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Albanians unearth dark past searching for communism's victims

Tirana - After years of scouring documents, tapes and then the slopes of a mountain above Tirana, Jovan Plaku found the remains of 13 people in a forest where he believes his father was executed by Albania's former communist regime.

Albanian police arrest an Islamist sought by Italy

Tirana - Albanian police on Tuesday arrested a 28-year old man following a request from Italy where he is sought for "terrorist activities".

Albania's opposition calls for PM to resign

Tirana - Several police officers were injured Saturday in Tirana during the opposition protest calling on Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Albanian PM: A 'lukewarm' EU is hurting the Balkans

Tirana - The Balkan countries are hurting from the stalled integration process with the European Union, where member states are growing weary of enlargement, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told AFP in an interview.

Tirana airport security under scrutiny after runway heist

Tirana - Security at the Albanian capital's airport was under scrutiny Wednesday after a Hollywood-style robbery on its runway that left one gunman dead while his accomplices fled with millions of euros.

Police and protesters clash outside Albanian parliament

Tirana - Police in Albania used tear gas and water cannon against stone-throwing anti-government demonstrators in the capital Tirana Saturday, as they tried to force their way into the parliament building.

In Albania, a sole Jewish history museum on the brink

Berat - On a sloped, cobblestone street in southern Albania sits a small shop, empty except for a dozen framed panels on the walls bearing photos and stories from 500 years of Jewish life.

Albanian police disperse opposition protest with teargas

Tirana - Albanian police used teargas Tuesday to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who tried to prevent ruling Socialist MPs from entering parliament.

Young and restless: Albanian youth see a future elsewhere

Tirana - After emerging from his hiding place inside a truck packed with children's toys at a British port, Alban Tufa saw the police and realised his attempt to slip into the country had failed.

Police and protesters clash outside Albanian parliament

Tirana - Thousands of opposition supporters clashed with police outside the Albanian parliament on Saturday during an anti-government protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Albanian students revolt over tuition costs

Tirana - Thousands of Albanian university students took to Tirana's streets on Tuesday for their biggest show of strength yet in a protest movement demanding lower tuition fees and more investment in public education.

Looters plunder Albania's sunken treasures

Vlora - Albania's long underexplored coastal waters have become a hotspot for treasure hunters scooping up ancient pottery, sunken ship parts and other shell-encrusted relics that have lain on the seabed for centuries.

Macedonian ex-PM fled in Hungarian diplomatic car: Albanian police

Tirana - Former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country to avoid prison, used a Hungarian diplomatic vehicle to escape through Albania, police in Tirana said Thursday after Budapest formally denied any involvement.

Albania bans 52 Greeks after 'extremism' at funeral

Tirana - Tirana has banned 52 Greek nationals from entering the country over what it labelled their "extremist" behaviour at the funeral of an ethnic Greek man killed by Albanian police, an official said late Friday.

Crowds flock to funeral of ethnic Greek man slain in Albania

- Hundreds attended a funeral in southern Albania on Thursday for an ethnic Greek man who was killed by police there last month, inflaming tensions between Athens and Tirana.

Animals rescued from 'hellish' Albanian zoo

Fier - Albanian police on Sunday broke open cages at a private zoo and removed 11 animals including three lions and a bear being kept in "hellish" conditions, animal welfare workers said.

More EU-bound migrants reaching end of the road in Albania

Tirana - When he fled Syria with his four daughters, Said Dabash never dreamt of settling down in Albania, a poor country on Europe's southern edge. But the 45-year-old's hopes of reaching Germany were overtaken by exhaustion.

Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade

Qafa - Threats, poisoned dogs and massacred trees: Albania's forests are gripped by a war over truffles, the prized and pricey fungi known in this poor European country as "black gold".

Steeped in history but crumbling, Albania's 'slanted city'

Gjirokast - The Lolomani dwelling, formerly the home of the Ottoman period family of that name, was once an impressive sight in the mountainside town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania.

Poverty-stricken Albania new migrant gateway into EU

Tirana - Until recently, few refugees chose poverty-stricken Albania as a pit stop on their perilous trek towards wealthy EU countries. But with the so-called western Balkan migrant trail now shut, the number of Syrians arriving in Albania is on the rise.
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