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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.

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.

EU to open Macedonia, Albania accession talks June 2019

Luxembourg - The European Union agreed Tuesday to open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and the ex-Yugoslav republic of Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.

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.

Kosovo jails Muslim extremists over Israeli football terror plot

Pristina - Eight Muslim extremists who plotted terror attacks against Israeli footballers and fans during a 2016 World Cup qualifier in Albania were jailed for up to 10 years on Friday.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch on first visit to Muslim-majority Albania

Tirana - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill celebrated mass in Tirana on Sunday, the highlight of his first visit to the mainly Muslim Albania.

Albania wants US military to establish presence: defense minister

Washington - Albania wants to see a US military presence established in the Balkan country in order to counter influence from nations such as Russia, the Albanian defense minister said Tuesday.

From frogs' legs to European flags: things to know about Albania

Tirana - The European Commission has recommended opening EU accession talks with Albania.

Albania's pelicans return to their lagoon 'kingdom'

Tirana - With feathers on its head that make it look like it is wearing a wig, it does not go unnoticed -- the Dalmatian pelican is back with a flourish in the Divjaka Lagoon in western Albania.

Eleven Albanians jailed over motorway toll protest

Tirana - An Albanian court on Wednesday jailed 11 protesters for an undefined period of time over a violent demonstration against the introduction of a toll on a motorway linking the country with Kosovo.

The plunder of Albania's coastline exposes deeper ills

Tirana - Only when the police questioned him in January did Rrahman Qosja discover he had been the victim of identity theft -- some of Albania's publicly owned coastline had been sold in his name.

Albania to probe police force to crack down on corruption

Tirana - Albanian lawmakers have passed a law to screen police officers in a bid to clamp down on corruption and links to organised crime, an important part of EU-required judiciary reform.

Albanian PM moots co-presidency with Kosovo

Pristina - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Sunday his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president as a "symbol of national unity" between Tirana and Pristina.

Thousands seek Albania government resignation

Tirana - Thousands of opposition supporters protested Saturday in Albania's capital against Prime Minister Edi Rama's socialist government, accusing it of links to organised crime in the impoverished Balkan nation.

Opposition MPs in Albania throw smoke bombs in parliament

Tirana - Albanian lawmakers from the rightwing opposition on Monday threw smoke bombs into a hall of parliament to protest the election by the ruling socialists of a new attorney general.

Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods

Tirana - Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed in Albania to rescue stranded residents after heavy rainfall triggered major flooding, and caused the death of a utility worker, officials and the power company said Sunday.
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