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UNMIK Headlines 19 August

By   18 hours ago

• Haradinaj: Work on correcting border demarcation to begin in optimal time (media)
• Mustafa: LDK has red lines only for PDK (EO)
• Parties rule out surprises, say Assembly will be disbanded (Koha)
• AAK, PSD expected to sign coalition agreement today (Express)
• Authorities say Kosovo flag remains at Novoberdo castle (media)
• Kosovo not issued international arrest warrant for Radoicic (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo introduces reciprocity measures against North Macedonia (media)
• Vucic to meet Pompeo in NY on Tuesday, expected to discuss Kosovo (media)
• “Serbia used dialogue to damage process of Kosovo recognitions” (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 August

By   4 days ago

• Haradinaj: Friendship with western allies, permanent and sacred (media)
• Japan: Normalisation of relations between Serbs and Albanians, key to stability (RTK)
• Serwer: No urgency for dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Dacic: We will not stop campaign against Kosovo’s recognition (Zeri/Koha)
• Limaj confirms NISMA’s position on elections (Koha)
• Ymeri: We are in discussions for coalition with AAK (RTK)
• PSD’s Sejdiu prefers coalition with Vetevendosje and NISMA (Telegrafi)
• Lawsuit against police officers that expelled Turkish nationals from Kosovo (media)
• “Serbian intelligence behind attack on Kosovo consulate” (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 August

By   5 days ago

• Political parties ignoring Quint’s calls (Zeri)
• Mustafa: I have no hesitation to cooperate with past opponents (media)
• Kosovo’s enemies and allies, part of campaigns by political parties (Koha)
• Krasniqi: Tariff will remain if Veseli leads new government (RTK)
• Gordy: Kosovo won’t make any steps prior to election of new government (RFE, Klan)
• Kosovo between early elections and a technical government (Radio Free Europe)
• Kosovo’s consulate in Denmark, vandalised (media)
• Tomor Morina not extradited to Serbia, returns to Kosovo (media)
• O’Connell slams Ministry of European Integration statement (media)
• Missing persons issue to be discussed in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTK/Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 August

By   6 days ago

• Quint countries call for urgent restart of talks and suspending the tariff (media)
• Kosovo Government on Quint’s statement (RFE)
• Veseli reacts to Quint’s statement (media)
• Pacolli: Serbia has continuously undermined Kosovo’s statehood (media)
• Scott: Time to end the 90s conflicts (RTK)
• Haradinaj: A consensual Prime Minister harms democratic processes (RTK)
• Mustafa and Kurti meet, discuss elections (media)
• Mustafa tells who cannot govern Kosovo (RTK)
• Hoxhaj: Serbia manipulates facts, churches and mosques belong to Kosovo (RTK)
• Aliu: We are getting closer to LDK to prevent a PAN 2 (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 August

By   7 days ago

• Veseli: EU with double standards (Zeri)
• “No reconciliation with Serbia as long as criminals are set free” (Kosovapress)
• Hoxhaj: Serbia violated Geneva Convention with Genocide in Kosovo (RTK)
• KFOR: Security situation in Kosovo is quiet (media)
• Political parties battling over Prime Minister post (Zeri)
• AAK doesn’t rule out coalition with PDK (media)
• “Serbia fears wars, because it got badly burned in Kosovo” (Kallxo)
• Tomor Morina’s release confirmed (Klan Kosova)
• Serbia continues building houses in Albanian neighbourhoods in the north (Zeri)
• Lajic: We have lost millions due to the tariff (RTS/RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 10 August

By   1 week ago

• Bolton to visit Kosovo when tariff is removed and government formed, KTV learns
• Hoti: We won’t give away up PM post (media)
• They won’t agree to a solution outside elections (Zeri)
• Hehir: Elections need to bring change, not stability (Prishtina Insight/Kallxo)
• Krasniqi: Belgrade is guilty about the tariff (media)
• Rama: Kosovo Army to take part in missions in Iraq or Afghanistan in 2021 (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 9 August

By   2 weeks ago

• Haradinaj to FAZ: I have never threatened witnesses (media)
• MFA: Kosovo committed in implementing freedom of movement agreement (media)
• CEC mobilises secretariat (Koha)
• Konjufca: Assembly dissolution delayed as LDK doesn’t have PM candidate (T7)
• Surroi: Government would have fallen in autumn, it lost legitimacy (Telegrafi)
• Shala: North Macedonia to remove barriers or face reciprocity (Epoka e Re)
• Berisha: Serbia’s reckless statements incite interethnic tensions (Bota Sot)
• Veseli: Tomor Morina to return to his family soon (RTK)
• Italy expels suspected Kosovar member of Islamic group (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 8 August

By   2 weeks ago

• Veseli: Prime minister’s post will not be rented out anymore (RFE)
• Mustafa: Tariff mustn’t be lifted although it has brought Kosovo no good (media)
• Mustafa: I did not know I would be re-elected, I was ready to withdraw (T7)
• The President’s “silent” agreement on new elections (Koha)
• Limaj: Relations with AAK were damaged after secret meeting in Berlin (Bota)
• KLA associations: First specialist chambers indictments in September (Zeri)
• Molliqaj: PSD will be determinant in future elections (media)
• Skopje’s court: Morina should not be extradited to Serbia (Epoka e Re)
• Condemnations for the killing of a woman in Prizren (media)
• Blic: Trump sets new deadline for the solution of Kosovo’s issue (Blic, Klan)

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    Elections need to bring change, not stability (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Aidan Hehir writes that the upcoming snap elections could break the hold of the old political guard and bring much needed change for Kosovo citizens. The forthcoming elections expected to be announced this month come at a critical point in the history of Kosovo. Some may argue that the elections couldn’t have come at a […]

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    Making new connections instead new border lines (KoSSev)

    By   3 weeks ago

    by Steinar Bryn After the breakup of Yugoslavia the International Community was optimistic in terms of a possible „europeanization“ of the Western Balkans. It was launched as the best strategy to integrate the new Republics in Europe and thereby securing stability and peace to start the process of building functional states. The EU, OSCE, UN […]

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    Opinion: A political bombshell in Kosovo (Deutsche Welle)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has surprisingly resigned after being requested to face a special war crimes tribunal in The Hague. This will have far-reaching political consequences, says Vilma Filaj-Ballvora. Twenty years after the end of the Kosovo War, many wounds have yet to heal. To this day, many of those who perpetrated war crimes […]

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    Who is preventing economic freedom in the north of Kosovo? (KoSSev)

    By   1 month ago

    By: Lazar Rakic While everyone is politicizing the boycott of Serbian entrepreneurs and giving it an ethnic connotation, nobody is actually talking about the economic causes of this protest. Was this protest politically initiated or does this act by the entrepreneurs have economic justification? Things are not black and white and the 100% tax on […]

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    A roadmap for the Balkans (Politico)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Wolfgang Ischinger Europe can’t afford to wait for Serbia and Kosovo to come up with a solution. BERLIN — Two decades after the Kosovo War ended, a political settlement between Belgrade and Pristina remains elusive and frustration hangs heavy over the region. Europe can no longer afford to wait and hope the issue sorts […]

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    EU Policy of ‘Containing’ Balkans is Dangerous Illusion (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Jasmin Mujanovic The decision to again delay opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia is not only a betrayal but a mistake – as Europe’s own security depends on a stable southeast. The decision of the European foreign ministers’ meeting to again delay the start of EU membership negotiations with Albania and North […]

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    Justice Gap for Kosovo 20 Years On (HRW/Klan Kosova)

    By   2 months ago

    Klan Kosova carries an opinion by Human Rights Watch Associate Director Fred Abrahams where he says that civilians have paid a high price of the Kosovo conflict that ended 20 years ago with 1,653 persons still missing, of which 1,092 Albanians and 562 Roma and Serbs. “In Kosovo, Serbian and Yugoslav forces rampaged through villages […]

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    Op-ed: Secret Negotiations Will Betray Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    David L. Phillips, Director of the Programme on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and former senior adviser to the State Department, writes in an opinion piece published in Balkan Insight that a possible secret deal for swapping territories is reached between Kosovo and Serbian presidents it could […]

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      “AAK and PSD to announce pre-election coalition this afternoon” (media)

      By   12 hours ago

      Several media outlets are quoting Kosovapress reports saying that the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and the Social Democratic Initiative (PSD) will officially announce their pre-election coalition today at 3 p.m. The coalition is expected to be announced at a joint press conference between AAK leader Ramush Haradinaj and PSD’s Shpend Ahmeti. PSD […]

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      Limaj after meeting Mustafa: Kosovo needs a government that gets work done (media)

      By   12 hours ago

      Leader of the Social Democratic Initiative (NISMA), Fatmir Limaj, met today leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (PDK), Isa Mustafa. After the meeting he did not comment on whether his party would enter a possible pre-election coalition with Mustafa’s LDK but underlined that Kosovo “needs a government that gets work done.” “Kosovo needs a […]

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      Meta: Albania cannot be part of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)

      By   14 hours ago

      President of Albania, Ilir Meta, said in an interview with RTV21 that Albania should not be involved in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on normalisation of relations. “The issue is how can the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue end in the best possible way for both countries but also for the region as it is a crucial […]

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      Ahmeti: Fruitful meeting with Mustafa (Ekonomia Online/Telegrafi)

      By   15 hours ago

      Social Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSD) leader Shpend Ahmeti said today’s meeting with Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) leader Isa Mustafa was fruitful and focused on possible cooperation between the two parties. “We continued discussions and consultations we had on cooperation on the eve of elections and we focused on important topics for the PSD […]

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      PSD’s Ahmeti on possible coalition with Haradinaj’s AAK (Indeksonline)

      By   16 hours ago

      Social Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSD) leader Shpend Ahmeti told the news website today that his party has ‘approximated positions’ with Ramush Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK). When asked to comment on media reports that the two parties will sign a pre-election agreement today, Ahmeti said: “Yes, we have approximated positions with […]

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      Serbia angry with Mogherini because of Kosovo (Insajderi)

      By   4 days ago

      EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini has invited Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli at the meeting of the EU foreign ministers and candidate countries in Helsinki. Serbian newspaper Novosti, writes that Mogherini wants in this manner to impose to her successor Josep Borrell that Kosovo should be included in the list of the participants in the […]

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      Hoxhaj: Attack on Kosovo consulate, orchestrated by Serbian state structures (media)

      By   4 days ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj commented again on the attack on Kosovo’s Consulate in Denmark saying that while it was initially thought it was carried out by football fans it turned out to have been orchestrated by Serbian security structures. “This is a new dimension to the crackdown on the Kosovo’s sovereignty,” Hoxhaj wrote […]

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      Krasniqi: Special court could be reason why Thaci backed border changes (Express)

      By   4 days ago

      Jakup Krasniqi, chairman of the National Council of NISMA, said in an interview to T7 on Thursday evening that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci could have been blackmailed and therefore tried to avoid the Special Court. Krasniqi said he was against “going from technical talks to political talks [with Serbia]” and that “the International Court of […]

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        Trajkovic to FoNet: Taking out Kosovo from the preamble is the reason for the dialogue between the authorities and the opposition (KoSSev, Dnevnik)

        By   12 hours ago

        The president of the European Movement of Serbs from Kosovo, Rada Trajkovic told Belgrade news agency FoNet that the “sole reason” for initiating a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition in Serbia was an attempt to hold and the opposition partially responsible in case Kosovo was taken out from the preamble to the Serbian […]

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        Serbian president Vucic to meet US State Secretary Pompeo at UN headquarters (N1)

        By   16 hours ago

        Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will meet with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the margins of a debate at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, the state department said in a press release. “Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will travel to New York on August 20 to participate in a UN Security […]

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        Djuric: Belgrade finding the ways to supply Serbs in Kosovo’s north (Beta, Politika, N1)

        By   16 hours ago

        Belgrade is finding the ways to supply the Serbs in the north of Kosovo despite pressures and increased police controls, Head of the Government’s Kosovo and Metohija Office Marko Djuric told Serbian media. Speaking for the Politika daily, Djuric said it was so important that the Serbs showed solidarity and readiness to fight for their […]

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        Dacic to RTS: One more country withdraws recognition of Kosovo (B92, RTS, Politika)

        By   16 hours ago

        The Head of Serbian diplomacy, Ivica Dacic, told Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Friday that this week he will say the name of the 15th country that withdrew the recognition of Kosovo. Dacic said for RTS that in this moment less than 100 countries acknowledge ”the independence of so-called Kosovo”. „The President Vucic told me […]

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        Dacic: I would consult with Vucic, but most probably we would go to Finland (Tanjug, B92)

        By   4 days ago

        “Serbia would most probably participate in a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers and membership candidate states in Helsinki,” Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said Tanjug news agency reports. The news agency recalled that outgoing EU High Representative Federica Mogherini invited Pristina representatives to this event as well. Dacic added he would consult with the […]

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        Kosovo flag removed from fortress in Novo Brdo (RTK2, B92)

        By   4 days ago

        Kosovo flag that was placed on the medieval Serbian fortress in Novo Brdo yesterday afternoon has been removed RTK2 reports. “We went there this morning, we saw everything was removed as if nothing was there, there was no flag, nobody was there. We spoke about this case with the police officers as well,” Svetislav Ivanovic, […]

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        Raska-Prizren Eparchy strongly protests over flagrant violation of Law on Special Protection Zones, calls for urgent Implementation and Monitoring Council meeting (Serbian media, Raska-Prizren Eparchy)

        By   4 days ago

        Serbian Orthodox Church Raska-Prizren Eparchy expressed the strongest protest over recent unauthorized serving of Catholic mass on the remains of an old cathedral temple of Saint Nikola, seat of Novo Brdo Orthodox Metropolitans and main Orthodox Serbian temple in this medieval town, as well as placing political symbols of Kosovo on the Serbian medieval cultural, […]

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        Serbian officials react to placing Kosovo flag on Serbian medieval fortress in Novo Brdo (Tanjug, B92)

        By   4 days ago

        Serbian Ministry of Culture condemned placing of Kosovo flag on the medieval Serbian fortress in Novo Brdo, Tanjug news agency reported. The Ministry noted that Pristina institutions “in the absence of their own cultural heritage reach out to seizing others”. Referring to Kosovo flag the Ministry said that “that colorful fabric with unclear symbolic meaning […]

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          Confessions of an Islamic State fighter (The Economist)

          By   16 hours ago

          Fitim Lladrovci travelled to Syria to fight a holy war. Now back in Kosovo, he continues to call for jihad. Alexander Clapp is granted a rare interview See at: https://bit.ly/2KHtIso

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          Deadlocked Serbia and Kosovo rebuff western call for compromise (Irish Times)

          By   5 days ago

          Serbia and Kosovo have rejected a call from western states to make compromises that could help restart EU-brokered talks to normalise their relations. Negotiations broke down last November when the Pristina government imposed a 100 per cent tax on imports from Serbia, in retaliation for Belgrade successfully lobbying to keep Kosovo out of Interpol, the […]

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          North Macedonia Frees Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla Wanted by Serbia (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          North Macedonia released former Kosovo Liberation Army member Tomor Morina after the country’s Supreme Court decided not to extradite him to Serbia to face war crimes charges. Former KLA fighter Tomor Morina was released from detention and returned to Kosovo on Wednesday afternoon after North Macedonia’s Supreme Court earlier the same day ruled that there […]

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          Serbia and Kosovo told to compromise and resume talks (Euronews)

          By   6 days ago

          Kosovo and Serbia have been told to put their differences aside so that both countries can resume membership talks with the EU. Talks between the two countries broke down in November when Kosovo slapped a 100% tax on Serbian and Bosnian goods to retaliate against them not recognising the land-locked territory as a country. Britain, […]

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          Could delays to Balkan enlargement undermine the EU? (Euronews)

          By   6 days ago

          Dreams of entering the European Union may be fading for Albania after countries such as France and the Netherlands go cold on expanding the EU into the Western Balkans despite the European Commission’s call for the accession process to begin. See at: https://bit.ly/31CTxiJ

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          The European Stale Mate on the Balkan Question (The Brussels Times)

          By   6 days ago

          The EU finds itself at a critical strategic juncture point about how to address the integration of Balkan countries. The date set for July accession talks for Albania and Northern Macedonia, upon acceptance of the Council on the Commission’s proposal, has already passed, and the EU has postponed them to October at best. However, the […]

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          On the Belgrade-Kosovo Bus, Ethnic Tensions Take a Backseat (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may be dire, but in the bus that shuttles between the two estranged lands is a space that belies stereotypes of ethnic hatred and separation. ‘’Ibeni gati biletat!” the bus driver calls out in Albanian as the bus exits Belgrade. “Spremite kartice!” he repeats, this time in Serbian. Take out […]

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          Macedonian Court Rejects Extradition Of Kosovar War Crimes Suspect To Serbia (RFE)

          By   2 weeks ago

          A court in North Macedonia has rejected a Serbian extradition request for a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of war crimes. https://bit.ly/2yJvbr1

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            Minister Lluka meets company tasked with preparing Kosovo Telekom for privatisation (Koha)

            By   13 hours ago

            Outgoing Minister of Economic Development Valdrin Lluka met today representatives from the German company “Detecon” selected by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, on request of the government of Kosovo, to prepare Kosovo Telekom for privatization. “A team from Detecon stayed in Kosovo and met main stakeholders of this important enterprise for the country’s […]

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            Lluka: New law on missing persons finalised, Assembly needs to adopt it (media)

            By   4 days ago

            Jahja Lluka from the Kosovo Government’s Committee for Missing Persons said today that the government has approved the new law on missing persons and that it is now up to the Assembly to adopt it. “The concept document has been finalised and adopted by the government. We are now waiting for the decision of the […]

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            Missing persons issue to be discussed in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTK)

            By   6 days ago

            Panelists at a public debate in Cagllavica Media Centre said that the EU doesn’t want the issue of missing persons to be part of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and that the governments in Kosovo and Serbia are responsible for this as they never initiated such talks. Head of the Missing Persons Resource Centre […]

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            Veseli condemns murder of the woman in Prizren (media)

            By   2 weeks ago

            The Assembly Speaker of Kosovo Kadri Veseli has strongly condemned the murder of a women today in Prizren by her husband. “The grave murder case in Prizren is an unacceptable act which I strongly condemn. Domestic violence and the mistreatment of women are phenomena that run counter to the traditional values of our family as […]

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            Peace march for the environment today in Pristina (Indeksonline)

            By   3 weeks ago

            The voluntary initiative of good-will citizens will organize a peace march in Pristina today with the motto “What can we do for the environment and society”, the news website reports. The march will be held in downtown Pristina starting at 11:00. Other peace marches will be held in other cities in Kosovo and Albania.

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            ‘Finding truth in film:’ Dokufest XVIII (Prishtina Insight)

            By   3 weeks ago

            The eighteenth edition of Prizren’s International Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, begins on Friday, with 280 films being shown alongside artistic exhibitions, special programs and musical events across the next nine days. Now celebrating its eighteenth edition, Prizren’s International Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, has become one of the most highly anticipated events in Kosovo’s cultural calendar. […]

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            UNICEF: Nearly 38,000 with disabilities in Kosovo don’t attend school (media)

            By   4 weeks ago

            UNICEF estimates that around 38,000 children with disabilities in Kosovo don’t receive education. Of the total of 43,000 children with disabilities in Kosovo, only 5,300 go to school, UNICEF said warning that these children could face social exclusion as a consequence. Head of UNICEF Office in Kosovo, Murat Sahin, called on Kosovo institutions to allocate […]

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            KP: Man went missing in Gorazdevac, domestic violence in Mitrovica North (KoSSev)

            By   4 weeks ago

            Montenegrin female reported to the police that her son Kosovo Serb left the house in the early hours on July 21 in Gorazdevac village and his whereabouts has remained unknown since then, KoSSev portal reports. The police registered a case as “missing person.” Meanwhile, Albanian women in Mitrovica North reported to the police that her […]

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