Dec 12, 2014

EU names new prosecutor in Kosovo organ trafficking probe

The EU named a new prosecutor on Thursday to investigate possible crimes against humanity, including murder and organ trafficking, by several leaders of Kosovo’s 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials. Lawyer David Schwendiman succeeds fellow U.S. national, Clint Williamson, a diplomat ...

Dec 9, 2014

IOC gives Kosovo full recognition

Athletes from Kosovo will be able to compete at the 2016 Summer Games after being granted full recognition on Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. The full IOC formally ratified a decision made in October by the executive board that clears the way for ...

Kosovo snap vote tests EU efforts in Balkans

Jun 9, 2014

Kosovo snap vote tests EU efforts in Balkans

Former rebel leader Hashim Thaci claimed a third term as prime minister of Kosovo on Sunday after official preliminary results gave him the lead in a snap parliamentary election that also saw minority Serbs casting votes for the 120-seat assembly despite their rejection of ...

Apr 5, 2014

Organ-harvesting claims to EU court

Plans are underway for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, officials say. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty ...

Hardline Serb wins mayoral race in Kosovo

Feb 24, 2014

Hardline Serb wins mayoral race in Kosovo

A hardline Kosovo Serb became the mayor of Mitrovica North on Sunday following a prolonged electoral race soured by the killing of one candidate and the arrest of another. Goran Rakic, a Belgrade-backed candidate, won 52.6 percent of the ballots, according to official preliminary ...

Kosovo university head quits after violent protests

Feb 9, 2014

Kosovo university head quits after violent protests

Kosovo’s top public university official has resigned from his post following days of clashes between police and protesters who accused him and other staff of faking their teaching credentials. Ibrahim Gashi made the announcement Saturday on Kosovo’s public broadcaster, RTK. He blamed the events ...

Jan 23, 2014

U.N. court trims sentences of Serbs over Kosovo atrocities

Three high-ranking Serb political, military and police officials had their sentences trimmed Thursday for atrocities in Kosovo, but Yugoslav war crimes tribunal appeals judges left in place key elements of a lower court’s finding that leaders in Belgrade orchestrated crimes against humanity there in ...

Dec 2, 2013

Serb hardliner wins election in Kosovo city

A Serb hardliner claimed victory on Sunday as the first mayor of the northern part of the ethnically split city of Mitrovica and laid out his agenda to keep Kosovo as part of Serbia, stirring fears that the vote will further estrange minority Serbs ...

Kosovo polls to test EU-brokered Serbia deal

Nov 3, 2013

Kosovo polls to test EU-brokered Serbia deal

Kosovars were to choose mayors and local councilors in an election Sunday that will test the country’s fragile relations with Serbia as both countries seek to move closer to the European Union. Serbia has called on Kosovo’s Serb minority to participate in the vote ...

Oct 21, 2013

Family of deported Gypsy girl attacked in Kosovo

The family of a Gypsy schoolgirl whose deportation from France caused an outcry has been attacked in Kosovo, apparently over a private matter unrelated to their controversial French expulsion, police said. Leonarda Dibrani, 15, and her family were confronted as they were walking in ...

Probe finds controversial deportation from France was lawful

Oct 19, 2013

Probe finds controversial deportation from France was lawful

A probe into the high-profile deportation of a Roma schoolgirl that has landed France’s interior minister in hot water found Saturday her expulsion was lawful, but added police could have used better judgment. The way in which Leonarda Dibrani, 15, was evicted earlier this ...