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Serb border policemen wounded in Kosovo ambush

Three ethnic Serb border officers were wounded, one seriously, when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in northern Kosovo, police said Tuesday. "Their vehicle was ambushed and came under fire while it was on a road heading towards the border" with Serbia late Monday, police spokesman Besim Hoti told AFP. The attack occurred near the village of Banja in the north of the territory whose ethnic Serb majority refuses to recognise Kosovo's 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia.

Spain's archeological museum to open after six-year renovation

Spain's National Archaeological Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday after a massive six-year overhaul that aims to offer a state-of-the-art space for its collection of ancient artefacts. The redesign of one of Madrid's largest museums, housing items from prehistoric times until the 19th century, began in 2008 and cost 65.2 million euros ($89.8 million). It has incorporated new audiovisual displays, maps and graphic panels to give greater context to the objects on display, which include Greek vases, Roman mosaics and ancient sacred artefacts.

Bins burned, street protests in Spain student strike

Protesters burned bins at a top Spanish university campus on Thursday and hundreds marched through the streets in a national strike against education cuts that has seen scores of arrests. A Madrid police spokeswoman told AFP that officers arrested one person on Thursday morning "for possession of flammable material" after bins were burned at Madrid's Complutense university. Police also released on bail 54 people who were arrested on Wednesday for burning bins and occupying offices at the Complutense campus in the west of Madrid, the spokeswoman said.

H&M profits, costs up in first quarter as clothing retailer expands online stores

STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion retailer Hennes Net profit in the December-February period was 2.65 billion kronor (412 million), up from 2.46 billion kronor a year earlier. Sales rose 13 per cent to 32.1 billion kronor as H Costs also rose, by 13 per cent, as H The share price dropped more than 3 per cent to 279.50 kronor ($43.47) in early trading in Stockholm.

Georgia seeks non-aggression promise from Russia

Nervous over Russia's recent assertive behaviour in Ukraine, Georgia on Wednesday sought a fresh pledge from Moscow that it would not use force to resolve their simmering territorial conflict. "Georgia remains committed to its non-use of force pledge unilaterally taken in 2010," said chief negotiator David Zalkaliani after the latest round of internationally-brokered peace talks in Geneva.

Comparing Crimea to Kosovo makes 'no sense'

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that comparing Russia's absorption of Crimea with Kosovo's independence struggle makes "absolutely no sense". "When I hear analogies to Kosovo... it's a comparison that makes absolutely no sense," Obama told journalists in The Hague the day after a Group of Seven summit aimed at punishing Russia for its takeover of Crimea. ta/cjo/ec

Spain's former envoy to U.S. urges closer bilateral ties

Madrid, Mar 21 (EFE).- A former Spanish ambassador to the United States urged his country Friday to forge closer ties with the U.S. since "strengthening relations" between the two countries is "recovering our history." Javier Ruperez gave a conference Friday at Casa de America in Madrid on "The Hispanic Community at its Height in the United States:a Strategic Opportunity for Spain?" The event was organized by The Hispanic Council, a think tank with offices in Washington and Madrid.

Spanish economy to grow 1 pct in 2014, U.S. investment bank says

Madrid, Mar 17 (EFE).- The Spanish economy will grow 1 percent this year and 1.5 percent in 2015, according to the latest forecast from U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley. The bank earlier projected Spain's GDP would expand by 0.6 percent in 2014 and by 1.2 percent next year. Morgan Stanley attributes the more optimistic forecast to increasingly favorable financing conditions and an improved outlook for leading European countries. Economists at the U.S. bank expect Spain to enjoy healthier domestic demand over the next two years.

Serbia's centre-right wins snap poll by landslide

Serbia's ruling centre-right SNS party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls Sunday, according to estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the EU. The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won around 50 percent of the vote, giving it a majority in the 250-seat parliament, independent electoral monitors CESID said. If confirmed in final results, it would be the highest score in Serbia's parliamentary elections after the fall of communism in 1990, when late strongman Slobodan Milosevic came to power.

Spain deports Madrid train bombing convict to Morocco

Spain on Sunday deported a Moroccan man after he completed a 10-year jail sentence for obtaining the explosives used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the government said. Spain's National Court in 2007 sentenced Rafa Zouhier, 34, to ten years behind bars for collaborating with the Islamist cell that carried out the country's deadliest terrorist attack. The court found that Zouhier had acted as the intermediary between a former Spanish miner who supplied the explosives used in the bombings and the leader of the cell that carried out the attacks.
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