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 ...

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 ...

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, 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 ...

Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM claims he feared for his life

Europe 02/02/19, 15:25

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who dominated politics in his country for a decade and is now a fugitive from justice, says he fled to Hungary fearing for his life.Gruevski, 48, turned up at the Hungarian embassy in Tirana, Albania, last November, requesting asylum hours before he was due ...

Albania opposition leader fined for defaming ruling lawmaker

Europe 01/21/19, 12:08

An Albanian court has convicted the main opposition Democratic Party leader of defamation over drug-related allegations he made against a senior governing lawmaker.Democratic leader Lulzim Basha was fined 50,000 lek ($455) in a ruling by a Tirana district court judge on Monday.Taulant Balla, head of the Socialist party parliamentary group, ...

Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees

Europe 12/11/18, 07:33

Public university students protesting the cost of tuition fees have gathered for the largest rally to date, threatening to escalate it unless their demands are met.Thousands of students on Tuesday held posters, blew vuvuzelas and shouted "Lower the tariffs!" in front of the Education Ministry. Students from other cities and ...

Police take lions, others away from private zoo in Albania

Europe 10/28/18, 09:31

Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo and removed 12 animals due to fears they were malnourished.Members of Four Paws, an international animal welfare charity, move a metal cage outside Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. ...

74 years on, 7 UK WWII airmen laid to rest in Albania

Europe 10/24/18, 06:35

It was Sgt. John Thompson's ring that enabled searchers to locate his remains and those of six other British military personnel from a plane that crashed in Albania during World War II.Seventy-four years after they were killed carrying out a supply mission over Albania, the seven airmen were finally laid ...

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