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Albanian deported from US for killing officer in 2015

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say that an Albanian man sentenced for killing a police officer in 2015 has been deported home from the United States. A statement Wednesday said Ruhan Hiraj, 22, was deported after coordination with U.S. authorities. In 2018 Hiraj was sentenced to 15 years of jail...

Albanians vote with no trouble after fears of poll clashes

Jun. 30, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Voters cast ballots without disruption Sunday in Albania, where opposition leaders had threatened to interfere with municipal elections they boycotted as part of an anti-government protest campaign that earlier produced injuries and arrests. Albanian President Ilir Meta moved to...

The Latest: Albania polls close without feared clashes

Jun. 30, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on disputed municipal elections in Albania (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Election Day clashes that were expected in Albania haven't materialized so far as opposition supporters held only small, brief rallies. Independent analyst Lutfi Dervishi said of the municipal...

Albania's local election is a test for its democracy

Jun. 28, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's municipal elections don't normally provoke much interest beyond the country's border, but the holding of this weekend's vote — or failure to do so — appears decisive for the tiny Western Balkan country in its bid to start full membership negotiations with the...