Albania opens communist secret police archives

May 1, 2015

Albania opens communist secret police archives

The Albanian parliament passed a law Thursday opening secret police files on civilians that have been kept shut tight since the fall of the feared communist regime. Unofficial sources have estimated that about 20 percent of Albanians collaborated with the notorious Sigurimi secret police, ...

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

Feb 2, 2015

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

Flash floods caused by heavy rain have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. No casualties were reported in either country. Heavy rain began Saturday in the northwestern Greek province ...

Dozens still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land

Dec 29, 2014

Dozens still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land

Exhausted and cold but safe, a group of 49 people arrived at the Italian port of Bari Monday after they were rescued from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. Some 150 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in ...

Nov 23, 2014

Albania opens secret bunker built by communists

A gigantic, secret bunker that Albania’s communist regime built underground decades ago to survive a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union or the United States has been opened to the public for the first time. On Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama led visitors, including ...

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Oct 15, 2014

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson ...

Albania refuses to accept Syria's chemical weapons

Nov 16, 2013

Albania refuses to accept Syria's chemical weapons

by Joby Warrick

The agency in charge of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons says it is on track to eliminate the entire stockpile next year, but for one hitch: It hasn’t yet found a place to do the actual destruction. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ...