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Western Balkan leaders discuss virus impacts, EU membership

Jul. 29, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met for a virtual summit Wednesday to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the European Union. The...

Albanian parliament votes against president’s impeachment

Jul. 27, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament voted on Monday against the impeachment of President Ilir Meta over his unsuccessful attempt to cancel local elections last year. Lawmakers voted 78-17, with 8 abstentions, in favor of the recommendations of an inter-party commission which found that Meta should...

Israeli Ambassador in Albania Noah Gal Gendler speaks during the inauguration of a memorial in Tirana , on Thursday, July 9, 2020. A memorial to the six million Jews murdered during the World War II and for the Albanians who protected them from the Nazis was inaugurated Thursday in the capital. (Xhulio Hajdari /Tirana City Hall via AP)

Albania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews

Jul. 9, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania unveiled a Holocaust memorial in the capital on Thursday to honor the dead and the Albanians who protected Jews from the Nazis. The marble memorial was put at an entrance to Tirana’s Artificial Lake Park, close to Mother Teresa Square. The inscription was written in...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo president says he will resign if case goes ahead

Jun. 29, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed. Hashim Thaci said in a televised address to the nation...

Late Albanian dictator’s son denounces forced home eviction

Jun. 29, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The son of the late Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha on Monday accused the government of arrogance and “fascist acts” after authorities evicted him and his family from an apartment building. Ilir Hoxha, the dictator’s oldest son, said that last week authorities...