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'Children are innocent': Albanians beg for return of IS youngsters

Tirana - After media interest helped mobilise the evacuation of an Albanian boy from northern Syria last month, families of other children of Islamic State fighters are pleading with Tirana to redouble its efforts and bring the rest home.

Victims buried as search for Albania quake survivors ends

Durr - The search for survivors of a deadly Albanian earthquake was called off on Saturday as eight family members, including four children, killed in the port of Durres were laid to rest.The 6.

Albanians hold mass funeral for earthquake victims

Mamurras - Albanian families buried their loved ones on Friday and the country mourned the 49 people known to have died in this week's earthquake, as officials grapple with the destruction left in its wake. Entire families were crushed by their homes when the 6.

Albania races against time to find earthquake survivors

Mamurras - Emergency workers on Wednesday pulled dust-covered corpses from the ruins of an earthquake that has claimed 30 lives in Albania, as aftershocks hampered the second day of search efforts for survivors.The 6.

Albania mourns as earthquake search for survivors continues

Mamurras - Albania was in national mourning Wednesday as emergency workers continued to pull bodies from the ruins of buildings gutted by a violent earthquake, with nearly 30 found dead and hundreds injured.

Hope and fear in Albania as rescuers scour post-quake wreckage

Durr - Cries of anguish and joy wrench the Albanian city of Durres as relatives watch rescuers pull bodies out from the wreckage of a powerful earthquake. Some are dead, but others are alive."We saved a life...

More than 20 dead as Albania hunts for earthquake survivors

Durr - Albanian rescuers searched rubble through the night looking for survivors trapped in buildings that toppled Tuesday in the strongest earthquake to hit the country in decades, with more than 20 dead and hundreds injured.

6.4-magnitude quake strikes Albania: authorities

Tirana - A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Albania on Tuesday, sparking panic in Tirana and the coastal city of Durres where a building collapsed, according to the ministry of defence.

Albania's endangered Jewish museum reopens

Berat - Albania's sole Jewish history museum reopened in southern Berat on Sunday thanks to a businessman who rescued it from the brink of closure.

Strong earthquake in Albania damages buildings and sends residents fleeing

Tirana - Albania was rattled by its strongest earthquake in decades Saturday, officials said, sending people fleeing into the streets in several cities, damaging buildings and triggering power cuts in the capital.The epicentre of the shallow 5.

Ex-Albanian interior minister acquitted of drug charges

Tirana - An Albanian court has acquitted former interior minister Saimir Tahiri on drug trafficking charges but sentenced him to three years of probation for abuse of power.

'We'll try again': EU-bound migrants reroute via Albanian hills

Tirana - After slipping across the Greek border into the arid mountains of southeastern Albania in the dead of night, Hidaja Salah and his fellow travellers are blinded by the headlights of a police car.

Albanian justice on pause as judges fall victim to graft probe

Tirana - Inside the halls of Albania's quiet Supreme Court building, a clock on the wall has stopped.

Tensions high as Albania votes in disputed local poll

Tirana - Albanians cast ballots on Sunday in tense municipal elections that have become the flashpoint of a democratic crisis, with the opposition boycotting the vote and refusing to recognise its results.

Albanian president denounces ruling backing local polls

Tirana - Albania's president on Tuesday denounced as politicised a decision by the country's top election body to back holding local polls this weekend, over-ruling his decree scrapping the vote.

Albania's electoral authority greenlights local polls

Tirana - Albania's top election authority on Monday backed holding local polls this weekend, rejecting an effort by the president to cancel the vote amid a whirlwind of political turmoil.

Courts, cannabis, corruption: Albania struggles against old demons

Tirana - With an ex-minister on trial for drug trafficking, an opposition leader suspected of money laundering and hundreds of judges probed over graft, Albania is wrestling against a corruption plague threatening its EU membership hopes.

Albania parliament rejects president's bid to cancel local polls

Tirana - Albania's ruling Socialist Party on Thursday voted down a move by President Ilir Meta to scrap local elections he viewed as undemocratic because of an opposition boycott.

Albanian president, PM clash over June elections

Tirana - Albanian President Ilir Meta on Saturday cancelled local elections scheduled for June 30, a decision promptly rejected by Prime Minister Edi Rama who said the polls would go ahead.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.
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