stance as an OPEC price hawk has raised the price of oil for the United States. His public friendship and significant trade relationship with Cuba has conflicted with the U.S. foreign policy of isolating Cuba. Long-running ties between the U.S. (Military of the United States) and Venezuelan militaries were severed. Chávez has been intensely critical of U.S. economic (Economy of the United States) and foreign policy: in Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, Free Trade Area of the Americas
Vengerov’s artistic progress and development of his musical skills. The artist took a two-year course in the Baroque violin and repertoire of the epoch. However, he does not restrict himself to the violin alone; the viola, jazz improvisation, dance, and conducting have caught his attention. Since the earliest stages of his career, he has been playing various Stradivari (Antonio Stradivari) instruments; at present, it is the 1727 “Ex-Kreutzer”. Serbian Police. Zoran Stojanović, a 32-year
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and Pakistan) and Asia 2 (China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). Its native range consists of much of the ancient region Illyria, for which it is named, and includes modern Dalmatia (Croatia), Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and parts of Serbia and Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), where it can be found growing wild. date January 9, 2006 intercepted by Swiss intelligence, datelined November 10
to be of distinctive physical traits featuring a shorter stature and a darker complexion than other settlers to whom they are local. Kosovo War The Kosovo conflict was between Yugoslavia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation between March 24 and June 10, 1999 as a result of the breakdown of security and deteriorating human rights situation in Kosovo. The Netherlands contributed several ships and aircraft to the NATO force in the region
the Vampire Slayer (TV series) Buffy the Vampire Slayer '', contributed to several comic book projects published by ''Dark Horse Comics'', and narrated an audiobook on Kosovo by Noam Chomsky. He has also contributed to ''National Lampoon (National Lampoon (magazine))'', the ''Chicago Tribune'', Paul Krassner's magazine ''The Realist'', and numerous other publications. The British Army has also played an increasingly prominent role in peacekeeping operation, gaining much respect for its comparative expertise in the area. In 1992, during the wars in the Balkans provoked by the gradual disintegration of Yugoslavia, UN forces intervened in Croatia and later Bosnia (Bosnia and Herzegovina). British forces contributed as part of UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force). Mallinson, p. 446 The force was a peacekeeping one, but with no peace to keep, it proved ineffective and was replaced by the NATO IFOR though this was in turn replaced the following year by SFOR. Mallinson, p. 447 As of 2005, Britain's contribution numbers about 3,000 troops. In 1999 the UK took a lead role in the NATO war against Slobodan Milošević's forces in Kosovo. Mallinson, p. 448 After the air war ended, the Parachute Regiment and Royal Gurkha Rifles provided the spearhead for ground forces entering Kosovo. In 2000, British forces, as part of Operation Palliser, intervened in a civil war ravaged Sierra Leone, with the intention of evacuating British, Commonwealth and EU citizens. The SAS also played a prominent role when they, along with the Paras, launched the successful Operation Barras to rescue 6 soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment (Royal Irish Regiment (1992)) being held by the rebels. The British force remained and provided the catalyst for the stabilisation of the country. Mallinson, p. 478 She has reported nearly every violent conflict since the late 1980s, and has made a trademark of writing about the human face of war. She has won four major awards: two Amnesty International Prizes for her coverage of human rights abuses in Kosovo and Sierra Leone; the National Magazine Award (2000) in the USA for her article in ''Vanity Fair'', "Madness Visible"; and Britain (United Kingdom)'s Granada Television's ''What the Papers Say'' Foreign Correspondent of the Year for her reporting from Chechnya. '''Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH''', operating as '''Germania''', is an airline with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany. "Contact." Germania Airline. Retrieved on October 12, 2009. It operates scheduled and chartered flights and aircraft lease services. From its bases at Berlin Tegel Airport and Düsseldorf Airport, scheduled flights to Turkey, Kosovo, Syria, and Lebanon are offered, aiming at the ethnic minorities living in Germany. Egypt and Lebanon were also among the countries without a Catholic majority that declared three days mourning for the Pope. Kosovo declared two days mourning, and Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina declared one day. In the Republic of Macedonia, all cultural events were cancelled on the day following the Pope's death. *Gorani (Gorani (Kosovo)) – There are 606 Gorani in Vojvodina. Ethnic Gorani mostly live in Kosovo and they speak the Gorani (našinski) and Serbian (Serbian language) languages. *Ashkali (Ashkaliye, Aškalije) – There were 287 ethnic Ashkali in Novi Sad city according to the 2002 census. Ashkali previously were regarded as part of Roma (Roma (Romani subgroup)) nationality, but now they are recognized as a separate ethnic group. Ashkali mostly live in Kosovo and speak Albanian (Albanian language). According to one of the theories of their origin, they are descendants of Roma who are said to have come to the Balkans from Palestine (their name deriving from Ashkelon, a city in Israel). thumb left 250px A map showing the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Archdeaconries are colour-coded. (File:Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.PNG) *'''Eastern Archdeaconry,''' consisting of: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia (Republic of Georgia), Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The current archdeacon is the Venerable Patrick Curran (2008), who is based in Vienna, Austria and has served since 2002. He is assisted by two area dean (Dean (Christianity))s, one in Athens, Greece and one in Moscow, Russia. *'''Archdeaconry of France''' (including Monaco). The current (2008) archdeacon is the Venerable Kenneth Letts, who is based in Nice and has served since 2007. Pavle has been referred to by some as the "walking saint" based on his simple lifestyle and personal humility. Montreal Gazette: Known as 'saint who walks' - Orthodox leader Restored Serb church's prominent role
, climatic area of Metohija receives more Mediterannean influences with warmer summers, somewhat higher precipitation ( per year), short and fresh summers, and cold winters.
of the only countries in Eastern Europe were bribery is pretty much unheard of unless you have committed a major crime and are offering tends of thousands, but that is a different story between the police and organised crime and has nothing to do with regular people and tourists. Use only registered taxis as they have fixed fares and you will not get scammed with unlicensed taxis; they are safe, but they will always scam you if you use the meter, so if you have to use an unlicensed taxi, make sure you come to a deal before hand so he does not use the meter. Homophobia is some what of an issue and people don’t take kindly to homosexuals, but again, physical harm is not an issue unless you openly display affection or manners. Land mines Like much of the Balkans, land mines were heavily used during the Yugoslav civil wars. Though this was a major problem in the country in the first four years after the war, now it’s a very rare that you encounter them, most suspicious areas are listed in local tour guide books, most of the mined areas are places where conflict took place (Central Kosovo countryside and Kosovo–Albania border region). It's very safe to go hiking and camping — just ask before you do so to make sure it's not a suspicious area and most hiking and camping takes place in areas where war did not occur, like the Sharr mountains where there is a ski and camping resort. Open manholes Manholes are sometimes stolen to sell as scrap metal. Therefore, one should be aware of uncovered manholes. Whilst not an issue on busy city streets, walking even a few kilometres outside downtown Pristina can be dangerous — particularly when walking in tall grass beside roads or sidewalks. Local residents have been known to use a small pile of sticks and stones to cover an open sewer pit and care should be taken not to step on these either. Stay healthy It is possible for foreigners to obtain treatment at the public hospital in Pristina (staff from your accommodation may come in handy as translators). However, the state of the hospital is far from ideal: The toilets have no soap, infusions are hanging from improvised stands. Kosovo has no public health insurance system and you will be required to pay your bill in cash. A visit to the doctor and a few pills from the pharmacy will cost you around 20 €. If you know what you need you may visit the pharmacy directly as no prescription is needed. Rabies Don't try to pet any dogs you may come across, stay away from them! Whilst most dogs are not aggressive when they are in packs, they can very well be, so make sure you stay away and don’t run away from them either as dogs chase you when you run; some times, the best defence is an attack so charging at them a little usually scares them away. But again, this is only a problem in the outskirts of the cities and at night, as during the day, you will hardly encounter them and they will stay away from humans. Go next There are flights from Pristina International Airport to London, New York City, Zurich, Geneva, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Vienna, Zagreb, Hamburg, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt,Podgorica, Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen, Rome, Milan-Bergamo, Verona, Ljubljana, Budapest, Tirana, Istanbul and Antalya. Soon, there will be direct flights to Sarajevo and other destinations. There are direct bus links to most cities in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Albania, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia. Note that if you plan to go to Russia after Kosovo, you may encounter a bit of trouble entering the country as Russia still considers the declaration of independence of Kosovo to be illegal.
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Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pristina. It is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the west, and the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east. In antiquity, the Dardanian Kingdom (Dardani#Dardanian Kingdom), and later the Roman province of Dardania (Dardani#Roman Dardania) was located in the region. It was part of Serbia in the Middle Ages, and many consider the Battle of Kosovo of 1389 to be one of the defining moments in Serbian medieval history (Medieval Serbia). After being part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century, in the late 19th century Kosovo became the centre of the Albanian independence movement with the League of Prizren. As a result of the defeat in the First Balkan War (1912–13), Ottoman Empire ceded (Treaty of London (1913)) Vilayet of Kosovo to the Balkan League; Kingdom of Serbia took its larger part, while Kingdom of Montenegro annexed the western part (Metohija) before both countries became a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after World War I. After a period of Yugoslav unitarianism (Yugoslavism) in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the post-World War II Yugoslav (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) constitution established the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija within the Yugoslav constituent republic of Serbia (Socialist Republic of Serbia).
Long-term severe ethnic tensions between Kosovo's Albanian (Albanians) and Serb populations left Kosovo ethnically divided, resulting in inter-ethnic violence, including the Kosovo War of 1998–99. Schabnel, Albrecht; Thakur (ed), Ramesh (ed). ''Kosovo and the Challenge of Humanitarian Intervention: Selective Indignation, Collective Action, and International Citizenship'', New York: The United Nations University, 2001. Pp. 20. The war ended with a military intervention of NATO (NATO bombing of Yugoslavia), which forced the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, which became a UN protectorate (United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) under UNSCR 1244. On 17 February 2008 Kosovo's Parliament declared independence (2008 Kosovo declaration of independence). It has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by . Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo as a state, although with the Brussels Agreement of 2013 (Brussels Agreement (2013)) it has accepted the legitimacy of Kosovo institutions and its special status within Serbia. The agreement solidified that public institutions in Kosovo are exclusively operated by Kosovo's elected government, and not Serbia's.
Kosovo is not a member of the United Nations due to its lack of diplomatic recognition from several countries. It is, however, a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, International Road and Transport Union (IRU), Regional Cooperation Council, Council of Europe Development Bank, Venice Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Within the European Union (European Union member states), 23 of 28 members have recognised the Republic; Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain have not. EU 5 "less likely than ever" to recognize Kosovo “B92 – News”, Retrieved 31 March 2014