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Albanian justice on pause as judges fall victim to graft probe

Tirana - Inside the halls of Albania's quiet Supreme Court building, a clock on the wall has stopped.

Tensions high as Albania votes in disputed local poll

Tirana - Albanians cast ballots on Sunday in tense municipal elections that have become the flashpoint of a democratic crisis, with the opposition boycotting the vote and refusing to recognise its results.

Albanian president denounces ruling backing local polls

Tirana - Albania's president on Tuesday denounced as politicised a decision by the country's top election body to back holding local polls this weekend, over-ruling his decree scrapping the vote.

Albania's electoral authority greenlights local polls

Tirana - Albania's top election authority on Monday backed holding local polls this weekend, rejecting an effort by the president to cancel the vote amid a whirlwind of political turmoil.

EU delays decision on North Macedonia, Albania membership bids

Luxembourg - The European Union on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia until October, dealing a fresh blow to the Balkan states' hopes.

Courts, cannabis, corruption: Albania struggles against old demons

Tirana - With an ex-minister on trial for drug trafficking, an opposition leader suspected of money laundering and hundreds of judges probed over graft, Albania is wrestling against a corruption plague threatening its EU membership hopes.

Albania parliament rejects president's bid to cancel local polls

Tirana - Albania's ruling Socialist Party on Thursday voted down a move by President Ilir Meta to scrap local elections he viewed as undemocratic because of an opposition boycott.

EU tells Tirana, Skopje membership will have to wait

Apo - EU Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday the bloc should start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, but warned there would be no quick decision, with several member states opposed.

Albania PM urges EU to deliver on membership promise

Apo - Albania's prime minister Tuesday urged the EU to deliver on its promise to start membership talks with Tirana, as the head of the European Commission said a June deadline would likely be missed.

Albanian president, PM clash over June elections

Tirana - Albanian President Ilir Meta on Saturday cancelled local elections scheduled for June 30, a decision promptly rejected by Prime Minister Edi Rama who said the polls would go ahead.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.

Police, protesters clash in demo against Albania PM

Tirana - Police in the Albanian capital Tirana on Sunday fired tear gas and water canon at demonstrators demanding the resignation of socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Albania's riotous politics rattle EU dreams

Tirana - Molotov cocktails in the streets and a mass resignation in parliament -- Albania's volatile political scene is exploding just as its European future is on the table, threatening Tirana's dreams of joining the bloc.

Albanians unearth dark past searching for communism's victims

Tirana - After years of scouring documents, tapes and then the slopes of a mountain above Tirana, Jovan Plaku found the remains of 13 people in a forest where he believes his father was executed by Albania's former communist regime.

Albanian police arrest an Islamist sought by Italy

Tirana - Albanian police on Tuesday arrested a 28-year old man following a request from Italy where he is sought for "terrorist activities".

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".
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