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US embassy is set on fire as thousands march against Kosovo

The US embassy in Belgrade was in flames last night after a mob of Serbian protesters peeled away from a rally against Kosovan independence and broke into the empty building, tore the Stars and Stripes from the flagpole and set rooms alight.

Serbia endorses bomb attack on Kosovo border

Kosovo's honeymoon as an independent state was rudely shattered yesterday when hundreds of Serbs converged on two border checkpoints separating Serbia from the newly free state and destroyed them with plastic explosives.

Serbs dismiss Albanian talk of reconciliation

After a night of Albanian celebrations, Serbs made their feelings about Kosovo's self-declared independence known yesterday with co-ordinated protests in Serbian enclaves across the new-born state.

Angry Serbs attack riot police and vow to reclaim 'false state'

Serbs opposing Kosovo's independence vented their anger and frustration on buildings belonging to the Western powers they accuse of carving the province from the heart of Serbia.

President: Serbia will never accept an independent Kosovo

Serbia's top leaders immediately rejected Kosovo's "unilateral and illegal" declaration of independence Sunday, but said they would not use force to reclaim the breakaway province.

Kosovo makes historic declaration of independence from Serbia

Kosovo declared itself a nation on Sunday, mounting a brash and historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the U.S. and key European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

Leading article: Kosovo: a triumph for intervention

Today, Kosovo becomes only the third new country of the 21st century. Its declaration of independence will be recognised by a majority of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, and by the United States, but not by Russia. Its birth is more contested and difficult even than that of Montenegro in 2006, which was also detached from an unwilling Serbia, or of East Timor in 2002, which was wrested from Indonesia.

Serbia plunged back into crisis as PM rejects EU deal

The European Commission has announced the indefinite postponement of an EU deal due to be signed with Serbia, blaming "obstruction" by the country's nationalist Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica.

Tadic victory boost for Kosovo independence

Boris Tadic's re-election as president of Serbia was wholeheartedly welcomed by European leaders yesterday, as they looked forward to the prospect of the Balkan country moving along a smoother path to EU membership as the breakaway province of Kosovo prepares to declare its independence.

Ivor Roberts: The threat of a Balkan flare-up has not gone away

Victory for the pro-Western Boris Tadic won't mean an end to Serbian defiance

Pro-European President wins Serbian elections

Serbian voters backed their pro-European President, Boris Tadic, in a dramatic election race last night.

Run-off vote to decide Serbia's future

The path of Serbia towards EU integration or the isolation of the Milosevic era will be decided in two weeks' time, after yesterday's presidential poll failed to produce a clear winner.

Serbia bans US and British election monitors

Serbia's electoral commission has barred US and British observers from monitoring its presidential elections in protest over the countries' support for Kosovan independence.

President insists Kosovo will gain independence

Kosovo's president insisted yesterday that the province would gain independence in early 2008.

Warrington 30 Huddersfield 26: Sharp rues missed chance to topple faltering Wolves

Warrington broke their five-match losing run but still almost managed to squander a handsome lead against an equally out-of-form Huddersfield side yesterday.

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