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16 Albanians charged with murder over earthquake deaths

Nov. 20, 2020 11:01 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors indicted 16 investors, construction experts and local officials Friday on murder and other charges resulting from fatal building collapses after an earthquake a year ago. Prosecutors in the city of Durres, one of the areas most-devastated by the 6.4-magnitude...

FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo, Greece's Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronymos poses during the visit of Britain's Prince Charles in Athens. The head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a leading Athens hospital said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greece's archbishop hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms

Nov. 19, 2020 7:48 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Athens announced Thursday. The 82-year-old archbishop was hospitalized in an augmented care unit of Athens' Evangelismos Hospital, the...

FILE - This May 11, 2006 file photo shows the Serb Orthodox Monastery of Visoki Decani in western Kosovo. Italian mediation on Thursday Nov. 12, 2020, helped resolve a two-decade dispute between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government and the Serb minority, allowing a key road project that bypasses the historic Christian Orthodox monastery listed as an endangered World Heritage site. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo's rival communities reach deal on World Heritage site

Nov. 12, 2020 11:43 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Italian mediation on Thursday helped resolve a long-running dispute between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government and the Serb minority, allowing a highway project that will bypass a historic Christian Orthodox monastery listed as an endangered World Heritage site. Serb Orthodox...

A flamenco dancer holds up her dancing shoes during a protest organised by dance associations against virus restrictions, in Barcelona, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, as Spain continue with new measures to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Shanghai quarantines 186 after case at airport

Nov. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted virus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city’s main international airport tested positive for the coronavirus. The city government said on its microblog Tuesday that it...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci addresses the nation as he announced his resignation to face war crimes charges in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Thaci, a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence, has resigned in order to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity issued by at a special court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Thaci announced his resignation at a news conference on Thursday. He said he was taking the step “to protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo.”  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo's president resigns to face war crimes charges

Nov. 5, 2020 4:43 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo, who served as a guerrilla leader during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, resigned Thursday and was sent to a special court in The Hague where he will face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity. President Hashim Thaci...

Albania hosts online Balkan anti-Semitism forum

Oct. 28, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism Wednesday, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with Prime Minister Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism “a threat to our own civilization.” The Balkans Forum Against Anti-Semitism was organized by...

Members of the Lebanese General Security forces play with an Albanian child during an operation to take them back home to Albania from al-Hol, northern Syria, at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups in Syria

Albania says repatriation of 5 from Syria a 'great step'

Oct. 27, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The successful repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals killed fighting with Islamic extremist groups in Syria “is a great step” to be followed by more repatriations, Albania's prime minister said Tuesday. Edi Rama would not specify the...

A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

In this photo provided by the Albanian Prime Minister's office, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama sits at a hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, 26, 2020, with Albanian children as part of an operation to take them back home to Albania from Al Hawl, northern Syria.  A few hundred Albanian men are known to have joined terror groups in Syria and Iraq in the early 2010s, and now many of them are dead and their family members are stuck in Syria camps, but will be repatriated via Beirut to Albania.  (Albanian Prime Minister's office via AP)

Albania repatriating 5 family members of fighters in Syria

Oct. 26, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Monday that four children and a woman, all related to Albanian nationals who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, are being repatriated from a Syrian camp. Edi Rama told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Beirut,...

Albania joins global efforts to combat anti-Semitism

Oct. 22, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution joining global efforts to combat anti-Semitism. The parliament unanimously voted to approve the definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), becoming the second majority-Muslim...