Latest Kosovo News

Bulgarian political crisis casts shadow over Balkans summit

Jun. 23, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from the Western Balkans expressed frustration Thursday that they are still waiting in the European Union’s wings even as candidacy bids by Ukraine and Moldova were swiftly embraced by EU leaders. A Bulgarian government crisis tarnished a EU summit that...

EXPLAINER: Western Balkans' promised EU future still hazy

Jun. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan countries that have long been knocking at the bloc's doors, and now see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders amid fears Russia could turn its sights on their region. ...

Festival founded by Dua Lipa's father returns to Kosovo

Jun. 20, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s central government and authorities in the capital joined forces on Monday to bring back home an international music festival founded by the father of singer-songwriter Dua Lipa which had been moved following a dispute with its organizers. A week...

Kosovo official says ex-leaders' trial is taking too long

Jun. 17, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A senior Kosovo official on Friday criticized the length of the international trial process for detained former independence fighters charged with war crimes during and after the 1998-1999 war in the Balkan country. Kosovo’s parliament speaker Glauk...

Bomb threats made in Kosovo's ethnic Serb-dominated areas

Jun. 16, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Police in Kosovo reported a series of bomb threats to schools in Serb-dominated areas Thursday, which have been confirmed as hoaxes. A police statement said about 30 locations received early morning electronic warnings or phone calls. It did not identify the...

Festival founded by Dua Lipa's father decamps from Kosovo

Jun. 15, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international music festival founded by the father of singer-songwriter Dua Lipa to promote his native Kosovo has led to recriminations for the small European country after it lost the event to neighboring Albania. The Sunny Hill Festival made its debut...

Scholz: Serbia, Kosovo must recognize each other to join EU

Jun. 10, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia and Kosovo must recognize each other in order to join the European Union, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday said as he expressed support for quicker integration of the Western Balkans into the bloc amid the war in Ukraine. Scholz, on a visit...

Kosovo war veterans clash with police, want higher pensions

Jun. 06, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Hundreds of Kosovo war veterans clashed with police Monday at a protest to demand higher pensions, leaving at least three people injured, police said. Police kept members of the War Veterans' Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) away from the...

Security concerns leave Afghan evacuees stuck in Balkan camp

Jun. 05, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some Afghans who were evacuated as their country fell to the Taliban last summer, the journey to the United States has stalled, and perhaps ended, at a sun-baked cluster of tents and temporary housing on an American base in the Balkans. While more than 78,000...

Albania bids farewell to ex-president Bujar Nishani

Jun. 02, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An official funeral ceremony was held Thursday for former Albanian President Bujar Nishani, who died as a result of an undisclosed, long-running illness at the age of 55. Thousands of people, including the president, parliament speaker, government ministers...