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Human remains found in a suspected mass grave in Serbia

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Human remains believed to be the bodies of hundreds of Albanians killed during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo have been found just inside the Serbian border, a Kosovo official said on Friday. More than 14 years after the war ended, Kosovo officials have been pressing Serbia to continue to look for bodies on its territory that may have been moved by Serbian forces trying to cover up killings of majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Moroccan peacekeeper killed in Kosovo car accident

A Moroccan soldier died Thursday when a car with peacekeepers went off the road and fell into the Ibar river in northern Kosovo, NATO-led international forces (KFOR) and media said. "The soldiers were returning to their headquarters as part of routine troop movements when the accident occurred," KFOR said in a press release, adding "the cause of the accident is currently being investigated".

UN chief hails peaceful second round of local polls in Kosovo

UN chief hails peaceful second round of local polls in Kosovo UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday welcomed "the peaceful conduct of the second round of local elections" in Kosovo, calling on the parties concerned to "engage constructively" in the European Union-facilitated dialogue. Ban "is encouraged by the positive initial reports from local and international observers as well as the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo," said a UN statement.

Kosovo hardliners win top posts in local polls

Hardline nationalists took top posts in Kosovo's capital as well as the main Serb-populated town in the breakaway territory in local elections, preliminary results showed Monday. The electoral commission said the capital Pristina was won by Shpend Ahmeti of the nationalist Self Determination movement, which opposes the presence of the European Union and NATO in Kosovo as well as any talks with Serbia.

Kosovo lawmakers pass 2014 budget, avoiding early election

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Kosovo on Thursday approved the proposed budget for next year, clearing the first hurdle in a process that could have triggered an early election for a coalition government struggling with an internal rebellion. A rebel faction within Prime Minister Hashim Thaci Democratic Party of Kosovo has sided with the opposition on several issues over the past months, setting up the possibility the government could have lost the budget vote.

Facebook recognises Kosovo as independent state

The world's largest social network Facebook has listed Kosovo as a country more than five years after the breakaway territory proclaimed independence from Serbia, officials said Tuesday. "Facebook recognises Kosovo as a state," Minister for EU Integration Vlora Citaku wrote on Twitter. And Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said in a statement that he "was informed (on Monday) by senior Facebook executives... about including Kosovo in the global social network".

Coercion complaints underscore challenge to EU's Kosovo accord

By Matt Robinson and Branislav Krstic MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - Low turnout and complaints of coercion in a re-run election in northern Kosovo on Sunday underscored the challenge facing the European Union in implementing an accord designed to end the country's ethnic partition. Under tight security from NATO soldiers and EU police, voting passed off peacefully in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica, two weeks after masked men hurling teargas halted the original poll.

Kosovo Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Ethnic Serbs voted under heavy security on Sunday in repeat local elections in Kosovo's flashpoint northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica, where a previous vote was cancelled due to violence. Voting for local mayors and councillors was repeated at three polling stations in the Serb-populated part of the ethnically divided town after masked Serbian extremists destroyed ballot boxes during the previous election on November 3. Polling stations closed Sunday evening with no incidents reported.

Voters allege coercion in Kosovo ballot central to EU accord

By Matt Robinson and Branislav Krstic MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - Ethnic Serbs trickled to polling stations in northern Kosovo on Sunday in a re-run that is central to a plan brokered by the European Union to end the country's ethnic partition but has been marred by what locals said was coercion to vote. NATO soldiers and EU police were out in force, protecting voting centers against a possible repeat of violence during the original vote two weeks ago by Serb hardliners opposed to the election.

Kosovo Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Ethnic Serbs voted under heavy security on Sunday in repeat local elections in Kosovo's flashpoint northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica, where a previous vote was cancelled due to violence. Voting for local mayors and councillors was repeated at three polling stations in the Serb-populated part of the ethnically divided town after masked Serbian extremists destroyed ballot boxes during the previous election on November 3.
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