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Italy concedes goal after 23 seconds but recovers to beat Albania 2-1 at Euro 2024

Jun. 15, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — By conceding a goal after just 23 seconds, Italy made the worst possible start to its European Championship title defense. Thankfully for the Azzurri, it soon got much better. Italy recovered from letting in the quickest goal in the...

Italy's premier visits Albania as controversial plan to hold Italy-bound migrants nears its start

Jun. 05, 2024 10:27 AM EDT

SHENGJIN, Albania (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni traveled to Albania on Wednesday to thank its government for its unique role in agreeing to host thousands of asylum-seekers while Italy processes their claims, and to tour migrant centers she said will be ready in August. ...

Italy's migrant jails are squalid and chaotic. A young man from Guinea was desperate to escape

May. 31, 2024 16:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was still dark and quiet outside when Ousmane Sylla performed his last prayer in the courtyard of an Italian migrant jail. “I miss my Africa very much and my mother too,” read a scribble in French on the wall nearby. ”May I rest in peace." A few...

Albanian soccer aims for positive political message by teaming with Serbia to bid for Under-21 Euro

May. 29, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A tournament co-hosting bid by Albania and Serbia is an unlikely project in European soccer and politics. The Balkan neighbors' soccer federations have surprisingly teamed up to try to persuade UEFA to award them the 2027 men’s Under-21 European Championship in a...

UK's Cameron praises progress in joint effort with Albania to stop illegal migration

May. 22, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron hailed progress in a U.K.-Albania joint effort to cut illegal migration, saying small boat arrivals from Albania to the U.K. fell by over 90% in 2023 as the two countries fought people smuggling gangs, according to a Foreign Office...

Albania installs British-funded cameras along its border to stem flow of migrants, criminal gangs

May. 15, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has installed a “sophisticated” network of cameras along its border with Kosovo, supplied by the British government in an attempt to stem the number of migrants flowing into the United Kingdom and to track criminal activity in the region, the U.K. home office...

Greece names a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority as candidate in EU election

Apr. 17, 2024 11:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s governing conservative party added a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority to its list of candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election, adding to the already existing tension between the two countries. Fredi Beleris...

Vehicle carrying suspected migrants crashes into a river in Albania, killing 8 people

Apr. 02, 2024 10:14 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A car crashed into a river on Tuesday in southeastern Albania, killing all eight people inside, including seven suspected migrants and a local driver, police said. The driver of the vehicle lost control and veered into the Vjosa River about 240 kilometers...

Albanian prosecutors order arrest of tourist town mayor for alleged corruption

Mar. 23, 2024 20:08 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors said Saturday they ordered the arrest of the mayor of a seaside tourist town in the country's south on corruption charges. The Special Court Against Corruption and Organized Crime, which handles cases involving senior officials, ordered...