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Serbia Deal Possible in 2019, But No Border Changes, Saya Kosovo PM

A deal between Serbia and Kosovo is possible this year but cannot include border changes, Kosovo's premier Ramush Haradinaj told AFP in an interview, warning that territory swaps could revive old demons in the war-scarred Balkans.

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Kosovo Parliament Votes to Build Its Own Army

Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build its own army, asserting its statehood in a move that inflames tensions with Serbia, which denies the independence of its former province.

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Sour Mood as Kosovo, Europe's Youngest State, Turns Nine

Kosovo, Europe's youngest state, turns nine on Friday, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate.

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Blast ahead of Serbian PM Visit in Kosovo

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 was due to visit, Serbian media reported, adding that there were no casualties.

The blast occurred outside a hall at Zubin Potok at around 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) as workers were setting up a stage where Vucic was to make a speech, the state-run news agency Tanjug reported.

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Kosovo Charges Three Alleged Islamic State Supporters

Prosecutors in Kosovo have pressed terror charges against three alleged Islamic State group supporters, including two who went to the Syrian frontline to wage jihad, an official said Thursday.

The pair allegedly fought with the extremist group in Syria last year while the third "was propagating and recruiting people through Facebook to join IS," Liridona Kozmaqi, spokeswoman of the chief prosecutor's office, told AFP.

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Kosovo Presidential Vote Violence 'Extremely Worrying', Says EU

Scenes of violence at Kosovo's parliament during which opposition MPs released tear gas to prevent the election of a new president were "extremely worrying", the European Union said on Saturday.

The protests took place on Friday as the parliament gathered to elect a new head of state in an election marred by violence both inside the chamber and on the streets of Pristina.

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Kosovo MPs Disrupt Presidential Vote with Tear Gas

Oppositions lawmakers released tear gas in Kosovo's parliament on Friday trying to prevent the election of a new president, while crowds of anti-government protesters rallied outside the building.

Foreign minister and former premier Hashim Thaci is the frontrunner to become Kosovo's head of state, who is chosen by parliament. But the united opposition bloc and its supporters vowed to scupper Friday's vote with their protests inside and outside the legislature in the capital Pristina.

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Kosovo Protesters Demand Government Resignation

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.

Opposition politicians, who are angry over an EU-backed deal with Serbia, launched the protest calling for snap elections outside the main government building on Tuesday.

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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 U.S. secretary of state over the ongoing disruption.

Opposition MPs have for more than two months paralysed the work of parliament in protest against EU-brokered dialogue and deals reached with Serbia, the country from which Kosovo declared independence in 2008.

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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.

Opposition MPs have been paralyzing parliamentary sessions for weeks in a bid to thwart EU-brokered dialogue and agreements with Serbia, the country from which Kosovo broke away and declared independence in 2008.

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