Lessons in fighting religious extremism

Growing up the daughter of a Muslim father and Christian Orthodox mother was not unusual in Tirana, where there has never been an act of violence in the name of religion

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Albanian torture suspect at large in UK

Police are searching for a former Albanian intelligence officer wanted for torture and kidnapping who jumped bail last week, failing to appear at his extradition hearing in London on 1 December.

Leka Zogu: Controversial 'king of the Albanians' who spent most of his

Leka of Albania was one of the most colourful and controversial characters on the 20th century Balkan scene, and one of the last links with the pre-Second World War Zogist monarchy. He was born in 1939 into a world of deep political crisis, with the government of his father, King Zog, Albania's first king, about to be snuffed out by Mussolini's forces. When Leka was one day old, his father held a great military parade in the capital, Tirana, a great provocation to the Duce in Rome.

Corfu: summer's hottest deal?

As Europe's biggest low-cost airline launches flights to this multi-faceted Ionian island, Simon Calder reveals the holiday highlights

Something to Declare: San Diego; Albania; Club 55; No-fly Turin

Third time lucky? That's what British Airways hopes for its resurrected link between Heathrow and California's southernmost city. The daily service begins on 1 June. BA's two previous attempts to serve San Diego proved uneconomic. But the new service will be staffed by the airline's "new fleet" of cabin crew, which will help to keep the costs down.