Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (right) and his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama at a news conference after their meeting in Belgrade yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Billed as a new chapter in Balkan history, the first visit by an Albanian leader to Serbia in 68 years descended yesterday into a public row between p(...)

Serbian and Albanian players clash during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match in Belgrade. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and or(...)

Albanian fans wait for Albania’s national soccer players to arrive, after the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania, at Mother Teresa airport near Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after Uefa charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier i(...)

Pope Francis waves this morning as he arrives in Tirana for his one-day pastoral visit to Albania. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has explained in Tirana why he chose Albania for the first European visit of his pontificate. In a homily in Tirana’s central Mother Tere(...)


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Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former Communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, yesterday, ahead of a one-day visit to Albania by  Pope Francis tomorrow. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Sitting at the fashionable Taiwan Bar in front of his three mobile phones and his iPod, 16-year-old Toni looks like a lot of his contemporaries in the(...)

“The memory of our forefathers, including James Connolly, James Larkin and others important to the Labour Party, can be kept alive in the minds of the next generation by protecting history as a subject,” former minister for education Mary Hanafin said. “The choice rests with the [current, Labour] Minister for Education.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Former education minister Mary Hanafin has urged the current Minister Jan O’Sullivan to protect history as a core subject in the Junior Certificate cy(...)

A woman holds a T-shirts bearing an image of Pope Francis and the word ‘Welcome’ a shop in Shkoder in Albania. Photograph: EPA/STR

Against the background of reported threats from Islamic fundamentalists, Pope Francis tomorrow makes a highly signficant day trip when he travels t(...)

“The cocaine was found ... in a special compartment under the floor of a shipping container loaded with bananas,” Vladan Jokovic, the head of Montenegro’s Customs Authority, said.

Customs officers in Montenegro have seized 250kg of cocaine smuggled beneath a shipment of bananas, authorities said today, in what was described as (...)

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fühle (left) attends a news conference with Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama in Tirana on Wednesday. The European Commission recommended Albania be granted candidate status to the European Union. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

The European Commission moved forward with integration plans yesterday, giving the green light to Albania to commence EU accession talks and permittin(...)

 Relatives mourn during the funeral for the victims of a mining disaster. Photograph: Ahmet Sik/Getty Images

Loudspeakers broadcast the names of the dead as rows of graves were filled in this close-knit Turkish mining town today, while thousands protested in(...)