Kosovo women returned from Syria face house arrest
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors requested on Wednesday the house arrest of 16 women repatriated from Syria, saying they are suspected of joining or taking part in the conflict there as...
PARIS (AP) — France's most powerful administrative court on Tuesday refused the demands of Syria-based French women to be repatriated back to French soil with their families.
VRANIDOLL, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo families waited Monday outside a shelter, trying to talk with relatives who have been repatriated from Syria and are eager to get home.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police say officers patrolling a main highway in North Macedonia found 58 migrants packed into a van and detained three men on suspicion of smuggling...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United...
Serbia seeks greater Russian role in talks with Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Wednesday sought to secure a greater Russian role in European Union-mediated talks with the former province of Kosovo, which could further strain the Balkan...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has ordered a Serb man to be detained while he awaits trial on charges of genocide and war and humanitarian crimes during Kosovo's 1998-99 war for...
Balkan states urged to resolve differences to join EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries in the western Balkans aspiring to join the European Union, such as Serbia and Kosovo, should be given a clear pathway to membership provided they solve their...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's defense ministry on Wednesday promoted a book by a former army chief of staff who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for war crimes committed by Serbian troops...
Kosovo-Serbia tensions disrupts climate conference
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international climate conference in the Western Balkans has been disrupted over tensions between Kosovo and Serbia.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court on Friday sentenced four former state security members to up to 30 years in prison for the killing two decades ago of a prominent journalist, who was a...
Kosovo man charged with inciting terror acts
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have charged a suspect for illegally spreading information on the Islamic State terror group in Syria.
BERLIN (AP) — Milot Rashica is blossoming at Werder Bremen, where the young Kosovo forward's standout performances are sure to prompt offers from rival clubs.
Kosovo resumes bid to clear country of land mines
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's Defense Ministry says military personnel have resumed the annual process of clearing the country of land mines.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Twenty years after NATO intervened to stop Serbia's onslaught in Kosovo, Belgrade on Sunday commemorated the victims of what it says was an aggression while Kosovo hailed...
Swiss prosecutors puzzling over motive in boy’s killing
BERLIN (AP) — The family of a seven-year-old boy stabbed to death in Switzerland as he walked home from school, apparently by an elderly woman he didn't know, expressed shock Friday over the...
Expert urges UN remedies for lead poisoning victims
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United Nations to take "immediate action" to provide justice and remedies to displaced minority communities in Kosovo who were...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Saturday met with top Kosovo leaders in an attempt to persuade the government to revoke or suspend a tariff on Serb goods so that dialogue with...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. envoy has urged Serbia and Kosovo to stop provoking each other and to resume their discussions over how to normalize relations between the two former...
1 dead, 16 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Police say one person has died and at least 16 others were injured in a multi-vehicle accident in southern Kosovo.
A statement Thursday said initial investigations...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Italy's prime minister on Wednesday urged Kosovo to withdraw a 100-percent tariff on goods from Serbia so the former Balkan foes could resume European Union-mediated talks...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Parliament has called on Kosovo to suspend a 100-percent tariff on Serb goods to help restart reconciliation talks.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president has rejected any idea of a land swap with Serbia.
Hashim Thaci said Friday in the Albanian capital Tirana that "a land swap would never...
Young adult novel pulled amid online criticisms
NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a debut young adult novel has pulled his book amid criticism of how it portrayed the Kosovo War of the late 1990s.
Kosovo points to top Serb officials in 3 Americans’ slayings
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president alleged Tuesday that senior Serb officials are responsible for the 1999 slayings of three Albanian-American brothers who fought with ethnic Albanian...
Spain’s hostility to Kosovo forces UEFA to move youth games
GENEVA (AP) — Spain's refusal to respect the flag and anthem of Kosovo has forced UEFA to move qualifying games in soccer's Under-17 European Championship.
Serbia takes delivery of 4 more Russian-made fighter jets
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia took delivery of four Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus on Monday, the defense ministry said, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in...
Kosovo marks 2008 independence with military parade
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has marked the 11th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia with a parade featuring soldiers from the national army it created last year despite opposition.
President Hashim Thaci said the infantry troops carrying light weaponry on Sunday paraded as a "professional, multiethnic army serving the youngest country in the world."
AP interview: Kosovo president hopes for deal with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo said Thursday he thinks there is "good momentum" to reach an agreement this year to normalize ties with Serbia.
Kosovo commemorates its 2008 declaration of independence on Feb. 17 each year. It is recognized as its own country by 116 nations, but not by the one from which it unilaterally separated, Serbia.
Kosovo is a success story, President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview.
Albania police arrest Kosovar for terror groups membership
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say a Kosovo citizen has been arrested on suspicion of participating in terror groups.
A statement Wednesday said that the 32-year-old suspect, identified as F.D., was arrested while trying to leave Albania with a false Macedonian passport at the Vlore port.
The statement said that Kosovo police had issued an international arrest warrant accusing the suspect of organization and participation in terror groups, without giving details.
Kosovo: Serbia not recognizing its borders threatens peace
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government said Friday that recent comments from Serbia's president not recognizing its borders threaten peace and security.
A statement said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's words a day earlier not recognizing Kosovo's internationally accepted borders "are unacceptable and introduce a serious threat of Kosovo's territorial integrity and sovereignty."
It added they "threaten peace, stability and security in Kosovo, the region and wider."
UN reduces meetings on Kosovo under US, Europe pressure
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council agreed Thursday to reduce the number of meetings it holds on Kosovo under pressure from the United States and its European allies who say the U.N.'s most powerful body has more important crises to discuss.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008 from Serbia, a close ally of Russia which has refused to recognize its decision and had insisted on holding open meetings every three months.
Kosovars call for justice for minor in sexual abuse case
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in Kosovo on Thursday called on authorities to jail a police officer accused of sexually abusing a minor.
Demonstrators gathered in front of police headquarters in Pristina.
The 16-year-old girl went to police to open an indictment against her teacher, who she accused of sexually abusing her in September 2017.
Romania investigates man who posed as plastic surgeon
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania are investigating an Italian citizen who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon in clinics around Bucharest.
The College of Medics said Tuesday that it hadn't issued Matteo Politi, who used the alias Matthew Mode, with a license to practice.
Romanian health authorities, who must also issue a separate permit to doctors, say he was given one in March 2018 after submitting a fake diploma claiming he'd qualified as a doctor in Kosovo.
Kosovo rejects EU idea mine should be part of Serbia talks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has rejected suggestions from a European Union official that a major mining complex should be part of the negotiations with Serbia to normalize ties.
A Kosovo government statement Tuesday said that an EU spokeswoman's remarks to Serb state news agency Tanjug that the Trepca complex should be included in the talks are "unprecedented, unacceptable and thus violating the sovereignty of the state of Kosovo."
Kosovo PM: Serb goods tax should not be linked to talks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister on Thursday insisted that talks on normalizing relations with Serbia should continue and should not be linked to Kosovo's tax on Serb goods.
Ramush Haradinaj pointed out that Kosovo didn't halt talks with Serbia when Belgrade prevented it from joining Interpol last year.
"The tax is Kosovo's sovereign decision. It was not set against the dialogue," Haradinaj said.
Kosovo PM proposes conference to normalize Serbia ties
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has proposed an international conference to complete a final agreement with Serbia to normalize ties between the former foes.
Ramush Haradinaj on Monday published a letter he had sent to the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Britain, known as the Quint countries, proposing an international conference to resolve ties with Serbia.
Kosovo PM reports vice minister killed by ski area avalanche
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister says an avalanche has killed a senior Cabinet official while he was skiing in a southern resort.
Ramush Haradinaj wrote Saturday on Facebook that Deputy Minister of Diaspora Arian Daci was killed and Daci's friend was injured at the Brezovica resort area, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Pristina.
Haradinaj sent condolences to Daci's father, former Parliament Speaker Nexhat Daci.
US says Kosovo tax on Serb goods hurting its interests
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The United States has strongly advised Kosovo to revoke a 100 percent tariff on Serb and Bosnian goods, saying the duty runs counter to U.S. strategic interests.
Kosovo’s ex-freedom fighter released from jail
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A lawyer says the former commander of Kosovo's independence fighters has been released from jail.
Tome Gashi on Friday said Sylejman Selimi, head of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998-99 war, was released by a panel that found "he had been unfairly kept in jail after the Supreme Court decided last year to re-try his case."
Selimi was sentenced in 2015 to eight years of jail for mistreating civilians.
6 Kosovars jailed for joining terror groups
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A Kosovo court on Tuesday convicted a man for participating in terror groups in Syria and jailed him for five years.
The Pristina court said the man, identified only as M.D., went to Turkey with his wife and son in March 2013 and later crossed into neighboring Syria to join fighters of the Islamic State group.
In August 2017 he handed himself over to Turkish authorities, asking to be returned home.
It is not clear whether the verdict will be appealed.
Kosovo’s president will go to Hague court, if summoned
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Monday said he would respond positively if summoned by a European Union-funded court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 independence war with Serbia.
At a news conference, Hashim Thaci said that "if there is any invitation at any moment I will respond with full transparency," and urged others to do the same.
Several thousand in Belgrade seek truth about Kosovo murder
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in the capital of Serbia, demanding that the authorities find out who killed a moderate Serb politician in Kosovo a year ago.
Holding candles, the crowd Wednesday walked in silence to honor Oliver Ivanovic, who was gunned down in the Serb-dominated northern part of the Kosovo town of Mitrovica on Jan. 16, 2018.
No one has been charged in the attack. Assailants fled the scene in a car after shooting Ivanovic six times in the back.
Serbia court acquits suspects in 2008 torching of US embassy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has acquitted the suspects in the 2008 rioting and torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
The Appeals Court of Belgrade said Wednesday it has overturned suspended prison sentences for four suspects and confirmed an earlier acquittal of three more people by a lower court. The court says prosecutors have failed to provide enough evidence to back the indictment.
Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago
RECAK, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands gathered Tuesday in the southern Kosovo village of Recak to mark 20 years since 45 ethnic Albanians were slain by Serb forces in a mass killing that sparked international anger.
The killings were a major factor in NATO's decision to launch an air campaign to end Kosovo's 1998-99 war.
Kosovo court facing tough challenges in search for justice
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two decades after Kosovo's 1998-99 war of independence, a court in The Hague has summoned a small group of former freedom fighters for questioning about their roles in the bloody campaign.
The orders to appear in The Hague haven't been confirmed by the prosecutor preparing cases for the court, who declined to be interviewed, but they have been widely publicized in Kosovo, where the court is viewed with suspicion by many.
Kosovo’s leaders hail ex-fighters headed to war crimes court
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister met Sunday with two fellow former fighters in a bloody war for independence from Serbia two decades ago who are preparing to be questioned by prosecutors for a special war crimes court.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's Facebook page showed photos from the meetings at the homes of former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members Sami Lushtaku and Rrustem Mustafa. He said the 1998-1999 war was "clean and sacred."
Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government on Friday extended a 100-percent tax on Serb imports to all international brand goods produced in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The new decision, taken Friday at a Cabinet meeting, is expected to affect goods including auto products, food, construction materials and computer devices, and affect companies including Samsung, Panasonic and Coca-Cola.