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Opposition protesters hurl petrol bombs at Albania government building

Tirana, Albania Reuters Opposition protesters pelted Albania’s government building with petrol bombs and rocks late on Tuesday, accusing state officials of involvement in organised crime and corruption after their leader was placed under house arrest. Thousands gathered in front of the government headquarters in the capital Tirana as riot police officers were called in to […]

Albania returns 20 stolen icons to neighbouring North Macedonia

A museum worker displays an icon returned from Albania at the National museum in Skopje, North Macedonia, late on Friday, 15th December, 2023

Tirana, Albania AP Albania on Friday returned 20 icons to neighbouring North Macedonia that were stolen a decade ago, Albania’s Culture Ministry said. The return marked the final stretch on a long, 10-year road with “much inter-institutional and international cooperation,” said Albania’s Culture Minister Elva Margariti. It also showed Albania’s commitment to “the fight against […]

Italy’s deal with Albania on migrant camps capped at 3,000 migrants

An Italian Coast Guard vessel carrying migrants rescued at sea passes near a tourist boat, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy, on 18th September, 2023

Rome, ItalyReuters Albania will hold a maximum of 3,000 migrants at any one time under a deal announced this week allowing Italy to build two migrant reception and detention camps there, official documents showed on Wednesday. The scheme is the first example of a non-EU country accepting migrants on behalf of an EU nation, and […]

Bill Clinton tells Kosovo: stop “foolishness” in Serb-majority north

Former US President Bill Clinton delivers his speech during a welcoming in Tirana, Albania, on 3rd July, 2023.

Tirana, AlbaniaReuters Former US President Bill Clinton, largely credited for ending the Kosovo war more than two decades ago, on Monday told Kosovo’s government to stop its actions in the Serb majority north, where tension has flared over the past few months. Kosovo’s northern region, home to 50,000 ethnic Serbs, has recently seen its worst […]

Five nations elected to UN Security Council, but Belarus denied

The United Nations headquarters building is pictured with a UN logo in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, on 1st March, 2022.

United NationsReuters The United Nations General Assembly elected Algeria, Guyana, Sierra Leone, Slovenia and South Korea to the UN Security Council on Tuesday for two-year terms starting on 1st January, 2024, while Belarus – allied with Russia in its invasion of Ukraine – was denied a spot. Algeria, Guyana, Sierra Leone and South Korea ran […]

UK’s Sunak says plan stopping small migrant boats is working

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak onboard Border Agency cutter HMC Seeker during a visit to Dover, ahead of a press conference to update the nation on the progress made in the six months since he introduced the Illegal Migration Bill under his plans to "stop the boats".

London, UK Reuters British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday his plan to stop migrants arriving in small boats had reduced crossings by 20 per cent, an update he hopes will ease criticism from his party and in the country over immigration policy. Sunak, who is expected to lead his governing Conservative Party into a […]

Environmentalists protest airport project near Albanian bird sanctuary

Albania Vjosa Narte Protected area flamingoes

Vjose-Narte, Albania Reuters Environmentalists protested over the weekend at the building site of a new airport in Albania’s south meant to boost tourism but which they say will endanger sanctuaries for some 200 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. The picturesque Vjose-Narte lagoon close to Albania’s Adriatic seaside is a crucial stop for flocks of […]

UK says 200 asylum-seeking children missing, some aged under 16

UK Manston asylum seeker protests

London, UK Reuters Two hundred asylum-seeking children, including some aged under 16, are missing from temporary hotel accommodation in Britain, the government said on Tuesday, raising new questions over ministers’ handling of migrant arrivals. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government is under pressure on two fronts over immigration: from those who say he is failing to […]

“Enough is enough”: UK PM announces crackdown on illegal immigration

UK Dover migrants

London, UK Reuters Britain on Tuesday said it planned to bring in new legislation to prevent migrants who cross the English Channel from remaining in the country, as the government tries to control a surge in people arriving in small boats on its southern coast. The number of people arriving in England across the Channel […]