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Serbia-Kosovo talks broach ‘parallel rule’ issue

BRUSSELS – Talks between Serbia and Kosovo, which Serbia considers a renegade province, are broaching one of the most delicate issues dividing them – so-called parallel rule of northern Kosovo by the Serbian government. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci are meeting Tuesday in Brussels with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. It is ...

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Europe to Syrian opposition: No to arms, yes to ‘non-lethal’ aid

European Union foreign ministers on Monday stopped short of meeting Britain’s demand to lift an arms embargo on Syria but agreed to allow “non-lethal” aid and “technical assistance” to flow to the opposition. “We would’ve gone further, some were against. This is a compromise,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the close of talks with his 26 EU counterparts. ...

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EU launches military training mission in Mali

BRUSSELS — Less than a year after it triggered international condemnation by seizing power in a coup, the Malian military will start receiving advice from European experts on how to maintain control of its vast territory. On Monday, the European Union officially launched a training mission with the goal of making the disparaged Malian army good enough to patrol the ...

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EU parliament haggles over budget

The EU parliament member are fighting the EU cuncil President Van Rompuy over the new EU budget which has cuts that David Cameron of the UK pushed. MEPs are giving Herman Van Rompuy a tough time over the new EU budget, and threatening to block the deal. Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian PM who leads the Alliance of Liberals and ...

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Armenia President Sarkisian expected to win re-election

Armenians are set to vote in a presidential election, with the incumbent Serge Sarkisian expected to win a second five-year term in office. The vote has been condemned as not presenting voters with any real choice, with observers saying Mr Sarkisian’s only credible opponents have withdrawn. Polls suggest he will win more than 60% of the vote. The Heritage Party ...

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Runoff Is Set for President in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus will hold a presidential runoff election next week after no candidate won an outright majority in the first round of voting on Sunday. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The front-runner, Nicos Anastasiades, the leader of a center-right party who presented himself as ...

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NATO kills insurgent behind Carson soldier’s death

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier-turned-insurgent who was feted by the Taliban for killing a Fort Carson soldier during an insider attack in eastern Afghanistan last year has been killed in a raid, the U.S.-led international coalition said on Monday. NATO identified the insurgent as Mahmood and said that he and an accomplice, identified only as Rashid, died in last ...

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COALITION TO COMPLY WITH PLAN TO RESTRICT AIRSTRIKES

KABUL, Afghanistan The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Sunday he would comply with an intended order by President Hamid Karzai that prohibits Afghan forces from calling in NATO airstrikes on residential areas. Gen. Joseph Dunford, on the job here a week, said the international coalition would find “other ways” to support Afghan ground forces, which ...

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