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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...

Albania amends constitution aimed at holding better election

Jul. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian lawmakers approved constitutional amendments Thursday to hold elections with open lists of candidates and pre-formed party coalitions, part of electoral reforms that are considered a key condition to the country starting negotiations to join the European Union. The Western...

Western Balkan leaders discuss virus impacts, EU membership

Jul. 29, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met for a virtual summit Wednesday to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the European Union. The...

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...

Albanian parliament votes against president’s impeachment

Jul. 27, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament voted on Monday against the impeachment of President Ilir Meta over his unsuccessful attempt to cancel local elections last year. Lawmakers voted 78-17, with 8 abstentions, in favor of the recommendations of an inter-party commission which found that Meta should...

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...

Albania's parliament approves electoral reforms sought by EU

Jul. 23, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament on Thursday approved electoral reforms aimed at guaranteeing free and fair elections and considered a key condition to starting entry negotiations with the European Union. The left-wing governing Socialist Party, which dominates the 140-seat Assembly, joined...

A protective face mask adorns a Jesus Christ statue as a reminder for residents to wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Petare neighborhod in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The Latest: Global death toll for pandemic now above 600,000

Jul. 18, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000. The university’s tally as of Saturday night says the United States tops the list with 140,103 deaths. It is followed by 78,772 fatalities in Brazil and 45,358 in the United Kingdom. The number of confirmed infections...

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...

Guests wear masks as required to attend the official reopening day of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, July 11, 2020. Disney reopened two Florida parks, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, Saturday, with limited capacity and safety protocols in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

Jul. 12, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases. Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the U.S., especially...