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Football: Kosovo draws with Haiti on international bow

Six years after declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo drew 0-0 in a friendly match with Haiti in their FIFA-approved debut on the international stage Wednesday. But even without a single goal scored, more than 17,000 fans at the Adem Jashari stadium frenetically applauded their squad playing in blue and white jerseys. "It was fantastic, although if we had scored, everything would have been perfect," goalkeeper Samir Ujkani told reporters after the match.

Serbia, Kosovo to pursue talks to mend ties

By Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Serbia's launch of membership talks with the European Union will not spell the end of EU-mediated talks with its former province Kosovo on mending their relations, the EU's top diplomat said on Thursday. The EU's 28 governments rewarded Belgrade this week for improving ties with Pristina by agreeing to start membership talks on January 21, putting Serbia on a path towards joining the EU possibly in the next decade.

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.

Serbia, Kosovo vow to keep peace on track after poll violence

The premiers of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic, vowed Wednesday to keep a peace deal on track despite election violence by Serb extremists in Kosovo. "Both governments condemned the incidents," Thaci said as election officials in Kosovo ordered a re-run vote in a town where Serbs stormed a polling station and destroyed ballot boxes on Sunday. The election was part of an historic April peace deal brokered by the European Union's top diplomat Catherine Ashton, who in exchange offered the onetime foes closer ties with the 28-nation bloc.

Serbian PM Dacic says no referendum on accord with Kosovo

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday ruled out holding a referendum on a historic agreement toward improving relations with Kosovo. In an interview with Kyodo News, Dacic, speaking through an interpreter, said, "There is not going to be a referendum," stating the Serbian government's position on the issue for the first time after it struck the deal with Kosovo on April 19.

Serbian MPs approve deal on normalising ties with Kosovo

Serbia's parliament on Friday gave its green light to an EU-brokered deal aimed at normalising ties with former foe Kosovo, a landmark accord already approved by the government. The deal, which has come under fire from ultra-nationalists and Kosovo Serbs, won vast backing in the 250-seat parliament, as MPs from the ruling nationalists' coalition and from the centre-left opposition had already indicated they would vote in favour of it. Out of 203 deputies present, 173 voted to approve the deal, while 24 were against it. The remaining six abstained from voting.

Serbian parliament to vote on normalising ties with Kosovo

Serbia's parliament on Friday began debating whether to green light an EU-brokered deal aimed at normalising ties with former foe Kosovo, a landmark accord already approved by the government. The deal, which has come under fire from ultra-nationalists and Kosovo Serbs, is expected to win vast backing in the 250-seat parliament, as MPs from the ruling nationalists' coalition and from the centre-left opposition have already indicated they would vote in favour of it.

Serbian parliament to vote on normalising ties with Kosovo

Serbia's parliament on Friday began debating whether to green light an EU-brokered deal aimed at normalising ties with former foe Kosovo, a landmark accord already approved by the government. The deal, which has come under fire from ultra-nationalists and Kosovo Serbs, is expected to win vast backing in the 250-seat parliament, as MPs from the ruling nationalists' coalition and from the centre-left opposition have already indicated they would vote in favour of it.

EU unlocks door to Serbia, Kosovo after landmark deal

The European Union unlocked its door to Serbia and Kosovo on Monday in reward for striking a landmark agreement to normalise ties and turn the page on the last searing trouble-spot in the Balkans. But in the ethnically split northern Kosovo town of Kosovska Mitrovica, 10,000 angry Kosovo Serbs protested the accord, accusing Belgrade of "betraying" them and "abandoning" its former province.

Serbia will not sign Kosovo accord, wants more talks

Serbia on Monday rejected a Brussels-brokered proposal on easing tensions with breakaway Kosovo, seen as a key condition for EU integration talks to begin, but pledged to continue negotiations with Pristina. "The government of Serbia cannot accept principles verbally presented to its negotiating team in Brussels, since they do not guarantee full security and protection of human rights to the Serb people in Kosovo," Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic told reporters. However Belgrade "pledges an urgent resumption of dialogue with Pristina with EU mediation," Dacic said.
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