj speaks during an interview with the AFP, in Pristina. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic agree to meet again in Paris in early July

WEST BALKANS CONFERENCE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron host Western Balkans leaders and EU members Croatia and Slovenia. Photo by Michael Sohn/AFP

Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The legislation transforms the small Kosovo Security Force into a defense army with 5,000 troops

NEW ARMY. Kosovo Security Force (KSF) members march during a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

4 jihadi suspects charged in Kosovo over terror plots

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The group are also accused of planning to bomb the NATO-led security force KFOR at two discos in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica

DEFENSE. A Kosovo Security Force (KSF) member stands guard prior to a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Although more than 110 countries recognize Kosovo's independence, Serbia and dozens of other states have not

CELEBRATE. Kosovo's Albanians wave Kosovo flag during a concert by Kosovo-born British singer and actress Rita Ora in Pristina on February 17, 2018 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Prominent Kosovo Serb politician assassinated

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Serbian government official in charge of Kosovo, Marko Djuric, describes the murder as a 'a criminal, terrorist act against the entire Serbian people'

OLIVER IVANOVIC. This file photo taken on November 3, 2013 in Kosovska Mitrovica shows Oliver Ivanovic, one of the main political leaders of Serbs in northern Kosovo, casting his ballot during local elections. File photo by Sasa Djordjevic/AFP

Torehkan sejarah, Islandia jadi negara terkecil yang tembus Piala Dunia 2018

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Islandia dinyatakan lolos ke Piala Dunia Rusia 2018 usai mengalahkan Kosovo dengan skor 2-0

PIALA DUNIA 2018. Islandia berhasil mengukir sejarah sebagai negara terkecil yang lolos ke ajang Piala Dunia 2018 di Rusia. Foto oleh AFP

Kosovo government falls, snap election to follow

May 10, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Under the constitution fresh elections have to be held within 45 days and the president is expected to call them by the end of the week

Balkan countries contest Mother Teresa's heritage

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:26 AM

While she is famed for her work with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata the late missionary s origins have been hotly disputed in southeastern Europe where she grew up

A photo taken on April 14, 2016 shows a statue of Mother Teresa, the nun who spent most of her life caring for the sick and the poor in India, placed in Qafe Thane, near the Macedonian border. Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Kosovo holds first-ever gay pride march

May 17, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci joins the march to express support for the LGBT community

epa05311894 Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) comunity hold posters and rainbow flags during a march against homophobia in Pristina, Kosovo, 17 May 2016. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is marked annualy on 17 May to raise awareness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights violations. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Kosovo fails in UNESCO membership bid

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Ninety two UNESCO member states voted in favor with 50 against and 29 abstentions Kosovo needed 95 votes for its bid to succeed

In this file photo, a Kosovo-Albanian child is seen through the Kosovo flag in Pristina on February 16, 2014. Armend Nimani/AFP

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Sep 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

There are plans to set up reception centers to separate genuine refugees fleeing war from economic migrants who will be sent back home

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant holds his child and looks for relatives in front of the train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 23, 2015. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

Over 20,000 call for Macedonian government to step down

May 17, 2015 - 9:56 PM

Main opposition leader Zoran Zaev says protesters will persist until Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski – who has been in power for 9 years – and his cabinet stands down

Kosovo set to name new PM to end lengthy political crisis

Dec 09, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga officially proposes Isa Mustafa as prime minister designate to parliament following a deal between warring parties

In this file photo, a Kosovo-Albanian child is seen through the Kosovo flag in Pristina on February 16, 2014. Armend Nimani/AFP

Serbian, Albanian PMs clash on Kosovo on historic visit

Nov 10, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama insists on the independence of Kosovo as recognized by 108 states in the world a move that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic considered a provocation as it was not on the agenda of their talk

Kosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions ease

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Although Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo the two sides have reached a European Union sponsored deal on normalizing their ties

Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj attends on October 23, 2014 an EU-Western Balkans conference in Belgrade. Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Miriam: PH should be neutral on Crimea

Mar 21, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Santiago urges the Philippines to be neutral on the issue of recognizing Crimea citing the absence of customary international law on the subject

Kosovo vote key test for EU-backed deal with Serbia

Nov 03, 2013 - 3:55 PM

The election of deputies and mayors in 36 Kosovo municipalities is seen as a key test of relations between Pristina and Serbia

BEFORE THE POLLS. Kosovar Serbs are passing by Serbian-colored campaign posters prior to local elections in Kosovo, in the northern part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, 01 November 2013. EPA/Djordje Savic

Serbia, Kosovo strike normalization deal: EU official

Apr 19, 2013 - 10:58 PM

2nd UPDATE Kosovo claimed the deal was tantamount to Serbia s recognition of its independence

Serbia, Kosovo talks fail once again

Apr 18, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Serbia and Kosovo again failed to clinch a deal to normalize ties and ease tension in the Balkans after lengthy talks brokered by the European Union

Serbia will not sign Kosovo accord, wants more talks

Apr 09, 2013 - 8:08 AM

The government of Serbia cannot accept principles verbally presented to its negotiating team in Brussels since they do not guarantee full security and protection of human rights to the Serb people in Kosovo

Serbia, Kosovo heads of state meet for first time

Feb 07, 2013 - 7:42 AM

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo met for the first time Wednesday February 6 in talks mediated by the European Union to defuse tension in one of the continent s last simmering hot spots

Clinton to push Kosovo to step up EU, NATO integration

Oct 31, 2012 - 11:19 AM

Clinton will hold talks with Kosovo leaders to urge them to step up its efforts for EU and NATO integration in order to secure peace in the volatile Balkans region

CLINTON IN THE BALKANS. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, on October 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Gruesome details on wartime Kosovo organ harvesting: TV

Sep 11, 2012 - 11:03 AM

A former Kosovo rebel witness described in an interview how he removed a prisoner s heart for the black market in organs during the 1990s Kosovo conflict Serbian RTS state television reported

West to grant Kosovo full sovereignty

Sep 10, 2012 - 6:24 PM

Western powers members of the International Steering Group which has overseen Kosovo since its 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia are set to announce the end of supervision over the territory