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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.

France arrests suspected Albanian traffickers

Lille - Five people linked to an Albanian smuggling network were in custody Thursday after their arrest in northern France, suspected of trafficking migrants across the Channel to Britain, the local prosecutor's office said.

Spain breaks up ring smuggling Albanians to Britain

Madrid - Spanish police said Wednesday they had smashed a gang that smuggled Albanians into Britain by plane via Spain using fake identity documents.

Greek crisis hits Albanians living from remittances

- Lorenc Toska returned from Greece to his village in central Albania with empty hands and pockets. He had been working there hoping to secure a better life for his family back home, but the crisis in the neighbouring country ruined his dreams.

Eight arrested over Albania 'cannabis kingdom' shootout

Tirana - Police arrested eight people overnight Saturday in connection with a deadly shootout in an Albanian village known as a "cannabis kingdom" for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

Policeman killed in shootout in Albania's 'cannabis kingdom'

Gjirokast - A police officer was killed and two others seriously wounded Wednesday during a shootout in an Albanian village known as a "cannabis kingdom" for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

Ruling left coalition wins Albanian local elections

Tirana - The ruling left-wing coalition of Prime Minister Edi Rama won local elections in Albania, according to the results announced Tuesday by the electoral commission.

Albania's left-wing ruling coalition leads local polls

Tirana - Albania's ruling left-wing coalition was leading in most areas after local elections at the weekend, the first results showed Monday, as international observers assessed the polling day "positively".

Albanian opposition cries foul in local elections

Tirana - The Albanian opposition condemned what it called voting "irregularities" in local elections Sunday seen as a test of the Balkan country's fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union.

Albania, Serbia pledge to work for Balkans' stability

Tirana - The prime ministers of Serbia and Albania, Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama, in an historic visit vowed to strengthen their fragile ties in the interests of the future stability of the Balkans.

Serbian PM to make historic visit to Albania

Belgrade - Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will on Wednesday become the first Serbian government head to visit Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nations.

Albania threatens to veto Macedonia's NATO bid

Tirana - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened on Wednesday that his country would veto Macedonia's NATO candidacy, arguing it did not respect the rights of its ethnic Albanian minority.

Erdogan urges Europe to take in more migrants

Tirana - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged Europe to accept more migrants and refugees coming in an unprecedented wave across the Mediterranean, adding that his country has taken in more than two million."Turkey has spent $5.

Turkish leader inaugurates grand Tirana mosque construction

Tirana - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani inaugurated on Wednesday the construction project of a grand mosque which Turkey is financing.

Albanian PM postpones visit to Macedonia over deadly shooting

Tirana - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama postponed a visit to Macedonia due this week after deadly violence pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Two Albania MPs arrested over murder plot claims

Tirana - Police arrested on Thursday two Albanian lawmakers charged with false statements for alleging that the parliament speaker was plotting the murder of one of them.
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