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Probe launched into Albania shooting

An Athens prosecutor is to launch an investigation into the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of an ethnic Greek man by police in southern Albania on Sunday after it emerged that the 35-year-old had Greek citizenship. 

Albania-Greece Relations Deteriorate After Killing

Two violent incidents have been recorded in Greece allegedly linked to the killing of an ethnic Greek, Kostandinos Kacifa, who was shot dead by Albanian police at the weekend.

Bulgaria Arrests Citizenship-Selling Scam Suspects

At least 20 people were arrested on Monday for allegedly taking part in a corrupt scheme that streamlined the process of granting Bulgarian citizenship to foreigners, the Specialised Prosecution announced.

Albanian travel office in central Athens attacked

A travel office in downtown Athens that specialized in trips to and from Albania came under attack in the early hours of Tuesday.

Unknown assailants threw makeshift firebombs at the business on Deligianni Street in the city center,causing damage to the building's facade, and then made off. The incident occurred at around 1 a.m., police said.

Athens-Tirana ties put to test after killing of ethnic Greek man

The killing of an ethnic Greek by police under unclear circumstances in Albania on Sunday has cast a dark shadow over relations between Tirana and Athens, threatening a rupture reminiscent of the 90s when bilateral relations were at their lowest ebb.

Panepirotic federation condemns killing of ethnic Greek man in Albania

The Panepirotic Federation of America has issued a statement strongly condemning the "senseless killing" of an ethnic Greek by Albanian police in a village near Albania's border with Greece on Sunday and has called for an "internationally supervised investigation" to determine how he died.

Greek Foreign Ministry summons Albanian ambassador over shooting, to lodge demarche

The Greek Foreign Ministry is to lodge a demarche to Albanian authorities over the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old ethnic Greek in a village in southern Albania on Sunday.

The ministry is to lodge the complaint officially with the Albanian Ambassador, Dashnor Dervishi, who was summoned on Monday afternoon.

Albanian Police Kill Gunman in Greek-Populated Village

Albanian police said Kostandinos Kacifa, 35, a citizen of Albania and Greece, was shot dead by officers who were attempting to arrest him after he fired on a police patrol in the ethnic Greek-populated village of Bularat in south Albania on Sunday.

The incident happened during celebrations in the village to mark 'Oxi Day', a Greek national holiday.

Greek man shot dead by Albanian police in incident over flag

The killing has caused a strong reaction from Athens.

According to Albanian media, the victim, Konstantinos Katsifas, a 35-yer-old, shot from a Kalashnikov (AK-47) rifle at Albanian police officers who were removing the flag.

Rama describes ethnic Greek shot by Albanian police as 'crazy person'

A few hours after an ethnic Greek man was killed in southern Albania in an exchange of fire with the Albanian police, the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appeared to throw oil onto the fire in a tweet that described the victim as "a crazy person."

In a post on Twitter, Rama said the Albanian police was "just doing their job."

Six injured in brawl between Greeks, Albanians in Gerakas

Six people were injured in a brawl that broke out in the early hours of Monday in Gerakas, eastern Attica, between a group of Greeks and a group of Albanians. 

Police are investigating whether the altercation could have been triggered by a shootout between police and an ethnic Greek in southern Albania on Sunday night that resulted in the llatter's death.

Protesters gather outside Albanian Embassy in Athens over ethnic Greek's killing

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Albanian Embassy in the northern Athens suburb of Filothei on Sunday evening to protest the killing earlier in the day of an ethnic Greek man in the village of Bularat, some 6 kilometers from Albania's border with Greece, earlier in the day.