Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Leka Zogu: Controversial 'king of the Albanians' who spent most of his

Leka of Albania was one of the most colourful and controversial characters on the 20th century Balkan scene, and one of the last links with the pre-Second World War Zogist monarchy. He was born in 1939 into a world of deep political crisis, with the government of his father, King Zog, Albania's first king, about to be snuffed out by Mussolini's forces. When Leka was one day old, his father held a great military parade in the capital, Tirana, a great provocation to the Duce in Rome.

Milosevic police chief jailed for 27 years over Kosovo massacres

The former head of Serbia's police force was jailed for 27 years yesterday for war crimes, crimes against humanity and the murders of at least 724 civilians in Kosovo 12 years ago. Dressed in dark blue suit and white shirt, Vlastimir Djordjevic remained emotionless as the presiding judge, Kevin Parker, passed sentence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Kosovo's PM linked to trade in human organs

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi headed a mafia-style organised crime ring in the late 1990s that engaged in assassinations, beatings, organ trafficking and other crimes, says a draft report released yesterday.

Dozens hurt as Serbs go on rampage in Kosovo

Hundreds of UN police and Nato troops came under fire from Serb protesters yesterday in the worst violence since Kosovo declared independence a month ago. The clashes followed attempts by a UN force backed by Nato troops from K-For to retake a court building seized by Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica last week.

US embassy is set on fire as thousands march against Kosovo

The US embassy in Belgrade was in flames last night after a mob of Serbian protesters peeled away from a rally against Kosovan independence and broke into the empty building, tore the Stars and Stripes from the flagpole and set rooms alight.

More headlines