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2 migrants killed in car crash in Albania, 7 injured

Feb. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two migrants were killed in a car crash and seven others were injured when their vehicle plummeted off a cliff in southern Albania, police said Sunday. A four-wheel drive vehicle was illegally transporting the nine migrants, identified as Syrians by local media, on Saturday, a police...

Albania police crack down on illegal betting shops

Feb. 21, 2020 7:47 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police said Friday they have cracked down on people operating betting shops, more than a year after they were banned in one of Europe's poorest countries. More than 1,500 police took part in the operation in the capital, Tirana, and seven other cities as Europa League soccer...

Albania president calls on people to topple the government

Feb. 19, 2020 9:48 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s president on Wednesday called on the people of his nation to topple the left-wing government, which he accused of violating the country’s constitution and of links to organized crime. President Ilir Meta said at a news conference that he hopes people will come...

EU official: Fast response to Albania quake raises support

Feb. 10, 2020 10:55 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A fast response by the European Union to the earthquake in Albania that killed 51 people has increased the bloc’s popularity among the tiny Western Balkan country’s population, according to an EU official. A survey published Monday on the Albanian public perception of...

Albania's November quake caused $1.1 billion in damages

Feb. 5, 2020 7:21 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A disaster report says the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Albania in November caused $1.1 billion in damages as well as killing 51 people and leaving 17,000 others homeless. The assessment report presented Wednesday was prepared by 60 Albanian and international experts from the...

4.9 magnitude quake shakes Albania, people in the streets

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook Albania on Tuesday, causing people in the capital of Tirana to pour out of their apartments. Preliminary reports said there were no damage or injuries. The Defense Ministry said the quake at 9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT) was centered 34 kilometers (20 miles)...

European Council President Charles Michel arrives to a meeting with North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski, at the presidential office in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel is expected to discuss with the country's senior officials the new EU negotiation methodology and the course of the reform process in North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

EU plans intensive talks on future enlargement procedure

Jan. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The President of the European Council said on Friday the bloc will be holding intensive discussions in coming weeks on how future enlargement should be managed. Charles Michel, who was in the Albanian capital, Tirana, to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, said all member countries...