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Albanian MPs elect new president

Tirana - Albania's parliament on Friday elected speaker Ilir Meta as the Balkan country's new president, a largely ceremonial post for which he was supported by the governing Socialist party.

Albania opposition blocks roads in call for PM to quit

Tirana - Albania's political opposition blocked the country's main roads for more than an hour on Monday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election.

Albanian opposition slams PM, threatens poll delay

Tirana - Albania's opposition stepped up pressure Monday on Prime Minister Edi Rama, calling for him to resign and agree to a transitional government to prepare free and fair elections.

Opening secret police files, Albania seeks to drain the swamp

Tirana - Forty years ago, Irina Sallaku's husband Xhavit disappeared and she has spent decades wondering what happened to him.

Trump gets his own boulevard in Albania

Kamz - A town in central Albania has renamed a boulevard in honour of Donald Trump, calling the US president "a revolutionary model" for the world.

Albanian opposition leader charged over anti-regime protests

Tirana - Albania's opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday for inciting public violence after leading sweeping anti-government protests.

Albanian opposition party vows to block parliament

Tirana - Albania's main opposition party said Thursday that it would boycott parliament in its efforts to oust Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama ahead of elections in June.

Albania smashes major migrant smuggling ring

Tirana - Albanian police dismantled the biggest human trafficking ring uncovered since the start of the migrant crisis, arresting 18 people in a series of stings, public prosecutors said Wednesday.

French police arrest hoteliers in migrant smuggling probe

Lille - Five hotel managers suspected of belonging to a network smuggling Albanian migrants into Britain were arrested Tuesday in a police operation in the French port city of Calais, a judicial source said.

Young Albanians scarred by rogue cosmetic treatments

Tirana - Emira Sela covers her face with her hand to hide a disfiguring abscess, the traumatic result of unregulated cosmetic treatments now rampant across Albania.The 31-year-old began to worry when wrinkles appeared on her face.

Albanian town makes Trump honorary citizen

Tirana - An Albanian town has made Donald Trump an honorary citizen, hailing the US president-elect as "revolutionary" following his victory at the polls.

Macedonian police say Islamist attacks foiled

Skopje - Macedonian police said Thursday that Islamist terror attacks had been foiled in the Balkan country as they announced the arrest of two citizens in a wider regional crackdown.

Albanian Communist era martyrs beatified

Shkod - Thousands of people gathered on Saturday to celebrate the beatification of 38 Catholics executed or tortured to death in Albania under the regime of communist dictator Enver Hoxha.

Albanian martyrs of Communist era to be beatified

Shkodra - They were tortured to death, fatally strung up by their feet, shot or thrown into quicksand.

Albanian martyrs of Communist era to be beatified

Shkodra - They were tortured to death, strung up by their feet, shot or thrown into quicksand.

Kosovo 'is a state' Albanian PM Rama tells Serbs

Belgrade - Serbia should recognise its former southern province Kosovo, which "is a state," Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Thursday during a visit to Belgrade.

Albania destroys marijuana fields to clean up its image

- Small mountainous Albania was for decades Europe's most isolated country, but now 26 years after toppling communism it has emerged with the unwanted distinction of being the continent's top marijuana producer.

Albanian prince marries in country's second ever 'royal' wedding

Tirana - Prince Leka, the sole descendant of Albania's last king, married popular actress Elia Zaharia on Saturday in a ceremony attended by the Spanish queen and several former royals.

Albania seeks to liberate chained bears

Tirana - The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic.

Balkan countries contest Saint Teresa's heritage

Skopje - When Pope Francis canonises Mother Teresa on Sunday, two Balkan countries will be celebrating the sainthood of a woman they both fiercely claim as their own.

The last bastion of 'sworn virgins': Albania

Shkodra - At the age of 16, living in a remote village in northern Albania, Shkurta Hasanpapaj faced being forced into marriage. There was just one way out, and the young woman grasped it: she took the ancient, gender-bending oath to become a "sworn virgin".

Uproar as Albania to dam Europe's 'wildest river'

- "This river will bury the living and the dead," sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs uninterrupted from its source in northwest Greece to the Adriatic Sea.

Living in fear: Children trapped by Albania's vendetta

Shkodra - They lead a life clouded by misery, often robbed of the opportunity of going to school -- and the fear of being killed is a daily reality.These are the children living under the shadow of the so-called Gjakmarrja vendetta.

Albanian PM calls for European revival

Tirana - Albania's Prime Minister says his resolve to join the European Union has not been shaken by Brexit but has called for a "substantial change" in the nature of the bloc's leadership to ensure its survival.

NATO urged to ward off 'serious' Russian challenge

Tirana - NATO's parliamentary assembly on Monday called on members of the Western military alliance to be ready to respond to the "potential threat" of Russian aggression against them.

Albania and Kosovo: A 'new front' for jihadists

Tirana - Three years ago, Albert and Yassin left their homes in Kosovo and Albania to wage jihad in Syria. Now they're back, swelling the ranks of jihadists in a region the Islamic State has called a "new front" in Europe.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Albania to auction off 40 Communist-era aircraft

Tirana - Albania will this month auction off some 40 military planes and helicopters from the Communist era, whose historic value has attracted interest of museums and private collectors, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Residents fear for health in car-clogged Albanian capital

Tirana - With her sick daughter in the arms, Mira Lela pushes her way through the hallway of the doctor's clinic, crowded with patients ailing from heavy pollution in Albania's capital.

Drone-flying Albanian arrested with guns ahead of Serbia match

Tirana - An Albanian who flew a drone carrying a nationalist flag over a football match against Serbia last year, sparking violence, has been arrested in possession of illegal arms ahead of another game between the two countries, police said Wednesday.
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