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Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci signs the Order of Freedom awarded to U.S President Donald Trump, in capital Pristina, Kosovo on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Kosovo's president awarded U.S. President Donald Trump with one of the country's highest medals - Kosovo's Order of Freedom - for his government's efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

US delegation visits Kosovo to invest in infrastructure

Sep. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A high-level delegation from the Untied States visited Kosovo on Monday to discuss how to move ahead with projects signed at a White House meeting between Kosovo and Serbia normalizing economic ties. Officials from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), USAID,...

Italian-led investigation busts ethnic Albanian crime gang

Sep. 17, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A meticulously coordinated police operation in 10 countries has smashed an ethnic Albanian-organized crime syndicate that smuggled cocaine from South America into Europe and led to the arrest of 20 suspects, the EU's police agency announced Thursday. The gang, known as...

Protesters hold up placards during a rally in front of the government building in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Scores of family members of 52 children who have remained in Syria after their parents joined Islamic terror groups gathered in front of the main government building shouting for help, calling on the government to keep the pledge to bring their children back. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

Albanians want children returned from refugee camps in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian family members protested Monday, demanding that the government bring back 52 children who have been stuck in Syria because their parents were extremists. Scores of people gathered near the main government building in Tirana, the capital. Some carried placards calling for...

FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, April 17, 2015, a national library employee shows the gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to the late novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia.  Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson tweeted Friday Sept. 11, 2020, that he has nominated the governments of the United States, Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize, for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, FILE)

US, Kosovo, Serbia Nobel Peace nominees for White House deal

Sep. 11, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker said Friday that he has nominated the governments of the United States., Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. Swedish parliament member Magnus Jacobsson tweeted that he...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, looks out of his window in Bnei Brak, Israel Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel has surpassed 1,000, as the government on Sunday mulled steps for imposing new restrictions to quell a resurgence in infections. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Latest: Australia OKs funding for two potential vaccines

Sep. 6, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced on Monday it had struck supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion) over two potential COVID-19 vaccines. Under the agreement, Britain’s University of Oxford in collaboration with...

Albania to hold parliamentary election on April 25 next year

Sep. 6, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has set April 25 as the date for the country’s next parliamentary election, a key condition for starting negotiations to join the European Union. President Ilir Meta on Sunday announced the date to elect 140 new lawmakers following talks with the political...

Albania arrests woman wanted in Italy for terror conviction

Sep. 5, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A woman wanted in Italy for trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group was arrested in Albania's capital on Saturday, police said. Lubjana Gjecaj, 43, will be extradited to Italy where a court in Milan has sentenced her to three years in prison for association with...

N Macedonia party leader appears in Kosovo war crimes probe

Sep. 2, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The leader of a junior party in North Macedonia’s governing coalition was questioned Wednesday by prosecutors from a special international court who are investigating possible war crimes committed during and after the war that led to Kosovo’s independence from Serbia....

Men buy face masks to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Caloocan city, Philippines on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to ease a mild coronavirus lockdown in the capital and four outlying provinces to further reopen the country's battered economy despite having the most reported infections in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines allows partial reopening in capital

Aug. 31, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in the Philippine capital Tuesday as the government further eased quarantine restrictions despite the country having the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia. President Rodrigo Duterte, however,...

In this photo provided by  thePress Service of the Parliament of North Macedonia, lawmakers and candidates for ministers wearing face masks and social distancing to protect themselves from the coronavirus, attend the session of the Parliament dedicated for election of the new government, in a dome hall at the parliament building in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. North Macedonia’s parliament continued its debate on a vote of confidence for a new left-wing coalition government after the Social Democrats and their ethnic Albanian partners secured a majority in parliament in July's general election. (Press Service of the Parliament of North Macedonia via AP)

North Macedonia government wins confidence vote

Aug. 30, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament approved a new left-wing coalition government late on Sunday. The Social Democrat-led government is to eventually be headed by the country’s first ethnic Albanian prime minister, according to its coalition agreement. After two days...