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Kosovo Politicians Advance Bid to Scrap Special Court (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The presidency of the Kosovo Assembly has sent a draft law to the government, pushing forward a controversial attempt to prevent a new Hague-based Kosovo war crimes court from operating. http://bit.ly/2F1gAZk

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Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Saturday’s planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise. http://bit.ly/2mPd6ld

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Thousands Attend Slain Kosovo Serb Politician’s Funeral (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Thousands of citizens attended the funeral of Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead on Tuesday, as he was laid to rest in the Alley of the Greats at the New Cemetary in Belgrade, Serbia. http://bit.ly/2EVjWgo  

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Ex-KLA Officials Deny Knowing of 1998 Killings (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Former senior KLA officials told the trial of Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj that they knew nothing of the fate of two civilians – allegedly executed as collaborators with the Serbian regime in 1998. The trial has continued this week before the Gjakova/Djakovica Basic Court of former KLA commander and current Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister […]

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Threats to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Were Ignored (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Oliver Ivanovic, shot dead on Tuesday in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, had reported numerous threats, and had sought the help of both the Serbian and Kosovo authorities – but was ignored. Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead in front of his office in Mitrovica on Tuesday, had several times said he and his […]

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Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests. A new survey based on three WIN/Gallup International polls and published in the UK Telegraph shows people in the Balkans are far more religious than their counterparts in Western Europe. The survey, which draws on three polls […]

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Parents of Albanian ISIS ‘Martyrs’ Abandoned to Grief (Balkan Insight)

By   /  15/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Their sons went to fight for ISIS in Syria or Iraq, and some even had children in the conflict zone, then they were killed, leaving their impoverished relatives in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to suffer. Selim Demolli gripped the table with his hands, and his lip trembled with anger as he spoke. The previous day […]

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Kosovo shelters for domestic abuse victims close down (Balkan Insight)

By   /  12/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Scrambling for funds, Kosovo centers that provide shelter to women and children fleeing from domestic abuse have been temporarily closed. Government-funded safe houses for women and children fleeing domestic abuse have been forced to shut down for January and February this year due to lack of financial support. Nazife Jonuzi, the director of the shelter […]

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Franco-German Envoys Press Kosovo on Special Court (Balkan Insight)

By   /  11/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

German and French envoys are adding to diplomatic pressure on Kosovo not to try to stop the new Specialist Chambers – which will try former Kosovo guerrillas – from coming into operation. A joint German-French delegation met Kosovo officials on Wednesday to voice concern about recent failed attempts by Kosovo MPs to revoke the law […]

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Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court (Balkan Insight)

By   /  10/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters. War victims’ groups and Pristina-based rights campaigners criticised recent attempts by MPs in Pristina to revoke a law which allows the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers to […]

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Two Serbs Found Dead in Kosovo Village (Balkan Insight)

By   /  09/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

A Kosovo Serb man and woman were found dead on Monday evening in the village of Babimost/Babin Most in the Obiliq/Obilic municipality, but the cause of their deaths is so far unknown. The two Serbs’ bodies were discovered in the village of Babimost/Babin Most in central Kosovo on Monday evening, said Kosovo Police. “The medical team […]

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Commission Sees 2018 As Balkans’ Year of Opportunity (Balkan Insight)

By   /  03/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

In a regional review for BIRN, the European Commission says it is working on a new strategy for the Balkans and urges the countries to embrace the chance to further their European perspectives. http://bit.ly/2DWUEOk  

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