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Kosovo Authorities 'Failing to Punish Journalists' Attackers'.

Representatives of journalists in Kosovo accused the authorities of failing to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of attacks on reporters, even when the victims were killed.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Turkey backs Kosovo in UNESCO driven by Neo-Ottomanism'.

Serbia's Ambassador to UNESCO Darko Tanaskovic says Turkey is "one of the most active countries lobbying for Kosovo's UNESCO membership." He attributed this to Turkey's "strategy of Neo-Ottomanism."

- B92 - SK

Daily publishes list revealing Thaci's 'death squad'.

Pristina-based daily Bota Sot has published "a list of members of the SHIK secret service that was controlled by the ruling PDK party after the war in Kosovo." This list is expected to serve as concrete evidence for the special court that will deal with war crimes committed during and after the war by the KLA , Serbia's ...

- B92 - SK

Daughter of slain war crimes 'witness' dies in Kosovo town.

The daughter of a former local commander of the KLA , who was murdered last year, has been killed in a traffic accident. Serbian state broadcaster RTS reported on Friday that Blerinda Curri died in Kosovo Polje, shortly after she was struck by a driver running a red light.

- B92 - SK

Belgrade Showcases Kosovo Serb Tourism Potential.

The Serbian government is promoting the tourist potential of breakaway Kosovo at the Belgrade Tourism and Wine Fair - but only the potential of Serb-run areas.

- Balkan Insight - UK

The World Next Week: February 23, 2017.

President Donald J. Trump addresses Congress, the UN Security Council debates Kosovo, and the 89th Academy Awards are held.

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

Kosovo Mulls Renewed Bid to Join UNESCO.

Following its failure to get enough votes from members of the UN cultural body in order to join in 2015, the Kosovo government is making preparations for a possible second bid this year.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo deserves to join UN, says US ambassador.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that Kosovo deserves to be a full-fledged member of the UN. "The US believes that the international community should acknowledge that Kosovo has made great strides since the declaration of independence. Kosovo deserves to take its rightful place in the international ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo: Journalist associations endorse OSCE recommendations.

Two journalist associations in Kosovo have announced that they endorsed recommendations made during an OSCE regional conference on the safety of journalists. The Association of Journalists of Kosovo and the Association of Journalists of Serbia in Kosovo support the conclusions and recommendations which resulted from the ...

- B92 - SK

Pristina 'blessed with alliance' with Washington.

Kosovo Assembly President Kadri Veseli has published a photo on Twitter of himself in the company of US President Donald Trump. Veseli accompanied it with the following message:

- B92 - SK

Customs find 6 kilos of drugs 'traveling unattended'.

The Serbian Customs Administration said on Wednesday that its officers had found over six kilograms of marijuana, incoming from the territory of Kosovo. The drugs were seized at a customs checkpoint on the Merdare administrative line crossing, located between Kosovo and central Serbia.

- B92 - SK

'Ivanovic, Europe's last political prisoner, should be free'

Serbia is asking that Oliver Ivanovic is set free "instantly and completely," Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric said on Wednesday. In a statement for Tanjug, Djuric described the Serb politician from northern Kosovo as "the last political prisoner in Europe."

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Put Under House Arrest

Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, who is awaiting retrial for alleged war crimes, was released from detention but placed under house arrest for two months.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo 'Lost No Land' in Montenegro Border Deal

An expert commission appointed to map Kosovo's territory has concluded that it lost no territory when it signed an agreement on the demarcation of its borders with Montenegro.

- Balkan Insight - UK

NATO general assures Kosovo troops will stay for as long as needed

A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country “for as long as it's necessary.” NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, met with local officials and Western ambassadors during a visit Tuesday to Kosovo. Some 4,500 ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Father of 2-month old twins kills one, injures other

A man in Strpce, a town in Kosovo, is suspected of murdering one of his two-month old twins and seriously injuring the other, RTK2 is reporting on Tuesday. The tragedy occurred at around 20:00 CET on Monday.

- B92 - SK

'Destruction of Palmyra and churches in Kosovo - same thing'

The creation of a Kosovo army would represent a new step toward the deepening of regional instability and Serbia expects the UN Security Council to react. This is according to the Serbian Ambassador in Moscow Slavenko Terzic.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Office chief meets with Russian ambassador

Marko Djuric has offered his condolences to Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Chepurin over the death of Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin. According to a statement, the head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and the top Russian diplomat in Serbia met in Belgrade on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

Memorial honoring Slovak soldiers desecrated in Pristina

Unknown persons have damaged a memorial plaque in Pristina dedicated to Slovak KFOR soldiers who died in a plane crash in 2006. The Kosovo police announced this on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

Kazakhstan's ambassador reiterates stance on Kosovo

Bilateral cooperation is developing successfully between Serbia and Kazakhstan, "and there are no outstanding issues." Serbia's First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Kazakhstan's ambassador to Serbia based in Budapest, Nurbahom Rustemov, said this during their meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed

A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as long as it's necessary."

- Stars and Stripes - US

NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as...

- Townhall.com - US

Kosovo's Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation Calls

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition's continued calls for early elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

New Court Won't Tarnish Kosovo's War, Says PM

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said that the new Hague-based court being set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters will not damage the legacy of the 1998-99 conflict.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Documentary Accuses Serbian Army Chief of Kosovo Crimes

Belgrade's Humanitarian Law Centre released a documentary accusing the head of the Serbian Army, Ljubisa Dikovic, of involvement in war crimes in Kosovo and cover-up operations to hide the bodies.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Thaci appeals to Spain to recognize Kosovo

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has called on Spain to recognize Kosovo "as soon as possible." In interview for the EFE agency, he said that Spain was "not Milosevic's Serbia, while Kosovo is not Catalonia or the Basque country."

- B92 - SK

Government offers guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic

Thee government has given the EULEX mission in Kosovo guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic, the Office for Kosovo and Metohija announced on Monday. The guarantees state that the Serb politician from northern Kosovo "will be available to judicial authorities in case of repeated proceedings against him."

- B92 - SK

Thaci to Russia: 'Recognize Kosovo, make it easy on Serbia'

Hashim Thaci has asked Moscow to see beyond Serbia's interests when it consideres its "relations with Kosovo" and - "not to compare them with Crimea." According to Tanjug, this has been reported on Monday by the public broadcaster in Kosovo, RTK.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Asks Interpol to Cancel Serbian Warrants

President Hashim Thaci asked the international police agency to cancel Serbian warrants for the arrests of former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas on war crimes charges, calling them politically-motivated.

- Balkan Insight - UK

US Congress delegation in Kosovo to show bipartisan support

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting Kosovo to reiterate the strong support for the nation.

- Billings Gazette - US

US Congress delegation in Kosovo to show bipartisan support

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting Kosovo to reiterate the strong support for the...

- Townhall.com - US

US Congress delegation in Kosovo to show bipartisan support

PRISTINA, Kosovo " A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting Kosovo to reiterate the strong support for the nation.In its two-day visit, the delegation led by Republican Peter Roskam will meet...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

No mass grave found at former mosque site

No mass grave was found on Thursday in a location near Kosovska Mitrovica's main bridge on the Ibar River, Tanjug has reported. No human remains were found at the site of a mosque razed during the Kosovo conflict, the agency said.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Celebrates Independence Day, Trump Sends Congratulation

Officials celebrated the ninth anniversary of Kosovo's independence, while new US President Donald Trump sent a letter offering support for a sovereign, multiethnic, democratic' Kosovo.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Belgrade Criticises Kosovo Serb Leader's Retrial

The head of the Serbian government's Kosovo office said a Pristina court's decision to send Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic for retrial for alleged war crimes was unjust.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo marks birthday amid isolation and nationalism

Kosovo leaders will raise a glass to celebrate their achievements from nine years of independence this Friday, but many of their people will not cheer along with them.

- EU Observer - EU

Kosovo Sends Serb Leader Ivanovic for Retrial

The case of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, convicted of war crimes for ordering the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in 1999, has been sent for retrial.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatia, Albania Complain of Serbia's Nationalism to NATO

The defence ministers of Croatia and Albania have written to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to complain about the nationalistic rhetoric' of Serbian politicians towards Kosovo.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Mass Grave Search Reveals No Bodies

The excavation of a suspected mass grave under a mosque in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica did not yield any human remains.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania and Croatia complain to NATO about Serbia

Albania's and Croatia's defense ministers have sent a letter to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg concerning "the events in Kosovo." The letter, penned by Mimi Kodheli and Damir Krsticevic, "condemns the Serbian officials' nationalist rhetoric."

- B92 - SK

Investigators looking for mass grave at former mosque site

Excavation has begun at a former mosque site in Kosovska Mitrovica, on suspicion that a mass grave is located there. The area that is being searched is cordoned off with the yellow police tape. Heavy building machines are being used to dig up the soil.

- B92 - SK

Trump sends message to Thaci on anniversary of Kosovo UDI

US President Donald Trump has sent a message Hashim Thaci congratulating him on the anniversary of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence . According to a statement posted on the official website of Thaci, Kosovo's president, the message reads as follows:

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Independence Monument Sends 'No Walls' Message

Pristina's NEWBORN independence monument is being redesigned with a 'No Walls' message that appears to be addressed to US President Donald Trump as well as Serbs in Kosovo's north.

- Balkan Insight - UK

US military used depleted uranium to strike ISIS in 2015, spokesman says

February 15, 2017, 6:05 PM A spokesman for the US Central Command said Wednesday that American warplanes, in November 2015, had fired 30-mm shells containing depleted uranium at ISIS targets in Syria. The attack was contrary to a statement by a US military spokesman four months earlier that the US would not use the ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

NATO Secretary General: KFOR helping make Kosovo a safer place

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed NATO's commitment to the security and stability of Kosovo during a visit to Pristina on Friday . Meeting with KFOR Commander, Major General Giovanni Fungo, the Secretary General underscored the importance of NATO's mission in Kosovo and the need for continued dialogue and ...

- NATO - INT

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