Latest News from Albania

President Pahor starts visits to Serbia, Kosovo

Belgrade – President Borut Pahor will visit Serbia on Sunday and Kosovo on Monday as he prepares for the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, a regional cooperation initiative. He is scheduled to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić today, and Kosovar President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti tomorrow.

Declassified Documents Show Power of Albania’s Communist Secret Police

Aferdita Dalliu was a child when her grandfather, Hafiz Ibrahim Dalliu, a Muslim scholar with a strong reputation for patriotism, was imprisoned by the Communist regime that ruled Albania with iron fist for more than 45 years until 1991.

Albania Fights Losing Battle Against Illegal Construction on Coast

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama months is getting tough with illegal builds. Earlier this year he announced an operation codenamed "Our Coastline", aiming to remove all such illegal constructions damaging the coastline, and punish those responsible.

Ancient Greek tragedy ‘Medea’ on stage

Under the direction of the world-famous Albanian artist Adonis Filipi, the İzmir State Theater's actors are rehearsing to present the play "Medea," which was first staged in 432 B.C., to the audience.

Written by Euripides, the ancient Greek tragedy "Medea" will meet the audience again in modern halls, ancient theaters and international festivals in İzmir.

Montenegro President Denies Role in Money-Laundering Ring

President Milo Djukanovic at a press conference in Cetinje, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

On November 13, BIRN has published theTaci's wiretapped conversations in which the Albanian businessman said he had involved Djukanovic in money transfers to Montenegro's Prva Bank.

Photographer Portrays Pain – and Hope – of Refugees Reaching Albania

Supported by Caritas Albania, UNHCR and Caritas Austria and Caritas Italy, a new exhibition in Tirana called "The Dreams We Carry" shows portraits of refugees that have come to Albania. Most of the pictures were taken at border points, mostly at the Greek-Albanian border called Kapshtica, at nearby refugee reception centres.

Crisis Deepens in Albania’s Opposition Democratic Party

The crisis within Albania's opposition Democratic Party escalated further on Monday evening when a six-hour meeting of its chairmanship produced a new date for a party assembly which is different to one that former leader Sali Berisha is seeking as he challenges to retake the leadership.

First Two Cases of Swine Flu have been Registered in Albania

The Albanian Institute of Public Health announced that the AH1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, was circulating in the country, and that the first two cases of infection had been confirmed, Ora News TV reported.

Trump Voices Concerns Over ‘Abandoned’ Kosovo-Serbia Agreements

Former US President Donald Trump said in Thursday that the agreements between Kosovo and Serbia he brokered during his last year in the White House should be implemented, while his former Balkan envoy, Richard Grenell, called on Joe Biden's administration to become "more aggressive" in his leadership towards the region.

War Crimes Trial of Iranian Ex-Official Moves to Albania

The trial of a former Iranian official accused of crimes against humanity, arrested in Sweden, has moved to Albania, where several members of an Iranian exiled opposition group People's Muhajedin of Iran, MEK, based in Albania since 2013, will testify.

US Warns Berisha Not to Retake Albanian Democratic Party

The former leader of Albania's opposition Democratic Party, Sali Berisha, on Wednesday claimed he had collected enough signatures to provoke new elections in the party, in a clear challenge to the current leader Lulzim Basha.

North Macedonia Declares ‘State of Crisis’ Over Energy

North Macedonia on Tuesday declared a "state of crisis" over energy for the next 30 days, empowering the state to intervene financially to help the two state-owned joint stock power companies, ESM and MEPSO, import more electricity from abroad.