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Kosovo extends EU’s rule of law mission mandate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Saturday announced a one-year extension of the mandate of the European Union’s mission to ensure the rule of law in Kosovo. Hashim Thaci said in a statement the extension was made following an exchange of letters with Josep Borrell, the...

War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) attend a protest in Pristina, Kosovo, Thursday, July 9, 2020. War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation army, or KLA, that fought for independence from Serbia held a protest against the indictment of the country's president being investigated of war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999-armed conflict. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo veterans protest war crimes charges against president

Jul. 9, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Veterans of a rebel army that fought for Kosovo's independence from Serbia held protests Thursday against the indictment of the country’s president on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the conflict in the late 1990s. Ninety-nine Kosovo Liberation...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

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...

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....

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of handing Gold Stars medals to heroes of labor marking the Day of Russia holiday in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 12, 2020. The ceremony marked the first big public event Putin attended since announcing a nationwide lockdown more than two months ago. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin suggests he was key in Kosovo airport occupation

Jun. 14, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that he was a key figure in the takeover of Kosovo’s airport by Russian troops at the end of the 1999 war. The occupation of the Slatina airport outside the capital Pristina produced one of the most tense standoffs between Russia and the...

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...

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...