Latest Kosovo News

EU-backed court convicts former Kosovo Liberation Army fighter of murder and abuse during 1999 war

Jul. 16, 2024 10:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at a European Union-backed court convicted a former Kosovo Liberation Army fighter Tuesday with involvement in the murder of one person and the illegal detention and torture of nearly 20 more during his country’s war for independence from Serbia in 1999. ...

Thousands pay their respects to renowned Albanian writer Ismail Kadare at his state funeral

Jul. 03, 2024 08:23 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of people paid their last respects to Ismail Kadare in a state funeral held in Tirana Wednesday, with a minute's silence held nationwide in memory of the renowned Albanian novelist and poet who died earlier this week. Kadare's coffin, surrounded by...

4 Serbs in Kosovo jailed in the killing of a moderate Serb politician in 2018

Jun. 28, 2024 05:34 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Friday sentenced four ethnic Serbs to four to 10 years in jail for the killing of a moderate Serb leader. The Pristina court ruled that the defendants were part of an organized crime ring and had targeted the victim because of his moderate...

Serbian police ban cultural festival with Kosovo as pressure mounts on liberal voices

Jun. 27, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police on Thursday banned a festival that promotes cultural exchange with Kosovo in a sign of growing nationalism and government pressure on liberal voices in the Balkan country. A police statement cited security concerns as the reason to ban the...

Kosovo and Israel agree to allow each other's citizens visa-free entry

Jun. 18, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Citizens of Kosovo and Israel will be able to visit the other nation without a visa following an agreement between the two governments signed Tuesday, the Kosovar Foreign Ministry said. The visa waiver agreement was signed in the Kosovar capital, Pristina,...

Kosovo marks the 25th anniversary of its liberation, when Serb forces withdrew after NATO bombing

Jun. 12, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Wednesday celebrated what it considers a liberation day, marking the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Serb forces. During the 1998-1999 war with ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army separatists, Serbian forces failed to meet Western demands...

Kosovo celebrates 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Serbian forces after NATO bombing

Jun. 10, 2024 05:40 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Monday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Serbian forces following a 78-day NATO bombing campaign, which opened the way for its independence nine years later. Ethnic Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation Army fought a...

Albanian soccer aims for positive political message by teaming with Serbia to bid for Under-21 Euro

May. 29, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A tournament co-hosting bid by Albania and Serbia is an unlikely project in European soccer and politics. The Balkan neighbors' soccer federations have surprisingly teamed up to try to persuade UEFA to award them the 2027 men’s Under-21 European Championship in a...

Kosovo's parliament passes a bill on leasing some of its prison space for Denmark's use

May. 23, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill on leasing some of the country's prison space to Denmark, following an agreement to help the Scandinavian country cope with its overcrowded prison system. Under the deal, signed in 2022, Danish authorities...

EU reprimands Kosovo's move to close down Serb bank branches over the use of the dinar currency

May. 21, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union reprimanded Kosovo Tuesday over the unilateral closure of six branches of a Serbia-licensed bank, saying the move would negatively impact the life of the ethnic Serb minority living in northern Kosovo and damage Kosovo-Serbia normalization talks. ...