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Tear gas and stone-throwing as police question Kosovo MP

Pristina - Police in Kosovo fired tear gas Monday on dozens of protesters who threw stones and smashed windows after a leading opposition MP was taken in for questioning.

MPs stage tear gas protest in Kosovo parliament

Pristina - Opposition lawmakers released tear gas in Kosovo's parliament Thursday, causing two MPs to faint, in protest against a recent EU-brokered deal reached by the government with Serbia.

EU shuts the door on Kosovans dreaming of a new life

Pristina - They don't come from a war zone, they're not fleeing persecution, and the EU doesn't want them. But for thousands of Kosovans fleeing unemployment and poverty, northern Europe is the only place to go.

Serbia and Kosovo hail 'landmark' agreements

Belgrade - Serbia and Kosovo voiced satisfaction Wednesday with an EU-brokered deal that marked a major step forward in normalising ties between the former foes, and boosted hopes of faster accession to the European Union.

Serbia, Kosovo in 'landmark' agreements

Brussels - Serbia and Kosovo reached a "landmark" agreement in several key areas on Tuesday in a major step towards normalising ties after war and Pristina's unilateral declaration of independence, the EU said.

Kosovo Serb leader hospitalised due to hunger strike

A top Kosovo Serb politician detained over suspected war crimes against ethnic Albanians has been hospitalised after his health deteriorated from a hunger strike, a medical official said Saturday.

Kosovo's parliament votes in favour of war crime court

Pristina - Kosovo's parliament on Monday amended the constitution to allow the creation of a special EU-backed court to examine war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the 1998-1999 war.

Five arrests as 'terror attack' on Kosovo water supply feared

Pristina - Five people suspected of planning a "terrorist attack" aimed at contaminating the water supply in the Kosovo capital Pristina have been arrested, officials in the breakaway Serbian territory said Sunday.

Kosovo fails to amend constitution on warcrime court

Pristina - Kosovo's parliament on Friday failed to adopt constitutional amendments needed for the creation of a special court that would handle war crimes allegedly committed by former ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

Slovenia allows ex-Kosovo PM to return home

Slovenia on Friday allowed a former prime minister of Kosovo to return home, after he was held there on an Interpol warrant issued by Serbia, his party said.

Slovenia detains former Kosovo PM on Serbian warrant

Pristina - Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, acquitted by a UN court of war crimes during the 1990s Kosovo conflict, said he was detained Wednesday at Ljubljana airport on an Interpol warrant issued by Serbia.

Kosovo ex-guerillas protest against war crimes court

Pristina - Some 1,000 Kosovo Albanians, mostly veterans of the 1990s war with Serbia, protested Wednesday against the creation of a special court that would handle war crimes allegedly committed by former ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

Dresses line pitch of Kosovo stadium to condemn war rapes

Pristina - A Kosovo artist hung thousands of dresses from washing lines in Pristina stadium on Friday to condemn the rape of thousands of women during the Balkan wars.

Kosovans mourn rebels killed in Macedonia shootout

Pristina - Several thousand people attended the funeral Tuesday of eight ethnic Albanian gunmen killed in clashes with security forces in Macedonia earlier this month.

Macedonian party leaders meet under global pressure

Skopeia - Macedonia's prime minister held talks Thursday with opposition and ethnic Albanian party leaders, under international pressure to resolve a political crisis in the troubled Balkan country.

Macedonia ministers, intelligence chief resign after violence

Skopeia - Macedonia's interior and transport ministers as well as the country's intelligence chief resigned Tuesday after deadly violence that pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a government spokesman said.

Albanian PM postpones visit to Macedonia over deadly shooting

Tirana - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama postponed a visit to Macedonia due this week after deadly violence pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

Kumanovo - Thirty alleged gunmen were charged Monday with terror offences after a bloody shootout with Macedonian police left 22 dead, including eight police officers, and dozens of homes destroyed in a town close to the border with Kosovo.

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

Skopeia - NATO and the EU called for a return to calm in Macedonia Sunday after clashes between police and an armed group left at least 22 people dead, raising concerns about presumed ethnic-Albanian unrest in the Balkan region.

Bosnia, Kosovo tighten noose on radical Islamists

Sarajevo - Bosnian police have arrested 11 people on suspicion of plotting "terrorist acts", a week after a deadly Islamist attack on a police station, officials said Thursday.

Kosovo ex-guerilla leader Thaci mulls first Serbia visit

Pristina - Kosovo's foreign minister and former guerrilla Hashim Thaci is set to make his first visit to former foe Belgrade to attend a regional conference, a Kosovan official said Friday, but authorities there have threatened to arrest him for alleged terrorism...

Serbian FM on first visit to Pristina since Kosovo independence

Pristina - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Wednesday became the first government official to visit Pristina at Kosovo's invitation since the territory unilaterally declared independence from Belgrade in 2008.

Kosovo PM calls for end to exodus on sombre anniversary

Pristina - Kosovo marked a sombre seventh anniversary of independence from Serbia Tuesday with Prime Minister Isa Mustafa urging citizens not to quit the mainly ethnic Albanian territory as it grapples with a deep economic malaise.

Kosovo Albanians flee misery for EU promised land

Belgrade - The town of Palic in northern Serbia is grappling with an exodus of impoverished Kosovo Albanians who are using the small summer resort as a transit point for a better life in the EU.

Kosovo ethnic Serb minister sacked over jibe

Pristina - An ethnic Serb Kosovo minister was sacked on Tuesday, the day before another protest over a statement that insulted the ethnic Albanian majority and sparked a wave of protests.

80 injured in Kosovo riot over jibe by ethnic Serb minister

Pristina - At least 80 people were injured in clashes Tuesday in Kosovo between police and protesters demanding the dismissal of an ethnic Serb minister accused of insulting the ethnic Albanian majority.

Kosovo police fire tear gas in protests against Serb minister

Pristina - Police in Kosovo fired tear gas to disperse groups of stone-throwing protesters Saturday as thousands took to the streets of Pristina to demand the dismissal of a Serb minister accused of insulting the ethnic Albanian majority.

Kosovo gets new government, ends political crisis

Pristina - Kosovo's lawmakers on Tuesday backed a new coalition government led by veteran politician Isa Mustafa, ending a six-month political crisis in the former Serbian province.

Kosovo set to name new PM to end lengthy political crisis

Pristina - Kosovo's two main political parties Monday struck a surprise deal calling for the nomination of veteran politician Isa Mustafa as prime minister, in a move to end a nearly six-month political crisis.

Kosovo mired in worst political crisis since independence

Pristina - Just when Kosovo appeared to be heading for a degree of stability and normalcy, feuding politicians and fresh corruption scandals have plunged the fledgling Balkan nation into its worst political crisis to date.
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