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EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Oct. 15, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France. "It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg...

Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia pledge to open borders

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The leaders of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania have pledged to lift barriers to free trade and travel between the three Balkan countries as they all seek entry into the European Union. Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic, North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Albania Prime...

Greek authorities seize drug stash on Aegean islet, arrest 4

Oct. 1, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say they have seized 1.2 tons of marijuana stashed by a smuggling gang on a remote Aegean islet and arrested four suspected gang members following a high-speed chase at sea. Authorities also confiscated two high-powered speedboats allegedly used in the chase by members...

Post-quake fake news drives Albanians outdoors

Sep. 23, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have questioned two journalists on suspicion that they provoked panic by reporting that a large earthquake was likely, after an earlier quake injured 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. People in the capital, Tirana, ran outdoors Sunday evening,...

Albania quake has 340 aftershocks, people afraid to go home

Sep. 22, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Fear and safety hazards kept many residents of Albania's capital of Tirana and the port city of Durres out of their homes Sunday after an earthquake the day before injured 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. Albania's Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment...

Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania

Sep. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

POGRADEC, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the west of Albania on Saturday but caused only minor injuries, the country's government said. Citing the country's Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Albania's defense ministry said the quake struck 13...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

Sep. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President...

EU to send observer team to Kosovo's Oct. 6 early election

Sep. 13, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says the bloc is sending a 61-member team of observers to Kosovo's Oct. 6 early general election to show that Pristina "remains a political priority." Policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that this vote "comes at an important juncture...

Kosovo PM cancels trip to Czech summit after strong comments

Sep. 12, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has cancelled his participation at a summit of Central European countries following denigrating words from the Czech president against his country. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday he told his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis he could not take part...