Western powers which have overseen Kosovo since its 2008 declaration of independence have ended their supervision over the territory, a top official said Monday.
"The supervision of Kosovo is finished ... The International Steering Group has decided to end the period of (Kosovo's) supervised independence," Dutch diplomat Pieter Feith, the highest international representative in Kosovo, told a press conference, speaking in Albanian.Full Story
A senior Serbian official on Monday said a decision by the international body overseeing Kosovo to give the territory full sovereignty in September was bad news for its Serb minority.
"When any international mission in Kosovo leaves, it can mean a greater danger for both Serbs and Serbia," Oliver Ivanovic, Serbia's state secretary for Kosovo, told B92 television.Full Story
Kosovo will finally gain full sovereignty in September, almost five years after breaking away from Serbia, the International Steering Group overseeing its independence announced Monday.
Kosovo had fulfilled its commitments, "thereby setting the scene for ending supervised independence after the ISG's meeting scheduled for September 2012," the group said in a statement after a meeting in Vienna.Full Story
Around a hundred ethnic Albanian hardliners on Thursday threw rotten tomatoes at the EU mediator in talks with Pristina and Belgrade, after he met Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci.
The tomatoes did not hit European Union envoy Robert Cooper as he stepped out from the government building, but he was forced to retreat and leave through a back door.Full Story
Unknown attackers threw two grenades at NATO barracks at the tense border between Kosovo and Serbia early Tuesday but there were no casualties, NATO troops said.
"At 4.00 am this morning (02:00 GMT Tuesday) two hand grenades were thrown at the KFOR Compound ... at the Brnjak crossing point," in northern Kosovo, the NATO-led KFOR mission said in a press release.Full Story
A NATO soldier and three Serbs were wounded Friday when KFOR used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that clashed with units removing Serb-held barricades in northern Kosovo.
KFOR spokesman Uwe Nowitzki told Agence France Presse that one soldier was wounded "during the removal operation in (the village of) Rudare", the latest in a series of clashes in the flashpoint area since last year.Full Story
Voters across Serbia headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new president in a run-off with the incumbent pro-European Boris Tadic set for a victory over nationalist challenger Tomislav Nikolic.
Surveys published just ahead of the final round of the presidential election showed Tadic, 54, leading with 58 percent, while Nikolic had 42 percent.Full Story
Germany and Austria said Saturday they are sending some 700 more troops to Kosovo to help prevent unrest in the north of the breakaway province ahead of elections in neighboring Serbia on May 6.
Germany's defense ministry said 550 soldiers would be deployed at the request of the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force, while Austria's defense ministry said 150 troops would join the Kosovo Operational Reserve Force.Full Story
An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was killed and his wife and four children wounded Sunday in a bomb explosion at their home in Kosovska Mitrovica, police said.
The bomb was placed overnight on the window ledge of the victims' home, in the Serb-majority northern part of town, police added.Full Story