World Dec 15, 2019

Albania arrests nine over building violations after quake killed 51

Nine people were on Saturday arrested in Albania on suspicion of homicide and abuse of power following an earthquake last month that killed 51 people. Prosecutors said 17 people, including builders, engineers and officials, were suspected of breaching building regulations that led to the collapse ...

More than 20 dead as Albania hunts for earthquake survivors

World Nov 27, 2019

More than 20 dead as Albania hunts for earthquake survivors

Albanian rescuers searched rubble through the night looking for survivors trapped in buildings that toppled Tuesday in the strongest earthquake to hit the country in decades, with more than 20 dead and hundreds injured. Teams of soldiers, police and emergency workers sifted through the debris ...

As Balkans sit in EU's waiting room, China gets to work

Asia Pacific Apr 10, 2019

As Balkans sit in EU's waiting room, China gets to work

From coal plants to airports and bridges, China is forking out for investments across the western Balkans, laying groundwork for a new battle for influence on the European Union's fringe. The West has long eyed Russia as its chief rival in this turbulent corner of ...

Iran says Twitter shut legitimate accounts but not anti-government ones

Business Sep 17, 2018

Iran says Twitter shut legitimate accounts but not anti-government ones

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government ones backed by the United States. In August, Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc. collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda ...

Albania refuses to accept Syria's chemical weapons

World 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 approved ...