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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kosovo marks 2008 independence with military parade

Europe 02/17/19, 08:57

Kosovo has marked the 11th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia with a parade featuring soldiers from the national army it created last year despite opposition.President Hashim Thaci said the infantry troops carrying light weaponry on Sunday paraded as a "professional, multiethnic army serving the youngest country in ...

interview: Kosovo president hopes for deal with Serbia

Europe 02/14/19, 14:37

The president of Kosovo said Thursday he thinks there is "good momentum" to reach an agreement this year to normalize ties with Serbia.Kosovo commemorates its 2008 declaration of independence on Feb. 17 each year. It is recognized as its own country by 116 nations, but not by the one from ...

Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago

Europe 01/15/19, 08:10

Thousands gathered Tuesday in the southern Kosovo village of Recak to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the mass killing of 45 ethnic Albanians by Serb forces that sparked international anger.The killings were a major factor in NATO's decision to launch an air campaign to end Kosovo's 1998-99 war. The Serbian ...

Kosovo assures NATO of transparency in army transformation

Europe 12/19/18, 10:53

The head of NATO and Kosovo's prime minister have had a telephone conversation on Pristina's recent decision to transform its security forces into an army.Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly approved the army's formation last week. The move angered neighboring Serbia, which doesn't recognize its former province's 2008 declaration of independence.Prime Minister Ramush ...

Update: Kosovo parliament votes to form new army

Europe 12/14/18, 05:32

The Latest on Kosovo vote to create an army (all times local):11:30 a.m.Kosovo's parliament has overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.All 107 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament on Friday voted in favor ...

Kosovo parliament to vote to form new army, angering Serbia

World 12/14/18, 03:59

Kosovo's parliament is convening to approve the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.The 120-seat parliament on Friday will vote on three laws to turn an existing 4,000-member Kosovo Security Force into a regular lightly armed army. ...

Kosovo police arrest 4 Serbs, sparking protests in the north

Europe 11/23/18, 06:48

Kosovo police arrested three ethnic Serbs, including two police officers, early Friday on suspicion of involvement in the killing earlier this year of a leading Serb politician in the north of the country.The three men were arrested in the Serb-dominated town of Mitrovica, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the ...

Newcomer Kosovo secures playoff spot in Euro 2020 qualifying

Europe 11/20/18, 17:02

Two years after being recognized by UEFA, Kosovo has given itself a chance to make it to the 2020 European Championship.The small Balkan republic routed Azerbaijan 4-0 in Pristina on Tuesday to cap an impressive campaign in the inaugural UEFA Nations League and secure at least a playoff spot in ...

Austria: Kosovo-Serbia deal is basis for joining EU

Europe 11/06/18, 07:17

Austria's chancellor has told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any step toward joining European Union.Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, smiles during a meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis ...

Tension flares in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia

Europe 09/29/18, 09:27

Tension flared in a familiar section of the Balkans as thousands of people marched Saturday in Kosovo's capital against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia, while the Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.Serbia reacted after Kosovo's special ...

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