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Albania opens murder investigation into deaths of 4 Russians

Nov. 25, 2021 11:28 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors said on Thursday that they have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of four Russian tourists at a local beach resort last month. The four Russians — a married couple, their daughter and son-in-law — were found...

One shot at a time: Albania battles the vaccine skeptics

Nov. 17, 2021 11:31 AM EST

SUKTH, Albania (AP) — There's hardly any home in Albania's Sukth distict where Ndricim Rahi and Anila Shameti have not injected someone with vaccines or given them other medical treatments during their 30 years as nurses. Yet despite their deep local contacts, they and...

Afghan evacuees enjoy Albania but have eyes set on Canada

Nov. 16, 2021 02:33 AM EST

GOLEM, Albania (AP) — One Afghan teacher calls Albania a “paradise” while a former Afghan government official cannot get enough of “the freedom” that exists in the tiny Western Balkan country where they were evacuated to after the Taliban took over their homeland. ...

Albania's ex-top prosecutor sentenced over corruption

Nov. 10, 2021 08:04 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian Appeals Court on Wednesday sentenced the country’s former chief prosecutor to two years in prison for hiding money from illegally-owned properties. The ex-prosecutor general, Adriatik Llalla, 52, was sentenced for hiding property and...

Albania: Homes damaged, no injuries from 4.5 magnitude quake

Oct. 29, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with preliminary magnitude 4.5 in northeastern Albania has caused damage to more than a dozen houses but no injuries, Albanian authorities said Friday. The Institute of Geosciences reported that the quake struck at 8:10 a.m. (0610...

Albanian former minister charged in deadly 2008 blast

Oct. 28, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Thursday brought charges against a former defense minister over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory in 2008 that killed 26 people. The Special Structure Against Corruption, or SPAK, in charge of probing high...

Russia flies home bodies of 4 tourists who died in Albania

Oct. 22, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The bodies of four Russian tourists who were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania last week have been flown home, the Russian Embassy in Tirana said on Friday. Albanian police said the four — a married couple, their daughter and...

Albania: British WWII airman's remains identified, reburied

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The few mortal remains of a World War II British air gunner were formally buried in a Tirana war cemetery Wednesday, following their discovery last year at the site where his bomber crashed in Albania and their subsequent identification. Sergeant...

4 Russian tourists found dead at Albania beach resort

Oct. 16, 2021 04:28 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Police say four Russian tourists were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania. Albanian police issued a statement Saturday saying the four were found asphyxiated in a hotel sauna in the village of Qerret late Friday. ...

Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Sep. 27, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Wildlife campaigners on Monday called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country. A statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature Adrian said that a Supreme...