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Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Kosovo files IS terror charges against man, wife and mother

Dec. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors filed terrorism charges Monday against three ethnic Albanians who returned to the small European country in May after allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors said the three are a man, his wife and his mother. They alleged the man fought...

Kosovo, Albania to boycott Nobel Literature award ceremony

Dec. 9, 2019 7:23 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia. Handke was an opponent of NATO's airstrikes against Serbia in the Kosovo...

Kosovo prosecutor charges ex-Serb paramilitary of war crimes

Dec. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb former police officer suspected of torturing ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, according to a statement released Friday. The suspect, identified only as N.A., was part of reserve forces of Serbian...

Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

Dec. 6, 2019 11:04 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in Serbia's integration process despite its affiliation with Russia. Hashim Thaci said Serbia's leader visited...

Kosovo court jails ex-Serb minister for ethnic hatred

Dec. 5, 2019 9:53 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced a former ethnic Serb minister to two years in prison for inciting ethnic hatred. The Pristina court said Thursday that Ivan Todosijevic incited national, racial, religious and ethnic hatred when he denied a massacre of Kosovo civilians in Recak in 1999,...

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

Dec. 2, 2019 8:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders will gather in London on Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. As thousands of troops stand ready along Europe’s eastern flank to deter Russia — the...

Kosovo: 6 Serbs charged in moderate Serb leader’s killing

Dec. 2, 2019 7:32 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have brought murder charges against a group of six ethnic Serbs for the killing of a moderate Serb leader. A prosecutors’ statement Monday considered the six Serbs an organized criminal group that committed or helped in the killing of Oliver Ivanovic, who...

Balkan countries rush to help in Albanian earthquake

Nov. 29, 2019 11:13 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In the initial hours after a deadly pre-dawn earthquake struck Albania, pancaking buildings and trapping dozens of sleeping people beneath the rubble, the country’s neighbors sprang into action. Offers of help flooded in from across Europe and beyond, with even traditional...

Search in Albania quake reduced, death toll at 49

Nov. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49. Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin rescue...