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Albanian businessman’s assets seized, drug links suspected

Aug. 3, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Monday said they had seized vast assets belonging to a businessman and a media mogul suspected of building his empire with profits from drug trafficking. The Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime, known as SPAK by acronym in...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

A man takes an evening stroll through an abandoned communist-era train station in the town of Ballsh, Albania, Thursday July 9, 2020. For young people in the rural Albanian town of Ballsh, the best chance of work is to move abroad. But that has been made impossible by the closure of borders as part of the coronavirus response. Nowadays, in this western Albanian town where almost everybody was once employed by an oil refinery that now stands idle, the only thing to do is gather at cafes to chat and wait for better news. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

AP PHOTOS: Unemployed at home, Albanians wait to leave

Jul. 27, 2020 4:57 AM EDT

BALLSH, Albania (AP) — For Hekuran Jahaj, the closure of borders between his nation of Albania and European Union member states was the worst news during an already difficult time caused by the global coronavirus outbreak. After spending last summer as an agricultural worker in Italy, Jahaj, 24, had...

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci greets former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation army, which fought for independence from Serbia, and other supporters waiting for his return at the border crossing points in Vrmice, Kosovo, Friday, July 17, 2020. Thaci was warmly welcomed by supporters on Friday upon return from the Netherlands where he was questioned by prosecutors at a special international court on alleged crimes during the 1998-1999 war after which his country won independence from Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Crowds welcome Kosovo president returning from questioning

Jul. 17, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

MORINE, Kosovo (AP) — A cheering crowd welcomed Kosovo's president on Friday upon his return from The Netherlands, where he was questioned by prosecutors at a special international court on alleged crimes during the 1998-1999 war that led to his country's independence from Serbia. Hashim Thaci's supporters...

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’s Thaci strongly denies committing any war crimes

Jul. 12, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Sunday he was going to The Hague to prove to prosecutors investigating war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia that he had broken no international laws during...

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...

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...

Court orders abuse of post retrial for ex-Albanian minister

Jun. 26, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Friday ordered the re-trial of a former interior minister who was convicted of abuse of office last year. The basis for the Tirana Appeals Court judges' decision to overturn last year's conviction was not immediately clear. The former minister, Saimir...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, heads back home

Jun. 26, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo headed back to his country Friday after pulling out of a White House meeting due to his indictment for war crimes stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists he helped lead and Serbian forces. President Hashim Thaci, who had...

Albania arrests man over social media calls to kill Israelis

Jun. 25, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man has been arrested for allegedly using social media to call for the killing of Israelis, police said Thursday. The 39-year-old man was arrested at his home in the village of Koxhaj, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, following an investigation...