World Bulletin / News Desk
Kosovo’s national soccer team on Wednesday drew 0 - 0 with Haiti in a historical first international match for the country, six years after the former Yugoslav region declared independence from Serbia.
Kosovo faced Haiti in a friendly at the Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium in Mitrovica city, northern Kosovo, after the fixture was given the green light by FIFA, football's international governing body, two months ago.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said this was a victory for Kosovo regardless the outcome of the game.
The Kosovan team didn’t display any national symbols or play a national anthem in line with FIFA requests as, like Kosovan clubs, the national team remain excluded from official or qualification matches so long as its football association stays outside FIFA and UEFA.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has made it clear that Kosovo cannot join the football family before the country is recognized by the United Nations.
Although Kosovo is currently recognized by 108 states, including the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany, full U.N. membership is impossible as it remains unrecognized by China and Russia who are Serbia’s close allies with veto rights on the U.N. Security Council.
The Ukrainian cabinet of ministers have appointed Mikhail Saakashvili as governor of Odessa, Ukraine.
Belgium has expelled Turkish politician Mahinur Ozdemir over her refusal to use the world "genocide" over the 1915 events.
An American Islamic group have responded to the protest outside mosque in Phoenix.
Russia has put in place a travel ban on 89 politicians and military leaders in a move that has seen the worst stand off with the West in years.
The Italian navy has rescued more than 4,200 migrants in the past 24 hours off the coast of Libya, with a boat carrying 17 corpses.
Israel's Palestine policy has been condemned by the Union of French Jews for Peace as it participates in 'The Ship to Gaza' flotilla to end the blockade in Gaza
Two of Burundi's vice presidents of the election commission have resigned and fled the country.
The US Patriot Act which allows the NSA to collect telephone records is set to expire on Sunday if the US Congress acts to renew it.
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto had misrepresented a land deal to authorities in which he acquired a property
Sepp Blatter has been reelected as president of FIFA.
The US is considering a preclearance centers to increase security through 10 different airports in Europe.
Eight people have been killed and another eight have been wounded in a rocket attack in Libya
In a sign of a rise in Islamophobia in the US, hundreds of people have attended an anti-Islam rally outside a mosque in Phoenix just weeks after a similar event in Texas
Spanish government agrees to host permanent military presence of US for its Africa mission
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub has defended his decision to abandon the bid to suspend Israel saying that he has not "suspended the resistance".