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Albania's prime minister calls for more NATO troops in neighboring Kosovo following ethnic violence

Nov. 22, 2023 10:38 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama urged NATO on Wednesday to further boost its military forces in Kosovo and secure the country's borders with Serbia, warning that recent ethnic violence in Kosovo could potentially trigger a wider Balkan conflict. ...

Albania's opposition disrupts a budget vote with flares and piled-up chairs in Parliament

Nov. 20, 2023 20:32 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition lawmakers disrupted the Parliament’s session again on Monday to protest what they say is increasingly authoritarian rule by the governing Socialists. Democratic lawmakers lit flares and piled chairs on top of each other in the middle of...

Albania's former health minister accused by prosecutors of corruption in government project

Nov. 18, 2023 12:01 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's former health minister, who is being investigated for alleged corruption, must report to police and not leave the country, prosecutors said Saturday. Prosecutors with the country’s Special Court Against Corruption and Organized Crime said Ilir...

Albania proposes a draft law on a contentious deal with Italy to jointly process asylum applications

Nov. 15, 2023 11:32 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian government on Wednesday put forth a draft law on a contentious deal with Italy to jointly process some asylum applications of migrants arriving in Italy by sea. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni earlier this...

Albania's deal with Italy on migrants has been welcomed by many. But others are confused and angry

Nov. 09, 2023 13:37 PM EST

SHENGJIN, Albania (AP) — When the leaders of Albania and Italy announced a contentious agreement earlier this week to jointly process some asylum applications of migrants arriving by sea, some in the Western Balkans country saw it as reciprocation. Italy had welcomed thousands of...

Migration experts say Italy's deal to have Albania house asylum-seekers follows worrying trend

Nov. 07, 2023 13:53 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Migration experts and activists on Tuesday panned an agreement between Italy and Albania that would direct thousands of migrants to the Balkan nation while their asylum applications are under review, saying it follows a worrying trend of European Union nations trying to manage...

Albania agrees to temporarily house migrants who reach Italy while their asylum bids are processed

Nov. 06, 2023 12:57 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Albania agreed Monday to give temporary shelter to some of the thousands of migrants who reach Italian shores while their asylum bids are being processed, offering its neighbor across the Adriatic Sea some relief in managing some of the arrivals. The groundbreaking...

Albania's opposition tries to disrupt a parliament session in protest against ruling Socialists

Nov. 02, 2023 11:56 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition lawmakers on Thursday caused commotion in Parliament, trying to disrupt a session in protest against what they say is increasingly authoritarian rule by the governing Socialists. Democratic lawmakers blocked left-wing Socialists of Prime...

Former Albanian prime minister accused of corruption told to report to prosecutors, stay in country

Oct. 26, 2023 17:54 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court ruled Thursday that former prime minister Sali Berisha, who is accused of corruption, must report to prosecutors and not leave the country while his case is under investigation. The ruling came from the country's Special Court on Corruption...

Former Albanian prime minister says he's charged with corruption and money laundering in land deal

Oct. 21, 2023 17:53 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s former prime minister Sali Berisha said Saturday that prosecutors charged him with corruption and money laundering in connection with a land deal involving a Tirana property. Berisha, 79, said the prosecutor's office in charge of cases against...