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Russian Minister Says Hague Tribunal ‘Should Be Closed’ (BIRN)

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia should have been shut down long ago because it is biased against Serbs. Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, should have been shut down because it has “proved its […]

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Deal on Unifying Kosovo Justice System Takes Effect (Balkan Insight)

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The EU confirmed that on Tuesday the Kosovo-Serbia agreement on unifying the justice system in Kosovo is due to come into force. Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, told BIRN on Monday that a landmark agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, unifying the justice system in Kosovo, will come into force […]

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New Phase in Kosovo ‘Internal Dialogue’ Puzzles Serbs (Balkan Insight)

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While the Serbian authorities claim to have opened a second chapter in the announced ‘internal dialogue’ on Kosovo, the results of the first phase remain unknown. Serbia announced the formation on Monday of a “working group” for the second phase of the country’s “internal dialogue” on Kosovo, the former province that proclaimed its independence in […]

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Balkan Barometer: Kosovars concerned with corruption and unemployment (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  13/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The 2017 Balkan Barometer public perception report for Southeast Europe shows that Kosovo ranks highest in the region for optimistic outlook and trust in the Ombudsperson. Of the seven Southeastern European countries, Kosovo’s population continues to have the most optimistic economic outlook, despite an increasing pessimism regarding the possibility that EU accession is just over […]

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UN chief will work with US despite UNESCO pullout (AFP)

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will continue to work with the Trump administration despite differences, a spokesman said Thursday after Washington announced it was pulling out of UNESCO. Guterres “deeply regrets” the decision but “at the same time of course we interact with the United States very productively on a range of issues through a […]

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US withdraws from UNESCO citing anti-Israel bias (AP)

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The State Department says the U.S. is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for “fundamental reform” of the U.N. cultural agenc, reports AP. In a statement, the State Department said it notified UNESCO director Irina Bokova on Thursday of the decision. The U.S. will seek to […]

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Albania president rejects Kosovo passport request (AP, ABC News)

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Albania’s president has turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone. Ilir Meta, who is visiting Kosovo Wednesday, said the solution was “through dialogue.” http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/albania-president-rejects-kosovo-passport-request-50414118

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Judge indicted following BIRN report (Prishtina Insight)

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A Drejtesia ne Kosove investigation results in an indictment against a Decan judge suspected of abuse of office and other criminal offenses. The High Crimes Department at the Peja Basic Prosecution raised an indictment against suspect Safete Tolaj for multiple criminal offenses, including abuse of office, destroying and concealing evidence as well as forging official […]

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Bustle: What Is International Day Of The Girl? This Holiday Recognizes How Hard It Is To Be A Girl In 2017

By   /  11/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Every year since 2012, we celebrate the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, to recognize how hard being a girl is even to this day. The United Nations created the holiday, sometimes called International Day of the Girl Child, to celebrate the potential of the girls in different cultures around the world, and […]

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Kosovo holds its first ever official LGBT Pride parade (The Independent)

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Hundreds of people have attended Kosovo’s first ever official LGBT Pride parade. The event was held in the capital Pristina on Tuesday and follows unofficial marches in recent years to protest against homophobia and transphobia in the country. http://ind.pn/2kDZH1n

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Gay-Pride Parade Held In Kosovo, Defying Threats (RFE)

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LGBT rights groups held the first-ever pride parade in Kosovo on October 10, amid tight security measures prompted by anonymous threats against the participants. http://bit.ly/2wNtypF

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Kosovo president accuses int’l community of not keeping word (AP)

By   /  10/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s president on Monday accused the international community of not keeping its end of the bargain after the country created an unpopular war crimes court to prosecute ethnic Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo’s war. Hashim Thaci said among the things that international officials promised in return were to fast-track Kosovo for European Union and […]

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