UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

Explains: Why do Serbia-Kosovo tensions persist?

Europe 05/29/19, 09:53

Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo flared this week after Kosovo's police raided Serb-dominated areas in the region's north and arrested scores of people. There have been clashes between Kosovo's police and local Serbs, with several people injured, and two U.N. personnel were detained, including a Russian. Serbia raised its combat ...

Update: EU urges Kosovo, Serbia to return to dialogue

Europe 05/29/19, 08:12

The Latest on the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):3:10 p.m.The European Union's top diplomat is urging Kosovo and Serbia to return to the negotiating table and normalize relations amid high tensions following an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo.A woman standing at ...

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo police raid

Europe 05/29/19, 07:58

Russia and Serbia have blamed pro-NATO and Western influences for an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo that raised tensions in the region.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Tuesday's incident was instigated by "those who want to create a buffer zone from Russia ...

Serbian troops placed on alert after Kosovo police arrests

World 05/28/19, 03:43

Serbia ordered its troops to full alert on Tuesday as tensions soared in the Balkans amid reports that heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-populated regions of the former Serbian province and made several arrests.Serbia's state TV said shots were heard and tear gas was used as Kosovo's special police "burst ...

Update: Serbian security body meets as troops on alert

Europe 05/28/19, 03:05

The Latest on tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):10:05 a.m.Serbia's state TV says a meeting is underway of the country's top security body following tensions in Kosovo over arrests in the Serb-populated north.The report says President Aleksandar Vucic will speak in the parliament later on Tuesday about the ...

Official: Serbia could ditch EU bid, turn to Russia

Europe 05/02/19, 06:04

Serbia's pro-Russian defense minister says the Balkan country could ditch its European Union membership goals for close ties with Moscow.In blunt comments to a pro-government TV channel Thursday, Aleksandar Vulin said that "in case the EU doesn't want Serbia, there are others who do."Although Serbia formally seeks EU membership, its ...

Kosovo: EU “too weak” to steer talks with Serbia

Europe 04/29/19, 11:49

Kosovo's president is ruling out any prospect of an agreement on his country's relations with Serbia without the participation of the United States, saying Monday that the European Union is "too weak and disunited" to steer negotiations between the feuding Balkan neighbors on its own. Hashim Thaci's comments came after a ...

Kosovar returnees from Syria eager to leave shelter, go home

Europe 04/22/19, 07:08

Kosovo families have been waiting outside a shelter, trying to talk with relatives who have been repatriated from Syria.On Saturday, 110 Kosovar citizens — four alleged foreign fighters, 32 women and 74 children — were brought back home with the assistance of the United States.Hidajete Delia was waiting for hours ...

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

Asia & Pacific 04/20/19, 09:34

Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri, top policeman Rashit Qalaj and a health official told journalists early Saturday that "a planned operation to bring back some of our citizens ...

Thousands gather for rally supporting populist Serbia leader

Europe 04/19/19, 10:01

Thousands are gathering in Belgrade for a mass rally in support of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is seeking to counter months of protests demanding more democratic freedoms in the Balkan country.Authorities have sealed off central streets in the capital Friday as Vucic's supporters arrive in buses from all over ...

Serbia seeks greater Russian role in talks with Kosovo

Europe 04/17/19, 10:09

Serbia on Wednesday sought to secure a greater Russian role in European Union-mediated talks with the former province of Kosovo, which could further strain the Balkan country's relations with the West.Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow that "Serbia cannot defend its ...

Serbia: Ex-officer convicted of war crimes gets book event

Europe 04/10/19, 14:02

Serbia's defense ministry on Wednesday promoted a book by a former army chief of staff who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for war crimes committed by Serbian troops in Kosovo during the late 1990s.A video recording allowed former Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic to address participants at a ministry ceremony from ...

Serbian court gives big sentences to killers of journalist

Europe 04/05/19, 06:40

A Serbian court on Friday sentenced four former state security members to up to 30 years in prison for the killing two decades ago of a prominent journalist, who was a critic of then-leader Slobodan Milosevic.Slavko Curuvija, the owner and editor of two independent newspapers at the time, was gunned ...

Kosovo forward Milot Rashica blossoming at Werder Bremen

Soccer 04/04/19, 03:51

Milot Rashica is blossoming at Werder Bremen, where the young Kosovo forward's standout performances are sure to prompt offers from rival clubs.The 22-year-old scored a stunning goal to set Bremen on its way to the German Cup semifinals with a 2-0 win at Schalke on Wednesday. Rashica let fly from ...

Serbia, Kosovo mark start of NATO intervention 20 years ago

Europe 03/24/19, 08:40

Twenty years after NATO intervened to stop Serbia's onslaught in Kosovo, Belgrade is commemorating the victims of what it says was an aggression while Kosovo is hailing the beginning of its national liberation.The staunchly opposed views of the two former war foes reflect persisting tensions over Kosovo, whose 2008 declaration ...

Swiss prosecutors puzzling over motive in boy’s killing

Europe 03/22/19, 08:46

The family of a seven-year-old boy stabbed to death in Switzerland as he walked home from school, apparently by an elderly woman he didn't know, expressed shock Friday over the attack and said they're still trying to understand what happened.A 75-year-old Swiss woman, who wasn't named, was arrested shortly after ...

US envoy in Kosovo to push for lifting of tax on Serbia

Europe 03/09/19, 14:32

A senior U.S. official on Saturday met with top Kosovo leaders in an attempt to persuade the government to revoke or suspend a tariff on Serb goods so that dialogue with Belgrade can resume.Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale is the latest U.S. envoy to take part ...

US urges resumption of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo

Europe 03/08/19, 05:31

A high-ranking U.S. envoy has urged Serbia and Kosovo to stop provoking each other and to resume their discussions over how to normalize relations between the two former wartime foes.Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, also called Friday on Kosovo ...

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