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Albania’s flights resume after 2-day airport closure

Apr. 09, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Commercial flights resumed at Albania’s Tirana International Airport on Friday after they were blocked for two days by an air traffic controllers' strike. The first commercial flight with passengers left the airport for Italy on Friday at 9:05...

'Essential' flights resume at Tirana Airport after strike

Apr. 08, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s infrastructure minister on Thursday said that “essential” flights have resumed at the country’s only international airport following a strike by air traffic controllers. Belinda Balluku said humanitarian, emergency, health,...

Albania sends troops, police, to end flight control strike

Apr. 07, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government sent troops and police Wednesday evening to clear striking air traffic controllers out of the flight control tower at the country's one international airport in the capital, Tirana. No injuries or arrests were reported, and it...

Facebook removes accounts tied to Iranian exile group

Apr. 06, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday it has removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to an Iranian exile group and a troll farm in Albania. The accounts posted content critical of Iran's government and supportive of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, a dissident group known as...

Training opens 'a window of hope' for Albanian rug-weavers

Apr. 04, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

KUKES, Albania (AP) — Hate Ora has been weaving carpets and rugs for more than half a century, since learning the craft as a child by sneaking into her aunt's workshop. Ora, 64, is now teaching the methods she picked up and perfected to her daughter, nieces and other...

Economist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58

Mar. 29, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Bashkim Fino, who was appointed to shepherd Albania out of almost total chaos when fraudulent investment schemes collapsed 24 years ago and angry crowds looted military installations nationwide, has died. He was 58. The former prime minister's...

The Latest: Metro Manila, outlying provinces go on lockdown

Mar. 28, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials placed Metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces, a region of more than 25 million people, back to a lockdown Monday at the height of the Lenten and Easter holiday travel season as they scrambled to control an alarming surge in coronavirus...

Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season

Mar. 28, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Hundreds of people age 70 and above gathered at Tirana’s main...

Albanian parties break some virus rules to launch campaigns

Mar. 25, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s opposition on Thursday defied virus restrictions to hold a rally in the capital of Tirana to launch its electoral campaign. The governing left-wing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama also held a rally in separate 10-person...

U.S. provides 29 Humvees to bolster Albanian army capability

Mar. 24, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The United States has provided 29 new Humvees to bolster Albania's military capabilities ahead of military exercises in southeastern Europe, the Balkan nation's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim said the vehicles were part...