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The Latest: Albania rescues 36 Afghans in Aegean

Aug. 21, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the European migrant crisis (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were rescued...

Quakes hit Greek island of Crete and southeastern Albania

Jul. 31, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 struck the southern resort island of Crete, Greek authorities said Wednesday. No injuries or damage has been reported. The Athens Geodynamic Institute says the earthquake occurred at 7:40 a.m. local time (0440GMT) Wednesday about 23...

22 ancient amphoras found off Albanian coast

Jul. 12, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A joint Albanian-American underwater archaeology project says it has found amphoras that are at least 2,500 years old in the Ionian Sea off the Albanian coast, which might yield an ancient shipwreck. The research vessel Hercules of the RPM Nautical Foundation said Friday they had...

Albanian deported from US for killing officer in 2015

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

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. A statement Wednesday said Ruhan Hiraj, 22, was deported after coordination with U.S. authorities. In 2018 Hiraj was sentenced to 15 years of jail...

Albanian lawmakers launch investigation to oust president

Jul. 8, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's opposition parties resumed anti-government protests Monday after their boycott of June 30 municipal elections, which were mostly won by the governing Socialists. Opposition parties have organized protests since mid-February to air accusations that the Socialist government...

Serbia warns against creating Albania-Kosovo union

Jul. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Monday denounced a move by Kosovo and Albania to boycott a regional conference, accusing them of coordinating foreign policies with an ultimate aim to create a joint state in the Balkans. Kosovo, a former Serbian province, and Albania said...

Western Balkan nations press EU aspirations at Poland summit

Jul. 4, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Government ministers from some European Union nations sought Thursday to reassure their partners in the Western Balkans during a meeting in Poland that their aspirations to join the EU have full backing in the club, despite symptoms of a loss of momentum. German Minister of State for...

Albania's ruling Socialists win local polls overwhelmingly

Jul. 3, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Preliminary results show that Albania's ruling Socialist Party won all but two districts in last weekend's municipal elections that were boycotted by the opposition. Counting on the website of the Central Election Commission, the body that monitors the elections, showed that s the...

Albania president denounces municipal elections

Jul. 2, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Tuesday denounced Sunday's municipal elections as a "farce" and urged new polls to resolve the country's political crisis. President Ilir Meta had tried to cancel the elections, saying they would be undemocratic without the participation of Albania's...

French leader vows to block enlargement until EU is reformed

Jul. 1, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron insists he will block any attempt to enlarge the European Union until it has undergone deep reforms, despite warnings that delaying membership talks with Albania and Macedonia could undermine stability in the volatile Balkans region. After EU leaders failed...