Kosovo voters celebrate opposition win in election | AFP

Opposition parties won the night in Kosovo’s election Sunday, taking the lead over former guerrillas who have dominated politics for the past decade. The leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje was in first place with nearly 26 percent of the vote, just ahead of the centre-right LDK with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, the electoral commission said.

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Kosovo, an unexpected world judo stronghold | AFP

The young and tiny nation of Kosovo has emerged as a world judo power, its unexpected success spearheaded by the diminutive Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi.

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Former Kosovo PM Haradinaj arrives at special war crimes court | AFP

Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo’s Prime Minister, arrives at the Kosovo special court in The Hague to be questioned on suspicions of war crimes. Jakup Krasniqi, former president of Parliament and former spokesman for the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), is also appearing at the tribunal. The EU-backed special war crimes court for Kosovo was established in 2015 to try war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas against minority Serbs and Roma and local Albanian political opponents during and immediately after the 1998-1999 independence war against Serbia. IMAGES

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New bust of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright unveiled in Pristina | AFP

A new bust of former US Secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, is unveiled in Pristina, with Albright and former US President Bill Clinton attending, as Kosovo thanks the West for the NATO intervention 20 years ago that ended its separatist war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence. IMAGES

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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

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 ‘Play 017’, 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.

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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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US supports Kosovo’s creation of army, NATO warns of repercussions

Kosovo has declared it’s creating its own army turning small security forces into full-scale military units. Its latest decision has left some parts of Europe concerned. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9kj1

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Kosovo asserts statehood with vote to create army

Kosovo’s parliament passes laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a move that has angered Serbia, who does not recognise the former province’s independence. In the capital Pristina, Kosovo Albanians celebrate the new pillar of statehood, which President Hashim Thaci hailed as “historic”.

Kosovo children learn about Bush as country mourns US leader

Kosovo schoolchildren learn about the late US President George H.W. Bush as they observe a day of mourning. Kosovo declared a national day of mourning for the late president, who was seen as an early ally of the ethnic Albanians in the former Serbian province.

Lake Gazivode, troubled waters between Kosovo and Serbia

Controlled by Serbs but a key resource for Kosovo, the cool blue waters of Lake Gazivode reflect the chilly relationship between the former war foes over their contested border. The 24-kilometre (15-mile) reservoir straddles the frontier separating Serbia and Kosovo, still locked in a diplomatic dispute 20 years after an ethnic rebellion split them apart.

Gay activists seek ‘freedom’ at Kosovo pride parade

Hundreds of people take part in a gay parade in Pristina, demanding “freedom” and “equal rights” in patriarchal and Muslim majority Kosovo. Waving rainbow flags and banners bearing the motto of the parade “In the Name of Freedom”, they march through Pristina’s main street, saying they are “walking for those who can not join us”.

Serbian president: Some EU countries are hypocrites on Kosovo issue

Serbia’s course of EU integration is impeded once again by simmering tensions with Kosovo. How is Belgrade going to get around this – and is the region in any danger? We talked about this with the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.

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EU’s Mogherini meets with Serbia’s Vucic and Kosovo’s Thaci

EU’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, meets in Brussels with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in the framework of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. IMAGES

WC-2018: Fans in Kosovo celebrate Swiss victory over Serbia

Fans in Kosovo celebrate the Swiss team’s 2-1 victory over Serbia in the World Cup Group Stage. Two of Switzerland’s players were born in Kosovo, including goal scorer Xherdan Shaqiri, while another Granit Xhaka was born in Basel to a Kosovar family.

Today in History for June 10th

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Highlights of this day in history: The Six-Day War ends in the Mideast; Yugoslav troops leave Kosovo after NATO’s campaign of airstrikes; Alcoholics Anonymous founded; Actress and singer Judy Garland born; Singer Ray Charles dies. (June 10)

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