Latest News from Albania

Gorani will not form national minority council

BELGRADE - Serbia's Gorani will not be forming their national minority council, the Gorani Civic Initiative - the sole political and national organisation of this autochthonous people in Serbia - decided on Wednesday.

Two Albanian Chromium Miners Die in Shaft

Denaid Barçi, 30, and Xhemal Sela, 53, were among a group of seven miners working in the Gallery No 7, of Fushe Lopa mine.

The causes of the accident remained unknown. However, on Tuesday media reported that police had detained the owner of the company that ran the mine and the technical director.

International children's folklore festival opens in Uzice

UZICE - The 6th Licitar Heart international children's folklore festival has opened in Uzice, western Serbia, with a ceremony that involved its 850 participants.

The festival, which opened late Monday, features 27 folklore groups from 10 countries, which will be performing on nearby Mt Zlatibor, in Mokra Gora, Pozega, Bajina Basta, Visegrad and Republika Srpska until August 23.

Albanian Jihadist Reportedly Killed in Syria

Albanian citizen Idajet Balliu, 24, was reported killed in fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday - the latest of ethnic Albanians who have died fighting as part of various Islamic militant organisations since the Syrian conflict started.

Albanian Socialist Activist Arrested for Propositioning Teen

Police on Saturday arrested 60-year-old Cane, a member of Albania’s ruling Socialist Party, after a report was published by local media featuring a videotape of the activist purportedly discussing his proposition with the mother of the 14-year-old.

Montenegro Searches For its Last, Lost Lynxes

Montenegro has launched a "Lynx Recovery Programme" in order to find out whether any remaining lynxes still live in remote corners of the country - and offer protection if they do.

Only about a hundred lynxes now survive in the wild in the whole of the Balkans, spread over Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, and some experts fear the number may be as low as only 40.

Africa Migrants Trigger Ebola Panic in Albania

Albania is recovering from false Ebola alarm after police detained 38 Eritrean immigrants in a mountainous area and arrested two suspected traffickers on Tuesday.

Two members of fuel-smuggling ring nabbed in northern Greece

Two people have been arrested and another two are being sought on suspicion of selling fuel that was destined for Albania in Greece, thus depriving the state of an unspecified amount of much-needed taxes.

A 59-year-old Albanian fuel truck driver and 42-year-old Greek man were arrested in northern Greece.

'Witness A':12 KLA commanders were in charge of Likovac camp

PRISTINA - In the resumed Drenica Group trial, a protected witness stated that 12 commanders of the former (paramilitary ethnic Albanians' Kosovo Liberation Army) KLA, including the outgoing prime minister of Kosovo Hasim Taci, were in charge of the camp in the village of Likovac, central Kosovo.

Bank of Albania governor under pressure after theft probe

Bank of Albania governor under pressure after theft probe

The demand comes after the bank announced employees stole millions over a four-year period.

Civil society in Albania is calling for the Bank of Albania governor to resign after it was revealed that bank employees stole more than $7 million over a four-year period.

Banks to trim assets, especially abroad, to boost capital bases

By Yiannis Papadoyiannis

The European Commission’s restructuring plans for Greek banks provide for a drastic scaling back of their activities abroad as well as reductions in the number of branches and staff at home.

The plans for banks National (NBG) and Piraeus were given the green light late last month, following those for Alpha in early July and Eurobank in April.

BH Air to Fly to New York, Chicago

Bulgarian airline BH Air could launch direct flights to the United States next spring  – 16 years after national carrier Balkan Airlines made its last flight to New York.

BH Air could launch direct flights from Sofia to New York and Chicago with bookings to be launched this autumn, 24 Chasa daily has reported.

Roma Evictions in Albania 'Concern' CoE

“Concerned about planned evictions of Roma in Elbasan, Albania,” Muiznieks wrote on his twitter account on Thursday.

 “I call on authorities to ensure suitable and sustainable housing alternative and uphold human rights,” he added.

The houses of the seven Roma families face demolition due to make way for the expansion of the city’s soccer stadium and a road.