Latest Kosovo News

Russia, Serbia vow to boost ties despite Belgrade's EU bid

Oct. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday vowed to further strengthen ties with Balkan ally Serbia, whose president described relations with Moscow as the best in decades despite the country's efforts to join the European Union. Serbia remains Russia's key ally in Europe....

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...

Ethnic Serb police officer arrested over killing

Oct. 16, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police said Wednesday they arrested an ethnic Serb police officer over the slaying of a moderate Serb politician almost two years ago. Another officer is at large. Police spokesman Baki Kelani said the suspect and another man were arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of...

EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Oct. 15, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France. "It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg...

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has withdrawn its application for Interpol membership while waiting for a new government to be formed.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....

Kosovo officials hospitalized after opening ballot boxes

Oct. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — More than 20 Central Election Commission officials have been taken to the hospital with health problems after opening five ballot boxes from Serbia, authorities in Kosovo said Sunday. Twenty-six officials had allergic reactions and skin problems after opening the ballot boxes, local...

2 Nobel literature prize winners expose Europe's fault lines

Oct. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe's social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country's conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare double...

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...

Trump envoy to Kosovo-Serbia dispute meets Serbian officials

Oct. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for talks between Balkan rivals Serbia and Kosovo traveled to Serbia's capital Thursday as part of a renewed push to restart negotiations to resolve a main problem left over from violent breakup of Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Richard...