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Kosovo Serbs vote again to elect flashpoint town mayor

Voters in the Serb-dominated part of Kosovo's flashpoint town of Kosovska Mitrovica returned to polls Sunday to elect a mayor after the one elected in December refused to take over. Kosovo local elections, whose first round was held in November, were the first in which ethnic Serbs living in its north, encouraged by Serbia, took part since Pristina proclaimed independence from Belgrade in 2008. No incidents were reported during Sunday's elections, for which an important number of EU police and NATO soldiers was deployed.

Spain to return to scene of Euro 2012 triumph

By Mike Collett NICE, France (Reuters) - World champions Spain will start their campaign for a third successive European Championship in a group with Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg, meaning an emotional trip back to Kiev for Vicente del Bosque's team who lifted the trophy there in 2012.

British cabinet to meet in Scotland, focus on North Sea oil

The British cabinet will meet in Scotland for only the third time in history on Monday to warn of the economic cost that independence could have on the North Sea oil industry. Cameron said Sunday that Britain's "broad shoulders" would support investment in the important oil sector that would give a "vital boost" to Scottish communities for decades to come. The fate of North Sea oil revenues is one of the biggest issues ahead of a referendum on September 18 that will decide whether Scotland will end its 300-year-old union with England.

RugbyU: Wales overwhelm France 27-6

Wales dominated a one-sided Six Nations Championship affair and ran out 27-6 winners over France in the Millennium Stadium on Friday night. Most of the damage was done in the first half, as the Welsh racked up a 20-6 lead by half-time with full back Leigh Halfpenny kicking five penalties, opening the score in the first minute. His only first-half failure with the boot was his conversion attempt for George North's try, which came after a mix-up between Brice Dulin and Jean-Marc Doussain let the Welsh centre in.

RugbyU: Wales lead France 20-6 at half-time

Wales led France 20-6 at half-time in their Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium on Friday. ps/ric

Norwegian 10-year-old drives off with second car in two weeks

OSLO (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week, claiming he was a dwarf who forgot his driver's license, has hit the road again. This time he took off in the car of a relative the family was visiting and managed to drive about 30 km (19 miles) before stopping, local police said on Thursday.

RugbyU: Wales v France head-to-head

Head-to-head record between Wales and France ahead of their Six Nations international at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Friday: Played: 91 Wales wins: 45 France wins: 43 Drawn: 3 Highest Scores: Wales 49-14, 1910; France 51-0, 1998 Biggest Wins: Wales 47-5, 1909; France 51-0, 1998 Last five results 2013 Paris: WAL 16-6 2012 Cardiff: WAL 16-9 2011 Auckland (WC): FRA 9-8 2011 Paris: FRA 28-9 2010 Cardiff FRA 26-20

Britain to protest over Spanish incursion into Gibraltar's waters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it would make a formal "high level" protest to Spain over what the British Foreign Office described as an incursion into Gibraltar's territorial waters by the Spanish Navy earlier this week. "There was an incursion into British waters near Gibraltar by the Spanish Navy on 18 February, during a Royal Navy exercise," a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement. "We are raising this at a high level with the Spanish government and will be issuing a formal protest."

After slow start, Albania and Kosovo look to potential as partners

By Benet Koleka and Fatos Bytyci TIRANA/PRISTINA (Reuters) - Shortly after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia six years ago, neighboring Albania said it would bequeath its Adriatic port of Shengjin to its landlocked ethnic kin. The port, nestled on a scenic bay, is "the closest to Kosovo," about 125 km (77 miles) away, a poster in the office of Shengjin manager Gjovalin Tusha helpfully points out.

Kosovo marks independence amid better ties with Serbia

Kosovo on Monday celebrated six years of independence marked by a historic improvement of ties with former foe Serbia, which was coaxed along by an EU-brokered deal last year. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci told a special parliamentary session that "our vision of an independent Kosovo is one of a democratic country... ready to find its place within the family of free nations". Several thousand people gathered in flag-bedecked streets in Kosovo's capital Pristina to watch a military and police parade to be followed by a fireworks display.
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