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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Turkey on Monday, Jan. 11 invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu also extended an invitation to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, for a meeting to discuss their troubled relations.(Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials announced Monday, following this summer’s dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The announcement came hours after...

Albania rescues 50 Syrian migrants heading for Italy by boat

Jan. 9, 2021 6:33 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian military and police ships saved 50 Syrian refugees trapped by bad weather as they tried to reach Italy by boat, police and local media reported Saturday. A police statement said that, in collaboration with Italy’s financial police, on Friday evening they found the...

In this picture taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, health workers wheel out a patient from an ambulance, at the entrance of the University Clinic complex in Skopje, North Macedonia. When thousands of people across the European Union simultaneously began rolling up their sleeves last month to get a coronavirus vaccination shot, one corner of the continent was left behind, feeling isolated and abandoned: the Balkans. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

Jan. 6, 2021 3:53 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — When thousands of people across the European Union began rolling up their sleeves last month to get a coronavirus vaccination shot, one corner of the continent was left behind, feeling isolated and abandoned: the Balkans. Balkan nations have struggled to get access to...

Albanian police detain a protester as others try to release him during clashes in Tirana, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Albanian demonstrators clashed in the third day on Friday protesting for the death of a 25-year-old man shot dead by a police officer. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Human rights envoy criticizes Albania's handling of protests

Dec. 16, 2020 11:09 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A top European human rights envoy on Wednesday said Albanian authorities should have shown restraint and avoided the use of excessive force in policing recent demonstrations over a man's fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. The Council of Europe’s human...

A protester holding a road sign makes his way with others during a protest rally in Tirana, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Demonstrators in a northern Albanian city damaged the left-wing governing Socialist Party's offices and injured a police officer Saturday, authorities said, as part of ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albanians hold a peaceful protest over police shooting

Dec. 14, 2020 3:14 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The first peaceful protest in Albania's capital over the fatal shooting of a man by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew quickly faded away Monday following a strong police warning to avoid illegal gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a significantly diminished number...

Albanian protesters run away from teargas during a protest rally in Tirana, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Demonstrators in a northern Albanian city damaged the left-wing governing Socialist Party's offices and injured a police officer Saturday, authorities said, as part of ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albanians rally for 5th day after police kill man in curfew

Dec. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian demonstrators on Sunday kept up their daily protests over the fatal shooting of a man by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. The rally started peacefully from the capital Tirana’s Skanderbeg Square to the main government building of Prime Minister Edi Rama, with...

Albanian protesters run away from teargas during a protest rally in Tirana, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Demonstrators in a northern Albanian city damaged the left-wing governing Socialist Party's offices and injured a police officer Saturday, authorities said, as part of ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albanian police easily disperse smaller anti-police protest

Dec. 12, 2020 2:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police swiftly dispersed a smaller crowd of demonstrators Saturday as part of their ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. A higher police presence, including water cannon trucks, had surrounded the main government...

Albanian police detain a protester as others try to release him during clashes in Tirana, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Albanian demonstrators clashed in the third day on Friday protesting for the death of a 25-year-old man shot dead by a police officer. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

3rd day of violence in Albania over police curfew killing

Dec. 11, 2020 2:22 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — New street clashes between demonstrators and police erupted in Albania's capital Friday, the third day of violent protests over a man's fatal shooting by police enforcing a virus-linked curfew. Defying a ban on public gatherings due to the pandemic, hundreds of people gathered in...

Albanian police use a water cannon against protesters during clashes in Tirana, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Albanian protesters on Thursday renewed clashes with police over the fatal police shooting of a man during curfew hours despite the call from the authorities to respect a pandemic ban on public gatherings. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albania: New protest over police shooting, minister resigns

Dec. 10, 2020 3:53 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Demonstrators clashed with police for a second day Thursday in the Albanian capital, Tirana, during a protest over this week's fatal police shooting of a man during curfew hours. In a televised address broadcast just as the protest started, Prime Minister Edi Rama apologized to the...

Protester walk among smoke by tear gas during clashes outside the Prime's Minister office in Tirana, Albania , on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Clashes have broken out in Tirana during a protest by hundreds of Albanians demanding the interior minister's resignation over the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old man who had breached a coronavirus-linked curfew. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albania: Clashes during protest over fatal police shooting

Dec. 9, 2020 3:52 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Clashes broke out in Tirana Wednesday during a protest by hundreds of Albanians over the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old man who had breached a coronavirus-linked curfew. Protesters, who defied a government ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people due to the pandemic,...