Latest Kosovo government News

Kosovo governing party loses capital in runoff mayoral vote

Nov. 14, 2021 16:37 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's governing party suffered a heavy blow Sunday by losing the capital's mayoral post in runoff municipal elections held in almost two-thirds of the country after center-right opposition parties dominated in the first round. About 1.26...

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan...

Kosovo's president orders 2 Russian diplomats expelled

Oct. 22, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats for allegedly "endangering national security,” the Balkan country's president said Friday, accusing Russia of trying to destabilize the region. President Vjosa Osmani said in a statement...

Kosovo war veterans plead innocent to witness intimidation

Oct. 07, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors at a European Union-backed Kosovo war crimes court said that two leaders of a war veterans' association who went on trial Thursday deliberately tried to undermine investigations by intimidating witnesses and publicizing leaked confidential...

Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations

Oct. 05, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders gather for a summit on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc’s once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse. The European Commission made repeated promises that the future of six countries...

NATO troops patrol Kosovo-Serbia border after truck blockade

Oct. 02, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

JARINJE, Kosovo (AP) — Soldiers with a NATO-led peacekeeping mission are keeping watch at the Kosovo-Serbia border after the two countries reached a deal to deescalate tensions triggered by a dispute over vehicle license plates. Kosovo Force troops from the United...

Govt offices in Kosovo targeted as tensions soar with Serbia

Sep. 25, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A public building in Kosovo was set on fire and another was hit by grenades that did not explode in what government officials described Saturday as criminal acts related to ethnic Serbs protesting a symbolic move on license plates. Serbian media...

Serbian troops on alert on Kosovo border as tensions mount

Sep. 23, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has raised its troops' combat readiness on the border with Kosovo amid increasing tensions with its breakaway former province, the Serbian defense minister said Thursday. Ethnic Serbs in Kosovo were blocking the border for a fourth...

The Latest: Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghanistan

Sep. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover of the country. In a...

The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19

Sep. 06, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

UNDATED -- The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer and the national debate over vaccine requirements have created a fraught situation for the United States' first responders, who are dying in larger numbers but pushing back against mandates. It’s a stark contrast from...