Kosovo PM resigns following summons from Hague war court

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998...

AP Explains: Sudden importance of Albania's local elections

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's local elections on Sunday are taking on more importance than usual as a test of democracy in the ex-communist state that hopes to start membership negotiations with th...

Albania's parliament to vote on ousting president

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament debated a no-confidence motion Thursday against President Ilir Meta after he canceled upcoming municipal elections. A vote is expected later in the day. ...

Protests in Albania: Its democracy and EU future at stake

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's opposition parties hold their latest anti-government protest Saturday with a strong likelihood that it will turn violent, dealing another blow to the country's shrinki...

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States. ...

Albania expels 2 Iranian diplomats for security reasons

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania says it has expelled two Iranian diplomats for alleged illegal activities that threaten the country's security. A spokesman from the Foreign Ministry t...

Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — There's a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it's better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that tre...

EU finishes probes that Kosovo judge calls biased

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union has wrapped up three investigations into a British judge who served with the bloc's monitoring mission in Kosovo, but isn't making public the conclusions of p...

Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Researchers are urging Albanian authorities to build a museum to display hundreds of Roman and Greek artifacts and ancient shipwrecks that are sitting under the country's barely...

Kosovo football great Fadil Vokrri dies at 57

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Fadil Vokrri, the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo and a former Yugoslavia international, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 57. Kosovo ...

Challenges ahead as Kosovo, Europe's newest nation, turns 10

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Every country has a national anthem, a musical compilation that aims to stir patriotic emotion, and Kosovo is no exception. Except for one peculiarity: its anthem has no lyrics...

A look at Albania's leading election candidates

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania holds parliamentary elections Sunday, a poll that will gauge the country's readiness to start European Union membership talks. The three leading parties held unusually s...

Albania heads to polls, vows end to confrontational politics

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania holds parliamentary elections Sunday after the country's two largest political parties set aside decades of bitter rivalry and reached a landmark agreement aimed at furt...

Kosovo's general election poses headaches for the winner

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovars vote on Sunday to choose the new 120-seat parliament that will face some seemingly intractable problems. There is the thorny issue of the border dema...

US diplomat tries to mediate compromise in Albanian politics

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Monday called on Albania's opposition to end its boycott and take part in next month's parliamentary election. Deputy Assistant Secre...