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Protests across France against student deportations

Thousands of students protested in France and shut schools across the country on Friday in continued demonstrations against the deportation of foreign pupils. In Paris, organisers said 12,000 students marched in protest, some clashing with riot police. Police said 4,000 students took part. Student groups said at least 170 high schools across the country were disrupted or forced to close. Entrances to about 45 schools in the Paris region were at least partially blocked, police said.

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. The incident occurred in June 2012, when attackers fired at a Serbian police border post, slightly injuring one officer.

Belgrade, Pristina overcome dispute ahead of Kosovo local polls

Serbia and Kosovo late Monday overcame a dispute over Belgrade's request to visit the breakaway territory ahead of next month's local polls, which had threatened to torpedo a process to normalise ties between the two sides. "We have agreed to establish a mechanism which would allow Serbian officials to visit Kosovo without problems," said Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic after a meeting in Brussels with his Kosovan counterpart, according to Serbian television RTS.

Serbia, Kosovo settle row over election campaign

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Serbia and Kosovo have reached a deal to allow politicians from Belgrade to campaign during a Kosovo municipal election on November 3, smoothing over a row that had underscored the fragility of relations between the two. Last week, Serbia's prime minister threatened to pull out of talks with Kosovo - mediated by the European Union and intended to improve relations between Belgrade and Pristina over the long-term - after the former Serbian province denied him permission to visit.

Serbian PM threatens to pull out of EU-led Kosovo talks

By Matt Robinson BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's prime minister threatened on Friday to pull out of EU-mediated talks with Kosovo after the former Serbian province denied him permission to visit, underscoring the fragility of a landmark accord between the two. Ivica Dacic lashed out at the European Union, which is expected to open accession talks with his country in January in part as a reward for the April accord with Kosovo, which seceded in 2008 in the last act in the break-up of former Yugoslavia.

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 AFP by phone.

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 normalise 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. It comes just weeks ahead of local polls in November and amid EU pressure on former foes Belgrade and Pristina to patch up their differences for accession talks to begin.

EU police officer shot dead in Kosovo, testing fragile accord

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a European Union police officer in a mainly Serb region of Kosovo on Thursday, dealing the mission its first fatality since deploying in 2008 and shaking a fragile accord between the Balkan country and its former master Serbia. The Lithuanian officer was killed in a northern region where minority ethnic Serbs are growing increasingly nervous over a deal brokered by the EU in April to integrate them with the rest of majority-Albanian Kosovo.

First deadly attack against EU mission rocks Kosovo

Gunmen shot dead a member of the European Union's police force in Kosovo's flashpoint northern region Thursday, in the first deadly attack on the mission since its creation five years ago. The attack on an EULEX convoy in the region controlled by ethnic Serbs who reject Albanian-majority Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence comes ahead of November polls and amid EU pressure on Belgrade and Pristina to patch up their differences for accession talks to begin.

Member of EU police force in Kosovo shot dead

A member of the European Union police mission in Kosovo EULEX was shot dead on Thursday in the territory's northern flashpoint region, a hospital official said. "We admitted around 8:15 am (0615 GMT) a member of EULEX shot with two bullets," Milan Ivanovic, head of the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica, told AFP. He was pronounced dead moments later, after reanimation efforts failed. str-mat/ljv/jmm
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