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New OSCE Chairman vows to 'intensify' efforts to end Ukraine conflict (11.01.2018)

Italy's foreign minister says he will visit Ukraine and Russia in the coming weeks to "intensify" efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as he took up the post of chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Kosovo President vows to sign legislation scrapping war crimes court (10.01.2018)

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci is insisting that he will sign legislation to abolish a special court set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members for war and postwar crimes if parliament passes such a measure.

Kosovar court gives four lawmakers suspended jail terms for disrupting parliament (04.01.2018)

The four members of the left-wing Self-Determination Party -- Albin Kurti, Donika Kadaj Bujupi, Albulena Haxhiu and Faton Topalli -- were sentenced on January 3 to up to 18 months in prison.

Bosnian Serbs to name streets after banned holiday (04.01.2018)

The mayors of several municipalities in Republika Srpska told BIRN that they intend to follow Milorad Dodik’s call and name streets after January 9, the date on which the Day of Republika Srpska is celebrated - a holiday that was declared unconstitutional by the state Constitutional Court.

Germany calls for UN peacekeepers mandate in Ukraine by March (03.01.2018)

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said Berlin wants to agree on a UN peacekeeping mandate before Russia's election in March. … Vladimir Putin, who is expected to win a fourth term in the March 18 vote, last year suggested deploying UN peacekeepers only along the front line and not in other...

Moldovan president says court's suspension of his powers 'shameful' (02.01.2018)

Moldova's pro-Moscow president, Igor Dodon, has rejected a Constitutional Court decision to temporarily suspend his powers amid a standoff over ministerial appointments with his opponents in Chisinau's pro-Western government.

U.S. urging Kosovo leaders not to abolish war crimes court (30.12.2017)

The Kosovo political leaders enacted the law and constitutional amendment in 2015 to establish the Specialist Chambers, a court that would hear cases of alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious crimes committed during the 1998-2000 conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

UN chief welcomes exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine (29.12.2017)

On 27 December, more than 300 detainees were released with the participation of the UN partner, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The operation took place near the town of Maiorsk and is the largest since the beginning of the conflict.

Cyprus presidential race begins as nine candidates submit bids (29.12.2017)

On Friday, nine candidates including the incumbent president, Nicos Anastasiades, formally submitted bids to contest the race, the first round of which is scheduled for 28 January.

EU Advisory Mission extends its regional presence in Ukraine (20.12.2017)

At a meeting of the Council of the European Union on 18 December, EU member states agreed to set up a regional presence of the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) in Odesa. EUAM, which is headquartered in Kyiv, will now have a total of three regional presences, following the opening of offices in...