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EU Court Jails 10 Kosovo Albanians for Terrorism

An EU-led court in Kosovo has sentenced 10 ethnic Albanians to up to nine years in prison for terrorism aimed at provoking a conflict in southern Serbia, officials said Thursday.

The 10 were found guilty of "terrorism and organisation/participation in a terrorist group... that executed an armed attack on (a) Serbian checkpoint", the EU rule of law mission (EULEX) said in a statement.

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Thousands of French Students Protest against Deportations

Thousands of high school students in Paris and other parts of France rose up Thursday in anger at the deportation of foreign pupils, after the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl.

Leonarda Dibrani was detained during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo with her parents and siblings, in a case that has raised questions over France's immigration policies, shattered the unity of the ruling Socialist party and landed France's popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls in hot water.

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Pristina Rejects Serbian PM Request to Visit Kosovo

Kosovo has rejected a request by Serbia's prime minister to visit a Serb-majority town in the breakaway territory, saying it would "interfere" with local polls next month, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

"We do not want officials from Belgrade to interfere with Kosovo's elections," Hajredin Kuci told Agence France Presse by phone.

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First Deadly Attack against EU Mission Rocks Kosovo

Gunmen shot dead a member of the European Union's police force in Kosovo's flashpoint north on Thursday, dealing a serious blow to the EU-led bid to normalize ties between Belgrade and Pristina.

The shooting, the first deadly attack on the mission since its creation five years ago, occurred in a region controlled by ethnic Serbs who reject Albanian-majority Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.

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Kosovo Rebel Turned MP Cleared of War Crimes

A EU-led court on Tuesday acquitted a top ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander-turned-politician of war crimes during the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict, saying the evidence of the key prosecution witness was "wholly unreliable".

British judge Malcolm Simons, who chaired the court panel, said Fatmir Limaj and nine other former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) were found not guilty of war crimes against the civilian population and prisoners of war.

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Kosovo, Macedonia Back Off from Trade Row

Kosovo on Saturday lifted a ban on imports from neighboring Macedonia, further defusing a trade row between the Balkan countries.

"The decision (on the ban) of the import from Macedonia will be repealed from this midnight," (2200 GMT), the trade ministry said in a statement.

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EU: Serbia, Kosovo Premiers to Meet Again

The Serbian and Kosovo premiers will meet again next month after holding further talks Tuesday to advance their EU-brokered normalization accord, officials said.

Serb Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci met under the auspices of EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton to discuss progress on the deal, especially holding local elections on November 3.

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Kosovo Serbs to Boycott Local Polls

Kosovo's Serb minority leaders on Friday said they would boycott local polls in November, despite appeals by Belgrade to participate as part of a landmark EU-brokered deal with Pristina.

"As the elections... will be organised in accordance with Kosovo constitution and laws, they are unacceptable" for the Serbs living in the north of the breakaway territory, local representatives told reporters in the northern town of Zvecan.

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Two Policemen Injured as EU Vehicle Stoned in Kosovo

Two policemen were injured Monday as protesters stoned a EU vehicle in Serb-populated northern Kosovo in the first such incident since Belgrade and Pristina reached a deal on normalizing ties.

A European Union rule of law mission (EULEX) police patrol was stopped by protesters in the northern town Zvecan who soon began stoning the car.

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Kosovo Grants Amnesty to Rebel Serbs

Kosovo took Thursday a key step towards normalization of its ties with Belgrade, granting amnesty to Serbs in the breakaway territory who have opposed through violence its 2008 independence from Serbia.

The amnesty bill, aimed at facilitating implementation of an EU-brokered agreement on improving relations with Serbia, was passed by huge majority of 90 Kosovo lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament, speaker Jakup Krasniqi said.

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