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Russia 'used Kosovo to legitimize Crimea move'.

Moscow, "striving to justify its intervention in the territory of Ukraine" has been using political narratives about "the so-called precedent of Kosovo." This is assessed in an analysis of the Department of International Relations and European Integration at the National University of Political Studies and Public ...

- B92 - SK

India opposes Kosovo's membership in intl. organizations.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic spoke on Wednesday in Belgrade with Ambassador of India Narinder Chauhan, the government has announced. The diplomat "conveyed to Brnabic congratulations from prime minister of India on Brnabic's appointment as prime minister of Serbia," a statement said.

- B92 - SK

NATO general: KFOR will remain in Kosovo 'as long as needed'.

NATO-led Kosovo Force will remain in Kosovo an Metohija "as long as needed," says US General Curtis Scaparrotti. The supreme Allied commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, who was in Belgrade on Wednesday for meetings with Serbia's top state and military officials, told Tanjug in an exclusive interview NATO was ...

- B92 - SK

Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says.

Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice.

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Why Kosovo's controversial insurgent party worries the West so much.

The results of Kosovo's recent general election were a huge surprise: Vetëvendosje , up to now a small opposition party, won 32 seats, making it the largest party in parliament. This put a sudden end to the political duopoly exercised by Kosovo's two dominant parties, the PDK and the LDK, under whose rule the country fell ...

- The Conversation - UK

French military chief quits after Macron row.

The five-star general, who served in Kosovo and Afghanistan and is widely liked by the rank and file, said that throughout his career, he had believed it was his duty to tell politicians "of my reservations".

- Daily Monitor - UG

Kosovo President Invites Political Leaders to Discuss Forming New Institutions.

Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, has invited representatives of political parties to a consultative meeting which will be held on 24 July, Gazeta Express reported.The news has been confirmed by Thaci's political advisor, Ardian Arifaj. President Thaci has decided to call a meeting with political parties represented at the ...

- Novinite - BG

Bulgaria is Sending Military Personnel in Kosovo.

The government changed a decision from 14th November 2016 about dispatching servicemen from the armed forces of Bulgaria for a participation in a NATO operation in Kosovo in a composition of the intelligence and surveillance battalion. The increase of participation in the operation will be with two servicemen and will ...

- Novinite - BG

'Huge challenge, but we'll join Interpol,' says Pristina.

Kosovo Interior Minister Skender Hyseni believes that Kosovo will have the support necessary to join Interpol "by September." However, he admitted this will represent "a huge challenge."

- B92 - SK

Controversy Lingers in Kosovo Over Long Awaited Mosque.

After years of delay, the assembly of the capital of Kosovo looks set to give the go-ahead to the construction of a new 'Central Mosque' - despite the objections of civil society groups.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Cardinal Simoni to consecrate church of Mother Teresa in Balkans

Prizren, Serbia, Jul 17, 2017 / 11:52 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Cardinal Ernest Simoni to be his delegate at the consecration of a cathedral dedicated to St. Teresa of Calcutta in Pristina, the capital of the self-declared state of Kosovo. The consecration will take place Sept. 5, 2017, the 20th anniversary ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

'One of most radical Islamic State women comes from Kosovo'

A total of 44 women from Kosovo are in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while 60 come from Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is according to an article published by Sputnik, that is quoting data from the Kosovo Center for Security Studies.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Serbs MPs Mull Likely Partners in Parliament

As Kosovo's political parties jostle for the right to form the next government, the country's ethnic Serbian MPS have yet to decide which coalition or party to support.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Western Powers Urge Formation of New Government in Kosovo

Western powers on Friday urged Kosovo's newly elected lawmakers to move ahead in forming a government, more than a month after an election. A statement from the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States said new parliamentarians "are responsible for the formation of a new government." The biggest ...

- Voice of America - US

Stars Of The Opera, Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, 16 July

Taking up the invitation by Budapest Summer Festival, we are proud to welcome three star singers as they come to win the audience's hearts at Margaret Island. Gorgeous American soprano Ailyn Pérez is not only known for her soothing and honey-toned voice but also for her stunning stage performances. We're excited to hear ...

- The Budapest Sun - HU

'Thaci ready to cooperate even with Serbs'

Self-Determination's candidate for Kosovo PM Albin Kurti says that the coalition gathered around Hashim Thaci's party "will try anything to form a government." According to Kurti, that coalition - whose candidate is Ramush Haradinaj - is "ready to cooperate even with the Serb List."

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Film Fest Tackles Troubling Topic of Rape

The ninth Prishtina International Film Festival opened in the Kosovo capital with a premiere of 'Unwanted' - a film that deals head on with the highly senstive issue of the rape of Kosovo women during the war.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Marko Djuric reappointed as acting director of Kosovo Office

Marko Djuric has been reappointed to head the Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija as its acting director. The Serbian government made this decision that has been published in the Official Gazette.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Awaits Summer's Return of Cash-Rich Diaspora

Each summer, the Kosovo diaspora continue the tradition of returning home to marry, visit relatives – and hopefully spend a lot of money.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'It's largely up to Serbia to set date for EU accession'

It is "largely up to Serbia" to set the date for accession to the EU, says the organization's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Speaking ahead of the Western Balkans Summit for the European Western Balkans website, Mogherini added that "membership will come with reforms and with a normalization of ties with Kosovo."

- B92 - SK

EU says door still open to Balkan states

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in Trieste, Italy, on Wednesday that "the Balkan route to the EU has not stopped" despite recent problems in Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia, as well as Brexit. She said that Wednesday and Thursday's Trieste summit - to include the German, Italian, French and Balkan leaders - ...

- EU Observer - EU

Serbia Pays Off Kosovo's Billion Euro Debt

Although Kosovo fought to break away from Serbia in 1999 and proclaimed independence in 2008, Serbia continues to pay off its foreign debt because it considers the former province a part of its own territory.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Vucic to launch state dialogue on Kosovo in September'

President Aleksandar Vucic will in September launch "a state dialogue on Kosovo" - something he announced at the start of his presidential mandate. Beta is reporting this on Wednesday, citing an article in the daily Vecernje Novosti.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Parties Resist Haradinaj Bid to Form Govt

The first attempt by prime ministerial candidate Ramush Haradinaj to hold consultative meetings on forming a government was rejected by the acting PM's Democratic League of Kosovo and the Vetevendosje party. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Looking for lessons among past refugee crises

At a dialogue about sharing responsibility for refugees, stakeholders reflect on responses to earlier crises in Kosovo*, Guatemala and Viet Nam.

- UN - INT

More needs to be done to clarify the fate of over 1,600 people missing in relation to conflict in Kosovo

Article | Belgrade/Pristina/Geneva – 1,658 people who went missing in connection with the 1998–1999 armed conflict in Kosovo are still being sought by their families.


UN Should Reconsider Refusal to Compensate Kosovo's Victims

Expand Roma children play in the Cesmin Lug Camp outside Trepca mine, on the outskirts of Mitrovica, June 22, 2009. © 2009 Reuters The United Nations may be undermining its own efforts to promote human rights, at a time when rights are under threat worldwide. That's the view of a UN panel of experts, which investigated ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

In our backyard: The Caribbean's statelessness and refugee crisis

The migrant crisis in Europe has placed the issues of refugees and migration firmly on the global agenda, with estimates that over 1 million people entered Europe in 2015 as refugees or migrants. Fleeing war, generalized violence, or repressive governments, they mostly originate from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, ...

- Brookings - US