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Albania signs 104 million-euro deal to build new airport

Apr. 20, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Tuesday signed a contract with a Swiss-based consortium to build a 104 million-euro ($125 million) new international airport. Lugano-based Mabco Constructions will make preparatory work, environmental, archaeological and other paper...

Albanian man with knife wounds 5 at mosque in Tirana

Apr. 19, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man with a knife attacked and wounded five people Monday at a mosque in the capital, police said, as investigators tried to determine a motive for the attack. Rudolf Nikolli, 34, entered the Dine Hoxha mosque in downtown Tirana about...

Albania: Airport opens at former site of war refugee camp

Apr. 18, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania opened a low-cost airport Sunday at the site of a former refugee camp to boost tourism in one of its poorest northeastern areas. The first domestic flight landed at Kukes International Airport, also known as Zayed-Northern Wings, after...

Albania’s flights resume after 2-day airport closure

Apr. 09, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Commercial flights resumed at Albania’s Tirana International Airport on Friday after they were blocked for two days by an air traffic controllers' strike. The first commercial flight with passengers left the airport for Italy on Friday at 9:05...

'Essential' flights resume at Tirana Airport after strike

Apr. 08, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s infrastructure minister on Thursday said that “essential” flights have resumed at the country’s only international airport following a strike by air traffic controllers. Belinda Balluku said humanitarian, emergency, health,...

Albania sends troops, police, to end flight control strike

Apr. 07, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government sent troops and police Wednesday evening to clear striking air traffic controllers out of the flight control tower at the country's one international airport in the capital, Tirana. No injuries or arrests were reported, and it...

Training opens 'a window of hope' for Albanian rug-weavers

Apr. 04, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

KUKES, Albania (AP) — Hate Ora has been weaving carpets and rugs for more than half a century, since learning the craft as a child by sneaking into her aunt's workshop. Ora, 64, is now teaching the methods she picked up and perfected to her daughter, nieces and other...

Economist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58

Mar. 29, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Bashkim Fino, who was appointed to shepherd Albania out of almost total chaos when fraudulent investment schemes collapsed 24 years ago and angry crowds looted military installations nationwide, has died. He was 58. The former prime minister's...

The Latest: Metro Manila, outlying provinces go on lockdown

Mar. 28, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials placed Metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces, a region of more than 25 million people, back to a lockdown Monday at the height of the Lenten and Easter holiday travel season as they scrambled to control an alarming surge in coronavirus...

Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season

Mar. 28, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Hundreds of people age 70 and above gathered at Tirana’s main...