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Serbian court issues suspended sentences over US embassy fire

Belgrade - A Serbian court handed suspended jail sentences to four men on Tuesday for their involvement in setting fire to the US embassy in Belgrade nearly a decade ago.

Tensions rise between Serbia, Ukraine over 'mercenaries'

Belgrade - Serbia has summoned its ambassador to Kiev for consultations after Ukraine raised concerns over Serbian "mercenaries" fighting on the side of pro-Russian rebels in its conflict-torn east.

Gloves off for Kosovo leader as war court charges loom

Pristina - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci has launched a rare attack on the country's Western supporters in recent weeks, an outburst that analysts say could be linked to coming war crimes indictments.

Kosovo seeks Albanian help to sidestep EU visa demand

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on Wednesday asked Tirana to smooth the way for Kosovans applying for Albanian citizenship, which would enable them to travel to Europe without visas.

Activists have high hopes with Kosovo's first gay pride parade

Pristina - About 300 people marched through Kosovo's capital on Tuesday at the first gay pride parade in the strongly conservative country which has a large Muslim majority.

Catalan referendum stirs up Balkan nationalists' hopes

Belgrade - Catalonia's drive to secede from Spain is rekindling dreams of independence in ethnic pockets across the Balkans, a potentially dangerous ambition in a region where nationalist violence claimed tens of thousands of lives in the 1990s.

Kosovo leader assails empty 'promises' of Western leaders

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci lashed out at Western leaders on Monday, saying they had failed to fulfil promises made to his country in return for Pristina's approval of a war crimes tribunal."Kosovo has kept its word.

British actor Fiennes given Serbian passport

Belgrade - Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" series, was given a Serbian passport on Sunday for "promoting" the Balkan country.

Serbia's lesbian PM at Pride takes tolerance 'one step at a time'

Belgrade - Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual gay march held under heavy security.

Pride walk with Serbia's gay PM, but activists want bolder talk

Belgrade - Serbia's lesbian prime minister is set to join rainbow-clad revellers at Belgrade's Pride parade on Sunday, a dramatic turn of events for the conservative country, where previous marches have erupted in homophobic violence.

Going to school in the Balkans, segregated by ethnicity

Drenas - Benjamin, an ethnic Albanian, and Luka, an ethnic Serb, are young neighbours who share a school but meet only on the football pitch. One boy is taught that Kosovo is independent and the other that it is a Serbian province.

Refugees start new school term in Serbian limbo

Belgrade - Young refugee Shvaib Nazari flicks between his native Dari and wobbly Serbian language notes during his first week back at school in Belgrade, where his family lives in a state of limbo.

Kosovo's 'Rambo', Serbia's arch-antagonist, set to be PM

Pristina - A hero at home but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, Ramush Haradinaj is set to become Kosovo's prime minister just a few months after fighting against extradition to Serbia.

'Rambo' ex-guerrilla Haradinaj chosen to become Kosovo PM

Pristina - Kosovo's president on Thursday picked former rebel fighter Ramush Haradinaj to form a new government, following three months of political stalemate since elections in June.

Djokovic becomes father of baby girl

Belgrade - Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.

Kosovo's election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Pristina - Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.

Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock

Pristina - Leading western powers voiced concern Sunday at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country, a former Serbian province.

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' exhibits in Belgrade

Belgrade - A 10-year-old Afghan refugee dubbed "Little Picasso" exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade on Wednesday, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child's post-cancer therapy.

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

Mitrovica - Kosovo's Roma minority "are not treated as humans," laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post-war United Nations camps.

Kosovo faces potential political crisis

Pristina - Kosovo faces potential political crisis after its new parliament failed to elect a speaker on Thursday, casting doubt on whether the coalition that won June's snap polls can muster a majority.
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