Correction: Albania-Migrants story
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In a story Sept. 21 about an Albanian ship rescuing migrants in the Aegean Sea, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the ship is part of Frontex, the European...
Post-quake fake news drives Albanians outdoors
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have questioned two journalists on suspicion that they provoked panic by reporting that a large earthquake was likely, after an earlier quake...
Albania quake has 340 aftershocks, people afraid to go home
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Fear and safety hazards kept many residents of Albania's capital of Tirana and the port city of Durres out of their homes Sunday after an earthquake the day before injured...
Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania
POGRADEC, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the west of Albania on Saturday but caused only minor injuries, the country's government said.
Albania court sentences ex-interior minister to probation
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court on Thursday sentenced a former interior minister to three years of probation for abuse of his post, turning down prosecutors' charges of ties to a crime...
EU’s Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with...
Albania military defuses 74 World War II shells
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says 74 World War II shells found at a northern village have been defused.
Minister Olta Xhacka wrote Monday in her Facebook page that the...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say that an Albanian man sentenced for killing a police officer in 2015 has been deported home from the United States.
Albanians vote with no trouble after fears of poll clashes
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Voters cast ballots without disruption Sunday in Albania, where opposition leaders had threatened to interfere with municipal elections they boycotted as part of an...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on disputed municipal elections in Albania (all times local):
Election Day clashes that were expected in Albania haven't materialized so far...
Albania’s local election is a test for its democracy
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's municipal elections don't normally provoke much interest beyond the country's border, but the holding of this weekend's vote — or failure to do so — appears...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have arrested a Chinese man wanted in his country for illegal earnings as part of an organized crime group.
Albania president cancels elections, citing tense climate
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Saturday canceled upcoming municipal elections, citing the need to reduce political tensions in the country.
Protests in Albania: Its democracy and EU future at stake
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's opposition parties hold their latest anti-government protest Saturday with a strong likelihood that it will turn violent, dealing another blow to the country's...
Albania opposition protests again, calls for new election
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters took to the streets again Sunday to demand new elections despite repeated calls from Western powers to sit down for talks. At...
Tremors rattle southeast Albania, injuring 4, damaging homes
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck rural areas in Albania early Saturday southeast of Tirana, the capital, injuring four people and damaging about 100...
EU, US urge non-violence as Albanian opposition protests
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition supporters marched in another anti-government protest Saturday to demand the prime minister's resignation as the European Union and the U.S. warned them...
EU’s Frontex deploys border guard teams in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Teams of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, or Frontex, are joining Albania's police to patrol its land and sea borders for migrants and crime for the first...
Albania protesters hurl flaming objects after calls for calm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Albania hurled gasoline grenades and flares at riot police in front of the main government building and national police headquarters Monday,...
Opposition calls for nationwide protests of Albanian govt
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's center-right opposition parties kept demonstrations calling for the resignation of the left-wing government going Sunday after some protesters and police clashed...
Albanian opposition clash with police at anti-govt rally
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of supporters of the Albania's center-right opposition protested in Tirana Saturday, calling for the left-wing government to resign and for an early parliamentary...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian drug trafficker who went on the run for three years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Tirana's Serious Crimes Court on Tuesday convicted Kelmend...
Off to a new life: 3 Albanian lions sent to Dutch cat center
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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...
Animal welfare group and Albania quarrel over 3 lions’ fate
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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...
Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition parties rallied Saturday in Tirana, calling for the Socialist government to resign and for the country to hold an early parliamentary election. Some...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Prosecutors have confiscated public land on the western Albanian coast that was illegally sold or owned by a former lawmaker and other officials.
Albanian military sent in to airport after cash heist
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Defense Ministry on Wednesday sent in the military to secure the country's only international airport after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash as it...
Man shot dead after robbery at Albania’s airport
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police report that a man has been shot dead after a group of unidentified individuals robbed money at the country's international airport.
Kosovo-Serbia tensions disrupts climate conference
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international climate conference in the Western Balkans has been disrupted over tensions between Kosovo and Serbia.
Albanian opposition denies getting Russian secret funds
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors say they have questioned opposition Democratic Party leaders about suspicious spending abroad of $650,000 during parliamentary elections two years...
Albanian anti-govt protesters try to storm parliament
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition supporters clashed with police while trying to storm the parliament building Saturday to protest the government, which they accuse of being corrupt and...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition on Tuesday surrounded the parliament, demanding the government's resignation and early elections and accusing the...
Kosovo president says no land swap to be talked with Serbia
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president has rejected any idea of a land swap with Serbia.
Hashim Thaci said Friday in the Albanian capital Tirana that "a land swap would never...
Albania opposition protests against governing Socialists
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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...
Albanian military finds hand grenade cache in northern town
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says it has found scores of hand grenades in a northern city that are believed to have been looted from army depots in 1997 during civil unrest...
Albanian opposition holds anti-govt rally, demands new vote
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition surrounded the parliament building Thursday and demanded the government step down, claiming it's corrupt and has...
EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the United States have warned Albania's opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government's alleged...
Opposition supporters clash with police in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters clashed with police Saturday at an anti-government rally protesting what they claim is a corrupt and inefficient Cabinet. The protesters demanded that the government resign and an early election be held.
Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM claims he feared for his life
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — 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 to begin serving a 2-year jail sentence for corruption.
Albania opposition leader fined for defaming ruling lawmaker
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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.
Earth quake rattles Albania, 5 homes damaged, no injuries
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck off the country's southwestern coast, causing material damage but no injuries.
Albanian navy extends help for EU’s maritime border mission
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry has extended for a year its navy's participation in the search-and-rescue operations of European Union border control force Frontex.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Wednesday said the mission, mainly in the Aegean Sea, will continue in 2019. Albania's navy contributes one warship to the operations.
Xhacka said Albanian sailors have "saved thousands of human lives" during the last two years when refugees have tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
Trump thanks Albania for expelling Iranian diplomats
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Albania for expelling the Iranian ambassador and another diplomat for allegedly engaging in illegal activities that threaten Albania's security.
Trump's letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, dated Dec. 14, thanked him "for your steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe."
Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — 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 Tirana high schools joined them in a peaceful protest.
Albania: University students spurn talks with prime minister
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The prime minister of Albania has failed to convince protesting public university students to sit down to talk about their demands.
Students said on Monday their demands must be met first. Those include cutting tuition fees in half, doubling the budget for education and a greater student presence on decision-making boards.
Albanian students say no talk with PM unless demands are met
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Public university students protesting in the Albanian capital have rejected an offer from the country's prime minister to hold talks on their demands.
Thousands of students blocked a main street in front of the Education Ministry on Friday saying their demands — a halving of tuition fees, better accommodation and student involvement in decision-making bodies — are not negotiable.
Annual tuition fees for bachelor courses range from 20,000 to 45,000 leks ($180-410).
Albanian students demand cut in tuition fees
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian government on Wednesday gave in to demands from students and canceled a double charge for repeated exams but said it could do nothing about the level of tuition fees because these are set by the individual institutions, which are partially self-supporting.
Thousands of students of public universities have blocked a main road in the capital, Tirana, protesting in front of the Education Ministry. They say they will boycott school until their demands are accepted.