PRISTINA, KOSOVO — Twelve years on from the start of weeks of Nato bombing raids against Serbia, military planners enforcing the no-fly zone over Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya can learn valuable lessons from the air campaign against Belgrade … the immediate effect, at least in the case of Serbia, was devastating as security forces loyal to the former Serb president Slobodan Milosevic used the Nato raids as cover for the mass expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians into neighbouring countries and to commit a number of atrocities. Almost 2,000 people – mostly ethnic Albanians – are still missing after disappearing during the conflict … the generals have failed to prepare for what follows the initial and inevitable military victory … read more at THE INDEPENDENT
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- Serbia Protests IOC Kosovo Provisional Recognition - ABC News 23/10/2014ABC NewsSerbia Protests IOC Kosovo Provisional RecognitionABC NewsSerbia lodged a formal protest Thursday against the International Olympic Committee decision to grant provisional recognition to Kosovo, calling it a "precedent of dangerous proportions." IOC President Thomas Bach said the move was line with the ...Kosovo granted provisional Olympic […]
- Kosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions ease - i24news 24/10/2014i24newsKosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions easei24newsKosovo's foreign minister made a landmark visit to Serbia on Thursday, the first since the former Serbian province unilaterally declared independence in 2008 to the fury of Belgrade. The presence of Enver Hoxhaj and his Albanian counterpart Ditmir ...UEFA Punishes Serbia and Alban […]
- Path cleared for Kosovo's participation at Rio Olympic Games 2016 - The Globe and Mail 23/10/2014Path cleared for Kosovo's participation at Rio Olympic Games 2016The Globe and MailThe IOC executive board granted provisional recognition to Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. It will propose full recognition for Kosovo at the IOC general assembly in Monaco in December – which should be a formality.
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- Kosovo 'jihad' boy home from Syria after secret operation - BBC News 16/10/2014BBC NewsKosovo 'jihad' boy home from Syria after secret operationBBC NewsAn eight-year-old boy from Kosovo has been reunited with his mother after his jihadist father kept him for five months in Syria. Kosovo's Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, said the country's intelligence agency had found and rescued Erion Abazi with help ...Kosovo Rescue […]
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- Officials From Albania, Kosovo Visit Rival Serbia - ABC News 23/10/2014
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- Mladic Trial to Hear New Mass Grave Evidence 23/10/2014Hague Tribunal prosecutors have been granted permission to present new forensic evidence found at Tomasica, Bosnia’s biggest mass grave, in the war crimes case against Ratko Mladic.
- UEFA to Rule on Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem 23/10/2014The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss disciplinary proceeding against the Serbian and Albanian football federations over the amatch on October 14, which was called off amid battles on the pitch.
- Journalists Demand Freedom for Jailed Macedonian Reporter 23/10/2014Macedonian and international journalist's associations demanded 'Justice and Freedom' for the jailed reporter Tomislav Kezarovski ahead of Friday’s hearing before the appeal court.
- Croatian Offers Struggling Businesses Loans 24/10/2014
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