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Nearly half a ton of cocaine seized in Albania, 10 arrested

Nov. 25, 2022 10:04 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities on Friday said they have seized 430 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of cocaine in a coordinated operation with neighboring Montenegro and other law enforcement international institutions. Albania’s corruption and organized crime squad said 10...

Heavy rains in the Balkans cause flooding, killing 6 people

Nov. 21, 2022 12:01 PM EST

SHKODER, Albania (AP) — Torrential rains in the Balkans over the past two days led to floods that killed at least six people, prompted widespread evacuations and caused significant damage, authorities said Monday. One of the most impacted areas was in northwestern Albania, where...

Ringleaders in massive COVID fraud extradited to US

Nov. 18, 2022 19:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles couple who fled to Europe after being convicted of running a fraud ring that stole $18 million in COVID-19 aid money were returned to the United States to face prison, authorities announced Friday. Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian,...

James Maddison makes England's World Cup squad

Nov. 10, 2022 11:13 AM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — James Maddison was a surprising inclusion for England when coach Gareth Southgate named his 26-man squad for the World Cup on Thursday. The Leicester playmaker has made only one appearance for his country, coming on as a substitute in a European...

Germany urges western Balkan leaders to resolve conflicts

Nov. 03, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday told leaders of six Balkan countries that aspire to join the European Union that “it is high time to overcome regional conflicts" and stand together as Russia wages war in Ukraine. Leaders from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia,...

EU revisits Balkans to win friends, seek more influence

Oct. 28, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is in the midst of yet another goodwill trip through the Western Balkans to drum up support for the bloc and to make sure that Europe's historical tinderbox is not about to pick the side of hostile Russia or strategic rival China in the world of geopolitics. ...

EU expanding border guard presence along busy Balkan route

Oct. 26, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union signed an agreement Wednesday with North Macedonia to deploy officers from the bloc’s border protection agency Frontex in the small Balkan country as it expands its reach into nearby non-member states. The signing ceremony in...

Montenegro holds pride march despite opposition from church

Oct. 08, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several hundred people on Saturday joined an LGBTQ pride march in Montenegro, held amid strong opposition from the influential Serbian Orthodox Church in the small conservative Balkan country. Montenegro's 10th pride event was dubbed “No more buts,"...

Orthodox Church leads protest against Montenegro pride

Oct. 07, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Friday for a protest prayer led by the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro against the holding of an LGBTQ pride march this weekend. The influential church has called its followers in Montenegro to join the prayer for...

Montenegro bans entry to 28 foreigners for 'malign' activity

Sep. 30, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A day after it expelled six Russian diplomats, NATO member Montenegro on Friday revoked residence permits and banned entry to 28 foreign citizens it accused of spreading “malign influence” in the interest of unidentified foreign services. The move...