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Serbs in Kosovo blackmailed to vote for Vucic - opposition.

The Dveri Movement claims that Serbs employed by Serbian institutions and public companies in Kosovo and Metohija are subjected to threats and blackmail. According to the opposition movement, whose leader Bosko Obradovic is a candidate in the April 2 presidential elections, these Serbs are pressured in order to support ...

- B92 - SK

KLA crimes court adopts Rules of Procedure; indictments next.

Judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers have adopted the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Once the document comes into force, it will render this special court for KLA crimes "fully operational."

- B92 - SK

'Vucic will be allowed to stay in Kosovo for 3 hours'.

Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj said on Tuesday that Aleksandar Vucic would be allowed to visit Kosovo on Wednesday. According to Beta, Hoxhaj also said the visit would "last three hours."

- B92 - SK

Kosovo allows Serb premier's visit ahead of election.

Kosovo's foreign minister says Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic can visit the country this week to meet with the ethnic Serb minority there.

- FOX News - US

Serbian PM Mulls Kosovo Visit amid Election Uncertainty.

Serbia's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic is set to visit northern Kosovo, where locals hope for a chance to vote fairly.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Special War Crimes Court Adopts Rulebook.

The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers, set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes, could now be judicially operational in May.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament.

Serb MPs returned to Kosovo parliament after six months to speed up the formation of an Association of Serb Municipalities but also to try to stop the formation of a Kosovo Army.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serb List representatives return to Kosovo Assembly.

Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric has said that representatives of the Serb List are returning to the Kosovo Assembly. Djuric told Serbia's state broadcaster RTS that he respects their decision to "actively oppose the establishment of a Kosovo army, despite difficult political circumstances."

- B92 - SK

New Serbian Rocket Sends a Message: Bomb Us and We'll Destroy Your Cities.

Michael Peck Security, Europe Just in case NATO, or anyone else, gets any ideas. Still angry after NATO's 1999 bombing campaign, Serbia has unveiled a new guided rocket that sends a message to its neighbors: if you help NATO bomb us, we'll bomb your cities. Serbia's new Sumadija is a truck-mounted weapon that can hit ...

- The National Interest - US

Kosovo Village Commemorates 241 Killed in 1999.

Residents of Krusha e Madhe/Velika Krusa commemorated the deaths of 241 people killed in March 1999 by Serbian forces and called for Belgrade to be pressurised to bring the perpetrators to justice.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition.

The dispute over the transformation of Kosovo's armed forces could spell the end of Kosovo's troubled ruling coalition.

- Balkan Insight - UK

WATCH: World News 03/25/17: Tense Moments in Las Vegas After an Armed Robbery at the Belagio Hotel, and a Deadly Shooting on a Bus

Newly released video appears to show assassination of Putin critic; A little boy from Kosovo travels to New York for life-changing heart surgery

- ABC News - US

Kosovo Witnesses Recall Expulsions by Serbian Forces

Two survivors of a massacre by Serbian forces in the Kosovo village of Cuska in May 1999 told a Belgrade court how they were forcibly evicted from their homes.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Serb Leader Asserts Innocence as Retrial Begins

The retrial of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic began with the defendant again insisting he is not guilty of ordering the killings of nine ethnic Albanians in 1999.

- Balkan Insight - UK

NATO's Jamie Shea Regrets Nationalist Revival in Balkans

Jamie Shea, NATO spokesperson during the bombing of Yugoslavia which started 18 years ago, says revived nationalism is setting the region back - and urges Kosovo not to waste its resources on forming an army.

- Balkan Insight - UK

K. Albanian politician chats with dead party founder

A high ranking official of the Democratic League of Kosovo has visited the grave of the party's founder, Ibrahim Rugova. On this occasion, Haki Borovci revealed, he "informed Rugova about certain issues."

- B92 - SK

'Kosovo is state without army, while Russia's arming Serbia'

Eliot Engel has confirmed that the United States is currently opposed to the establishment of an army in Kosovo. However, the ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US Congress urged a change of this position as soon as possible.

- B92 - SK

Thaci 'tones down rhetoric' on Kosovo army

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has toned down his rhetoric on the issue of establishing a Kosovo army, after his meeting with the US ambassador. Koha Ditore, an Albanian language daily from Pristina, is reporting this on Friday, adding that Thaci "agreed to temporarily back away" from his decision to transform the Kosovo ...

- B92 - SK

Serbia Mourns 1999 Bombing Victims; Kosovo Thanks NATO

Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia with a ceremony in Grdelica, where a passenger train was hit - but Kosovo officials gave thanks for the Western military intervention.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo experts find remains of 5 missing since 1998-9 war

PRISTINA, Kosovo " Kosovo authorities say they have discovered the remains of five people killed during the 1998-99 war.A statement received Friday said that a day earlier local and international forensic experts found the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

EU attacked by Serbian politicians for pro-government bias

Serbian presidential candidates are criticising the EU, blaming it for tolerating the authoritarian leanings of the government's candidate and current Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, in exchange for his pledge of stability and concessions over Kosovo. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

- EurActive - UK

Kosovar Rufai Sufis Pierce Their Way To Enlightenment

For many who celebrate the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, the vernal equinox is a time to renew ancient traditions. So it was for the Rufai Sufis in Prizren, Kosovo.

- Radio Free Europe - US

EU to Pristina: Draft ZSO statute 'without further delay'

EU officials have called on representatives of the Kosovo government to abandon any further delays in establishing the Community of Serb Municialities . Tanjug is reporting this on Thursday, citing a statement issued by the EU office in Kosovo.

- B92 - SK

State commission denies intent to rig election in Kosovo

RIK President Vladimir Dimitrijevic says the opposition "has no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the electoral process in Kosovo and Metohija." Dimitrijevic came out with this statement after Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, who heads an opposition parliamentary group, described the instructions for the holding of the presidential ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo MP's Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated

An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo's upcoming Iceland match is more than just football — it's a diplomatic score

Australian football star Besart Berisha recently flew to Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to play for the country where he was born. For me, it's a very exciting time and I hope I have a great game,' he told the press. Set for March 25, the game – Kosovo against Iceland – is part of the first round of qualifiers for the 2018 ...

- The Conversation - UK

Media publish names of 30 Kosovo figures on murder hit list

Media in Pristina have published a "hit list" containing the names of 30 persons from Kosovo, Macedonia, Bujanovac and Presevo. The People's Eye organization - which recently took responsibility for the attempted murder of lawyer and former high ranking communist official from Kosovo Azem Vllasi - reportedly plans to kill ...

- B92 - SK

Kiev: Pristina's move to seize Serbian property is illegal

Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Oleksandr Aleksandrovych says the Kosovo government's decision to "nationalize" the property of Serbia in Kosovo is "illegal." "The so-called government of Kosovo on March 15 passed a decree to take over the property registered in the name of Serbia and Yugoslavia, as property of the so-called ...

- B92 - SK

'We've been redrawing borders too - think of Kosovo'

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon mentioned the issue of Kosovo when he spoke about Crimea joining Russia. “We have changed borders ourselves. Kosovo, for example. We think that because we are westerners everything is allowed to us - we can enter Iraq, we can bring order to any corner of the world... There is a ...

- B92 - SK

2 suspects from Kosovo caught smuggling 13 kilos of drugs

Two persons from Prizaren, a town in Kosovo, have been arrested on Serbia's northern border with Hungary on suspicion that they trafficked drugs. The police announced on Tuesday that the pair was caught transporting over 13 kilograms of marijuana in a Slovenian license plates car.

- B92 - SK

Pristina informs EU about bus hit by bottle in Serbian town

The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed EU members about an attack on a bus of a Kosovo company that took place in Krusevac. Tanjug is reporting this on Tuesday, quoting Pristina-based media.

- B92 - SK

Serbia grateful to N. Korea for stance on Kosovo

Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday received the new ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ri Pyong Du. The diplomat delivered his accreditation letters to President Tomislav Nikolic, the Serbian government said.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

- Balkan Insight - UK

No Decision if Kosovo Serbs will Vote in Serbian Elections

The Government of Kosovo has not decided yet if Kosovo will allow the Serbian presidential elections in its territory or not, while the opposition remains against such a process considering it illegitimate.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Will Serbs in Kosovo vote in presidential elections?

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says that Pristina has not yet reached a decision with regard to the elections for the president of Serbia. And although the Kosovo institutions have not yet taken a position on the holding of the Serbian presidential elections in Kosovo, the OSCE have confirmed their readiness to provide ...

- B92 - SK

Government plans to create Kosovan army unlikely to materialise, increasing risk of snap elections in six-month outlook

EVENT he Kosovan government's plan to transform the Kosovo Security Force into a standing army received a blow on 8 March when NATO voiced its opposition to the proposal. Currently, the KSF is primarily engaged in crisis response and civil protection operations. The conversion of KSF into a

- Jane’s - US

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the Kosovo Security Force

Today, I have spoken to Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa to convey the serious concerns of NATO Allies about recent proposals by the Kosovo authorities to transform the Kosovo Security Force into an armed force, without a constitutional change. I made clear that unilateral steps such as these are unhelpful, and I urged the ...