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.
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...
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.
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 leader stands firm on land swap talks with Serbia
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's government says that a proposed border swap with Serbia isn't negotiable.
Following a meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he would "welcome any idea or suggestion for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue but a land swap never will be negotiated."
The European Union has told Serbia and Kosovo they must normalize their ties to have a chance to join the bloc.
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.
Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Monday the country feels betrayed by the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc's delays on enacting visa-free travel for its citizens.
Ramush Haradinaj's comments came in a speech he made in Brussels at a meeting with senior EU officials.
Kosovo's citizens "feel betrayed and disillusioned with the EU," he said. "Time is not our friend. We should see concrete progress."
Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Wednesday that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice.
Ramush Haradinaj, himself a former commander of the 1998-99 war for independence against Serbia, wrote on Facebook that the struggle was "clean and sacred."
The war ended with a 78-day NATO air campaign in June 1999 that stopped a Serbian crackdown against the ethnic Albanian separatists.
Kosovo’s prime minister says new army will serve world peace
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Monday that the army the country expects to have soon will be a modest contributor to creating world peace.
Kosovo's lawmakers will vote Friday on three laws that would transform the national security force into a regular army. The measures are expected to easily pass the 120-member parliament.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said that the transformation would make Kosovo a provider, not only a beneficiary, of peace.
NATO chief speaks to Serbia and Kosovo leaders amid tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke on Thursday with both Serbian and Kosovo leaders about Kosovo's plan to form a regular army, a move that has been strongly contested by Serbia and the alliance.
A statement from Kosovo's government said Ramush Haradinaj assured Stoltenberg the transition from the Kosovo Security Force into a regular army would be done in close cooperation with NATO.
Kosovo not backing out of trade war with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister says a new 100 percent tariff on Serbian imports will remain until Serbia recognizes his country's sovereignty and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.
Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday his government had to impose the tariffs because it "was left without other options" and needed to send a "message".
The European Union previously warned Kosovo that the customs tax was a violation of the Central European Free Trade agreement.
Kosovo sets tariffs on Serbia, Bosnia as ties strain
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's government says it will put a 100-percent import tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia as diplomatic tensions rise.
Wednesday's decision appears to be retaliation against what Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said was Serbia's "aggressive campaign against Kosovo on the international stage." A day earlier, Kosovo failed to join Interpol because of what it claimed was campaigning by Serbia.
Kosovo government prepares draft law on creating a new army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has prepared three draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army, though it is not clear whether it will get formal parliamentary approval.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that any step on army transformation "will be done in line with our strategic partners in NATO, especially the U.S."
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.
Kosovo football great Fadil Vokrri dies at 57
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Fadil Vokrri, the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo and a former Yugoslavia international, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 57.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci declared Sunday a day of mourning "as a sign of state and civic respect." State flags will be at half-staff.
"Kosovo football has lost its greatest legend," Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — International senior officials and experts have gathered in the capital of Albania to discuss coordinated efforts in the fight against terrorism.
The gathering on combating violent extremism held Monday in Tirana was the first consultation held outside Jordan as part of the Aqaba Meetings, launched by Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2015.
The king, who is dealing with large protests in Jordan, was expected at the meeting but replaced by Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister says that the European Union's mission on the rule of law will turn into an advisory role next month.
Ramush Haradinaj met Friday with Alexandra Papadopoulou, head of the EU mission known as EULEX, to talk about the end of the mission's role and its further process, saying that after June 15 "the EULEX's mandate will be advisory."
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has banned a Kosovo team from taking part in a karate competition it is hosting, over a political dispute stemming from the former province's declaration of independence.
The government's office for Kosovo said Wednesday that the Kosovo delegation was stopped at the border because they carried state symbols that Belgrade does not recognize.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister says his country can manage its affairs without input from Turkey's president.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj chose a ceremony honoring an ethnic Albanian hero who resisted the Ottoman empire during the 15th century to respond to criticism Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directed his way on Saturday.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president slammed Kosovo's prime minister on Saturday for criticizing the secret deportations of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of an alleged coup plotter.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "saddened" that Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had dismissed both his interior minister and his intelligence chief on Friday for deporting six Turkish citizens from Kosovo without his permission.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister on Friday fired both his interior minister and the country's intelligence chief for secretly deporting five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor without his permission.
Kosovo to vote on revised demarcation deal with Montenegro
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has asked parliament to vote later this week on a revised version of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
Opposition parties have steadfastly rejected the 2015 agreement, saying that Kosovo would lose territory. But the previous government and international experts deny that would happen.
Kosovo says EU’s new strategy not clear on its integration
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo leaders say the new European Union strategy on the Western Balkans discriminates against their country and does not take into consideration its successes.
The European Union on Tuesday urged Balkan countries to resolve their disputes before joining the bloc. It said Kosovo would "benefit considerably from a definitive normalization agreement with Serbia."
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia doesn't recognize the move.
Kosovo gov’t suspends pay increases amid criticism
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has suspended significant pay increases for top government officials amid a wave of criticism.
Ramush Haradinaj on Wednesday said the government suspended them and will wait for a Constitutional Court verdict on the issue.
The Latest: Kosovo assures safety after Serb leader’s death
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local):
Kosovo's Security Council is offering assurances that the country is calm and safe following the slaying of a senior Serb politician.
The council was urgently convened Tuesday to discuss security matters, especially in the country's Serb-dominated north, where Oliver Ivanovic was gunned down earlier in the day.
2 blasts damage Serbs’ houses, cars in Kosovo’s Mitrovica
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Police say two explosions in Kosovo's northern Mitrovica region, where most of the ethnic Serb minority lives in the country, have caused material damage but no injuries.
A statement says that two separate explosions from hand grenades early Sunday damaged the houses of two ethnic Serbs and three nearby cars in Zubin Potok, 55 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital, Pristina. The two Serbs work for Kosovo's security forces.
Kosovo sets Albania’s Nov. 28 independence day as a holiday
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has decided to declare Nov. 28, the independence day of neighboring Albania, a national holiday, a move that may spark an angry reaction from Serbia.
A government statement Thursday said that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared Nov. 28 as the "day of Albanians ... to respect historic and cultural values and good family and social traditions."
Kosovo PM: Army will be created by amending constitution
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has confirmed that the government will try to transform the nation's security forces into a regular army through constitutional changes to satisfy the country's international partners.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said during a visit to Kosovo Security Force headquarters on Thursday that "we should give the constitutional mandate" to the future army.
Kosovo not ready for border demarcation with Montenegro
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's new prime minister said Wednesday his government has no set deadline for resolving the impasse over the ratification of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, speaking in Albania on his first trip abroad since taking the post earlier this month, said his Cabinet was working on the issue and would talk with Montenegro "when we have a clearer situation of our findings."
Kosovo lawmakers choose Haradinaj as the new prime minister
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ramush Haradinaj, ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, has been voted the country's new premier.
Parliament on Saturday voted 61 in favor and one abstention to choose Haradinaj, 49, who is also the leader of the center-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party. Opposition members boycotted the vote.
Ex-guerrilla fighter nominated to create Kosovo’s new govt
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ramush Haradinaj, a divisive ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, was nominated Thursday as the country's new premier and tasked with creating a new Cabinet.
President Hashim Thaci said on his Facebook page that he had issued a decree to give Haradinaj, leader of the center-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party, "the mandate to form the new government."
Western powers urge Kosovo to create new government
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Western powers on Friday urged Kosovo's newly elected lawmakers to move ahead in forming a government, more than a month after the election.
A statement from the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States said new parliamentarians "are responsible for the formation of a new government."
PARIS (AP) — A French court on Thursday refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges, prompting anger in Serbia and joy in Kosovo in a case that has aggravated tensions between the rival neighbors.
The court in the northeastern town of Colmar released Ramush Haradinaj immediately after Thursday's decision. Parties to the case have five days to appeal.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.
Bujar Nishani on Monday issued a decree granting Albanian citizenship to Haradinaj and his wife Anita.
Many Kosovars have been granted Albanian citizenship in order to profit from the country's visa-free regime with the European Union's Schengen member countries. Kosovo is the only country in Western Balkans whose citizens still need a visa to visit the Schengen zone.
PARIS (AP) — A French court on Thursday delayed its decision on whether to extradite former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia, where he's wanted on war crimes charges.
The appeals court in the northeastern town of Colmar said it agreed with the prosecutor's request for more information. The case will be examined again on April 6.
Under a previous decision, Haradinaj must stay in France under judicial supervision while his case is being studied.
Kosovo Albanians call for ex-premier’s release in France
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands of people protested Saturday in the Kosovo capital of Pristina to urge France to release their former prime minister who was detained there on a Serbian arrest warrant.
The protesters — mostly opposition party members and former guerrilla fighters of the 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia — consider Ramush Haradinaj's detention illegal.
Serbia warns France over extradition of Kosovo ex-premier
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia warned on Friday that it would ignore future possible extradition requests for terrorism and other suspects wanted by France and other European countries if French courts don't hand over a former Kosovo prime minister.
The Serbian government demanded the "urgent and immediate" extradition of Ramush Haradinaj, who was detained last week in France on a Serbian arrest warrant.
Ex -Kosovo premier freed pending French extradition decision
PARIS (AP) — A French court has ordered the release of a jailed former prime minister of Kosovo pending a decision on whether to extradite him to Serbia, where he's wanted on war crimes charges.
Overturning an earlier decision, the court in the eastern French city of Colmar said in a statement Thursday that Ramush Haradinaj can leave the jail but must stay in France under judicial supervision while his case is being studied.
Serbia seeks extradition from France of Kosovo ex-premier
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has formally requested the extradition of a former Kosovo prime minister from France to face war crimes charges after his arrest there on a Belgrade warrant.
Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla fighter in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, was detained last week at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport.
A French court has ruled that Haradinaj should stay in custody until it decides whether to turn him over to Serbian officials.