Dua Lipa awarded Albanian citizenship by president
Singer Dua Lipa was given citizenship in Albania by the country's president over the weekend after years of using her stardom to help Albanian families.Lipa's parents are Kosovan-Albanian immigrants who raised the star in London but returned to the region with their daughter when she was 11.
Albania's former prime minister and now opposition leader, Sali Berisha, was punched Tuesday while leading a protest in Tirana, the same day the capital hosted a meeting of the European Union and Balkan countries. © Provided by News 360 Archivo - Sali Berish. - Wolfgang Kumm/dpa
"Release the wretch who punched me," demanded Berisha, who accused the current prime minister, Edi Rama, of having instigated this attack. "The real perpetrator is sitting on the summit as the main criminal of the Balkans and Europe," the leader of the conservative Democratic Party has said after being beaten.
The attack took place around noon local time in the city center as thousands of demonstrators marched alongside Berisha to protest against the government. After being punched, bodyguards pinned down the assailant, a 31-year-old man identified as Gerti Shehu, reports the daily 'Shekulli'.
Jacinda Ardern shuts down question about age and gender as NZ PM hosts Finland's Prime Minister
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shot down suggestions she is hosting Finland's Sanna Marin due to the women being of similar age. Marin, 37, is the first ever Finnish prime minister to make the trip but during a press conference when asked if that's what they bonded over Ardern, 42, expertly responded to the notion. "My first question is I wonder whether or not anyone ever asks Barack Obama and John Key if they met because they were of similar age," Ardern said, making reference to the former US and NZ leaders who are now both 61.
Police have taken charge of the assailant, who had to be admitted to a hospital due to the blows he received from Berisha's supporters. At the same time, it is suspected that the young man, who has a criminal record, suffers from mental health problems.
The first EU-Balkans summit to be held in the region took place in Tirana, the capital of Albania, on Tuesday. Although it did not focus on the enlargement of the group, it did serve for the EU-27 to call for full alignment with EU foreign policy, especially when Serbia, Russia's main partner in the area, has avoided joining the sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un plays with his latest toy... a 'high-thrust motor' .
The test, overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, was conducted on Thursday at North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, the official KCNA news agency said .The test proved the motor's reliability and stability, providing a 'guarantee for the development of another new-type strategic weapon system'.North Korea has been working to build more solid-fuel missiles, which are more stable and can be launched with almost no warning or preparation time.