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Deported Roma girl, family attacked in Kosovo

Unidentified assailants on Sunday attacked a Roma schoolgirl, whose deportation from France sparked controversy, along with her family in Kosovo where they have been living since their eviction, police said. "The Dibrani (family) were walking in Mitrovica with their children when they were attacked by unknown" people, a police officer, who requested to remain anonymous, told AFP. The mother of 15-year-old Leonarda, Xhemaili, was "beaten and is in hospital while the children, who are traumatised, are at a police station", the officer said.

Kosovo donates crystal as thanks for Hiroshima peace stone gift

A Kosovo government official on Monday visited Hiroshima City to donate a crystal produced in the Balkan country as a token of appreciation for a gift it has received from a Hiroshima civic group of one of the paving stones near ground zero of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.

Serbia wants to join EU within 5 years

Serbian premier Ivica Dacic held out hopes of bringing the country into the EU fold within a quick four to five-year span Wednesday, a day after European Union ministers recommended that the bloc kick off membership talks by January. "We are not keen on having these talks last 10 years, we hope in four or five years," Dacic said as he urged EU leaders to confirm the ministers' recommendation at a summit Friday.

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What's happening in Europe on Wednesday: + New Cypriot finance minister to be sworn in + French ex-minister charged in tax fraud probe + Serbia, Kosovo fail to reach deal NICOSIA: New Cypriot finance minister Haris Georgiades is sworn in at 0730 GMT after the resignation of Michalis Sarris, who stepped down to cooperate with a judicial probe on the causes of the financial crisis. Picture. Graphic. (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

Germany returns lost ancient artifacts to Kosovo

Kosovo's culture minister on Friday said Germany had returned seven millennia-old artefacts that were smuggled out during the 1998-1999 war with Serbia and were unexpectedly found in a German police raid. The seven terracotta items, including a small bowl, date back to the neolithic era, between 3,500 to 4,000 BC. They were found by German police in an unrelated investigation against two Serbs several years ago, Memli Krasniqi said, adding that it took a while to confirm the items came from Kosovo.
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