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Kosovo Celebrates War Crimes Acquittal of Former PM, Serbia Angry

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kosovars are celebrating a U.N. court’s acquittal of former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and two of his associates of war crimes, while Serbia has expressed outrage at the verdict. The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Thursday cleared Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of all charges and ordered their immediate release. […]

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UN War Crimes Tribunal Acquits Former Kosovo PM

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations tribunal has acquitted former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and two associates of war crimes. Prosecutors had alleged that during the fighting in Kosovo in the late 1990s, the men were part of a joint enterprise that abducted and tortured 16 civilians, and ultimately killed eight of them. Haradinaj was a former […]

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Kosovo Police, Nationalists Clash in Pristina, More than 20 Hurt

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Kosovo police have used tear gas and pepper spray to break up a protest in the capital, Pristina, by stone-throwing nationalists opposed to European Union-mediated talks with Serbia. Authorities said Monday’s confrontation outside government headquarters injured at least 18 police officers and several demonstrators. Police briefly detained several lawmakers of the ultranationalist Self Determination party […]

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EU Mediates First Round of Talks Between Serbia, Kosovo PMs

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has met with the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo in the first official talks between the two leaders aimed at easing tensions in the Balkans. The EU-brokered talks in Brussels Friday followed separate meetings between Ashton and Prime Ministers Ivica Dacic of Serbia and Hashim Thaci of […]

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Kosovo Granted Full Sovereignty

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The multi-national group supervising Kosovo’s independence has decided to grant it full rights of national sovereignty as of September. The International Steering Group — composed of 25 western nations — has been responsible for overseeing Kosovo’s independence and helping establish democratic institutions in the former Serbian province, which has a two-million strong ethnic Albanian majority. […]

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2 NATO Soldiers, 3 Kosovo Serbs Wounded in Clashes

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two NATO soldiers and at least three Kosovo Serb civilians have been wounded in clashes between troops and a crowd trying to prevent the soldiers from removing barricades in tense northern Kosovo. The clashes took place Friday in a Serb-dominated area near the town of Zvecan. Witnesses say NATO-led troops in armored personnel carriers tried […]

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Apparent Bomb Kills Ethnic Albanian in Kosovo

Posted April 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An apparent bomb planted outside an apartment window killed an ethnic Albanian man and wounded two of his children Sunday in the ethnically-tense Kosovo city of Mitrovica. Police are investigating the incident, but Kosovo authorities are already calling it an act of terrorism The top European Union official in Kosovo urged people to stay calm, […]

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EU Launches Feasibility Study On Kosovo Memebrship

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has officially launched a feasibility study on Kosovo’s conditions to sign a key agreement for closer ties with the 27-nation bloc. EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele met with top leaders in Pristina Tuesday. He told reporters after the talks that the EU will assess Kosovo’s readiness to sign the stabilization and association […]

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US Welcomes Kosovo’s Agreement With Serbia

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has welcomed the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo on regional issues reached Thursday in Brussels after three days of arduous negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told VOA’s Albanian Service Friday that the agreement is a very significant step for Kosovo. She contacted VOA’s Albanian Service by phone from Tunisia, where […]

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Kosovo Serb Voters Reject Pristina Rule

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Serbs in northern Kosovo cast a near unanimous rejection of a referendum on whether to recognize the country’s ethnic Albanian dominated government after two days of voting. The Kosovo Serb electoral commission said 99.7 percent of voters in the four Serbian communities in northern Kosovo opposed the referendum. Ethnic Serbs have ignored Pristina’s efforts to […]

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