The name Kosovo (as referred to in this spelling) is the most frequently used form in English when discussing the region in question. The Albanian spelling Kosova has lesser currency. The alternative spellings Cossovo and Kossovo were frequently used until the early 20th century
Albanian usage may contain the definite article, as such it varies (Kosova vs. Kosovë). The question does not arise in Serbian, which has no definite article.
Kosovo (Serbian Cyrillic: Косово, pronounced [kosoʋo]) is the Serbian neuter possessive adjective of kos (кос) "blackbird", an ellipsis for Kosovo Polje "field of the blackbirds", the site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Field. The name of the field was applied to an Ottoman province created in 1864. In Greek the full name of the historical region is Kossyfopèdio meaning field (-pèdio) of the blackbirds (Kossyfi-).
The use of these spelling variants is a highly sensitive political issue for both Serbs and Albanians, who regard the use of the other side's name as being a denial of their own side's territorial rights.
According to Rivers, "...the intent of the song was to mock my own country for its bullying ways around the world. The idea was to point out how casually the U.S. plays World Police. The song takes on the persona of the U.S. government, ridiculing the fact that we push others around without much concern."
In May, 2005, a group of Norwegian peacekeepers in Kosovo (calling themselves the "Shiptare Boys") parodied the music video for "Kokomo," using Rivers' song with their own hand-held video camera footage. In the parody, the soldiers imitate dance moves and scenes from the original music video in desolate war-torn areas around Kosovo. It was widely broadcast in the Balkans, prompting the Norwegian ambassador to formally apologize.
“Three gunmen have been killed, two gunmen and four suspects have been arrested, the latter were found in illegal possession of radio communications, and who are suspected of being related to a terrorist group,” said Kosovo police in a Facebook post ... Kosovo is majority Albanian, but like other villages in the north, Banjska is predominantly Serbian.
The standoff between gunmen and Kosovo authorities at a monastery near the border with Serbia ended Sunday night, authorities in Pristina said, following a police operation to regain control of the area. ... they are firing on us, and we are firing back," Kosovo police official Veton Elshani told AFP by phone from Banjska. .
Gunmen holed up in a northern Kosovo monastery have clashed with authorities, according to the country’s prime minister, hours after a police officer was killed when a patrol was hit by an ambush involving firearms and explosives ... The Kosovo police official Veton Elshani told Agence France-Presse by phone from Banjska.
Several trucks have already had to turn back when trying to enter Kosovo, the media reported ... This shows their intention to completely expel the Serbs from northern Kosovo," Vucic said in an appearance on RadioTelevision of Serbia ... Earlier on Wednesday, three individuals identified as members of the Kosovo police were reportedly detained by Serbia.
The statement came amid heated protest by Serbs in Kosovo over mayoral elections in several towns, which they have described as a travesty. Speaking to the public broadcaster RadioTelevision of Serbia on Wednesday, Vucevic assessed the risk of a violent escalation in the north of Kosovo as “big, probably the biggest possible.”.
... party in Kosovo, have asked the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force to remove the flag of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo from the Zvecan municipal building and withdraw the Kosovar police from the north of the region, the RadioTelevision of Kosovo (RTK) reported on Monday.
Raising the level of the Serbian army’s combat readiness is not preparing to intervene on behalf of Serbs in neighboring Kosovo but being ready for all contingencies, said Serbia’s foreign minister on Saturday ...Albanians are Kosovo’s main ethnic group, but it has a sizable Serb minority, especially to the north, bordering Serbia.
ZVECAN, Kosovo, May 26 (Reuters) - Serbian PresidentAleksandar Vucic placed the country's army on full combat alert and ordered its units to move closer to the border with Kosovo on Friday, after protesters and police clashed in a majority Serb town in Kosovo ... police radio.