Local Kosovo Serbs pass by a church during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the village of Partes, 60 km (37 miles) south of capital Pristina, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Hazir Reka
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An ethnic Serb politician in the flashpoint Kosovo town of Mitrovica was shot dead overnight in what officials said was part of a backlash by hardliners against an EU-brokered accord to end the country's ethnic partition.Janicijevic ran for mayor of Mitrovica late last year in the first municipal elections in Kosovo's mainly Serb north to be held under Kosovo law, part of a push by the European Union to integrate the north six years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.Serb hardliners in the north reject any compromise with the Kosovo state and tensions have been rising in Mitrovica since the EU brokered an accord in April 2013 between Serbia and Kosovo, by which Belgrade agreed to cede its de facto control over the north in exchange for the start of EU accession talks next week.
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