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Greek socialist ex-minister Valyrakis, 77, found dead at sea

Jan. 24, 2021 3:25 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Sifis Valyrakis, a former minister and resistance fighter against Greece’s 1967-74 military dictatorship who twice made daring escapes, was found dead at sea Sunday night. He was 77. Valyrakis had sailed with his inflatable craft at noon (1000 GMT) off the coast of the island...

Albania expels Russian diplomat, citing lockdown breaches

Jan. 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Thursday expelled a Russian diplomat for allegedly not respecting the country’s virus lockdown rules. An Albanian foreign ministry statement declared Alexey Krivosheev “person non grata,” asking him to leave the country within 72 hours. The ministry...

Albanian soldier dies in Afghanistan peacekeeping mission

Jan. 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday reported the death of a soldier in Afghanistan, the second from the tiny Western Balkan country to die during the international peacekeeping mission. The soldier, identified as Xhevahir Jazaj, died Tuesday night at 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m....

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a Parliament debate in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers in Greece are set to approve legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. (Giorgos Zachos/InTime News via AP)

After vote, Greece to double reach of western coastal waters

Jan. 20, 2021 3:14 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. In the 284-0 vote, representatives of four opposition parties backed the center-right government, while members of...

A snowman, featuring a mask, is seen in Istanbul, Monday, Jan 18, 2021. Snow blanketed most of the Turkish metropolis of some 16 million that spans two continents, bridging Europe to Asia and the flurries are forecasted to continue throughout the day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat. In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Turkey on Monday, Jan. 11 invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu also extended an invitation to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, for a meeting to discuss their troubled relations.(Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials announced Monday, following this summer’s dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The announcement came hours after...

Albanian prime minister Edi Rama receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Rama was among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine which the country has received from an undisclosed European Union member country. The Prime Minister said he was

Albania carries out 1st vaccinations with donated doses

Jan. 11, 2021 1:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania kicked off its coronavirus vaccination program on Monday with doses received from an undisclosed European Union nation, making sure that the prime minister was among the first to receive a shot. Prime Minister Edi Rama said he was “not authorized” to say which...

Stranded residents try to reach their cars in the flooded street, following heavy rain and snowfall in Fushe Kosove, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Snow, heavy rain in Balkans cause floods, disrupt traffic

Jan. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded Monday, disrupted traffic on highways and at ports and caused power outages. In Serbia, authorities on Monday started clearing up tons of garbage that was clogging a southwestern lake after it was swept...

Albania helps families in flooded areas with food, water

Jan. 10, 2021 1:18 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities said Sunday that military troops have supplied food and water to families in the northwest isolated from the recent flooding following heavy rainfall in the last week. A Defense Ministry statement reported at least 36 families evacuated in Lezha and Durres...