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Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo president says he will resign if case goes ahead

Jun. 29, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed. Hashim Thaci said in a televised address to the nation...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, heads back home

Jun. 26, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo headed back to his country Friday after pulling out of a White House meeting due to his indictment for war crimes stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists he helped lead and Serbian forces. President Hashim Thaci, who had...

Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti poses for photographers prior to a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Kosovo PM cancels trip to US for talks with Serbia

Jun. 25, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The prime minister of Kosovo on Thursday canceled his plans to attend a White House meeting with leaders of Serbia following the indictment of Kosovo's president on war crimes charges stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between the two Balkan countries. Prime Minister Avdullah...

Kadri Veseli, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on Wednesday, June, 24, 2020. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international court investigating their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. The indicted group includes Kadri Veseli. (AP Photo/Zenel Zhinipotoku)

A look at Serbia-Kosovo dispute as war crimes charges filed

Jun. 24, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An international prosecutor has indicted Kosovo's president and nine other former rebel fighters with war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after a 1998-99 armed conflict between the ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. The charges were made public on Wednesday as...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, 9 others indicted on war crimes charges

Jun. 24, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international prosecutor probing their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after...

Kosovo court jails Serb ex-army officer for war crimes

Jun. 22, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Monday jailed a former Serb army police reserve officer for 22 years for crimes committed during the 1998-1999 war. The Prizren court sentenced Darko Tasic for desecration of corpses and also for participation in the illegal confiscation and looting of...

EU, US display differences over Serbia-Kosovo negotiation

Jun. 16, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Tuesday hailed the United States for its leadership role in negotiations to normalize ties with its former wartime foe Serbia. But differences emerged between the Trump administration's envoy and European officials on who should lead the talks. U.S....

Museum in ex-prison opens to document Kosovo's journey

Jun. 12, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Friday inaugurated a new museum documenting the stages of ethnic Albanians' fight for independence since World War II. The museum, in a former prison, was opened as Kosovo marked its liberation day 21 years ago, when NATO forces set foot in the former Yugoslav province. A...

Kosovar woman repatriated from Syria charged with terrorism

Jun. 10, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against an ethnic Albanian woman on allegations she joined the Islamic State extremist group in Syria. The woman, identified only as V. I. in line with privacy laws, left with her husband for Sweden in November 2014 where they...

Newly elected prime minister Avdullah Hoti, speaks to the media in the capital Pristina, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Kosovo’s parliament voted in a new prime minister Wednesday to lead a fragile coalition government that will inherit the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stalled normalization talks with neighboring Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo lawmakers vote in new center-right prime minister

Jun. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament voted in a new prime minister Wednesday to lead a fragile coalition government that will inherit the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stalled normalization talks with neighboring Serbia. Lawmakers voted 61-24 with one abstention to approve...