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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.

Drugs probe of ex-minister rattles EU hopeful Albania

Tirana - An investigation into a former Albanian interior minister and his alleged links to international cannabis trafficking is ill-timed for the Balkan country bidding to join the European Union.

Kosovo seeks Albanian help to sidestep EU visa demand

Pristina - Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on Wednesday asked Tirana to smooth the way for Kosovans applying for Albanian citizenship, which would enable them to travel to Europe without visas.

Albanians turn spotlight on sites of dark communist past

Tirana - From his office in the shadowy "House of Leaves", Nesti Vako would listen to the private conversations of his fellow Albanians, spying for the state during the country's communist era.

Albania pledges to tackle exodus of asylum-seekers

Tirana - The Albanian market vendor paid 1,200 euros ($1,419) to a "chaperone" late last year to take her 16-year-old son to France, where he joined thousands from the Balkan country seeking asylum.

Albanian ex-dictator's grandson jailed for smuggling cocaine

Tirana - An Albanian court has sentenced the grandson of former communist dictator Enver Hoxha to ten years in jail for smuggling cocaine, a statement said on Wednesday.

Edi Rama: 'Artist' premier keen to lead Albania into Europe

Tirana - Albania's artist-turned-prime minister Edi Rama, who was heading for a second term on Monday, wants to transform his country from a poor Balkan state into a modern member of the European Union.

Albania's Socialist PM heading for second term

Tirana - Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama was on his way to securing a second term in power Monday, offering him the chance to lead the Balkan country into European Union accession talks.

Albania votes with EU accession talks in mind

Tirana - Albania votes in a parliamentary election on Sunday with Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama hoping to boost his grip on power and lead the Balkan country into talks on European Union accession.

The bitter rivals contesting Albania's election

Tirana - Political players contesting Albania's legislative election on Sunday harbour long-held animosities that border on hatred.

Albania hopes for peaceful elections on path to Europe

Tirana - Albania votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday with hopes that a long tradition of polling fraud, violence and disputed results will come to an end and propel the country towards EU membership.

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

Tirana - As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

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.
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