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The Hague court questions Kosovo's outgoing speaker

Dec. 11, 2019 12:20 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's outgoing parliament speaker says he was questioned at a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Speaker Kadri Veseli said late Tuesday that he was questioned for three hours at The Hague court without...

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...

Bosnian police clear migrants from camp near old minefield

Dec. 10, 2019 11:41 AM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police rounded up migrants at a tent camp Tuesday and ordered them to board buses that would take them to what was described as a better facility near the capital of Sarajevo. The Vucjak camp where the migrants were living has almost no facilities. Local...

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...

Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

Dec. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia. Handke has been widely criticized as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a news conference Friday ahead of...

Bosnia to close makeshift migrant camp on Croatia's border

Dec. 6, 2019 8:47 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian officials said Friday they will close within days a makeshift tent camp in the northwest of the country where hundreds of migrants are stranded despite snow and freezing weather. Bosnia’s security minister, Dragan Mektic, said the Vucjak camp on the border...

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,...

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...