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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.

Kosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions ease

Belgrade - Kosovo's foreign minister made a landmark visit to Serbia on Thursday, the first since the former Serbian province unilaterally declared independence in 2008 to the fury of Belgrade.

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem

Belgrade - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday he was undecided whether his Albanian counterpart should go ahead with a planned historic visit after violence halted a Serbia-Albania football match this week.

Serbia condemns Albanian flag drone stunt

Belgrade - Serbia's foreign minister said Wednesday an incident in which a pro-Albanian flag flown by a drone sparked violence on and off the pitch at a football match against Albania was a "political provocation".

Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

Pristina - With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region, considered fertile ground by Islamists.

Top Kosovo ex-fighters face organ trafficking, war crimes indictment

Pristina - Several leaders of Kosovo's 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials, face possible indictment for crimes against humanity including murder and organ trafficking, an EU probe found Tuesday.

Angry Kosovo Serbs call Serbian president 'traitor'

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic was booed during a visit to Kosovo on Saturday by ethnic Serbs who accused his government of betrayal for agreeing to normalise relations with the breakaway state.

Violence in flashpoint Kosovo town over bridge blockade

Kosovo police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse stone-throwing protesters who set alight police cars demanding the removal of a barricade on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica.

Violence in flashpoint Kosovo town over 'plant pot' blockade

Kosovo police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse stone-throwing protesters who set alight police cars demanding the removal of a plant pot barricade on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica.

Kosovo PM condemns 'flower blockade' in flashpoint town

Pristina - Kosovo's prime minister called on Thursday for the removal of a blockade of flower pots on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica.

Kosovo Serbs replace barricade with flower boxes in flashpoint town

Kosovska Mitrovica - A barricade that symbolised the angry refusal of ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo to merge with the rest of the country was removed on Wednesday after three years and replaced with flower boxes.

Kosovo PM Thaci's party claims victory in early polls

Pristina - The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci claimed victory in Sunday's snap legislative elections, with electoral officials saying preliminary results showed the PDK in the lead.

Kosovo polls seen as key test for EU ambitions close

Pristina - Kosovo's snap parliamentary election passed off peacefully on Sunday with Serbs in its restive northern region taking part for the first time in a possible boost for the country's EU hopes.

Kosovo power plant blast kills three

At least three people were killed and many more were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday.

Kosovo power plant blast kills three

At least three people were killed and many more were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday.
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