Albania earthquake kills 14; rescuers hunt for survivors

Europe 11/26/19, 02:31

Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings Tuesday after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least 14 people and injured more than 600. The 6.4 magnitude quake was felt across the southern Balkans and was followed by multiple aftershocks. In nearby Bosnia, another ...

EU urged to start accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia

Europe 05/29/19, 07:41

The European Commission is urging EU nations to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkans countries "have delivered on reforms."EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday recommended opening accession talks with the two countries "as soon as possible. They are ready. This is our assessment."However, ...

EU, US urge Albania’s opposition to keep protests peaceful

Europe 05/25/19, 11:23

The European Union, the United States and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have called on Albania's opposition to avoid violence in its protests and to hold talks resolve the country's political deadlock.The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition was staging a protest Saturday, demanding that Socialist Prime Minister Edi ...

US, Europe condemn violence in Albania opposition rallies

Europe 05/13/19, 10:46

The U.S. and European Union lawmakers are calling on Albania's center-right opposition parties to restrain from violence in their anti-government protests.Protests over the weekend turned violent with opposition supporters showering police officers with Molotov cocktails while police responding with tear gas. Injuries were reported on both sides.The opposition has been ...

Albania opposition set to continue anti-govt protests

Europe 05/12/19, 02:04

Albania's center-right opposition has decided to continue protests calling for the resignation of the government and for an early parliamentary election.The leadership of the Democratic Party-led opposition decided to hold a small protest Sunday against the arrest of a senior party official and called a potentially larger, national rally for ...

Albanian opposition demands fresh polls in anti-govt rally

Europe 05/11/19, 13:49

Albanian opposition parties on Saturday held a protest in Tirana, calling for the left-wing government to resign and for an early parliamentary election.Thousands of supporters of the center-right opposition gathered in front of the main government building at Tirana's main Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, holding anti-government posters. They threw ...

Croatia president points to EU lack of interest in Balkans

Europe 05/09/19, 07:41

Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member of the EU, bemoaned "a lack of understanding of the situation in southeast Europe" and also a "lack of interest."Other countries in the ...

Off to a new life: 3 Albanian lions sent to Dutch cat center

Europe 05/07/19, 08:59

Three formerly hungry lions being housed at Tirana Zoo in Albania have been sedated and in about 48 hours will wake up at the Felida Big Cat Centre in the Netherlands.Ioana Dungler, the project leader from Four Paws, an international animal welfare group, said experts put the lions in specially ...

Animal welfare group and Albania quarrel over 3 lions’ fate

Europe 04/18/19, 16:04

An international animal welfare group was locked in a dispute with the Albanian government Thursday over three lions that were removed from a private zoo but not been taken to their new home in the Netherlands.The lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana's "bureaucratic ...

Albania hires Edoardo Reja to coach its national team

Sports 04/17/19, 11:02

The Albanian soccer federation hired Edoardo "Edy" Reja on Wednesday to coach the country's national soccer team.The 73-year-old Reja, who signed a seven-month contract, said he will lead the team until the end of European Championship qualifying in November, and "then see and decide how it proceeds."No other details of ...

Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest

Europe 04/13/19, 13:38

Albanian opposition parties on Saturday rallied in Tirana, calling for the government's resignation and an early parliamentary election.Thousands of opposition supporters from around the country showed up at Tirana's main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard holding anti-government posters and slogans, throwing flares, firecrackers and other projectiles at police.Protesters broke through ...

Albania prosecutors seize properties of airport money robber

Europe 04/12/19, 08:48

Albanian prosecutors have confiscated the properties of a man who was shot dead during an airport robbery that saw armed men take a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane.Prosecutors said Friday they seized 300,000 euros ($340,000) as well as apartments, a villa and nine ...

Albania opposition supporters try to storm parliament

Europe 03/28/19, 05:00

Albanian opposition protesters have made further attempts to enter the parliament by force as they demand the government's resignation and an early election.The center-right Democratic Party-led protesters on Thursday used smoke bombs and projectiles and clashed with police trying to break the cordon protecting the parliament building where the weekly ...

Albania fires coach after losing at home against Turkey

Sports 03/23/19, 05:33

Albanian coach Christian Panucci has been fired a day after his team lost to Turkey in a European Championship qualifier.In a statement Saturday, the Albanian soccer federation said it had terminated the 46-year-old Italian's contract.Albania lost 2-0 at home to Turkey in their opening Euro 2020 game on Friday.Panucci led ...

Albania opposition holds new rally, calls for early election

Europe 03/21/19, 04:19

A few thousand opposition protesters have gathered in front of Albania's parliament building calling for the government's resignation and an early election.Thursday's rally is part of the center-right Democratic Party-led opposition's protests over the last month accusing the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of being corrupt ...

Albania president: Ready to resign to solve political crisis

Europe 03/20/19, 09:04

The Albanian president says he would be ready to resign from his post if that helped to resolve the country's political crisis.The Democratic Party-led opposition has resigned from its parliamentary mandates and has been holding protests accusing the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of being corrupt ...

Thousands of Albanian protesters call for govt to step down

Europe 03/16/19, 06:11

Albanian opposition supporters are holding a protest against the government which they accuse of being corrupt and linked to organized crime.Thousands of supporters of the center-right Democratic Party-led opposition have gathered on Saturday in front of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama's office to demand his resignation.The opposition, whose lawmakers have ...

Albania, N. Macedonia hope Europe launches accession talks

Europe 03/13/19, 12:06

The leaders of both Albania and North Macedonia say they believe that the European Union will decide in June to open membership talks with them.North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who on Wednesday was in Tirana to meet with his counterpart Edi Rama, said they expect "the EU to take ...

Albania opposition protests against governing Socialists

Europe 02/26/19, 14:18

Supporters of Albania's opposition threw flares and torched a car tire outside the country's parliament Tuesday in an attempt to block ruling lawmakers entering the building amid calls for the government to quit.The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition claims the leftist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama is corrupt and has ...

Albanian opposition holds anti-govt rally, demands new vote

Europe 02/21/19, 04:44

Albanian opposition supporters have surrounded the parliament building and are demanding that the government resign, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime.Hundreds of police and rolls of barbed wire are protecting the parliament building in downtown Tirana, the capital, from the protesters and Thursday's parliament session has already ...

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