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WORLD
March 18, 2008 | Behar Zogiani and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Serbs opposed to Kosovo's independence battled U.N. and NATO forces Monday in the divided town of Mitrovica, stoking fears of a new regional conflict in the Balkans. The clashes forced lightly armed United Nations police to withdraw from the town in northern Kosovo. With their helicopters circling overhead, NATO troops riding in armored personnel carriers and firing tear gas moved in under a hail of stones and Molotov cocktails. NATO and U.N.
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WORLD
March 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Serbia's coalition government was formally dissolved, opening the way for an early parliamentary election. The decision was made at a brief Cabinet session two days after Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica announced that the government could not stay in office because of disunity over the conflicting goals of holding on to Kosovo and joining the European Union. "The government did not have a united and common policy anymore," a statement said. President Boris Tadic must disband parliament and set a date for the election, probably May 11.
WORLD
March 10, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
She purses her lips in a "tsk-tsk" when asked difficult questions. Questions about her life, about the husband who beats her, the father who denies her an inheritance and a place to live. Slightly hunchbacked, her thin frame barely fills the several layers of donated clothing she wears. At 26, she looks 15. She has three children and an elementary-school education. When she showed up at the door of a women's shelter here, purple bruises blotched her face and framed her shattered, crooked nose.
WORLD
March 9, 2008 | Zoran Cirjakovic and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on Saturday called for new elections to replace the ruling coalition, citing untenable discord inside the government over Kosovo's secession and Serbia's own alliances with Europe. His announcement in effect collapses the government, a casualty of Kosovo's U.S.-backed declaration of independence issued Feb. 17 and disagreement in Serbia over how to respond.
WORLD
March 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 100 Serb police officers turned in their weapons, radios and badges in a deepening rebellion against the ethnic Albanian majority's declaration of independence from Serbia. The officers were suspended for 48 hours after rejecting the Albanian-dominated command in Pristina, the capital. Hundreds of Serb officers are demanding that they report only to the U.N. police force in the country.
WORLD
February 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States Embassy in Belgrade was reopened, its windows cracked and facade blackened from a fire that Serbs started last week during a protest against U.S. support for Kosovo's independence. Workers were still sweeping up the damage at the embassy, where the charred body of a protester was found after the rioters were dispersed.
WORLD
February 23, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Kosovo's declaration of independence has touched off an all-too-predictable spasm of violence and hostility in a region that emerged from devastating war scarcely a decade ago. From setting fire to the U.S. Embassy in the Serbian capital of Belgrade to stone-throwing at NATO troops along the new unsteady border between Serbia and Kosovo, the anger of Serbs over the loss of a region they consider their cultural heartland is intense and dangerous.
WORLD
February 22, 2008 | Zoran Cirjakovic and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Angry Serbs protesting Kosovo's independence stormed the U.S. Embassy on Thursday night and set it on fire, as the fringes of a large and generally peaceful demonstration sponsored by the Serbian government turned violent. Serbian police drove off the protesters, some chanting "Down with USA terror" and "Kill the Albanians," and firefighters brought the blaze under control. A charred body, which U.S. officials said was probably that of a protester, was found in the embassy.
WORLD
February 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo on Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence. For three days, Kosovo's Serbs have shown their anger over Sunday's declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian leadership, destroying United Nations and NATO property, setting off small bombs and staging noisy rallies.
OPINION
February 21, 2008
Re "U.S., many in EU recognize Kosovo," Feb. 19 Kosovo declares independence, and nations with disaffected minorities such as Russia and China cry bad precedent. We need to remember the causative event: Slobodan Milosevic, with violence and threat of destruction, tried to expel Albanian Kosovars from their ancestral home. Similar to the Holocaust, this is an event that changed history. To all nations with disaffected minorities, including the U.S.: Don't think that violence or repression will change history in your favor.
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