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(...)

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(...)

Demonstrators wear masks during a protest against the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons in Albania, in front of the US embassy in Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Albania has rejected a US request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve a(...)

The body of Gjon Gjoni, who was shot in an exchange of gunfire yesterday close to a polling station in Lac, about 50km northwest of the Albanian capital Tirana. Photograph: AP Photo/STR

Albania’s general election was marred yesterday by a shooting at a polling station, which killed one opposition party activist and injured a candidate(...)