• The Dish I Miss Jul 10, 2020

    Coronavirus Is Latest Major Obstacle for Owner of Quincy Steakhouse Alba

    To escape communism, Leo Keka swam across a lake from Albania to Montenegro in 1990. After spending a year in Serbian prison and refugee camps, he made his way to Massachusetts, where he started washing dishes at Anthony’s Pier 4 in Swampscott. Ten years later, he opened his own restaurant Alba in Quincy Center. It was just after the September…

  • PRESIDENT Nov 26, 2019

    Deadly Earthquake Rattles Albania

    At least 21 people are dead and hundreds more are hurt after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck about 20 miles northwest of Albania’s capital Tirana. Rescue teams were still searching for people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

  • PRESIDENT Nov 26, 2019

    Rescuers Comb Building Rubble After Albanian Quake Kills 21

    Rescue crews with excavators searched for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings and hotels Tuesday as the death toll from a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania climbed to 21, with more than 600 people injured. The magnitude-6.4 quake was felt across the southern Balkans and was followed by multiple aftershocks, with several above magnitude 5. In nearby Bosnia, another temblor...

  • DIRECTOR Sep 27, 2019

    Report: 58% of Europe's Native Trees Face Extinction Threat

    An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in a new report Friday that 58% of the continent’s 454 native trees are threatened and 15% are “critically endangered” – one step away from...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump's Twisted Reality on Guns, Environment

    President Donald Trump is twisting reality on gun control and the environment. Pressed over the weekend for his position on gun legislation, the president declined to answer whether he would support expanded background checks in the wake of deadly mass shootings and blamed Democrats in Congress for “doing nothing” on the issue. That’s not true.

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Swipe at Puerto Rico, G-7 Comments

    President Donald Trump presented a distorted picture of the auto industry, told a fanciful story about Iran duping Barack Obama and took a misinformed swipe at Puerto Rico just as its residents braced for a catastrophe that didn’t come. A look at some statements by Trump and his team during a week bookended by the Group of Seven summit and...

  • Donald Trump Jul 14, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump and An Eco Legacy Not His Own

    President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump’s presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump.

  • Massachusetts Apr 21, 2019

    Pope Denounces ‘Cruel Violence' of Sri Lanka Easter Attack

    Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis skipped his homily during Easter Mass but delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (To the city...

  • Massachusetts Apr 20, 2019

    Pope During Easter Vigil: Reject the ‘Glitter of Wealth'

    At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.” “Do not bury hope!” Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly, “we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.”...

  • Massachusetts Mar 13, 2018

    Pope Francis Gets Thumbs Up From High and Low as He Marks 5 Years

    Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and from the current Vatican No. 2 — as well as faithful around the globe — seeking to rebut criticism about his reform-minded papacy and encouraging him to push the envelope even further. First out of the gate was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI,...

  • Massachusetts Jan 19, 2018

    ‘I Hate You, Americans': Co-Worker, Friend Recall ISIS ‘Senior Commander' From Jersey Shore

    Looking back at the jokes now, the lines like “I hate you, Americans” from a young man named Zulfi Hoxha don’t seem so funny now, according to a co-worker. And the FBI missed him by a few months.

  • United States Nov 13, 2017

    Stay Granted for Litchfield Mom Who Was to Be Deported to Albania

    Hours before a woman whose family runs a popular restaurant in Cheshire, Connecticut was scheduled to be deported Monday back to Albania, a country she hasn’t been to in 15 years, after a temporary stay of deportation was issued.

  • Massachusetts Sep 4, 2016

    Pope Declares Mother Teresa a Saint and Model of Mercy

    Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls. Applause erupted in St. Peter’s Square even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of canonization at the start of...

  • Massachusetts Sep 2, 2014

    Couple Happy to Work on Labor Day

    Working on a holiday can be difficult, but a couple from Albania with a restaurant in Worcester, Massachusetts, say they are happy to roll up their sleeves on Labor Day.

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