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EU begins Kosovo mission

The European Union began its police and justice mission in Kosovo yesterday after an eight-month delay as international peacekeepers stepped up security in the north where Serbs oppose the move.

Leading article: The EU's new test in the Balkans

The European Union has begun, after much delay, its mission to strengthen law and order in Kosovo. Some 2,000 civilian officials have started taking over police, court and customs duties from the United Nations. Early reports say that the initial stages of the handover went without a hitch. The whole process is due to take several months.

Seasoned diplomat Ahtisaari wins coveted Nobel

Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize today for his work on conflict resolution.

The theories: Why was Jill Dando shot dead?

The myriad of theories about why Jill Dando was killed resurfaced today as Barry George was cleared of her murder.

Kosovo Serbs set up rival assembly

Kosovo Serbs have inaugurated their own assembly in the divided town of Mitrovica, in a blow to the authority of the new state's ethnic Albanian leadership.

Tadic gets death threats over pro-EU 'betrayal'

Boris Tadic, the Serbian President, has received death threats from nationalists for "betraying the Serb people" by seeking closer ties with the European Union, officials said.

600 British troops to be sent to Kosovo

Britain is to send 600 soldiers to Kosovo to assist Nato with peacekeeping activities, Defence Secretary Des Browne announced today.

Georgia angry at Russia's links with rebel regions

Russia has been criticised over moves to establish legal links with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The two territories are officially part of Georgia but declared independence in the early 1990s.

Former Kosovan leader cleared of war crimes

Ramush Haradinaj, a former prime minister of Kosovo and senior militia commander, was found not guilty of murder and torture yesterday by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Military law imposed on divided Kosovo town after Serb rioting

Nato has put the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica under de facto military law after rioting by Serbs hostile to the newly independent state left one UN policeman dead and forced the withdrawal of UN staff.

Dozens hurt as Serbs go on rampage in Kosovo

Hundreds of UN police and Nato troops came under fire from Serb protesters yesterday in the worst violence since Kosovo declared independence a month ago. The clashes followed attempts by a UN force backed by Nato troops from K-For to retake a court building seized by Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica last week.

'The Bridge Watchers' terrorise Mitrovica

They hang out in a smoke-filled bar called La Dolce Vita, by the bridge. The irony is too heavy to miss because there is nothing remotely sweet about life in Mitrovica, the gritty mining town in northern Kosovo that has been divided between ethnic Serbs and Albanians since 1999 and this week, once again, is seething with tension.

Serbia gives reminder of defiance under Milosevic

Serbia's relationship with the EU is in crisis after Belgrade's failure to intervene to halt violence sparked by the West's endorsement of Kosovo's independence.

Cabra feels the heat as Kosovo temperature rises

Cabra, set in rolling hills a short drive north of the divided city of Mitrovica, may be the loneliest village in Kosovo, it is certainly the most vulnerable. Though inhabited by ethnic Albanians, it is entirely surrounded by Serb villages and farms. If a new Kosovo war broke out, it would once again be in the front line.

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