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Albania Parliament approves new female-dominated Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2021 03:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Assembly, or parliament, on Friday approved Cabinet dominated by women, aiming to bring the country back to economic growth focusing on tourism and agriculture, infrastructure and energy. Following a 20-hour debate, the 140-seat...

Albania claims global leadership for women in government

Sep. 16, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s parliament was to vote late Thursday to approve the new, female-dominated cabinet of Prime Minister Edi Rama, with 12 of the 17 jobs going to women, making Albania a global leader in terms of the percentage of women in government positions. ...

Merkel urges western Balkans to focus on EU membership

Sep. 14, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Albania on Tuesday to urge the leaders of the six western Balkan states to strengthen their regional cooperation in their strive for European Union membership. Merkel hailed the cooperation intiative, saying...

Merkel: Integrating Balkans into EU is strategic for both

Sep. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — It's in the European Union's strategic interests to integrate the Balkan states into the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday as she urged Serbia and other countries in the region to do more on democratic reforms in order to join. ...

Albanian parliament sworn in following April Socialist win

Sep. 10, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s new parliament members were formally sworn in and elected a new speaker Friday, in the house’s first session after an April 25 election. Serving its third consecutive mandate, the left-wing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama...

The Latest: Bidens visit wounded troops at Walter Reed

Sep. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited injured U.S. troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday night. There are 15 Marines at the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, who were wounded in an Aug. 26...

Albanian PM names new proposed cabinet, dominated by women

Sep. 02, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister on Thursday announced his new cabinet in which women form the majority, keeping most of his previous government's officials but naming new finance and justice ministers. The new government has to be formally confirmed by...

The Latest: Moderna, Japan partner recall 1.6 million doses

Sep. 02, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO — Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner are recalling more than 1 million doses of the U.S. drug maker’s coronavirus vaccine after confirming that contamination reported last week was tiny particles of stainless steel. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is in charge of...

Western Balkan nations postpone school openings due to virus

Aug. 31, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Tuesday postponed the beginning of the school year for students up through high school by two weeks following a surge of coronavirus infections due to the delta variant, and new precautions were taken in other Western Balkan countries like Albania and...

The Latest: Kabul kids rush to school hours after US departs

Aug. 30, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as the U.S. and its NATO allies left Afghanistan, some of the gains of the last 20 years were on display as boys and girls rushed to school early Tuesday. Masooda was hurrying to get to her fifth grade class at a private school. “I’m not...