Search for victims of 6.4 magnitude quake continues in Albania | AFP

People and soldiers are searching through the rubble of a collapsed building in the Albanian city of Thumanë, in search of victims. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Albania early on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds. This is the most powerful earthquake recorded in the Balkan country in several decades. IMAGES

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Soldiers join search for possible earthquake victims in Albania | AFP

Albanian soldiers and rescuers dig through rubble in search of survivors after the strongest earthquake in decades levelled buildings and trapped victims under the debris, claiming at least eight lives and injuring more than 100 people. IMAGES

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Former Kosovo PM Haradinaj arrives at special war crimes court | AFP

Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo’s Prime Minister, arrives at the Kosovo special court in The Hague to be questioned on suspicions of war crimes. Jakup Krasniqi, former president of Parliament and former spokesman for the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), is also appearing at the tribunal. The EU-backed special war crimes court for Kosovo was established in 2015 to try war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas against minority Serbs and Roma and local Albanian political opponents during and immediately after the 1998-1999 independence war against Serbia. IMAGES

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Former home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum | AFP

Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism — a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum. During that time, the windows were covered with heavy drapes to shield their home from the paranoid eye of the communist regime led by former dictator Enver Hoxha, who painfully isolated Albania during his 40-year-reign.

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In hidden mountain air base, Albania stores MiGs for sale

On a barren hillside in northern Albania lies a portal to the country’s communist past: a massive steel door creaks open to reveal a hidden former air base burrowed into the heart of the mountain. Made up of 600 metres of tunnels that once teemed with military life, the secret Gjader air base is now a tomb for dozens of hulking communist-era fighter jets collecting dust in the darkness. Three decades after shedding communism, Albanian is trying to sell off the Soviet and Chinese-made MIG fighter jets, drawing interest from museums and collectors.

Basketball beats ethnic divisions in Serbia’s Presevo Valley

On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of ‘Play 017’, a basketball team that is bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia. The team is based in Bujanovac, an Albanian-majority town near the border with Kosovo where different communities live side-by-side but lead largely segregated lives.

In Albania, a sole Jewish history museum on the brink

The first and only Jewish history museum in Muslim-majority Albania is at risk of disappearing after the death of its elderly founder, Simon Vrusho, who passed away following a heart attack in February at age 75. At the centre of his ‘Solomon Museum’ in Berat is the extraordinary story of how Albanian families sheltered thousands of Jews fleeing persecution during the Holocaust.

Albanian youth dream of a future elsewhere

Albania is not at war, ruled by an authoritarian regime or battered by natural disasters, but its young people are leaving in droves, chiefly for economic reasons. Frustration with the lack of opportunities at home bubbled over in mass student protests that started in December, calling for an overhaul to the education system.

RAW: Albanian opposition attempts to storm PM’s residence

Albanian police fired tear gas & stun grenades at protesters who attempted to storm their way into the government building in Tirana on Saturday, as thousands of opposition supporters flooded the streets of the capital to call for Prime Minister Edi Rama’s resignation. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ohv

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Albanian MP throws ink at Prime Minister in Parliament

An Albanian opposition lawmaker throws ink on socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama during a parliamentary debate. The incident took place two days after a protest organised by the opposition Democratic Party seeking Rama’s departure and early parliamentary elections.

Danger of collapse at Gjirokastra, Albania’s slanted city

The fortified centuries-old houses of Gjirokastra, that earned the Albanian city the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site designation in 2005, are endangered. Some are deserted, falling into disrepair, or undergoing changes that have destroyed their historic value, with owners either unable to agree on the works or too poor to maintain them. Citizens, authorities and NGOs are fighting to preserve this world heritage jewel.

Albanian PM pelted with flour during parliamentary session

Members of the opposition protested against Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama by throwing flour at him during a tense parliamentary session in Tirana on Thursday. The opposition confronted Rama in the session, claiming they were unable to continue with their day-to-day work with the PM there.

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Erosion devouring Albanian coastlines at alarming pace

Along the northern coast of the Albanian Adriatic, near the concrete buildings of the beach resort of Shengjin, dozens of tree trunks are decaying in water. It’s a reminder that there used to be a forest between the sea and Kune lagoon. Here the sea has begun to swallow the coastline, but this is also happening elsewhere. Out of Albania’s 427 kilometres of coastline, 154 are affected by erosion, something that locals attribute to climate change and untamed urbanisation.

Albanian opposition leader Basha casts his vote

Centre-right Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha votes in Albania’s parliamentary election. Basha is challenging the Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama, whom he accuses of links to organised crime and turning the Balkan state into a “drugstore”, referring to Albania’s lucrative but illicit cannabis trade.