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Albanian parliament fails to elect a president in 1st vote

May. 16, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Monday failed to elect the country’s next president after no candidates were nominated for the first round of voting. Neither the governing left-wing Socialist Party, nor the opposition, or any independent candidate could be...

Young athletes from Ukraine escape war, train in Albania

May. 11, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

ELBASAN, Albania (AP) — After fleeing from a war zone, a group of young Ukrainian track and field athletes have made their way to safety in Albania. Their minds are still between the two countries. “I miss my mother’s food and grandmother’s advice,” said 17-year-old Maria...

Albanian PM meets Kosovo ex-leader held on war crime charges

May. 10, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister on Tuesday visited Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci in a prison in The Netherlands, where he is being held pending trial for alleged war crimes. Edi Rama told journalists after the meeting that Thaci believed his trial would...

EU: Time to begin membership talks for Albania, N Macedonia

Apr. 28, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union is working hard to convince Bulgaria and North Macedonia to end their dispute and open the way for EU membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania, a senior EU official said Thursday. Oliver Varhelyi, the EU ’s enlargement...

EU envoy seeks start of North Macedonia membership talks

Apr. 27, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union wants to start formal membership talks with North Macedonia by early this summer and renew efforts to address objections from Bulgaria that have held up the process, a top EU official said Wednesday. Oliver Varhelyi, the EU ’s...

Albania to end virus restrictions before summer vacations

Apr. 26, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities have decided to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions before the summer vacation season. The Technical Committee of Experts, the country's highest executive body during the pandemic, said Tuesday that coronavirus-related measures will...

Albania may go it alone in bid to launch EU membership talks

Apr. 07, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Thursday that his nation may go it alone in its efforts to launch European Union membership talks, turning its back on a stalled joint bid with North Macedonia. Albania and North Macedonia have both fulfilled the required...

Albania charges Iranian man for alleged terror links

Apr. 01, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutor’s office said Friday it has charged an Iranian man of supporting terror organizations and abusing computer data. The Special Structure Against Corruption and Organized Crime, a prosecutor’s office in charge of special crimes and those...

Albanian governing lawmaker held over waste-management graft

Mar. 31, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police on Thursday arrested a governing Socialist party lawmaker on charges of corruption and abuse of power over a waste management project, a day after another 9 government-appointed officials were taken into custody on similar charges. Police said...

Amid protests, Europe limited in curbing high energy prices

Mar. 23, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Across Europe, governments are slashing fuel taxes and doling out tens of billions to help consumers, truckers, farmers and others cope with spiking energy prices made worse by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But it's not enough for some whose livelihoods hinge on fuel....