June 25, 2001 |
Minor violence marred Albania's first general election since the country plunged into anarchy in 1997, but local election monitors said that, despite some irregularities, voting had generally been fair. Prime Minister Ilir Meta's Socialists were widely expected to be reelected with a reduced majority. A man shot two election officials after getting into a dispute with them at a polling station in Tirana, the capital, the Public Order Ministry said. Neither was seriously hurt.
November 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For years, when the United States has needed to hand off a dirty diplomatic chore, one obscure nation has reliably raised its hand: Albania. A poor sliver of a country clinging to the edge of Europe, Albania took in ethnic Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo Bay when the United States couldn't repatriate them to China. It offered asylum to 210 members of the Mujahedin Khalq, the Iranian dissident group long confined to a camp in Iraq. Now the United States is turning to Albania again, hoping it will allow Syria's chemical weapons to be destroyed on its soil.
June 7, 1998 |
Serbian gunners shelled villages in Kosovo with heavy artillery Saturday, and fighting flared along the province's southern border with Macedonia. Four people were killed in the clashes, ethnic Albanian and Serbian sources said. The artillery attack targeted three villages in the Decani area, 45 miles west of Pristina, the provincial capital, said the Kosovo Information Center, which is close to Albanian leaders in the province.
March 30, 1999 |
On foot, on carts and in old buses, Kosovo Albanians by the thousands fled an onslaught of Serbian terror Monday, while NATO forces unleashed round-the-clock strikes on Yugoslavia, and Russia said it would dispatch its prime minister to Belgrade in a search for peace. But apart from the effort to take advantage of Moscow's ties with Yugoslavia, there were no signs of any steps that could halt the brutality gripping the troubled southeastern corner of Europe.