Latest Ethnic conflicts News

2 Serbs sentenced over an attack on NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo

Feb. 27, 2024 10:07 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Tuesday sentenced two ethnic Serbs to six-month jail terms for attacking NATO-led peacekeepers a year ago. But one of them will be released for time served, and the other can avoid jail time if he pays a 6,000 euro ($6,500) fine. ...

Greece says it’s hoping to nudge ally Armenia’s alliances westward

Feb. 27, 2024 09:22 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — NATO member Greece said Tuesday it wants to help traditional ally Armenia shift alliances westward, arguing that improved ties with the European Union would boost stability in the troubled Caucasus region. Armenia, which has close military and trade ties with...

The Islamic State group poses rising threat in Africa despite progress, UN experts say

Feb. 16, 2024 18:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group poses a rising threat amid political instability in West Africa and the Sahel and remains intent on carrying out attacks abroad, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov reiterated U.N. findings that...

Thousands of minority Serbs protest Kosovo's decision to abolish the Serbian dinar

Feb. 12, 2024 12:31 PM EST

MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands of minority Serbs in Kosovo on Monday protested a ban on the use of the Serbian currenc y in areas where they live, an issue that is proviking the latest crisis in relations between Serbia and Kosovo. Tensions escalated after the government of...

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo spar at the UN over the latter's ban of the Serbian dinar

Feb. 09, 2024 13:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo sparred at the United Nations over the latter's ban of the use of the Serbian currency in areas where minority Serbs live, the latest crisis between the two governments. Tensions escalated after the government of Kosovo, a...

Germany doubles its commitment of troops to the NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo

Feb. 05, 2024 10:07 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Germany will double its contribution of about 100 troops to the NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo in a demonstration of its commitment to regional security, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Monday. Pistorius, who was on a regional tour to Kosovo...

Kosovo's block on the Serbian currency raises alarm in the EU and US

Feb. 04, 2024 10:59 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union and the United States expressed their deep concern Sunday after Kosovo banned the use of the Serbian currency and police raided the premises of organizations working with the Serb minority in the north of the country. In the past week,...

Rights groups denounce acquittal of former Serbian security officers accused of killing a journalist

Feb. 03, 2024 06:47 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Media rights groups and opposition campaigners on Saturday condemned a Serbian appeals court ruling that acquitted four former intelligence officers who were jailed for the killing of a prominent journalist and newspaper publisher who was fiercely critical of the...

Serbia will seek a UN Security Council meeting over latest escalation of tensions with Kosovo

Feb. 02, 2024 09:33 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia will seek an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the escalation of tensions with its former province of Kosovo after its government decided to ban the use of the Serbian dinar and introduce the euro in areas where minority Serbs live, Serbia's president...

A UN envoy says her experience in Colombia deal may help her efforts in restarting Cyprus talks

Jan. 30, 2024 10:48 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations official said on Tuesday that her experience in negotiating an end to decades of conflict in her native Colombia may help her as she seeks to rekindle talks over Cyprus’ ethnic division. María Ángela Holguín Cuellar, the U.N. chief’s...