Albania - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Albania


Albania reports first 2 coronavirus cases

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Albania is the fifth western Balkans country where the virus has spread after Croatia, North Macedonia, Bosnia, and Serbia

INCOMING. Medical staff check incoming passengers coming from Italy to detect any possible symptoms of COVID-19 at Albania’s main port city of Durres on February 26, 2020. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Almost 50 dead, more than 5,000 displaced in Albania quake

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted Albania before dawn on Tuesday is the most deadly and destructive in decades

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE EFFORTS. Rescue teams and firefighters carry a victim found under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 28, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

40 dead as families pulled from Albania earthquake rubble

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:54 PM

At least 47 people have been rescued alive. Survivors have been hospitalized and are 'in a state of shock and worried about their loved ones,' defense ministry spokeswoman Albana Qehajaj told AFP

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE. Rescue teams and firefighters search for survivors stuck on a collapsed building in the town of Durres on November 28, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Albania races against time to find earthquake survivors

Nov 28, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but experts, rescue teams and emergency aid have flowed in from around the continent after the earthquake

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Italian search and rescue workers look for survivors stuck under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 27, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

13 dead, hundreds hurt as powerful earthquake jolts Albania

Nov 26, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) The worst damage is in and around the coastal city of Durres, where soldiers, police and civilian forces were working to reach those believed to be trapped inside buildings that were reduced to dust

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE. Emergency workers clear debris at a damaged building in Thumane, 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron blocks talks on EU membership for North Macedonia and Albania

EUROPEAN UNION. EU leaders fail to agree to start negotiations on membership for North Macedonia and Albania. File photo shows EU flags on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Outrage in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel win

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Austrian writer is seen by critics as a supporter of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic

PETER HANDKE. The Austrian writer poses in Chaville in the Paris surburbs, on October 10 after he was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Albania expels Iranian diplomats for 'harming security'

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'The decision to declare them 'persona non grata' was taken after consultations with countries allied to Albania," Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Edlira Prendi says

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

6 fun facts: Bb Pilipinas Globe 2017 Nelda Ibe

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Meet the country's bet to the Miss Globe 2017 pageant in Albania

Binibini Send Off for Liz Clinci, Mariel de Leon and Nelda Ibe

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Balkan countries contest Mother Teresa's heritage

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:26 AM

While she is famed for her work with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata the late missionary s origins have been hotly disputed in southeastern Europe where she grew up

A photo taken on April 14, 2016 shows a statue of Mother Teresa, the nun who spent most of her life caring for the sick and the poor in India, placed in Qafe Thane, near the Macedonian border. Gent Shkullaku/AFP

First migrant drownings in Aegean Sea since EU-Turkey deal

Apr 10, 2016 - 1:07 AM

Meanwhile Italy and Albania are working closely to prevent the creation of a new migrant route via the Greek Albanian border

Albanian news anchors go 'topless' to boost audience

Feb 28, 2016 - 12:46 PM

But the Union of Albanian Journalists says Zjarr TV s tactics did little to help traditional news outlets as they struggle with declining audiences and sales

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Sep 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

There are plans to set up reception centers to separate genuine refugees fleeing war from economic migrants who will be sent back home

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant holds his child and looks for relatives in front of the train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 23, 2015. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

May 12, 2015 - 12:21 PM

The clashes in Kumanovo at the weekend were the worst in Macedonia for 14 years and raised fears of fresh unrest similar to the country s 2001 ethnic conflict

Macedonian police officers stand guard in front of the government building as people light candles to pay respect to police officers killed in Kumanovo during a protest in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 11, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

May 11, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Clashes between police and an armed group leave at least 22 people dead raising concerns about presumed ethnic Albanian unrest in the Balkan region

ON GUARD. Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 10, 2015. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Pope Francis greets leaders of 8 countries en route to Asia

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Papal messages delivered ahead of Sri Lanka visit

ON THE PLANE. Pope Francis (C) talks with journalists on the plane, during his flight from Rome, Italy, to Colombo airport, Sri Lanka, 12 January 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Pope of the fringes: Francis as pilgrim-diplomat

Jan 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The Argentine Jesuit’s overseas trips reflect a constant theme of Francis papacy: reaching out to the world’s peripheries – the poor and the vulnerable

Graphics by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Tirana allows ferry in Adriatic disaster to be towed to Italy

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:08 PM

The operation will start as soon as weather conditions allow says an Albanian prosecution office spokesman

EVACUATION. A photo grab taken from a video made available by the Marina Militare Italiana on December 28, 2014, shows the evacuation of passengers from the burning ferry "Norman Atlantic" (L) adrift off Albania. AFP photo/HO/Marina Militare

10 dead, dozens 'missing' after ferry fire disaster

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:39 AM

Dozens of passengers remain unaccounted for as officials confront the possibility of inaccurate passenger and crew lists

EVACUATION. A photo grab taken from a video made available by the Marina Militare Italiana on December 28, 2014, shows the evacuation of passengers from the burning ferry "Norman Atlantic" (L) adrift off Albania. AFP photo/HO/Marina Militare

Serbian, Albanian PMs clash on Kosovo on historic visit

Nov 10, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama insists on the independence of Kosovo as recognized by 108 states in the world a move that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic considered a provocation as it was not on the agenda of their talk

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem

Oct 18, 2014 - 4:53 PM

Serbian PM Vucic will decide by the end of the week whether to allow the first trip by his Albanian PM Rama to Serbia in 68 years

WATCH: Football riot breaks out at Serbia-Albania game

Oct 17, 2014 - 12:21 AM

A game between Albania and Serbia had to be abandoned after a chunk of concrete stones coins and lighters were hurled at Albania s players and officials

MAYHEM ON THE PITCH. Players brawl on the pitch before the UEFA EURO 2016 group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania is suspended in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Who's who in the fight against the Islamic State group

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:41 AM

About 30 nations agreed in mid September to provide Iraq with all necessary backing including military means

Pope says religion can't justify violence

Sep 22, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Pope Francis: Let no one consider themselves to be the armor of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression

THE POPE IN ALBANIA. Pope Francis (C) talks during a meeting with representatives of Albania's Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities, at the Catholic University 'Our Lady of Good Counsel' in Tirana, Albania, 21 September 2014. Alessandra Tarantino/EPA

Muslims and Christians throng Albania streets to greet Pope

Sep 21, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Pope Francis visits the impoverished country for his first European trip outside Italy because of the example it set of religious co existence

WARM WELCOME. Pope Francis arrives at the Holy Mass in Tirana, Albania, 21 September 2014. Photo by EPA/Armando Babani

Albania tightens security ahead of pope visit

Sep 20, 2014 - 8:18 PM

They want to kill the pope The threats against the pope are credible says Iraq s ambassador to the Holy See Habib Al Sadr on possible attacks by Islamic State jihadists

TIGHTER SECURITY. Albanian police block the roads next to the stage area where the Holy Mass will be held during Pope Francis' visit, on Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, September 19, 2014. File photo by Armando Babai/EPA

Albania to say whether it will destroy Syria chemical arms

Nov 15, 2013 - 11:31 PM

Albanian PM Edi Rama will announce Friday whether his Balkan country will destroy Syrian chemical weapons on its soil

Macedonians vote amid political crisis

Mar 24, 2013 - 6:25 PM

Macedonians went to the polls Sunday to vote in local elections held against a backdrop of ethnic tensions

Clinton to push Kosovo to step up EU, NATO integration

Oct 31, 2012 - 11:19 AM

Clinton will hold talks with Kosovo leaders to urge them to step up its efforts for EU and NATO integration in order to secure peace in the volatile Balkans region

CLINTON IN THE BALKANS. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, on October 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Games hit by first doping case

Jul 29, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku is the first athlete to test positive for a banned substance in London

Olympic wrap Day 1: A blow to Phelps as China makes history

Jul 29, 2012 - 9:15 AM

Ryan Lochte sunk Michael Phelps in a pulsating start to the Olympics while China s Sun Yang Ye Shiwen wrote their name in the record books

China's Sun Yang competes in the men's 400m freestyle final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU