Latest News from Albania

MAE: Melescanu participates in session of Foreign Ministers Council in Abu Dhabi

Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu attended the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OCI) from Abu Dhabi , where he had a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of the member countries of this body.

Turkish Ambitions Dim Race to Lead Albania’s Muslims

Ankara's determination to exert greater control over the institution representing Albania's Muslim community is causing disquiet - with some within the rank calling for robust resistance to outside interference.

MEPs Chide Albania Opposition Parties for Quitting Parliament

Luigi Soreca, EU Delegation Ambassador in Tirana (front) and Knut Fleckenstein, rapporteur for Albania in the European Parliament, after meeting opposition leaders in Tirana on 28 February 2019. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

Knut Fleckenstein, the German rapporteur for Albania, said quitting parliament was wrong.

Concerns about ‘jihadists’ in North Macedonia

Security services in Greece and the broader region are concerned about the presence of dozens of ethnic Albanians in North Macedonia who in previous years fought for the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria, Kathimerini understands.

EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel: Mobile Data Prices with Macedonia and Serbia will Fall from July 1

Reducing roaming prices with neighboring Macedonia and Serbia continues to be a top priority in the work of the Bulgarian commissioner for digital economy and society, Mariya Gabriel. Today she is in Kyustendil and she has a conversation with students of "Dr. Peter Beron" Language School, which she graduated, the theme is "Young People in the Digital World".

Albanian Family Pleads for Return of ISIS-held Children

Many women and children have been evacuated from the enclave to refugee camps run by Kurdish forces and the US-backed anti-government coalition Syrian Democratic Forces in anticipation of a final, bloody stand by ISIS fighters. There are indications Ndregjoni's niece and nephew may be among them, alongside other children of ISIS fighters from the Balkans.

"Mafia Shqiptare controls UK cocaine market"

These gangs, also known as "Mafia Shqiptare", have slowly take over the market in this country "after steadily moving into the country after the fall of communism in Albania in 1990."

Guns and Apartheid – an Albanian King in South Africa

Leka Zogu was the only son of the late Zog I, the only monarch to reign in Albania. The Albanian monarchy had an unusually short history. The founder of the royal house, Zog, was a wealthy landowner and politician who, after Albania's independence in 1913, first became prime minister and then president before proclaiming himself king in 1928.

Albanians Rally Peacefully as Opposition MPs Quit Parliament

Opposition protesters throw flares while police officers protect Albania's parliament on 21 February 2019. Photo: Gjergj Erebara/BIRN

Opposition parties summoned their protesters on Thursday morning to near the parliament in Tirana, where police deployed about 1,000 officers, equipped with gas masks and some in full anti-riot gear.

Minister-delegate Ciamba meets Portugal's StateSec Zacarias; discussions focused on EU developments in relation to current agenda

Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba met on Wednesday with Secretary of State for European Affairs with Portugal's Foreign Affairs Ministry Ana Paula Zacarias. The discussions of the two officials focused on the working programme of Romania's Presidency at the EU Council and the ongoing developments at European level in relation with the current agenda.

Albania Braces for Unrest Ahead of Opposition Protest

Albanian opposition protesters attack the offices of Prime Minister Edi Rama on February 16, 2019. Photo: Armand Shkullaku/LSA.

Police said they planned to deploy about 1,200 officers in Tirana to deal with fears of violence, and warned journalists to wear gas masks to avoid tear gas inhalation.

Serb Fighter ‘Transported Kosovo Massacre Victims’ Bodies’

The Darko Tasic trial on Wednesday at Prizren Basic Court. Photo: BIRN.

The truck was then set on fire and pushed into the river with the bodies inside, according to the witnesses.

Witness Tome Prekpalaj, from the village of Bregu i Drinit near Prizren, testified that he saw the defendant and his father with the truck carrying the corpses of Albanian civilians.