Albania has refused a US request to be the location that hosts the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate arms from the country's protracted civil war.
Mark Pritchard, a prominent Conservative MP, has reported himself to the parliamentary standards watchdog after being caught in a newspaper sting operation seemingly offering to use his political contacts to secure highly lucrative business deals.
The concept of English football barely exists these days
The Manchester United winger stole the headlines on Saturday with his two goals against Sunderland, but there has been some debate on the pronunciation of his surname
The Big Six: from clifftop locations to freshwater pools and rustic interiors
First-rate fiction in top-quality translation can do more than transport the reader into a different or a distant world. Just as valuably, it may open our eyes to scenes we thought we knew, casting them – and us – in an entirely fresh perspective.
The Week in Books
Manchester City victory over Newcastle marred by incident
Police probe Manchester City's Serbian defender after apparent row with fan brandishing an Albanian flag
Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse after Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov became involved in a heated exchange with a spectator at St James' Park.
It's been a week of grisly viewing – but 'Towie Live' proved the most horrific show of all
E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 5.3m copies making it the best-selling British book of all time, according to figures released by its publisher.
The Globe's season of foreign-language Shakespeare offers insight into different cultures, but there is still something missing, says Christina Patterson
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 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.