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Serbia defends decision to honour Sudan's Bashir

Belgrade - Serbia's presidency on Thursday defended its decision to decorate Sudan's president and genocide suspect Omar al-Bashir, saying he was honoured for refusing to recognise Kosovo.

Kosovo's former premier Thaci becomes president

Pristina - Kosovo's powerful former premier Hashim Thaci was sworn in as president Thursday in a session boycotted by opposition parties which dispute his election to the top job.

Blast ahead of Serbian PM visit in Kosovo

Belgrade - An explosive device was thrown and automatic weapons were fired at a sports hall in northern Kosovo on Sunday, some 12 hours before Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited it, Serbian media reported, adding that there were no casualties.

Next Kosovo president says 'nothing to hide' from war crimes court

Kosovo's president-elect has pledged to "fully support" a new war crimes court prosecuting members of the guerrilla group he once led -- despite a question mark hanging over whether he himself will be indicted.

Kosovo's Hashim Thaci: from rebel leader to president-elect

Pristina - Hashim Thaci, elected Kosovo's new president on Friday, is a former insurgent known as the "Snake" who swapped combat fatigues for a politician's suit and now dreams of taking Kosovo into the European Union.

Kosovo MPs elect Thaci as president after day of protests

Kosovo MPs elected foreign minister and former premier Hashim Thaci as president on Friday after a tense day of voting marred by protests in parliament and clashes on the streets.

Kosovo MPs vote for president amid tense protests

Riot police and protesters clashed in Kosovo as MPs began voting on a new president Friday, after opposition members were forcibly removed following tear gas protests in parliament.

Kosovo protesters demand government resignation

Pristina - Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Kosovo's capital on Wednesday, vowing to stay put until the government resigns, after spending a rainy night camped out at the protest site.

Kosovo MPs stage new tear gas protest in parliament

Opposition MPs in Kosovo disrupted the first parliamentary session of the year on Friday with what has become their commonplace method of protest -- releasing tear gas in the chamber.

Protesters rally on Kosovo independence day

Pristina - Thousands of protesters marched through Kosovo's capital Wednesday on the eighth anniversary of independence from Serbia, calling for the government to step down and hold snap elections.

Tear gas clouds Kosovo's independence anniversary

Eight years after ethnic Albanians joyously declared Kosovo's independence from Serbia, chaotic scenes of MPs releasing tear gas in their parliament hardly give the impression of a successfully functioning state.

Kosovo FM 'received death threat from IS leader'

Kosovo's foreign minister and former premier Hashim Thaci says he received a death threat purportedly from the leader of the Islamic State organisation over his opposition to the extremist group.

Kosovo Serb politician jailed for war crimes

Drenas - An international tribunal on Thursday jailed a top Kosovo Serb politician for nine years for war crimes against ethnic Albanians during the late 1990s conflict, in a ruling condemned by Belgrade.

New court to open in The Hague to try Kosovo war crimes

Den Haag - A new EU-backed court to try war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the bitter Kosovo conflict will open this year in The Hague, Dutch officials said Friday.

Large anti-government protest in Kosovo turns violent

Pristina - Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in Kosovo's capital Saturday, with police firing tear gas as some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and set fire to a government building.

Kosovo top court backs key EU-sponsored deal with Serbia

Pristina - Kosovo's constitutional court on Wednesday backed a key EU-sponsored agreement with Serbia that has prompted harsh opposition criticsm and months of violent protests.

EU's Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

Serbia, EU launch accession talks

Brussels - EU hopeful Serbia and Brussels on Monday opened the first two of the 35 stages in negotiations for Belgrade to join the bloc.

Kosovo MPs stage new tear gas protest

Kosovo's opposition released tear gas in parliament for a sixth time Monday, despite a recent reprimand from the US secretary of state over the ongoing disruption.

Kerry calls on Kosovo to do more to prevent jihadists

Pristina - US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Kosovo on Wednesday to do more to prevent young people becoming jihadists and joining the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Three Kosovo MPs detained over fifth tear gas protest

Kosovo police detained three opposition MPs for questioning Monday after tear gas was used to disrupt parliament for a fifth time, two days ahead of a rare visit by a US Secretary of State.

Top Kosovo MP held after addressing anti-Serbian protest

Pristina - Kosovo police Saturday arrested a top opposition MP and 86 members of his party after he addressed a protest attended by several thousands who want a landmark deal with Serbia to be scrapped.

Kosovo opposition presents petition with 200,000 names against Serbia deals

Pristina - Kosovo's opposition presented a petition to the president Monday with more than 200,000 signatures against EU-brokered agreements with Serbia, which are at the centre of a deepening political crisis.

Kosovo police arrest 13, fire tear gas in protest clashes

Pristina - Kosovo police fired tear gas and arrested 13 protesters Wednesday during clashes in which demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails outside parliament in the latest eruption of anger over relations with Belgrade.

Protests erupt in and outside Kosovo's parliament

Kosovo's opposition fired tear gas and pepper spray in parliament Tuesday while protesters outside threw stones and paint, in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia.

King of Jordan warns of 'world war' against humanity

Pristina - Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Tuesday of a "third world war against humanity", describing the Islamic State group as "savage outlaws of religion" in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Kosovo court suspends key EU-backed deal with Serbia

Kosovo's constitutional court on Tuesday suspended the implementation of a key EU-backed agreement with Serbia, after weeks of opposition protests against the deal.

Kosovo fails in UNESCO membership bid

Paris - Kosovo failed to win membership of the UN cultural body UNESCO on Monday, marking a political triumph for Serbia but a setback for Kosovo in its bid for full international recognition.

Kosovo PM vows to protect Serbian churches ahead of UNESCO vote

Vilnius - Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Monday pledged to protect Serbian Orthodox Christian sites just hours before a key vote which could see it admitted as a member of the United Nations cultural body.

Kosovo, Serbia row over medieval heritage before UNESCO vote

Sitting in the courtyard of the 700-year-old Gracanica monastery in Kosovo, ethnic Serb farmer Marija Krstic frets about the future of her beloved church, a world heritage site at the centre of a tug-of-war between Pristina and Belgrade.
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