Leaders pose for family photo at Balkan summit in Berlin

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose with Balkan leaders at a summit where they call on Serbia and Kosovo to resume their dialogue before any progress is made on a possible EU membership. IMAGES of the family photo

Merkel welcomes Macron in Berlin for Balkan summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin for a Balkan summit aimed at bringing bitter foes Serbia and Kosovo back to the negotiating table, hoping to reboot a dialogue over one of the Balkans’ thorniest disputes. IMAGES of Emmanuel Macron’s arrival

Kosovo takes back jihadists’ wives and children from Syria

More than 100 women and children flew back to Kosovo from Syria’s war zone, making it the largest group of IS affiliated individuals to return to European soil since the fall of the last bastion of the extremist group last month.

Kosovo Dervishes welcome spring with ritual piercings

A Dervish sect in Kosovo welcomes spring with a religious ceremony that brings members into a trance, during which some pierce their cheeks as part of the annual tradition among the Sufi mystics.

Serbian victims of NATO’s deadly “mistakes” feel forgotten

On the outskirts of the Serbian town of Surdulica a black cross looms above a grave almost completely covered in a tangle of weeds — the final resting place of civilians killed 20 years ago by NATO bombs. The quiet, mountain-ringed town of some 18,000 people suffered the most civilian casualties — nearly 30 — during NATO’s three-month air assault on Serbia, which kicked off 20 years ago this Sunday and ultimately ended Belgrade’s war with Kosovo.

Basketball beats ethnic divisions in Serbia’s Presevo Valley

On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of ā€˜Play 017ā€™, a basketball team that is bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia. The team is based in Bujanovac, an Albanian-majority town near the border with Kosovo where different communities live side-by-side but lead largely segregated lives.

Meat with a side of geopolitics in Serbian restaurant

Madagascar meatloaf, Laotian pork neck, Lesotho chicken kebab — politics, not palate sets the menu at Korcagin, a Serbian restaurant that serves food only from countries that don’t recognise Kosovo.

Belgrade protesters march in honour of murdered politician

Thousands of anti-government protesters march in silence in Belgrade to pay homage to Oliver Ivanovic, a Kosovan Serb politician who was murdered one year ago in Kosovo.

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(17 Dec 2018) Here are the top stories for Monday, Dec. 17th: Comey testifies before House committees for a second day; Tennessee senator won’t seek reelection; May schedules another Brexit vote in January; Santa marathon held in Kosovo.

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In Kosovo running Santas raise money for needy in mini-marathon

Hundreds of runners dressed in Santa Claus costumes race through Pristina’s streets in a mini-marathon raising money for families in need during the holiday season.