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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.

Thousands call on Albanian speaker to quit over murder plot claim

Tirana - Several thousand Albanian opposition supporters rallied Thursday in Tirana to call on the speaker of parliament to resign, as he faced accusations of plotting the murder of two lawmakers.

British WWII pilot's wedding ring returned to family 70 years on

Tirana - The wedding ring of a British airman who disappeared during World War II was returned to his family Monday 70 years after his plane crashed in the mountains of Albania.

Ex-dictator Hoxha's nephew held in Albania drug bust

Tirana - The nephew of Albania's former dictator Enver Hoxha was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of running a cocaine laboratory.

Charred hull of Norman Atlantic reaches port for full search

Brindisi - The burned-out Norman Atlantic ferry was towed into the southern Italian port of Brindisi Friday, six days after a mid-sea fire led to 13 deaths and forced the rescue of 477 passengers.

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Tirana - The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came.

Albanian PM visits flashpoint in fraught Serbia trip

Presevo - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Tuesday he was confident a historic visit he was making to Serbia would help open a new era of ties despite a very public row with his hosts over Kosovo.

Albanian PM heads to Serbia in historic visit

Belgrade - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was due in Serbia Monday, the first such visit in 68 years, after violence at a football match delayed his landmark bid to ease tensions between the Balkans nations.

Kosovo foreign minister visits rival Serbia as tensions ease

Belgrade - Kosovo's foreign minister made a landmark visit to Serbia on Thursday, the first since the former Serbian province unilaterally declared independence in 2008 to the fury of Belgrade.

Albanian PM's visit to Serbia postponed after football brawl

Tirana - A planned historic visit by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Serbia has been postponed until next month, both governments said Sunday, after political tensions soared following violence at a football match between the two countries.
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