The bodies of four Russian tourists who were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania last week have been flown home, the Russian Embassy in Tirana said on Friday. Albanian police said the four – a married couple, their daughter and son-in-law – were found dead in a hotel sauna.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, are greeted by Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa during arrivals for an EU summit at the Brdo Congress Center in Kranj, Slovenia, October 6, 2021 (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

European Union leaders tried to reassure six Balkan countries they could eventually join the trading bloc if they met its standards, but the leaders failed to provide a credible signal Wednesday that the EU’s enlargement process will be relaunched in the near future.


An Albanian appeals court Wednesday sentenced the country’s former chief prosecutor to two years in prison and confiscated his property Wednesday for hiding the money involved in illegally owned properties.

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Albania’s parliament was to vote late Thursday to approve the new, female-dominated cabinet of Prime Minister Edi Rama, with 12 of the 17 jobs going to women, making Albania a global leader in terms of the percentage of women in government positions.


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama agreed on Monday to sign an arbitration agreement for reaching a settlement on the delimitation of the respective maritime zones of their two countries via the International Court of Justice.


Albania’s ruling Socialist Party secured 49.4% of votes in Sunday’s parliamentary election, the state election commission announced on Monday on the basis of 30% votes counted. The opposition Democratic Party came second with 38.8% of the vote, while the Socialist Integration Movement was third with 7.1% of voters’ backing. If the Socialists led by Edi […]


Albania opened its second international airport on Sunday with the landing of the first passenger plane operated by Air Albania in the city of Kukes, in the country’s northeast.