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Azerbaijani weightlifters to compete at European Championships.

Azerbaijani weightlifters will contest medals at the U15 & U17 European Championships to be held in Pristina, Kosovo from September 22-30, Azertac reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Suspected Kosovo War Victim Exhumed in Albania.

The Pristina authorities exhumed the body of an unidentified person in an Albanian village near the border with Kosovo, believed to have been buried there during the war 1999.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Bosnian Official Sacked for Criticising Serbia's Vucic.

The speaker of the East Sarajevo municipal assembly in Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity was sacked for accusing Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic of 'betrayal' over Kosovo.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Serbia's EU accession depends on relations with Kosovo'.

EP rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister says negotiations on Serbia's EU accession EU require "constant movement towards better relations with Kosovo". He told the Belgrade-based tabloid Kurir that "this process should gradually lead to the normalization of relations between the two sides, with both being able to exercise ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid.

The Kosovo prime minister's office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina's bid to join the UN cutural body UNESCO as offensive.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbian Red Cross Denies Census Allegations In Kosovo.

Serbia's Red Cross says it is gathering information from people in Kosovo to help address the needs of the community and not conducting what police allege was an illegal census of ethnic Serbs in the country.

- Radio Free Europe - US

European Union bringing communities in Kosovo together in support of cultural heritage protection.

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 15 September 2017 The European Union adopted a programme worth €2 million to support confidence building among the ethnic communities in Kosovo through cultural heritage protection.

- EU - EU

EU Bringing Communities in Kosovo Together in Support of Cultural Heritage Protection.

The European Union adopted a programme worth €2 million to support confidence building among the ethnic communities in Kosovo through cultural heritage protection. The European Commission adopted this week a programme - under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace - worth €2 million to support cultural ...

- Novinite - BG

'EU doesn't want Kosovo problem imported through back door'.

Aleksandar Vucic spoke Friday in Belgrade with EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn about Serbia's EU path, the situation in the region and the dialogue with Pristina. According to a statement from his office, the president pointed out that full membership of Serbia in the EU represents Serbia's foreign policy priority.

- B92 - SK

'Confidence building in Kosovo through cultural heritage'.

The EU has adopted a program "to support confidence building among the ethnic communities in Kosovo through cultural heritage protection." Tanjug cited a statement posted on EU's website to report that the program worth EUR 2 million "will support the continued rehabilitation of important cultural and religious sites, the ...

- B92 - SK

Vucic speaks with US ambassador ahead of his New York trip.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador Kyle Scott met on Friday. The main topic was the regional situation, and also the dialogue on Kosovo. A statement issued by the president's press service said that Vucic met with Scott on the eve of his trip to New York, where he will participate in the general debate of ...

- B92 - SK

Albania PM Pledges to Ease Kosovo Border Controls

Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that Tirana and Pristina are working on easing the border system between the two countries to eradicate queues.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Russia Backs Serb Party Joining Kosovo Govt

Vladimir Putin's United Russia party supports the decision of the Kosovo Serb party, Srpska lista, to enter the Kosovo Government, Belgrade announced on Thursday.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Police Stop 'Illegal' Serb Census Attempts

Kosovo police on Wednesday night raided branches of the Serbian Red Cross and detained several individuals amid claims they were undertaking an unauthorized census.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovar Police Raid Facilities Used By Serbia's Red Cross

Police in Kosovo say they have raided premises used by Serbia's Red Cross in the country, confiscating documents suspected of being used to conduct an illegal census of ethnic Serbs.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Police in Kosovo raid Serbia's Red Cross offices

Kosovo police say they have raided offices of Serbia's Red Cross in the country, questioning some employees and confiscating documents suspected of being used to conduct an illegal census.

- FOX News - US

Kosovo: Special police detain Serb Red Cross officials

Members of the special police in Kosovo, Rosu, on Wednesday night searched the premises of the temporary body of the Pec municipality and detained Momo Dasic. Dasic is the secretary of the Red Cross from the Red Cross system of Serbia.

- B92 - SK

All they ask of us is to recognize Kosovo, says Dacic

Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic says last night's operation to arrest Serbs in Kosovo represents continued pressure on Serbs living there. "We must have legal teams helping in such situations. That's an intimidation message, and a message to Serbs that they can be accused of all sorts of things - proof of ...

- B92 - SK

'Thaci needs to wake up; Serbia will never recognize Kosovo'

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says it is "high time" for Kosovo President Hashim Thaci to wake up from his "mirage," Tanjug has reported. The Serbian official reiterated that his country will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.

- B92 - SK

1971 All Over Again

Expand Rohingya refugees wait for food to be distributed by local organisations in Teknaf, Bangladesh on September 13, 2017.  © 2017 Danish Siddiqui/Reuters While in Bangladesh to monitor the seemingly endless stream of Rohingya refugees crossing the border from Myanmar, I heard many comparisons. Colleagues I worked with ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

'Internal dialogue important for finding best solution'

PM Ana Brnabic and Norwegian Ambassador Arne Bjornstad "agreed the internal dialogue on Kosovo is very important for finding the best and sustainable solution." The government announced this after the meeting in Belgrade on Wednesday, adding that Brnabic said her cabinet would "logistically support the dialogue, initiated ...

- B92 - SK

Former officials accused of damaging policy on Kosovo

It was Vuk Jeremic, Boris Tadic, Borko Stefanovic and their associates who were in power when the dialogue on Kosovo was moved from the UN in the EU. The Serbian Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija said this in a statement on Wednesday, responding to what it termed the former officials' current "campaign to mislead ...

- B92 - SK

PM presents donation in Battle for Knowledge campaign

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic visited today the elementary school Preljina in Cacak, the government announced. There, she handed over to the teachers from eight schools from that region and from two from Kosovo schools programming robots within the KODigranje campaign, to continue the battle for knowledge.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo's New PM Gambles on Fresh Border Commission

Ramush Haradinaj has axed the old commission for border demarcation, in a bid to try and change the deal signed with Montenegro in August 2015 – but never adopted by parliament. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Vucic 'backs Serbs in Kosovo cabinet; Haradinaj is criminal'

Aleksandar Vucic late on Tuesday said that Kosovo and Metohija represents the essence of the political "present time, and the future" of Serbia. Besides, the Serbian president said that he supported the decision of the Serb List to enter the Kosovo government - while Serbia "would not change its opinion" on the new Kosovo ...

- B92 - SK

President to address nation

RTS is reporting on Tuesday morning that President Aleksandar Vucic will this evening at 20:00 hours address the nation. The public service said it learned Vucic intends to speak about "broader political topics, but also the internal dialogue on resolving the Kosovo issue."

- B92 - SK

Serbia Still Seeking Arrest of Kosovo PM Haradinaj

Although Ramush Haradinaj has become Kosovo's prime minister, the warrant that Serbia issued for his arrest on war crimes charges will remain in force, which may cause him travel problems.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbs join new Kosovo government led by Haradinaj

The 120-seat Kosovo Assembly on Sunday elected Ramush Haradinaj, the PDK-led coalition candidate, as new head of the Kosovo government. 61 voted in favor, while one member of the Assembly abstained.

- B92 - SK

New Kosovo PM to Revise Montenegro Border Deal

Shortly after being elected as Kosovo's Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj said his government would take a fresh look at the controversial border agreement with Montenegro – whose adoption MPs have postponed repeatedly.

- Balkan Insight - UK

New Kosovo Government Gets Parliament Approval

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's new cabinet was endorsed by parliament on a platform of maintaining dialogue Serbia and tackling corruption.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo parties form coalition government

Parties in Kosovo with 63 of 120 seats agreed to a coalition deal on Monday, almost three months after it held elections. "Finally Kosovo has started to move," said Ramush Haradinaj, leader of one of the parties. Kosovo has the status of potential EU candidate, but while its 2008 independence from Serbia has been recognised ...

- EU Observer - EU

Secretary General praises Poland's contributions to the Alliance, visits NATO battlegroup

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Poland for making important contributions to the Alliance during a visit to Warsaw on Friday . He highlighted Poland's contributions to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, training in Iraq, and thanked Poland for hosting key NATO commands and capabilities. Mr. ...


Figures of the Week: Employment and labor productivity in Côte d'Ivoire

The Jobs Group, a joint International Finance Corporation-World Bank initiative, works to provide a diagnosis of employment challenges and the existing remedies to create jobs strategies in multiple sectors in their client countries. In recent months, the group has released a series of reports on the status of employment in ...

- Brookings - US