EU to send observer team to Kosovo’s Oct. 6 early election
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says the bloc is sending a 61-member team of observers to Kosovo's Oct. 6 early general election to show that Pristina "remains a...
Drone seized as soccer fans held in Kosovo before Euro game
PRAGUE (AP) — Officials say police in Kosovo have arrested eight Czech soccer fans who were allegedly planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner during Saturday's 2020 European Championship...
6 Kosovars jailed for planning attacks at home and abroad
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Pristina court says it has convicted six Kosovars for preparing terrorist attacks in Kosovo and elsewhere, handing down sentences ranging from one to ten years.
Flights canceled due to strike at Kosovo’s Pristina airport
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A short strike at the Pristina International Airport has caused the cancellation of some flights and delays of others.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo temporarily banned Serbian officials from entering the country, triggering an angry reaction from Belgrade on Thursday.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's leader hailed Donald Trump's unorthodox ways of dealing with political problems, urging the U.S. president on Friday to put pressure on Kosovo to return to...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — In Kosovo so far, the sword has worked better than the ploughshare.
It's exactly 20 years since NATO forces set foot in the former Yugoslav province, after an allied...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb suspected of killing and torturing ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A parliamentary investigative commission in Kosovo has blamed the president for ordering the deportation of five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor last year.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Parliament has called on Kosovo to suspend a 100-percent tariff on Serb goods to help restart reconciliation talks.
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...
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Kosovo police officer, bank robber killed in shootout
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Police in Kosovo say that an officer and a bank robber have been killed during a shootout.
A police statement says a man identified as K.M., 50, opened fire on two police officers responding to a robbery Thursday at a bank branch in Istog, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Pristina.
The robber had also held two people as hostages during the robbery. Police found a hand grenade, a pistol and an AK-47 automatic rifle with him.
Kosovo assures NATO of transparency in army transformation
BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of NATO and Kosovo's prime minister have had a telephone conversation on Pristina's recent decision to transform its security forces into an army.
Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly approved the army's formation last week. The move angered neighboring Serbia, which doesn't recognize its former province's 2008 declaration of independence.
EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia.
Kosovo last month slapped a 100-percent tax on Serbian imports, apparently in retaliation after its bid to join the international police organization, Interpol, failed amid intense Serb lobbying.
Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia threatened a possible armed intervention in Kosovo after the Kosovo parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army. Belgrade called the move a "direct threat to peace and stability" in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting it.
While NATO's chief called the action by Kosovo "ill-timed," the U.S. approved it as "Kosovo's sovereign right" as an independent nation that unilaterally broke away from Serbia in 2008.
The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local):
Serbia's president has denounced the United States for its support of a Kosovo army and praised allies Russia and China for their opposition to the move.
President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the nation in his typical dramatic tone, saying that Kosovo and its "sponsor" the U.S. want to "quash" the Serbs, but that he won't allow it.
Kosovo police arrest 4 Serbs, sparking protests in the north
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Tensions in Kosovo rose again Friday after police arrested three ethnic Serbs, including two police officers, on suspicion of involvement in the killing earlier this year of a leading Serb politician in the north of the country.
Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — There's a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it's better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that trend, with religious authorities seeking to establish the training of women as spiritual teachers in mosques.
Newcomer Kosovo secures playoff spot in Euro 2020 qualifying
MADRID (AP) — Two years after being recognized by UEFA, Kosovo has given itself a chance to make it to the 2020 European Championship.
The small Balkan republic routed Azerbaijan 4-0 in Pristina on Tuesday to cap an impressive campaign in the inaugural UEFA Nations League and secure at least a playoff spot in qualifying for Euro 2020.
The triumph comes only two months after Kosovo defeated the Faeroe Islands 2-0 for its first competitive win since being admitted to UEFA and FIFA events in 2016.
Austria: Kosovo-Serbia deal is basis for joining EU
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Austria's chancellor told Kosovo on Tuesday that any step toward joining the European Union must be based on dialogue with Serbia.
Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said during his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful agreement between Pristina and Belgrade there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability.
Kosovo holds second gay pride parade without incident
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Hundreds of people in Kosovo have held a gay pride parade for the second straight year in the capital.
Wednesday's parade went through central Pristina between two main squares followed by music. Participants held rainbow flags and banners like "In the Name of Love. Pride Parade."
The gay community has asked for more freedom of expression and non-discrimination, calling on society to be more tolerant and accept diversity.
Kosovo detains man suspected of joining Syria terror groups
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has put a suspect under a month's detention for allegedly taking part in terror groups in Syria as a foreign fighter.
A statement from the capital Pristina court on Tuesday said the suspect, identified only as M.D., took part in paramilitary or police units in Syria "with organizations declared terrorist groups by the United Nations." It said that since March 2013 he had travelled several times to Syria via Germany.
Tension flares in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Tension flared in a familiar section of the Balkans as thousands of people marched Saturday in Kosovo's capital against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia, while the Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.
The Latest: Serbia alerts forces after Kosovar police deploy
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on ongoing efforts to stabilize relations between Kosovo and Serbia (all times local):
A Serbian government official says security forces have been put on alert after Kosovo's special police were deployed in the country's Serb-dominated north.
2nd Kosovo lawmaker detained for threatening prosecutors
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A court in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, has decided to keep a lawmaker in detention for one month for threatening a prosecutor, the second such case in two days.
A court statement Friday said Shkumbin Demaliaj of the governing Alliance for the Future of Kosovo Party will be held for threatening Elez Blakaj, who earlier resigned from his post, allegedly after receiving threats.
Kosovo lawmaker arrested for threatening prosecutor
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has decided to keep a lawmaker in detention for one month after he threatened a prosecutor.
Milaim Zeka, a lawmaker of the governing Social Democratic Initiative Party, was arrested Wednesday after he threatened prosecutor Afrim Shefkiu. A Pristina court on Thursday ruled that he should be kept in detention.
Kosovo’s president rejects ethnic land swap with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo has rejected the idea of dividing the country along ethnic lines to resolve a dispute over its independence from Serbia.
But President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he was open to discussing "a correction" of borders during the difficult European Union-mediated peace negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.
"Serbia's claim for a Kosovo division will not be successful. It is unacceptable," he said.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Adem Demaci, a human rights defender who embodied Kosovo's national resistance and was often called the "Balkans' Mandela," has died at 82.
Deputy Speaker Xhavit Haliti interrupted Thursday's parliamentary session to report Demaci's death, saying "our teacher, the man who spent 28 years of his life in Serb prisons" has died. The parliament in Pristina held a minute of silence and suspended the session.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister is complaining that Serbia is using "pressure and blackmail" to persuade ethnic Serbs to resign from the security forces.
Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that due to Belgrade's "attacks and blackmail on Serb members of the Kosovo Security Forces (FSK) they have resigned from service," without specifying how many had left.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police arrested three people Friday suspected of crimes related to terrorism, they said in a statement.
The three were detained in two towns, and weapons, ammunition and electronic devices were seized at their homes, they added.
A Pristina court charged the three with preparing terrorist acts and ordered them held for a month.
EU lauds Kosovo mission as it scales down operations
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union's mission to ensure the rule of law in Kosovo said Thursday it considered its work in the troubled state a success, as it scales down its operations after a decade helping guide the country to independence.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced nine Albanians, eight to jail, for planning a foiled attack against the Israeli soccer team during a 2016 qualifying World Cup match in neighboring Albania.
Pristina court Judge Hamdi Ibrahimi on Friday sentenced the leader of the group, Visar Ibishi, to 10 years in jail. Seven others got between a year-and-a-half in prison to 6 years. One was slapped with a 2,500-euro ($2,950) fine.