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Kosovo Pleads for Cash to Save Business College.

With parliament in recess, and unable to help, Kosovo's Education Ministry is pleading with international donors to come up enough cash to prevent the imminent closure of the business college in Mitrovica, IBCM.

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Serb List has one condition - that there's no Kosovo army'.

Serb List leader Slavko Simic has rejected claims that Serb representatives had "four conditions for the transformation of the KSF into an army." He in this way denied the veracity of the statement made by outgoing Minister of the Kosovo Security Force Haki Demolli.

- B92 - SK

4 found guilty for drowning of 35 Kosovo Roma refugees.

The Court of Appeals of Montenegro has found four defendants guilty for a boat accident in 1999 that resulted in the deaths of 35 Roma refugees from Kosovo. The Miss Pat, registered to carry six passengers and two crew, had about 70 people on board when it sank near Budva, Montenegro in the summer of 1999.

- B92 - SK

4 Kosovars arrested for plotting terror acts.

Kosovo police say they have arrested four ethnic Albanians suspected of preparing terror acts.

- FOX News - US

Kosovars Abroad Fear They Cannot Vote in Election.

Many Kosovo Albanians living abroad complain that glitches in the Central Election Commission's IT department deprived them of the chance to take part in the June elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo's Top Court Acquits Limaj of War Crimes.

Kosovo's Supreme Court has acquitted Fatmir Limaj, former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, of committing war crimes in the Klecka detention centre in 1999.

- Balkan Insight - UK

One of Austria's most wanted fugitives nabbed in Kosovo.

One of Austria's top fugitives - wanted for several cases of burglary, theft and severe violence - has been arrested in Kosovo, Europol has announced. The arrest took place on Tuesday, the organization said.

- B92 - SK

Kosovo's Haradinaj vows new army in 3 months if elected PM.

Belgrade against creation of armed forces in Pristina


Kosovo Politicians Tainted by Crime Claims.

Major political parties in Kosovo are ignoring calls from the international community to exclude those with criminal charges from candidate lists for impending snap elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Maltese referees attending UEFA course in Nyon.

Referee Matthew De Gabriele, and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic, are in in Nyon to take part in UEFA's CORE educational programme. The course, now in its seventh edition, is aimed at young officials with potential international prospects in the coming years. Among the participants are officials from ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Who is Who in the Kosovo Elections.

Balkan Insight provides a brief description of all the parties and coalitions competing in the June general elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbian minister meets with Russian security services chief

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic was in Moscow on Monday, where he met with Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev. The Serbian Ministry of Interior said in a statement carried by Beta that Stefanovic and Patrushev "discussed cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Opposition Queries Size of Electoral Roll

Ahead of early general elections, the opposition Vetevendosje party has raised questions about the electoral roll - and whether it matches the total size of the adult population in the country.

- Balkan Insight - UK

World Bank approves 14.3 mln loan for Kosovo

To fund competition for raising export levels


'Terrible Kosovo precedent poisoned relations with Russia'

The Kosovo intervention set terrible precedents that have come back to haunt the West," Ted Galen Carpenter writes for the National Interest. In an article published under the headline, "How Kosovo poisoned America's relationship with Russia," he asserted that the war repeated and deepened the mistake the West made several ...

- B92 - SK

Government wants Serbs to back Serb List in Kosovo election

Parliamentary elections in Kosovo on June 11 "will be of crucial importance for the survival and fate of our people in the southern Serbian province." Director of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric said this on Sunday during a news conference held in Belgrade, according to remarks ...

- B92 - SK

Journalists Stampede to Join Parties in Kosovo

The last few weeks have seen a veritable rush of journalists, analysts and civil society activists joining political parties in Kosovo, a month before the snap elections are due to take place.

- Balkan Insight - UK

How Kosovo Poisoned America's Relationship with Russia

Ted Galen Carpenter Security, Europe The Kosovo intervention set terrible precedents that have come back to haunt the West. Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo. Civil strife in Serbia's restless, predominantly Albanian province, ...

- The National Interest - US

Kosovo Serbs Arrested for Daubing Nationalist Graffiti

Police on Thursday said they arrested two Serbs for writing 'Kosovo is the heart of Serbia' on the wall of a school in April - though the suspects were later released.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Trio Battle it out to Become Kosovo's Next PM

The competition to become Kosovo's next PM will focus on three candidates with very different ideological profiles - Ramush Haradinaj, from 'the war wing', Avdullah Hoti, from the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK and Albin Kurti, from Vetevendosje.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Survey looks at perceptions of radicalization in Kosovo

The Kosovo Interior Ministry has presented "the Kosovo-Wide Assessment of Perceptions of Radicalization at the Community Level" report. The United Nations Development Program announced this on Friday, noting that the report was prepared with technical support from this UN agency.

- B92 - SK

Pristina drops probe into suspected killers of 14 Serbs

The Special Prosecution in Pristina has stopped the investigation into all persons suspected of killing 14 Serb farmers in Staro Gracko in July 1999. The Serbs were gunned down from close proximity in this village near the town of Lipljan in Kosovo, while out harvesting their fields.

- B92 - SK

UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks

UNMIK chief Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday's UN Security Council session. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

- EurActive - UK

'Arabs are Islamizing Kosovo before KFOR's eyes'

Deutsche Welle is quoting German press reports that are analyzing the influence of Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the Balkans. Die Welt writes that all this is taking place "before KFOR's eyes."

- B92 - SK

Why is there silence about assault on Kosovo journalists?

Former editor of the daily Zeri Arbana Xharra has been brutally beaten near her place of residence by "an unknown person." The news has been reported by numerous media, while local media throughout Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia are discharging a sea of comments on the subject.

- B92 - SK

Tacit Thaci-Vucic 'Alliance' Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Saudi missionaries active in Kosovo, says German government

BERLIN " The German government says missionary groups from Saudi Arabia are spreading the ultraconservative Wahabi version of Islam in Kosovo.In a response to questions from opposition lawmakers, the government says Saudi-backed...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

KFOR: US is not sending more soldiers to Kosovo

KFOR command in Pristina has announced that new US troops in Kosovo will replace soldiers whose mandate had expired. A statement said that the upcoming deployment of US soldiers represents regular handover of duties between two contingents from the United States, which are being rotated, not an additional contribution by ...

- B92 - SK

In Kosovo, it all started with lies, Security Council told

The justice minister has warned of Pristina's unacceptable use of dialogue and the normalization process to blackmail the Serbian side and European partners. Nela Kuburovic spoke before a UN Security Council session dedicated to the latest report of UN secretary-general on the work of UNMIK.

- B92 - SK

'There were no women and children, there was no massacre'

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says it is "obvious that lies had led to the intervention of the international community and the bombing of Serbia in 1999." "There was an organized story since the formation of the Kosovo Liberation Army until the legitimization of their objectives," Dacic told RTS.

- B92 - SK

'War and peace' camps in Kosovo ahead of early elections

Kosovo's political scene ahead of the June 11 early parliamentary elections is divided into "the war wing" and "the coalition of peace," according to Beta. The agency said this was the case "as of Tuesday evening" when the "war" political alliance was forged between the Democratic Party of Kosovo , the Alliance for the ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo's ex-Warriors Team up in Big Coalition

New broad coalition between former KLA warriors is likely to perform strongly in the general election set for June 11.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo's Finance Minister to Run for PM

Kosovo's Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, is set to stand as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the  Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

UN envoy warns against Kosovo and Serbia trading 'ethno-nationalist' barbs

A flurry of recent intolerant and provocative rhetoric has further damaged the trust between Kosovo and Serbia - a development that must be closely watched - though the situation remains generally stable, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo told the Security Council today.

- UN - INT

Kosovo and the European Union - What next?

Kosovo’s road to European integration

- European Policy Centre - BE

Kosovo government collapses

The government of Kosovo fell on Wednesday in a no-confidence motion, paving the way for elections possibly to be held on 25 June. Seventy eight out of 120 MPs said prime minister Isa Mustafa was wrong to endorse an EU-backed border deal with Montenegro that would have cost Kosovo a small chunk of its territory. President ...

- EU Observer - EU