Invasive blue crabs pinch pockets of Albanian fishermen | AFP

The blue crab’s colourful claws are pretty – but dangerous: ripping up fishing nets and upsetting ecosystems off Albania’s coast, the invasive species is a source of daily anguish for Balkan fishermen struggling to make ends meet. The crab “takes our daily bread and even the fish in the nets… there is nothing to sell,” says Besmir Hoxha, 44, pulling one crab’s blue pincers off a small fish crushed in his net.

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Albania’s beaches and hotels reopen, slowly but surely | AFP

Tourists from the region trickle back to Albanian beaches, helping soften the blow of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Balkan state’s land borders and beaches have recently reopened as the tourist industry faces a deeply uncertain future. The country has so far held off an explosive outbreak with only 37 known deaths from the virus and around 1,600 infections.

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Albania’s ‘big fat weddings’ on virus pause | AFP

Albanians yearn for the return of the big, brash weddings that are a cornerstone of social life in the poor Balkan country. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of couples are unable to say their vows with the fanfare they dream of, and the new health restrictions have brought a multi-million euro industry to its knees.

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From Albania to India, flamingos flourish in virus lockdown | AFP

With people home, boats docked and factories silenced under a coronavirus lockdown, Albania’s flamboyance of pink flamingos are enjoying a newfound tranquility in lagoons on the country’s western coastline. Across the skies in India, hundreds of the birds have been seen relaxing in an unusual spot; in front of high rise buildings in the middle of the city of Navi Mumbai.

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Albanian anchovy sales boom as lockdowns promote tinned food | AFP

Businesses worldwide have gone dark under coronavirus shutdowns, but in Albania, the anchovy trade is booming as demand for the tinned delicacy surges among European households.

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Made in Albania: Carnival masks that travel the world | AFP

In a small factory in northern Albania, artists delicately paint, gild and glue tens of thousands of one-of-a-kind Venetian masks that revellers around the world have been donning for carnival season.

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Albania quake recovery conference raises 1.15 bn euros: EU chief | AFP

European commission president Ursula von der Leyen says international donors pledged 1.15 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, more than double the sum expected by Tirana. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Evacuees disembark Turkish cargo plane in Ankara | AFP

42 people with 32 Turkish citizens, along with citizens of Azerbaijan, Albania, and Georgia disembark a Turkish military cargo plane in Ankara after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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In Albania, a film follows communism’s star-crossed lovers | AFP

Inside the stone walls of a 12th century castle, Albanian and Russian actors are trying to make some movie magic as they reenact a little-known chapter of their shared history for the big screen. The historical drama is the first joint production between the two countries in more than 50 years and was co-written by Russian screenwriter Yuri Arabov and none other than Albania’s most acclaimed novelist, Ismail Kadare. Tentatively named “Gjirokastra” after the southern Albanian city it is based in, the love story is the first feature film to delve into the tragic fate of mixed couples who were persecuted by the communist regime. The trouble started after Tirana severed ties with Moscow in 1961, a diplomatic break-up that turned young Albanians with Soviet-born wives into suspected traitors overnight.

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Albania/earthquake: French rescuers flee building during aftershock | AFP

French rescuers, searching for survivors of the earthquake in Albania, flee through an apartment window during an aftershock earthquake. The earthquake that struck east-central Albania on Tuesday killed more than 40 people. Rescuers search the rubble in a race against time to find survivors, but their operations are sometimes interrupted by frequent aftershocks. IMAGES

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Albania: Rescue teams remove a body from the debris in Durres | AFP

Rescue teams and firefighters remove a body from the debris of a collapsed building in Durres, following the earthquake that shook Albania on Tuesday. IMAGES

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Death toll rises in Albania quake disaster | AFP

The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to strike Albania in decades has risen to 40 after more bodies were pulled from the wreckage overnight in a tragedy that has killed whole families.

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How dogs smell | AFP Animé

How dogs smell. The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to strike Albania in decades rose to 40 on Thursday after more bodies were pulled from the wreckage overnight in a tragedy that has wiped out whole families. With the help of dogs and more than 200 experts flown in from across Europe, rescuers raced against time to locate survivors.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Rescuers search rubble as Albania earthquake death toll hits 40 | AFP

Rescuers search the rubble of a collapsed building in Durrës after the violent earthquake that struck Albania. The death toll has risen to 40 after 10 more bodies were pulled from the rubble overnight, the defence ministry said. IMAGES rescue workers searching the rubble

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Rescuers race to find Albania quake survivors

One day after a powerful earthquake struck Albania, killing more than two dozen people, rescue teams searched through the rubble trying to find survivors. (Nov. 27)

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Albania mourns as search for earthquake survivors continues | AFP

Albania is in national mourning as emergency workers continue to pull bodies from the ruins of buildings gutted by a violent earthquake, with nearly 30 found dead and hundreds injured.

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Albania’s hunt for earthquake survivors continues | AFP

Albania is in national mourning as emergency workers continue to search for earthquake survivors and victims in the ruins of buildings gutted by a violent 6.4 magnitude earthquake. The death toll has reached almost 30 with hundreds injured. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday November 27th: Massive chemical plant explosion in East Texas; More than two dozen dead from Albania earthquake; Southern California firefighters hope for rain; Snow threatens Thanksgiving travel for much of U.S.

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Search and research continues in Durres, Albania after deadly earthquake | AFP

Rescue workers are looking for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Durres, and have set up aid distribution points for families displaced by an earthquake that killed almost 30 people in Albania. IMAGES

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Deadly earthquake hits Albania, over 600 injured

A strong earthquake shook Albania early on Tuesday, killing over a dozen people, injuring more than 600 and collapsing buildings. (Nov. 26)

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