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Albanian officials want ex-minister tried over deadly blast

May. 06, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Thursday asked Supreme Court judges to allow the trial of a former defense minister over a massive munitions disposal factory blast that killed 26 people in 2008, more than a decade after the case against him was dropped. ...

U.S. Army warmly welcomed ahead of NATO exercises in Albania

May. 01, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

DURRES, Albania (AP) — Albania’s main port of Durres has welcomed a huge influx of containers and big trucks this week ahead of NATO exercises, a concentration of military vehicles that U.S. officials said has not been seen in the Adriatic nation since World War II. ...

NATO military exercises launched in Albania

Apr. 29, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — NATO has launched joint military exercises in Albania with thousands of military forces from the United States and other countries in the first such large-scale drills since World War II in the Western Balkans, a U.S. army official said Thursday. ...

Albania's Socialists win election, gain 3rd straight mandate

Apr. 27, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s left-wing Socialist Party has secured its third consecutive mandate in a parliamentary election, winning nearly one in two votes and enough seats in parliament to govern alone, electoral authorities said on Tuesday. The Central...

Albania's president lambastes US ambassador on TV talk show

Apr. 24, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has accused the U.S. ambassador of intervening in the small European country’s internal affairs by supporting its prime minister in an upcoming parliamentary election. President Ilir Meta spoke harshly about Ambassador Yuri...

Albania heads to polls after a bitter political fight

Apr. 23, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania holds parliamentary elections on Sunday amid the virus pandemic and a bitter political rivalry between the country’s two largest political parties. Albania, with its population of 2.8 million, has been a NATO member since 2009 and is...

Shooting in Albania leaves 1 dead, 4 injured before election

Apr. 21, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A shooting outside Albania's capital that reportedly was linked to political party activists before a parliamentary election this week killed one person and injured four others on Wednesday, according to police and media reports. A police...

Albania’s president harshly attacks PM ahead of Sunday polls

Apr. 21, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s president waded deep into the country's parliamentary election campaign Wednesday, accusing the left-wing government of running a “kleptocratic regime” and bungling its pandemic response. In an interview with The Associated Press,...

Albania signs 104 million-euro deal to build new airport

Apr. 20, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Tuesday signed a contract with a Swiss-based consortium to build a 104 million-euro ($125 million) new international airport. Lugano-based Mabco Constructions will make preparatory work, environmental, archaeological and other paper...

Albanian man with knife wounds 5 at mosque in Tirana

Apr. 19, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man with a knife attacked and wounded five people Monday at a mosque in the capital, police said, as investigators tried to determine a motive for the attack. Rudolf Nikolli, 34, entered the Dine Hoxha mosque in downtown Tirana about...