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Kosovo Police Fire Tear Gas in Protests Against Serb Minister

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.

The clashes erupted at the end of a rally in the capital at which some 7,000 people, according to police, called on the government to fire Labor and Social Welfare Minister Aleksandar Jablanovic, one of three Serb ministers in Prime Minister Isa Mustafa's cabinet.

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NATO Chief Warns of Returning Jihadists Threat

Visiting NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Friday warned authorities in mainly Muslim Kosovo of the danger posed by foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq.

“The returning of foreign fighters is imposing a threat to all of us, of course to the countries in the region and to all European countries,” Stoltenberg told reporters.

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Serbian PM to Make Landmark Visit to Kosovo

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is to make a landmark visit Wednesday to Kosovo, the former Serbian province that unilaterally declared independence in 2008 to the fury of Belgrade. 

Vucic's highly symbolic visit for Orthodox New Year will include stops in Serbian enclaves but no meetings with Kosovo's leaders, Belgrade announced. 

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Kosovo Police Thwart Christmas Car Bomb

Kosovo authorities said Friday a potential car bombing was thwarted in Pristina on Christmas day when police stopped a Serbian in a vehicle packed with a large quantity of explosives.

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Kosovo's Top Parties Sign Deal on PM to End Stalemate

Kosovo's two main political parties Monday signed a deal naming Isa Mustafa as prime minister, a move that could help end a nearly six-month-long political crisis.

The deal between Mustafa's Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and outgoing prime minister Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) was inked in parliament in front of journalists but no details were revealed.

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Kosovo Clash Mars Albanian PM's Landmark Visit to Serbia

An historic fence-building visit to Belgrade by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama took a disastrous turn Monday when the leaders of the two countries clashed publicly over Kosovo.

All was going well as Rama and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic spoke to reporters about turning the page on stormy relations between the two Balkan neighbors until the Albanian mentioned Kosovo, calling on Serbia to recognize the "irreversible reality" of its independence.

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Kosovo Foreign Minister Visits Serbia as Tensions Ease

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.

The presence of Enver Hoxhaj and his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati in the Serbian capital was seen as a sign that a recent flare-up of tensions between Serbs and ethnic Albanians is calming.

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Kosovo Police Arrest 40 in Action against Islamic Radicals

Kosovo police said on Monday they had arrested 40 ethnic Albanians suspected of fighting alongside Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria in the largest-ever operation against suspected radicals in the breakaway Balkan state.

The operation by special police forces was carried out early on Monday at some 60 locations throughout Kosovo, including make-shift mosques suspected of serving as recruiting sites.

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Top ex-Kosovo Fighters Incriminated in Organ Stealing, War Crimes

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.

Releasing the first details of a two-year probe, Clint Williamson, the U.S. diplomat and prosecutor heading the inquiry into events after Kosovo's 1998-1999 war, said there was evidence "at this moment (for) ... one indictment that would include a number of individuals."

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Kosovo Police Arrest Three Alleged ISIL Jihadists

Kosovo police said Thursday they arrested three ethnic Albanians suspected of setting up a "terrorist organization" as media alleged they were recruited by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Early on Thursday special police forces carried out an operation coded "Hit" in which three persons were arrested in southern Kosovo over suspicions they were "setting up a terrorist organization and conducting recruitment," a police statement said.

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