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Two Greeks reportedly arrested in Albania ahead of Katsifas funeral

Two Greeks have reportedly been arrested in Albania for the possession of clothes sporting paramilitary symbols and slogans that fuel hate, according to Albanian news portal Faxweb.

The news comes a few hours before the funeral of 35-year-old Konstantinos Katsifas in the village of Bularat in southern Albania, who was shot dead by Albanian police last week.

Greek ministries call for restraint, respect at Katsifas funeral

The Foreign and Civil Protection Ministries have appealed on Greeks planning to attend the funeral of an ethnic Greek who was shot dead by Albanian police last week to show restraint and respect towards his family, according to sources from the two ministries, cited by state-run news agency ANA-MPA.

Katsifas funeral to be held on Thursday; authorities on alert

The funeral of Konstantinos Katsifas, a 35-year-old ethnic Greek fatally shot by Albanian police on October 28, will take place on Thursday in the village of Bularat in southern Albania, after authorities handed his body over to his family on Wednesday.

Haradinaj "undeserving as PM" - Kosovo "cannot be state"

Speaking for Tirana, Albania-based broadcaster Ora News, the Swiss jurist also noted that Kosovo "cannot be a state."

Del Ponte explained that Haradinaj has been convicted in the first instance by the Hague war crimes tribunal, while Kosovo does not fulfill the conditions necessary to be a state.

Body of Greek shot by Albanian police to be returned by Tuesday, lawyer says

Albanian authorities have agreed to hand over the body of Konstantinos Katsifas, a 35-year-old ethnic Greek fatally shot by police in southern Albania on October 28, the family's lawyer has said.

It is expected that authorities in Albania will release Katsifas's body to his relatives by Tuesday, lawyer Efthimios Navridis told ANT1 television on Monday.

Minister: Albania should return slain Greek national's body to family

Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos says Albanian authorities should promptly return the body of Konstantinos Katsifas, the 35-year-old ethnic Greek man who was fatally shot by police in southern Albania last Sunday.

Damage to Zakynthos buildings after strong quake assessed

Inspectors said on Saturday that 120 of the 250 buildings that were damaged two weeks ago by the 6.4 magnitude quake on the Ionian island of Zakynthos have been declared unsafe.

Most of the damaged buildings are in the regions of Kalamaki, Laganas, Lithakia, Keri, Mahairado and Lagopodo.

Albanians in Serbia 'Fined for Flying National Flag'

Candidates running for the leadership of the Albanian National Council in Serbia told BIRN Kosovo's TV programme 'Jeta ne Kosove' on Thursday evening that if Albanians in Serbia use the national flag for official purposes, they have to pay a fine ranging from 500 to 800 euros.

Family plan legal action while waiting for Katsifas's body

After an Athens prosecutor ordered a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of 35-year-old Konstantinos Katsifas, an ethnic Greek man who was fatally shot in southern Albania last Sunday, his family asked Albanian authorities for the man's body so they can arrange the burial, lawyers representing Katsifas's relatives said on Thursday.

Doing business in Greece gets ever harder, data shows

Greece has slipped further in the international competitiveness chart in terms of starting an enterprise, dropping five more places this year in the list of countries surveyed for the World Bank's annual Doing Business report.

This country's scores have headed south in all but one field examined, to end up 72nd in the world.

Tirana Urges Athens to Condemn Anti-Albanian Incidents

Albania lodged a new protest with the Greek ambassador to Tirana on Wednesday following several incidents in Greece sparked by the killing of an ethnic Greek gunman by Albanian police at the weekend.  

Ex-minister says police should shoot anyone wielding a weapon

Former Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos said police should have the right to shoot anyone wielding a gun, during a radio interview on Thursday.

His comment came during a discussion on the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old ethnic Greek man by police in southern Albania on Sunday.

Tear gas fired at protest of Albania police shooting

Police in northern Greece have set off tear gas and flash grenades during a rally to protest the fatal police shooting of a man in Albania.

Albanian police shot Greek-Albanian dual citizen Constantinos Katsifas over the weekend, saying he opened fire on officers at an ethnic Greek village.

Katsifas not shot at close range, coroner says

A 35-year-old Greek man who was fatally shot by Albanian police in southern Albania last Sunday was not fired at from close range, according to a lawyer representing the victim's relatives.

In comments to reporters after talking to a Greek coroner who examined the body, the lawyer Konstantinos Giovanopoulos said that the 35-year-old was shot twice in the chest.

PM Dancila conveys to visiting Albanian Defense Minister appreciation for NATO, EU missions cooperation

Premier Viorica Dancila conveyed on Wednesday to Albania's visiting Defense Minister Olta Xhacka her appreciation for the good cooperation of the two countries as part of NATO and EU missions, the government said in a release.

Viorica Dancila welcomed Olta Xhacka, who is on an official visit to Romania October 30 - 31, at the Victoria Palace of Government.