TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Former Albanian President Bujar Nishani, who was often criticized for his center-right political affiliation from the leftist coalition, died following a serious health problem, the country’s presidential office said Saturday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Interior Ministry said Saturday that four Albanian women and nine children, all related to Albanians who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, have been repatriated from a Syrian camp.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Four Albanian women and nine children, all related to Albanians who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, are being repatriated from a Syrian camp, a Kurdish official from northeast Syria said Friday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has offered NATO a naval base in an effort to highlight the small country's value in the alliance “in these difficult times,” the prime minister's office said Thursday.
ROME (AP) — José Mourinho, the once self-proclaimed “Special One,” might be better described as a “Man of the People” now.
The Portuguese coach extended his perfect record in European finals to five titles by guiding Roma to the inaugural Europa Conference League trophy.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — José Mourinho had described Roma as “a giant club" lacking a trophy room to match the team's social dimension and passionate fan base.
Well, the Giallorossi claimed their first European title in more than six decades Wednesday to crown Mourinho’s first season coaching in the Italian capital.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Dozens of soccer fans have been deported back to Italy following violent clashes in Tirana ahead of Wednesday’s Europa Conference League final, Albania’s deputy head of police said.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Conference League tournament was designed to give smaller teams a chance to play continental soccer deeper into the European season.
It worked for much of the inaugural competition, but the bigger teams took over by the semifinals.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police on Tuesday reported at least 10 officers and two civilians injured in clashes with Dutch and Italian fans a day ahead of the Europa Conference League final between Dutch club Feyenoord and Italy’s Roma.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of soccer fans are expected to visit the Albanian capital of Tirana for the Europa Conference League final between Dutch club Feyenoord and Italian team Roma on Wednesday.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday:
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE FINAL:
The final of the inaugural Europa Conference League features two established clubs, with Roma facing Feyenoord in Albania's capital Tirana.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man has been arrested for allegedly using social media to call for terror attacks against state institutions, police said Tuesday.
A statement said a 56-year old man identified only as I.S.
PARIS (AP) — In a season when soccer violence has made an ugly comeback, a potential menace hangs over Wednesday's Europa Conference League final between Dutch club Feyenoord and Italy's Roma in the Albanian capital of Tirana.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s main opposition center-right Democratic party said on Monday that controversial former president and prime minister Sali Berisha has been re-elected as its leader, nine years after he last held the post, and is pledging to bring the party back to power.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's defense minister said Saturday the Western Balkan country has bought anti-tank Javelin missiles to strengthen its defenses.
Niko Peleshi said Albania signed a contract with U.S.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania replaced Russia with Estonia for a friendly on June 13.
Albania had two matches scheduled with Russia in the UEFA Nations League but canceled both after Russia was suspended from UEFA for the country's invasion of Ukraine.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian government has declared a public holiday in Tirana for next Wednesday when the capital city hosts the Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord.
There will be a pedestrian-only zone as part of measures "to organize in the most exemplary way one of the most major events that have occurred in Albania,” Interior Minister Bledi Cuci said Wednesday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Monday failed to elect the country’s next president after no candidates were nominated for the first round of voting.
Neither the governing left-wing Socialist Party, nor the opposition, or any independent candidate could be nominated.
ELBASAN, Albania (AP) — After fleeing from a war zone, a group of young Ukrainian track and field athletes have made their way to safety in Albania. Their minds are still between the two countries.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Roma and Feyenoord have each been allocated 4,000 tickets for their fans at the Europa Conference League final in Albania with three quarters of the tickets given free, UEFA said on Tuesday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister on Tuesday visited Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci in a prison in The Netherlands, where he is being held pending trial for alleged war crimes.
Edi Rama told journalists after the meeting that Thaci believed his trial would provide a way of demonstrating “in front of justice the purity of the liberating war” that Albanian separatists fought in 1998-1999 against Serbian forces.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union is working hard to convince Bulgaria and North Macedonia to end their dispute and open the way for EU membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania, a senior EU official said Thursday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities have decided to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions before the summer vacation season.
The Technical Committee of Experts, the country's highest executive body during the pandemic, said Tuesday that coronavirus-related measures will end in Albania as of May 1.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — UEFA has completed its training of Albanian police and local law enforcement for the inaugural Europa Conference League final in Tirana next month.
UEFA has been offering security training for several months for the first UEFA final to be staged in Albania, the Albania Football Association said on Friday.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Thursday that his nation may go it alone in its efforts to launch European Union membership talks, turning its back on a stalled joint bid with North Macedonia.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutor’s office said Friday it has charged an Iranian man of supporting terror organizations and abusing computer data.
The Special Structure Against Corruption and Organized Crime, a prosecutor’s office in charge of special crimes and those committed by senior officials, said the case against Bijan Pooladrag has been sent to the court.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police on Thursday arrested a governing Socialist party lawmaker on charges of corruption and abuse of power over a waste management project, a day after another 9 government-appointed officials were taken into custody on similar charges.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain received a warm welcome in its return to Catalonia and responded by beating Albania 2-1 in its first match in Barcelona in 18 years on Saturday.
Dani Olmo scored a 90th-minute winner to give La Roja the victory in front of more than 35,000 packing Espanyol’s RCDE Stadium.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leader of Albanian's main opposition party resigned Monday from the post following divisive infighting.
Lulzim Basha said he had decided to resign as chairman of the Democratic Party “in order to assist in the resurrection and the unity of the Democrats.”
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Luis Enrique dropped David de Gea and included Brentford goalkeeper David Raya on Friday in the squad for upcoming friendly matches against Albania and Iceland.
De Gea played the entire match for Manchester United on Tuesday when the team lost to Atlético Madrid 1-0 and was eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian soccer federation president Armand Duka was overwhelmingly reelected for a sixth four-year term on Tuesday.
Duka won 37-4 with two invalid ballots in a vote boycotted by one of the federation's regional associations.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday said the bloc would support the Western Balkan countries to overcome the economic crisis caused by Russia's war on Ukraine.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Monday reaffirmed the 27-country bloc's desire to integrate the Western Balkans, saying it's a "strategic priority.”
Josep Borrell said Brussels is committed to making the “EU perspective a reality” for the region.
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who was visiting North Carolina's Outer Banks from the European country of Albania died Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the incident occurred Saturday evening in Nags Head.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanians took to the streets of the capital Tirana Saturday to protest against sharp price increases on fuel and food that authorities blame on the war in Ukraine.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Demonstrators marched through Albania's capital, Tirana, Friday and tried to block streets in other cities, in a third day of protests against recent price hikes that authorities blame on the war in Ukraine.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanians held protests Thursday to complain about significant price hikes in recent days, which the government blames on the war in Ukraine.
Hundreds gathered in front of the main government building in the capital, Tirana, with some blocking main streets by sitting down and holding up posters.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The election for president of the Albanian soccer federation was postponed Wednesday until March 15 following a dispute with a regional association.
The FSHF started its assembly, with UEFA and FIFA representatives present, and covered other topics on the agenda.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Football Federation has postponed the election of its new head following a dispute with one of its regional associations.
FSHF head Armand Duka said on Monday that following “a complicated process with debates and accusation, and some court verdicts ...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government joined the wave of European opposition on Sunday to playing any sports games against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
The move was notable as Albania is among the few national teams in men's soccer with games scheduled soon against Russia in official competitions.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania said on Friday it is sending a military contingent as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in neighboring Kosovo.
A Defense Ministry statement said that a contingent of 30 commandos of Albania’s armed forces would join Italian and Croatian KFOR troops in the city of Peja, 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of the capital, Pristina.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — With all eyes on a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending his top security envoy to the Balkans where Moscow has been trying to maintain influence mainly through its ally Serbia, according to reports.
CORFU, Greece (AP) — Rescue specialists boarded a burning ferry in Greece to free two truck drivers who had been stranded inside the vessel for more than 15 hours Friday, but hope was fading for 11 others were reported missing.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Constitutional Court has overturned parliament's impeachment of President Ilir Meta for allegedly inciting instability and showing bias before the country's parliamentary election last year.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A UEFA delegation has arrived in Albania to evaluate the electoral process of the national soccer federation before clubs vote on a president next month, amid concerns about political interference.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian soccer federation’s clash with city officials in the capital Tirana ahead of its presidential election intensified on Thursday ahead of a visit of UEFA monitors next week.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s parliament on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment to allow continued vetting of the judiciary, a key reform in the country’s path toward becoming a member of the European Union one day.
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Authorities in Kosovo on Wednesday suspended the restoration of an old house linked to an Albanian official who was a notorious Nazi collaborator during World War II.
The project, funded by the European Union and Kosovo's Culture Ministry, had become a target of criticism from Germany and antisemitism accusations.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — UEFA will send a delegation to evaluate the electoral process of the Albanian soccer federation before clubs vote on a president next month.
European soccer’s governing body said Tuesday the “assessment mission” was the result of talks between Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and federation president Armand Duka.