“A special court with international prosecutors and judges set up to tackle alleged war crimes by ethnic Albanians against Serbs during Kosovo’s 1998-99 war is ready to proceed with its first indictments, its president said in an interview.” (Reuters)

Kosovo police on Friday arrested a top opposition leader and two other lawmakers accused of disrupting the work of the previous parliament with tear gas and violent acts. A court later ordered all three to be detained for a month. Albin Kurti, Donika Kadaj Bujupi and Albulena Haxhiu of the left-wing Self-Determination Party were arrested while entering the parliament building. The arrests came after they did not appear at hearings in their trials for using tear gas at parliament.” (ABC News)

“Kosovo’s government has decided to declare Nov. 28, the independence day of neighboring Albania, a national holiday, a move that may spark an angry reaction from Serbia. A government statement Thursday said that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared Nov. 28 as the ‘day of Albanians … to respect historic and cultural values and good family and social traditions.'” (Fox News)

“The Kosovo Government does not have a clear timeline for initiating the formation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in accordance with the Brussels Agreement between Prishtina and Belgrade. Kosovo government officials told Radio Free Europe that the Association will be formed in line with the Constitution and the findings of the Constitutional Court. Halil Matoshi, a media advisor to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, said there is no timeline yet for a political decision to form the Association, but he did say that this is a political obligation for the government.” (RTK Live)

“Police say two explosions in Kosovo’s northern Mitrovica region, where most of the ethnic Serb minority lives in the country, have caused material damage but no injuries. A statement says that two separate explosions from hand grenades early Sunday damaged the houses of two ethnic Serbs and three nearby cars in Zubin Potok, 55 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital, Pristina. The two Serbs work for Kosovo’s security forces.” (Washington Post)

Madagascar on Saturday officially recognized Kosovo as an independent state. The news is confirmed by Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli.” (Gazeta Express)