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Western Balkan leaders seek to create region without borders

Nov. 10, 2019 12:05 PM EST

OHRID, North Macedonia (AP) — Leaders in the Western Balkans said Sunday that they are committed to working closely together to remove barriers on the free movement of goods and people between their countries. They also reiterated that their main goal is to become members of the European Union. "There is...

Albanian boy freed from IS camp on way home to Italy

Nov. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home to Italy with his father, Red Cross and Red Crescent officials said Thursday. The story of 11-year-old...

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia pledge to open borders

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The leaders of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania have pledged to lift barriers to free trade and travel between the three Balkan countries as they all seek entry into the European Union. Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic, North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Albania Prime...

They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

Sep. 28, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That's what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices...

Decorum prevails as nations at odds take each other on

Sep. 27, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan and India sparred over Kashmir, Russia chided the West and said its influence in world affairs was diminishing and China's top diplomat warned that unilateralism and protectionism "are posing major threats to the international order" — a veiled reference to its ongoing...

Albania quake has 340 aftershocks, people afraid to go home

Sep. 22, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

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 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. Albania's Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment...

Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania

Sep. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

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. Citing the country's Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Albania's defense ministry said the quake struck 13...