PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo’s leaders hail ex-fighters headed to war crimes court

PRISTINA, Kosovo —Jan 13, 2019— Kosovo’s prime minister met Sunday with two fellow former fighters in a bloody war for independence from Serbia two decades ago who are preparing to be questioned by prosecutors for a special war crimes court. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj‘s Facebook page showed photos from the meetings at the homes of … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo’s leaders hail ex-fighters headed to war crimes court

BELGRADE, Serbia | Avalanches, accidents bring Europe’s winter death toll to 21

BELGRADE, Serbia  —Jan 11, 2019—Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday. Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep snow after a 300-meter (330-yard) wide … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Avalanches, accidents bring Europe’s winter death toll to 21

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia’s opposition decries name change vote

SKOPJE, Macedonia  —Jan 11, 2019—The Latest on Macedonia’s change of name (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Macedonia’s conservative opposition leader has accused the government of securing parliamentary approval for a constitutional amendment changing the country’s name by “blackmailing” lawmakers. VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristjan Mickoski on Friday also urged Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to call an early … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia’s opposition decries name change vote

BELGRADE, Serbia | Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia  —January 11, 2019— Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in the region, while authorities in Bulgaria said two snowboarders died in an avalanche Friday. The Bulgarian Red Cross said in a statement the snowboarders’ bodies were … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

ATHENS, Greece | Greece makes 3 migrants citizens for their wildfire rescues

ATHENS, Greece— Jan 02, 2019—Three migrant fishermen have been awarded Greek citizenship after rescuing scores of people forced into the sea by a major wildfire outside Athens that left 100 people dead last summer. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos hosted the ceremony Wednesday for Gani Xheka from Albania and Egyptians Emad El Khaimi and Mahmoud Ibrahim … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece makes 3 migrants citizens for their wildfire rescues

TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo police officer, bank robber killed in shootout

TIRANA, Albania— Police in Kosovo say that an officer and a bank robber have been killed during a shootout. A police statement says a man identified as K.M., 50, opened fire on two police officers responding to a robbery Thursday at a bank branch in Istog, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Pristina. … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo police officer, bank robber killed in shootout

TIRANA, Albania | 4 media organizations ask Albania to drop online media laws

TIRANA, Albania — Four international media organizations have called on the Albanian government to drop two draft laws on state regulation and compulsory registration of online media to fight fake news. In a letter sent Wednesday to Prime Minister Edi Rama and Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | 4 media organizations ask Albania to drop online media laws

TIRANA, Albania | Albania’s government fulfills demands of boycotting students

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s government says it has fulfilled the demands of public university students, who boycotted classes for more than two weeks this month. A statement Wednesday said the Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting and decided to meet all the students’ requests. Students had boycotted lessons for more than two weeks, pledging to resume … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Albania’s government fulfills demands of boycotting students