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August 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Switzerland has freed a bank account belonging to an ethnic Albanian group that had been frozen on suspicion it was being used to fund the rebellion in the Serbian province of Kosovo, officials said in Geneva. The Swiss federal prosecutor's office blocked the account containing $5 million at Credit Suisse Bank in Zurich on July 27 as part of a probe that included raids on homes of some Kosovo Albanians in eastern Switzerland. The account belonged to the Foundation for Kosovo.
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November 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Kosovo's Albanian majority unveiled a statue of former President Clinton to thank him for saving them by stopping a wave of attacks by Serbian forces on ethnic Albanians a decade ago. Clinton, who attended the unveiling, launched NATO airstrikes in 1999 to halt the killing of ethnic Albanians by Serbian troops in Kosovo, then a province of Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence last year. Clinton's speech was interrupted several times by Kosovo Albanians cheering his name and "U.S.
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NEWS
August 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian peacekeeping troops retreated to ponder their next move after ethnic Albanians set up a giant roadblock to stop them from entering the southern town of Orahovac in Kosovo, the Serbian province on whose behalf NATO waged an 11-week air war against Yugoslavia.
WORLD
June 7, 2008 | From Reuters
An ethnic Albanian man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for a 2001 bus bombing that killed 11 Serbs in one of Kosovo's worst attacks since its 1998-99 war. Florim Ejupi was convicted of planting and detonating a bomb that destroyed a bus carrying Serb pilgrims heading to the monastery town of Gracanica, minutes after the convoy entered Kosovo. The United Nations said the bus carried 57 passengers. In addition to the 11 killed, 22 were injured, it said.
WORLD
August 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Peacekeepers fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing Kosovo Albanians protesting the arrests of former guerrillas, in a clash that injured 11 international police, a U.N. official said. Local media reported that many demonstrators were also hurt during the protest in the town of Decani in western Kosovo, a province of Yugoslavia's Serbian republic.
NEWS
May 10, 2001 | Associated Press
United Nations police have arrested three ethnic Albanian men suspected of killing an Albanian wartime rebel commander, officials said Wednesday. Ekrem Rexha, known as Cmdr. Drini, was killed a year ago as he left his house in the southern Kosovo city of Prizren. Kosovo is a province of Serbia, the dominant Yugoslav republic. The three men were arrested Monday in Prizren. The U.S. representative's office in Kosovo said all three were ranking members of the Kosovo Protection Corps.
NEWS
March 30, 1999 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fighting back tears of sorrow and fear, 13-year-old Albertina Nikqi wandered among the thousands of Kosovo Albanian refugees streaming into this town Monday, desperately searching for the father she knew was almost surely dead. "I have seen it when they arrested my father," she said through her tears. "They had black paint on their faces. Two days ago, they arrested him. When we left our home, there was a crowd of people leaving their houses, and someone from the police called him: 'Come here.
NEWS
October 12, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica struggles to consolidate power in Belgrade, Kosovo is heading toward its first United Nations-supervised elections, with its ethnic Albanian leaders confident that their fight for independence already has been won. Leaders of ethnic Albanian parties say that even if Kostunica tries to use his ties with the West to restore Serbian authority in Kosovo, they see no risk that such an effort would succeed.
NEWS
July 3, 1993 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every 15 minutes or so, an explosion rocks this capital of Kosovo province, startling both Serbs and ethnic Albanians nervously awaiting the outbreak of war. Kosovo Albanians who have been living under Serb-imposed martial law for more than four years claim that the erratic explosions are the work of Serb nationalist paramilitary forces trying to provoke unrest in this most dangerous of ethnic flash points.
WORLD
April 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A war crimes court found four former policemen guilty of the massacre of 48 Kosovo Albanians and sentenced them to prison. The Serbian court's judges said the victims of the worst massacre of civilians during the 1998-99 Kosovo war included 14 children, two infants, a pregnant woman and a 100-year-old woman. After a three-year trial, two of the men were sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison, the third to 15 years and the fourth to 13 years. All had denied the charges. Three other men also charged with the killings were found not guilty, including the prime suspect, the commander of the special police unit involved in the massacre.
WORLD
June 5, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
On a green hillside here in Kosovo, schoolchildren paraded through rows of red tombstones marking the graves of 44 ethnic Albanians killed eight years ago by Serbian forces. The field trip was organized, their teacher said, so the children would remember the massacre, a turning point that brought the West to the rescue of Kosovo's Albanians. "It is important for us to remain united," Hafiz Mustafa, a whiskered, elderly survivor, lectured the students.
WORLD
November 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Serbia's president on Thursday formally proposed dividing Kosovo between its independence-seeking Albanian majority and a Serb minority as the chief U.N. mediator met with government officials. Martti Ahtisaari, who was appointed this month by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and is on his initial fact-finding mission in the Balkans, said the troubled province's final status would ultimately be decided by the Security Council after his report.
WORLD
April 16, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
This small town perched on rolling hills is just a 20-minute drive from Pristina, Kosovo's capital, but the two might as well be in different countries. In Pristina, signs are in Albanian written in the Roman alphabet, and the currency is the euro. Here in Gracanica, the signs carry the Cyrillic letters of the Serbian language, and the currency is the Serbian dinar.
WORLD
November 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. prosecutors in The Hague opened a war crimes case against three members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the first ethnic Albanians to face the tribunal for actions during the 1998-99 war in Serbia's southern republic. Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Balaj and Isak Musliu are accused of murdering, torturing and imprisoning Serb civilians and perceived Albanian collaborators during the conflict. All have pleaded not guilty.
OPINION
March 26, 2004 | David L. Phillips
The simmering situation in Kosovo boiled over into deadly conflict again last week, leaving hundreds of houses burned to the ground, about 600 people wounded and more than two dozen dead. While Serbs and Albanians engage in mutual recrimination, they agree on this: The Bush administration has neglected the Balkans. Its neglect has created a tinderbox in Kosovo, where frustration and anger now run the risk of spiraling out of control. In 1999, Kosovo Albanians were euphoric when the U.S.
WORLD
October 15, 2003 | Sonya Yee and Zoran Cirjakovic, Special to The Times
Serbian and Kosovo Albanian leaders met Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks since the end of the 1998-99 war in what was intended to be a move toward improving relations but at times seemed only to highlight their mutual antagonism. "This is the first time that they have talked to each other. It is a very, very important step," Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said at a news conference.
NEWS
May 25, 1999
A roundup of events as NATO airstrikes continue in Yugoslavia: * Macedonia: Thousands of Kosovo Albanians stream across the border. * Montenegro: Head of U.N. fact-finding team calls situation in Kosovo "revolting." * Serbia: Crowds rally against the call-up of local men for military service. * Brussels: NATO chief says Yugoslav leader may be "cracking."
WORLD
August 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Peacekeepers fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing Kosovo Albanians protesting the arrests of former guerrillas, in a clash that injured 11 international police, a U.N. official said. Local media reported that many demonstrators were also hurt during the protest in the town of Decani in western Kosovo, a province of Yugoslavia's Serbian republic.
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