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Daily news – February 2, 2022 p.m.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO  At least 60 people killed in militia attack in eastern DR Congo. Erikas Mwisi Kambale, Reuters: At least 60 people were killed in a militia attack early on Wednesday at a displaced persons’ camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the head of a local humanitarian group and a […]

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Western Countries Urge Kosovo To Allow The OSCE To Collect Serb Referendum Votes (RFE RL)

Five Western nations, including the United States, have welcomed Serbia’s upcoming referendum on judicial reforms but expressed regret that Kosovo will no longer allow the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to collect the ballots of eligible Serb voters living there. Western Countries Urge Kosovo To Allow The OSCE To Collect Serb Referendum Votes (rferl.org)

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Serbia’s Back-Door Bid To Embed Chinese Snooping Tools In Kosovo (Mila Djurdjevic, Sandra Cvetkovic, Andy Heil, RFE RL)

Kosovo risks becoming a reluctant laboratory for invasive Chinese surveillance technology at the hands of neighboring Serbia, an “iron-clad” friend to Beijing. Belgrade is quietly financing an effort to install advanced and largely unregulated Chinese surveillance tools in Kosovar communities that are partly outside Pristina’s control, RFE/RL’s Balkan Service has learned. Serbia’s Back-Door Bid To […]

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UN mission in Kosovo takes measures to protect staff member declared ‘persona non grata’ (TASS)

The UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has not received a formal notice from Kosovo authorities that a Russian staff member was declared the ‘persona non grata,’ spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters. UN mission in Kosovo takes measures to protect staff member declared ‘persona non grata’ – World – TASS

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Kosovo Expels Russian Official Due To ‘Harmful Activity’ (RFE RL)

Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of a Russian diplomat and member of the United Nations mission in the Balkan country on national security grounds The Kosovar foreign minister, Donika Gervalla-Schwarz, made the announcement in a December 31 post on Facebook. Kosovo Expels Russian Official Due To ‘Harmful Activity’ (rferl.org)

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Gunman Fires On Bus Carrying Schoolchildren In Kosovo, Killing Three People (RFE RL)

An unidentified gunman opened fire on a bus carrying schoolchildren in western Kosovo, killing three people and injuring another, authorities said. Gunman Fires On Bus Carrying Schoolchildren In Kosovo, Killing Three People (rferl.org)

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Rama, Supporters Celebrate Mayoral Victory In Kosovo’s Capital (RFE RL)

Supporters of Perparim Rama celebrated into the night after the British-educated architect won the closely watched mayoral race in the Kosovar capital, Pristina. Preliminary results from the November 14 runoff election gave Rama of the opposition Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) party the victory over former Health Minister Arben Vitia from the governing Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) Movement. Rama, […]

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Kosovo Set For Mayoral Runoffs That Will Test PM (RFE RL)

Kosovar voters will go to the polls on November 14 for runoff mayoral races in 21 of 38 municipal elections in the Balkans’ youngest independent state. The second-round contests following last month’s elections are considered a key test for Kosovo’s governing Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party and its prime minister, Albin Kurti. Kosovo Set For Mayoral Runoffs […]

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Moscow condemns Pristina’s antics in northern Kosovo — statement (TASS)

Moscow decisively condemns the antics of Kosovo’s authorities in regards to the actions of Kosovan special operations forces in areas with a Serbian population in the northern part of the self-proclaimed republic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday. Moscow condemns Pristina’s antics in northern Kosovo — statement – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – […]

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Albanian PM’s statement on unification with Kosovo unacceptable — Russian Foreign Ministry (TASS)

Moscow views the statement made by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama on unification of the country with Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable, official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a comment. “We consider the statement of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the unification of Albania and Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable. […]

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Is Serbia Preparing to Annex Kosovo’s North? (Margarita Assenova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Tensions on the Serbian-Kosovo border have rapidly escalated, threatening to spiral into a renewed conflict in the Balkans. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has ordered military and police units on heightened alert after Kosovo Serbs initiated protests against Pristina’s new vehicle license plates requirements and blocked the border crossings at Jarinje and Brnjak, in northern Kosovo. […]

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Afghan Refugees/USA/Albania/Kosovo – Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees (Euractiv, Reuters)

File photo. [Pool/EPA/EFE] Albania and Kosovo have accepted a US request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees seeking visas to enter the United States, the country two countries said on Sunday (15 August). Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees – EURACTIV.com