At least three people were killed and dozens injured during police clashes in the Albanian capital Friday after thousands of angry protesters gathered outside the prime minister’s office to demand an early general election.
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European Union ministers have said visa requirements for Albanians and Bosnians would be lifted starting in December as the two states work towards EU membership, but warned that visas could be re-imposed if travel rules are abused.
Tens of thousands of people rallied on Friday in Tirana in support of calls by the opposition Socialists for a recount of ballots from a June 2009 vote that brought the government to a virtual standstill.
The two main rivals in Albania's closely fought general election have appealed for calm before results are announced on Monday. The poll is seen as crucial for the country's hopes of one day joining the European Union.
Croatia has promptly expressed its readiness to help NATO efforts in Afghanistan after officially joining the alliance, along with Albania, during a ceremony in Washington. Further expansion of NATO is, however, unlikely in the near future.
Seven firefighters were injured in one of two explosions that shook the city of Kosovska Mitrovica on Friday. The city in the north of Kosovo remains deeply split between Serbs and ethnic Albanians nearly a year after Kosovo declared independence.
Serbian police said they arrested ten former members of the Kosovo Liberation army, suspected of crimes against civilians in Gnjilane. The detainees are ethnic Albanians and are accused of more than 50 murders.