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Headlines 29 August

By   2 hours ago

• Demarcation vote could be postponed (Koha)
• Ahmeti: Demarcation does not pass (Epoka)
• Vujanović: We have not taken a centimeter from Kosovo (Epoka)
• Montenegro special police units deployed near Kosovo border (media)
• Protesters prevent visit of Serbs to Mushtisht (media)
• Mustafa: Together, for a corruption-free Kosovo (dailies)
• RTK Director: Powerful blast at my house, no one is injured (media)

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Headlines 27 August

By   2 days ago

• Thaci: Bomb attacks touch the red line of terrorism (Zeri)
• Selimi: Members of state committee are Kosovo’s enemies (Indeksonline)
• “MPs in favor of demarcation will be remembered and treated as traitors” (media)
• Dacic to UN chief: UNMIK should remain in Kosovo (media)

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Headlines 26 August

By   3 days ago

• UN Security Council debates on Kosovo (media)
• U.S. message for Kosovo: Ratify demarcation with Montenegro (Epoka)
• Protest against border demarcation in Peja on Saturday (media)
• Kelmendi: My vote will be against demarcation (Epoka)
• Simić: Serbian List might not participate at demarcation voting (Epoka)
• Government, opposition clashes over demarcation on Facebook (Epoka)
• Kosovar women to protest against Jeremic’s bid for UN chief (media)
• Kosovo’s roads and railroads part of Albania-Serbia protocol (Koha)
• Azem Syla released from detention (Epoka)
• Vetëvendosje to organise “symbolic action” in Mitrovica today (media)

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Headlines 25 August

By   4 days ago

• UN Security Council to debate on Kosovo today (media)
• Under the pressure of votes, against demarcation (Zëri)
• Deçan war veterans urge MPs not to vote demarcation deal (Kosova Sot)
• Krasniqi: Demarcation deal must be revised (Epoka)
• Vetëvendosje: “Pronto” clan controls the police too (dailies)
• Serbian members of government ignore official symbols and languages (Koha)

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Headlines 24 August

By   5 days ago

• Mustafa: Opponents of demarcation lack basic knowledge (media)
• “Government responsible for potential escalation of situation” (Zëri)
• Selimi: Anti-demarcation protests inside and outside Assembly (Indeksonline)
• O’Connell: Kosovo has bigger problems than demarcation (Koha)
• Serbian List pressures government to establish association (Epoka e Re)
• Merkel calls on Vučić to normalise relations with Kosovo (Epoka)
• Three people gunned down in Gjakova (media)

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Headlines 23 August

By   6 days ago

• Mustafa: The borders were set when Kosovo was liberated (media)
• Çollaku: No plan B for visa liberalisation (Zëri/RFER)
• Haradinaj: U.S. will be with us regardless of demarcation vote (Kosova Sot)
• Serbian List sets conditions over demarcation vote (Zëri)
• Krasniqi calls on MPs not to ratify demarcation deal (media)
• Bulliqi: Consult Montenegro before making final decision (Koha)
• Lajçi: Kosovo, not the municipalities, losing territory (Epoka)
• Hand grenade thrown at public broadcaster premises (media)
• Albanian Ambassador: Nis meeting should not be politicised (Koha)
• Kosovo’s embassy in Paris vandalised (dailies)

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Headlines 22 August

By   1 week ago

• Ban blames Pristina and Belgrade for failure to respect agreements (Koha)
• Thaçi: Demarcation deal to be ratified on 1 September (Zëri/TV Dukagjini)
• Opposition warns of rebellion in the Assembly (Zëri/RFE)
• Krasniqi: Political situation is tense (Zëri)
• Albin Kurti seeks mobilisation for 1 September protest (Epoka)
• Minxhozi: MPs should respond to demarcation (Epoka)
• Dačić: Brussels did not ask Serbia to recognise Kosovo (RTK)
• Initial session against Ukë Rugova on 24 August (Epoka)
• Đurić urges Kosovo to establish municipality of Prilluzhë (Zëri)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 August

By   1 week ago

• Thaci: Loss of eight thousand hectares is a pure lie (Koha Ditore)
• Mustafa: LDK MPs who do not vote demarcation, do not represent interests of the party (dailies)
• Thaci speaks about Pronto 2 (Koha Ditore)
• Ymeri: AAK and NISMA not interested to meet Vetevendosje (Epoka e Re)
• Haliti: We do not have the votes for demarcation (Zeri)

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    Renegotiation is a state interest (Koha Ditore)

    By   4 days ago

    Veton Surroi considers that renegotiation of the agreement for the demarcation of the border between Kosovo and Montenegro is an interest of Kosovo, because, according to him, this would create an internal consensus. He also considers that it is an interest of Kosovo and Montenegro for the demarcation to happen based on the consent of […]

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    Conflicting politics makes Kosovo insecure (Kosova Sot)

    By   5 days ago

    According to the front page editorial of this daily, abuse with power in Kosovo is not stopping while judicial reflection or moral reaction of the incriminated protagonists is desperate. “Abusive government officials do not feel the slightest regret for the major harm caused to Kosovo, while competent officials appear to be competent only to remain […]

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    Milošević’s rehabilitation proves that Serbia is not sincere (Koha Ditore)

    By   7 days ago

    Brussels based correspondent of this daily, Augustin Palokaj, writes that at the time when the U.S. Vice-President, Joseph Biden, praised Serbia for its positive role in the region, especially for the efforts to reach reconciliation with its neighbors, they gained the momentum to rehabilitate Slobodan Milošević, the person who is considered to carry the main […]

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    The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Co-authored by Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. At first glance, we may seem worlds apart; two women from […]

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    EU’s Kosovo meddling risks Balkans chaos (Gazeta Express/EU Observer)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By Edmond Krasniqi Kosovo has accumulated plenty of domestic problems since the 1998-1999 independence war, but the US and EU are just making things worse by pressuring its leaders to ratify a border agreement with neighbouring Montenegro. The border delineation was agreed in August 2015 and ratified by Montenegro’s parliament four months later. But Kosovo’s opposition […]

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    Kosovo lacks independence because Kosovars don’t want it (Koha Ditore)

    By   4 weeks ago

    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent writes today in an opinion piece that it is a major mistake that Kosovars, as a sign of respect to those who helped us become independent, leave their fate in the hands of foreign embassies, even after eight years of independence. “Britain’s exit from the EU, the risk that Donald Trump […]

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    Where are Brussels’ “guarantees”? (Koha Ditore)

    By   1 month ago

    Agreements between Kosovo and Serbia have many shortcomings and this was clear very early on, writes Augustin Palokaj, the paper’s Brussels-based correspondent and columnist. The first one, according to Palokaj, is that the agreements do not have international status and have not been reached between two equal parties. Second, they pertain to Kosovo’s internal affairs […]

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    Turkey’s Baffling Coup (Project Syndicate/Koha Ditore)

    By   1 month ago

    Koha Ditore re-runs an opinion piece by Dani Rodrik that originally appeared on Project Syndicate. Rodrik is Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy and, most recently, Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the […]

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      Government: Politicians must renounce language of violence and intimidation (Kosovapress)

      By   9 mins ago

      The Kosovo Government issued a press release today strongly condemning Sunday’s attack with an explosive device on the house of the director of the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), Mentor Shala. “This criminal act is a direct attack on the freedom of the media in Kosovo. These are efforts to impede the freedom of speech, one […]

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      Thaci: The missing are a wound which must be closed as soon as possible (media)

      By   13 mins ago

      “The missing remain one of the gravest wounds which the war in Kosovo has left behind, whereas the resolving of the fate of the missing is one of the most urgent and most important tasks of all,” Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, said on the eve of the International Day of Missing Persons, August 30th. “The […]

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      AAK condemns attack on RTK Director’s house (media)

      By   26 mins ago

      Most media report that the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) has condemned Sunday’s attack on the house of RTK Director Mentor Shala. AAK parliamentary group chief, Pal Lekaj, said the attack is unacceptable. “It is not in Albanian tradition to attack the family regardless of the reasons. The family is sacred! The situation […]

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      Historians: History will judge as traitors MPs that support demarcation (Kosovapress)

      By   3 days ago

      The League of Kosovo Historians, the branch in Deçan, has again called on members of the Kosovo Assembly not to vote in favor of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. They called on MPs to rise above their political interests, to listen to the call of the people and not ratify an agreement that is […]

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      Haradinaj: An unconstitutional campaign is taking place (Zëri)

      By   3 days ago

      The leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK,) Ramush Haradinaj said that the campaign of the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, the Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, and Assembly President Kadri Veseli to impose voting for the demarcation of the border with Montenegro, is a flagrant violation of the Constitution. He stressed that […]

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      Berisha warns: Danger for Kosovo and the region if demarcation is ratified (Indeksonline)

      By   3 days ago

      Zafir Berisha, member of the Kosovo Parliament from the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), told the news website that security in Kosovo and the region will be under threat if the current version of the demarcation deal with Montenegro is ratified by the Kosovo Parliament on September 1. Berisha said Albanians should not give away their […]

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      O’Conelli: You are wasting time with demarcation, deal with corruption (Zëri)

      By   3 days ago

      The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Kosovo, Ruairi O’Conell, told the paper that he does not support any politician and that he has several times stated openly that the political mentality should change by vote and not interference of the internationals. Despite the fact that he has signed an agreement with the Assembly President […]

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      Albanian graves near Çakorr damaged (Kallxo)

      By   3 days ago

      The news website reports on the demolition of some Albanian graves 4.8 kilometers from Çakorr. Avdi Nokshiqi told the news website that around 40 Albanian graves are located in the place called Qafa e Vraçevës and that they were damaged with firearms and other tools. Nokshiqi said his son notified Montenegrin Police about the incident […]

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        Odalović: If Biden’s message was understood in Pristina, ZSO will be formed soon (media)

        By   3 days ago

        President of the Commission for Missing Persons, Veljko Odalović says that the ZSO will be formed soon, if Biden’s message was taken seriously in Pristina. When asked when he expects establishment of the ZSO, Odalović said to the RTS “how Pristina works, this will last.” He says that the ZSO constitutes a “bone in the […]

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        Municipalities in the north have refused registry of agricultural land (KIM radio)

        By   3 days ago

        Municipalities in northern Kosovo have refused to be the part of the registration of farms in Kosovo which was conducted from 1 to 20 November last year. The registration was performed in 34 municipalities in Kosovo. Although it was anticipated that results of the registration will be published in September, the Statistical Institute of Kosovo […]

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        Serbs have been ethnically cleansed in Kosovo – Dacic at UN (B92)

        By   3 days ago

        Pristina’s representatives “continue to pile on the (UN Security) Council falsehoods and lies and have lately engaged in outright propagandizing.” This is what Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the Council late on Thursday European time, as it convened to consider UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the work of the UN mission, UNMIK, […]

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        To set up a commission for cases of journalists killed in Kosovo (Kontakt plus)

        By   4 days ago

        At the annual meeting of Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) in Kosovo, decision was brought to form a commission to deal with cases of killed and kidnapped journalists, it was announced today. Budimir Ničić, President of the Association, told RTK2 that the commission would be composed of representatives of the international forces and the […]

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        Serbian List asks to accelerate the formation of the ZSO (RTK2)

        By   4 days ago

        The Serbian List has asked the Kosovo government to speed up the process of establishing the Association/Community of Serb municipalities, reports today Epoka. Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Serbian List, Branimir Stojanović says that “the ZSO is an obligation guaranteed by the agreement reached in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels” […]

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        Dacic meets with Malaysian deputy PM, Foreign Minister (media)

        By   4 days ago

        Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Wednesday met with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman – whose country presides over the UN SC – to discuss Thursday’s SC meeting on Kosovo, as well as ways to improve Serbian-Malaysian relations. Meetings with officials of countries presiding over the UN SC […]

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        Dačić to attend UNSC meeting on Kosovo (media)

        By   5 days ago

        Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić will on August 25 attend a UN Security Council session in New York. The Council will meet to discuss a regular report on the work of the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, filed by the UN secretary-general, and covering the period between April 16 and […]

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        Simić: We have not promised our votes (Večernje Novosti)

        By   5 days ago

        Representatives of Kosovo Serbs deny that an agreement was reached to support the demarcation of the border with Montenegro. Serbian list did not talk with the representatives of the ruling Albanian political parties about support for the agreement on the demarcation of the border with Montenegro, and which would lead, in return, to the formation […]

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          Kosovo prosecutor investigates president’s ally for political favoritism (Reuters)

          By   36 mins ago

          By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) – An ally of Kosovo’s president is under investigation for allegedly granting jobs at state institutions and companies to people based on their political affiliation, Kosovo’s prosecutor said on Friday. The investigation of Adem Grabovci is based on evidence from phone taps made in 2011 during an anti-corruption operation by […]

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          Kosovo Wiretap Revelations Increase Mistrust in Officials (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Leaked telephone conversations between ruling party MP Adem Grabovci and various officials suggest that Grabovci has been influencing employment processes in the Kosovo police through the general director of the force, Shpend Maxhuni. In wiretaps released on Tuesday, Grabovci is heard talking with a man called Gani Nikci about an interview Nikci has for a […]

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          Kosovo Says No New Cases Of Citizens Joining IS In Iraq, Syria (Radio Free Europe)

          By   5 days ago

          Kosovar Interior Minister Skender Hyseni says there have been no recorded cases in the past year of citizens joining the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq. “It is now a year that we did not record any case of the departure of the citizens of Kosovo in foreign wars,” Hyseni said on August […]

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          Kosovo’s Thaci Seeks New ‘Peacemaker’ Image (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          Hashim Thaci has been under fire in his own capital Pristina after he recently paid tribute at memorials to Serbs who were killed during the 1990s war. His pledges to solve their murders were seen as no more than rhetoric by Serbs, while Albanians believe that Thaci effectively admitted that his own people were responsible for the […]

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          Borrowed Peace-Broker Could Persuade Belgrade to Recognize Kosovo’s Independence (Sputnik)

          By   6 days ago

          Both Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs are reportedly concerned about Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s planned visit to the upcoming economy and security summit in Belgrade. Some of Albania’s leaders are reportedly alarmed over Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s decision to speak on behalf of Kosovo. Meanwhile, some Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs have reacted […]

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          Kosovo Public Broadcaster Rocked by Explosion (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          A powerful explosion shook the main building of Kosovo’s public broadcaster, RTK around 10pm on Monday night, according to reports from the scene. Journalists and staff were working inside at the time, but no injuries are being reported. RTK stated that a hand grenade caused the explosion, according to the police demining unit. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-public-broadcaster-rocked-by-explosion-08-23-2016

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          Alleged paedophile priest outstays welcome in Kosovo – arrested for child abuse in UK (AFP)

          By   7 days ago

          A British priest accused of child sex offences has been sent back to the UK from Kosovo and arrested at London’s Luton airport, five years after he went on the run, police said. Laurence Soper was detained on Sunday as he arrived back in the country, British police said in a statement. Soper, 72, was […]

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          Kosovo sends accused ex-priest Lawrence Soper back to UK (BBC)

          By   1 week ago

          A former Roman Catholic priest accused of historical sex offences has been returned to the UK from Kosovo after a five-year police hunt. Lawrence Soper, 72, was officially arrested as he arrived at Luton Airport on Sunday on suspicion of nine charges of sexual offences allegedly committed over a period from 1972 to 1986. Mr […]

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