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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...

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...

The Latest: UN sends disaster assessment experts to Albania

Nov. 26, 2019 2:02 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on a deadly earthquake in Albania (all times local): 8 p.m. The United Nations says it is sending two technical experts from the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination office to Albania following the earthquake that struck the country. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

Tariffs tough talk show Kosovo-Serb standoff set to last

Nov. 21, 2019 9:41 AM EST

Serbian goods are nowhere to be seen in shops in neighboring Kosovo. Naim Krasniqi, a small store owner, says the 100% tariff announced a year ago by the government is fair since Serbia is blocking all goods from Kosovo, part of a standoff between rivals in one of Europe’s most volatile regions. “We...

The Hague court summons Kosovo speaker for questioning

Nov. 7, 2019 11:27 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's outgoing Parliament speaker says he has been summoned for questioning by a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Kadri Veseli said Thursday he would be questioned at The Hague on Dec. 4 and is convinced...

Left-wing party wins in Kosovo, creates ruling coalition

Nov. 7, 2019 6:15 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Authorities say final results from Kosovo's Oct. 6 early general election have confirmed a left-wing party's victory. The Central Election Commission said Thursday that the Self-Determination Movement led by Albin Kurti, who is poised to become Kosovo's next prime minister, has won...

Kosovo prosecutors to reopen probe into activist's death

Oct. 24, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Prosecutors in Kosovo say they will resume their investigation into the death of a political activist who died a few months after being arrested for his alleged involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on Parliament. The reopening follows the news from a Swiss forensics...

Kosovo withdraws application for Interpol membership

Oct. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has withdrawn its application for Interpol membership while waiting for a new government to be formed. Outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj sent a letter to the international law enforcement organization's General Assembly meeting that opened Tuesday in Santiago, Chile....

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...