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FIFA investigates Shaqiri and Xhaka celebrations

MOSCOW:  FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Switzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, looking into their goal celebrations during Friday’s win over Serbia at the World Cup. Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania’s flag. Serbia refuses to recognize the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago.…

Albania, Macedonia backed for EU membership talks

BRUSSELS: The EU has backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the bloc looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years. The announcement on Tuesday comes a month ahead of a summit in Sofia when the leaders of six Balkan nations will be given fresh hope of eventually joining the EU, amid rivalry between Brussels and Moscow over the region. Skopje and Tirana both welcomed the move and vowed to work hard to remove obstacles on the long way to full membership. EU…

Albania, Macedonia backed for EU membership talks

BRUSSELS: The EU on Tuesday backed the opening of formal membership talks with Albania and Macedonia as the bloc looks to expand into the Balkans and grow for the first time in years. The announcement comes a month ahead of a summit in Sofia when the leaders of six Balkan nations will be given fresh hope of eventually joining the EU, amid rivalry between Brussels and Moscow over the region. Skopje and Tirana both welcomed the move and vowed to work hard to remove obstacles on the long way to full membership. EU…

Albanian town makes Donald Trump honorary citizen

TIRANA: An Albanian town has made Donald Trump an honorary citizen, hailing the US president-elect as "revolutionary" following his victory at the polls. The town hall in Kamza, a few kilometres (miles) north of Albania's capital Tirana, unanimously voted to give Trump the honour on Wednesday. "Donald Trump is a revolutionary model of the new democratic order" and "a great leader of modern times," Kamza's mayor Xhelal Mziu said. Trump "won his battle in spite of media attacks," said Mziu, who belongs to the…