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Albania rescues 36 Afghans from ship, trying to cross into Greece

Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were rescued by the ship Oriku in cooperation with Frontex, the European Union's border control force. She says they have been handed over to local authorities.

Albania Mayor Resigns as Drug Dealing Past is Exposed

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (left) and the now resigned Mayor of Shkodra Valdrin Pjetri, during the Socialist Party election campaign. Photo: Facebook

Shepherds Use Albanian Communists’ Bunkers to Shelter Flocks

In the mountainous region of Martanesh, north-east of the Albanian capital Tirana, dozens of abandoned Communist-era bunkers are being used by shepherds as summer huts for their sheep.

Shepherds who come from the Tirana and Elbasan areas have built sheepfolds around the bunkers to ensure a safe haven for their flocks, enabling them to graze in Martanesh's lush pastures.

Albania Mulls Easing Citizenship Procedure for Diaspora Members

A new draft law on citizenship adopted by the Albanian government, due to be approved by parliament, will allow Albanians living abroad to acquire Albanian citizenship more easily.

The only precondition would be to prove that their ancestors had Albanian citizenship.

Media: Kosovo police ban people with Serbian passports to enter Kosovo and Metohija

RTS got those information from the Kosovo Police.
According to the decision of Border Police, the persons carrying personal IDs and photo document for children are allowed to enter Kosovo.
Border Police implemented this decision without providing consent from the Kosovo Interior Minister, circumventing the usual procedure of informing the public about the measure.

Time to Build Europe at Home, says Tirana Mayor

"The European narrative has been wounded," Veliaj, 39, told BIRN in an interview in July hours before he was sworn in for a second term as mayor of the Albanian capital.

"Telling Albania and other countries in the Western Balkans 'we'll consider next year, you still have some work to do' and once you fulfil that list, you see you are not being rewarded, is disappointing," he said.

"Self-proclaimed" Albanian President and Haradinaj's close associate murdered abroad

Festim Lato, residing in Afferden, a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland, has his own private army. Various Dutch authorities were aware of this, but did not intervene, the Dutch Telegraaf reports based on sources and its own research.
Lato was the self-proclaimed President of Chameria, an unrecognized republic on the border of Albania and Greece.

WWII soldier remains buried

A religious ceremony was held Thursday to bury the remains of another 85 Greek soldiers that died in the 1940-41 Greco-Italian War at the military cemetery of Kleisoura, in a valley where the armies of the two countries clashed near the Albanian border.

PM pledges support to archbishop of Albania

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged to support Archbishop Anastasios of Albania during a meeting in Athens Thursday. Anastasios sought the government's help in tackling the challenges facing Albania's Orthodox Church.

Mitsotakis meets Archbishop of Albania

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Archbishop of Albania Anastasios at Maximos Mansion on Thursday.
Anastasios congratulated the conservative leader on becoming prime minister and requested the government's help in tackling the challenges facing the Balkan country's Orthodox Church.

Croatian Soldier Killed, Two Others Injured, in Afghanistan

One Croatian soldier has died and two others have been injured after a suicide bomber slammed his motorcycle into a vehicle they were travelling in near a NATO military base on the outskirts of Kabul in Afghanistan, the Croatian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Haradinaj's ties with "yellow house": Americans obstructed the investigation

International sources speculate that his responsibility for organ trafficking in the case of ''yellow house'' is now at stake, Blic reports.
The first serious approach to this crime was led by UNMIK which made a report in 2003, the evidence of which were, allegedly, destroyed in the Tribunal for War Crimes for the former Yugoslavia.

Over 825,000 People Became EU Citizens in 2017

In 2017, 825,447 people acquired citizenship of an EU member state, according to Eurostat data published today.

The countries that issued the most passports last year were Italy (18% of all), Great Britain (15%), Germany and France (14%), Sweden and Spain (8%).

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