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Football: Kosovo draws with Haiti on international bow

Six years after declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo drew 0-0 in a friendly match with Haiti in their FIFA-approved debut on the international stage Wednesday. But even without a single goal scored, more than 17,000 fans at the Adem Jashari stadium frenetically applauded their squad playing in blue and white jerseys. "It was fantastic, although if we had scored, everything would have been perfect," goalkeeper Samir Ujkani told reporters after the match.

Three detained in Kosovo over Italian visa sales

The son of former Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova and two other people have been detained for a month on suspicion of illegally trading in Italian visas, the EU said Friday. Uke Rugova and the other two are suspected of "alleged unlawful procurement of Schengen visas from the Italian embassy in Kosovo," the EU rule of law mission (EULEX) said in a statement, referring to Europe's 26-country free-travel zone.

Snowden, Ashton, Kosovo and Serb PMs proposed for Nobel

Fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden, top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton and the premiers of Kosovo and Serbia were proposed for this year's Nobel peace award by European Greens and Socialist leaders Friday. Snowden, currently in hiding in Russia, was officially named by the Greens group in the European Parliament in honour of "his contribution to the protection of our universal rights, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression".

Kosovo apoints new envoy to Serbia

Kosovo's ambassador to Croatia was appointed as a new envoy to Serbia, after the previous diplomat resigned just two days after taking on the post, an official said Friday. President Atifete Jahjaga "appointed Valdet Sadiku as the liaison officer to Belgrade," her spokesman Arber Vllahiu told AFP. Sadiku will assume his post immediately and his mission will be to monitor implementation of an EU-brokered deal on improving relations between the former foes.

Ex-Kosovo minister pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Kosovo's former transport minister on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of involvement in organised crime and corruption that cost the state budget of two million euros ($2.6 million). "I declare myself not guilty to all counts of the indictment," Fatmir Limaj told the Pristina court. Limaj and six other defendants went on trial Monday on charges of manipulating tender procedures, giving and receiving bribes and tampering with evidence in three tenders held by the transport and telecommunications ministry.

Kosovo ex-minister goes on trial on corruption charges

Former Kosovo transport minister and six other defendants went on trial Monday on charges of involvement in organised crime and corruption that cost the state budget of two million euros ($2.6 mn). European prosecutor Johannes Pickert said that Fatmir Limaj and the other defendants had manipulated tender procedures, gave and received bribes and tampered with evidence in three tenders held by the transport and telecommunications ministry.

Serbia PM says no accord with Kosovo at EU talks

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said early Wednesday that he had not been able to reach an accord with his Kosovo counterpart on normalising ties at EU-sponsored talks. "Despite all these long meetings, we do not have an agreement at this moment," Dacic told Serb media after talks with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci chaired by EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton. jri/bmm/jhb

Serbian, Kosovo presidents to meet for the first time

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will meet his Kosovo counterpart Atifete Jahjaga in Brussels next week, in a first such meeting since breakaway Kosovo declared independence in 2008, officials said Friday. "President Nikolic will meet Atifete Jahjaga in Brussels on Wednesday, February 6," said the message on Nikolic's official Twitter account. A source from the presidency confirmed to AFP the authenticity of the tweet, but could not reveal further details. In Brussels, officials could not confirm the meeting on Wednesday.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Serbian, Kosovo presidents to meet for the first time

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will meet his Kosovo counterpart Atifete Jahjaga in Brussels next week, in a first such meeting since breakaway Kosovo proclaimed independence in 2008, officials said Friday. "President Nikolic will meet Atifete Jahjaga in Brussels on Wednesday, February 6," said the message on Nikolic's official Twitter account. A source from the presidency confirmed to AFP the authencity of the tweet, but could not reveal further details. ks-an/lc
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