Europe

Albanians prepare to vote in crucial test of EU hopes

The ruling Socialists and rival Democrats seek an outright majority in Sunday's general election to implement EU plans.

Albanians prepare to vote in crucial test of EU hopes

Witness

Sisters of the Blood Feud: Revenge Killings in Albania

A blood feud keeps Beta and her sister trapped at home, hoping their father's bid for asylum can provide an escape.

Human Rights

Albania: The dark shadow of tradition and blood feuds

An ancient code of retaliation is forcing generations of Albanians into their own private prisons.

Albania: The dark shadow of tradition and blood feuds

Refugee Crisis

Is Albania the next stop for stranded refugees?

A country with its own recent history of migration could soon find itself at the centre of Europe's refugee crisis.

Is Albania the next stop for stranded refugees?

Politics

Arrests in Albania over massive opposition protest

Opposition members in Tirana arrested for taking part in one of the country's largest anti-government rallies in years.

Arrests in Albania over massive opposition protest

War & Conflict

Kosovo chases suspects linked to Macedonia clashes

Police raid houses across Kosovo after accusations that ethnic Albanians plotted deadly attacks in Macedonia.

Kosovo chases suspects linked to Macedonia clashes

Religion

Kosovo: Sufi mystics and a piercing 200-year tradition

Religious practice involves ceremonial dancing, singing and body piercing - which are not allowed in mainstream Islam.

Kosovo: Sufi mystics and a piercing 200-year tradition

Politics

Running battles in the streets of Kosovo

Anti-government protests turn violent in Pristina just one month after a new coalition administration takes office.

Running battles in the streets of Kosovo

Politics

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis makes first visit in 20 years setting off a wave religious fervour across Catholic-majority nation.

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Politics

Pope Philippines visit 'security nightmare'

Country prepares for Francis on backdrop of two previous popes targeted in assassination plots while visiting Manila.

Pope Philippines visit 'security nightmare'

Human Rights

Albania's legacy of blood feuds endures

Many people in country's mountainous region trapped between law and code of honour, decades after democratic transition.

Sport

The heavy weights on a champion’s life

Albanian weightlifter Begaj won gold at World C'ships but her story tells a tale of struggle.

The heavy weights on a champion’s life

Human Rights

War refugees caught in a no man's land

An estimated 30,000 people, mostly Syrian war refugees, are expected to cross into Greece this year.

War refugees caught in a no man's land

Environment

Albania hunting ban takes aim at depopulation

Wildlife numbers falling rapidly, but a controversial new ban on hunting seeks to protect Albania's animals.

Albania hunting ban takes aim at depopulation

Politics

PMs of Albania and Serbia clash over Kosovo

Leaders trade harsh words during the first visit by an Albanian prime minister made to Serbia in 68 years.