Latest News from Albania
BELGRADE - Serbs in Albania are one of Europe's most endangered minority communities as they have no recognised status of a national minority or the right to receive institutional education and information in their native tongue, and face assimilation and complete extinction as a result, Serbian Renewal Movement MP Aleksandar Cotric warned on Sunday.
By Derek Gatopoulos
A Greek navy frigate carrying embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China and other countries evacuated from the conflict in Libya returned early Saturday to a port near Athens.
Passengers on the frigate Salamis described a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital Tripoli, with frequent power and water cuts.
Charge d'affaires says ex-Albanian PM is "psychopath"
PRIŠTINA -- According to a Beta news agency report, Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has decided to dismiss Priština's charge d'affaires in Montenegro.
Xhafer Ahmeti will leave Podgorica after the comments he made about former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
Albania's ruling centre-left coalition faces a battle to rally all its MPs on Thursday in parliament in order to pass plans for the country's administrative-territorial reform and amendments to the law for the organization of the High Council of Justice, HJC.
They require a qualified majority of 84 votes out 140 seats.
BELGRADE - Jean-Eric Paquet, director for Albania, Serbia, BiH and Kosovo at the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Enlargement, has said during a meeting with Serbia’s Minister without Portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic that improving the economic climate and employment and strengthening competitiveness will be among the most important criteria in
BRUSSELS - The families of the victims of crimes committed in Kosovo have been waiting for justice and the truth about the fates of their loved ones for too long, says Michael Montgomery, a US journalist who discovered the "Yellow House" in Albania, identified in a report by Council of Europe special rapporteur Dick Marty as the site of an organ harvesting operation whose victims were kidnapped
STRASBOURG - President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur has welcomed a report by special prosecutor John Clint Williamson concerning an investigation into the 1999 Kosovo organ trafficking case, expressing satisfaction that “truth’s onward march continues also in this case.”
Islamic community disavows terrorism, extremist organisations
Muslims increasingly perceive ISIL and Boko Haram as criminal rather than religious organisations.
Many Muslims are increasingly critical of the Islamic state -- formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) -- Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups, experts said.
Families of kidnapped Serbs want indictments
BELGRADE -- An association of families of Serb victims in Kosovo has expressed dissatisfaction with a statement of organ trafficking case investigator Clint Williamson.
The American prosecutor who heads a EU special team said in Brussels there was "not enough evidence" to raise indictments.
The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 published by the State Department says societal discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice remains widespread in the Balkans.
Victims of most abuse, including cases of physical violence and vandalizing places of worship, are usually members of smaller religious groups, it says.
BELGRADE - The recent donor conference in Brussels, organised to help Serbia recover from the May floods, raised slightly over EUR 106 million in donations.
A list of donations to Serbia has been published on the website of the Serbian Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, which said that a total of EUR 106,867,611 was raised.
EU and the Balkans co-operate against human trafficking
Germany and France have agreed to establish joint expert working groups with Albania and Serbia.
The EU is engaging Balkan countries to slow the tide of human trafficking from the Middle East, Africa and Asia by providing additional support for refugees who legally arrive in Union states.