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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.

Serbian church leader threatens 'force' if Kosovo joins UN agency

Belgrade - The head of Serbia's Orthodox Church Tuesday warned of using "force" if Kosovo were accepted as a member of the UN cultural agency UNESCO and holy sites there were recognised as belonging to the breakaway territory.

EU, Kosovo ink deal opening possible membership route

Strasbourg - The European Union signed a long-awaited accord with Kosovo on Tuesday that will lead to closer ties and could open the way to EU membership for the small Balkan country.

Kosovo MPs in tear gas protest -- for third session running

Pristina - Kosovo's opposition paralysed the functioning of parliament Friday by releasing tear gas for the third session running in a bid to get agreements with Serbia overturned.

EU, Kosovo to sign association accord next week

Brussels - The European Union said it will sign next Tuesday a long-awaited accord with Kosovo on closer ties which could open the way to membership for the small Balkan country.

MPs stage second tear gas protest in Kosovo parliament

Pristina - Kosovo's opposition disrupted parliament by throwing tear gas in the chamber for a second week running on Thursday, in protest at agreements made with Serbia.

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.
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