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SERBIA, Pristina : Kosovar Bosnian woman Arleta Sahiti poses after her face was painted by a woman during a presentation of the traditional wedding ceremony of Bosnian women from Zhupa region at the Ethnological Museum in Pristina on July 2, 2014. As part of the tradition, old ladies prepare young brides, painting their faces in many layers of colors. The golden circles symbolize the cycles of life. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI

Jul. 2, 2014. Kosovar Bosnian woman Arleta Sahiti poses after her face was painted by a woman during a presentation of the traditional wedding ceremony of Bosnian women from Zhupa region at the Ethnological Museum in Pristina. (Armend Nimani—AFP/Getty Images)

SERBIA, PRISTINA : Kosovo police officers weeraing  gas masks inspect the parliament, after tear gas was launched by opposition lawmakers, disrupting the first parliamentary session of the year on February 19, 2016 in Pristina.
Angry over a government deal with Serbia and demanding snap elections, the united opposition has effectively blocked parliamentary proceedings since October with their tear gas protests. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI                        

Kosovo, Pristina : Members of the parliament disperse after a tear gas were thrown by opposition lawmakers during a extraordinary session to elect Kosovo’s new President at the parliament in Pritsina on February 26,2016.
Oppositions lawmakers released tear gas in Kosovo’s parliament today trying to prevent the election of a new president, while crowds of anti-government protesters rallied outside the building. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI                        

MACEDONIA, GEVGELIJA :This photo taken on December 2, 2015 shows a lenticular cloud forming as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky, in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the town of Gevgelija on December 2, 2015. Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to the their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI                        

Serbia, Miratovac : A woman holds a child as she walks with other migrants and refugees after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on January 29, 2016. More than one million migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2015, nearly half of them Syrians, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. The International Organisation for Migration said las week that 31,000 had arrived in Greece already this year. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI                        

Pope Francis rebukes Islamist militants during trip to Albania

AFP: Pope Francis offered harsh criticism Sunday of Islamist militants during a visit to the mostly Muslim country of Albania.

“Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression,” Pope Francis told diplomats at the presidential palace.

This is the first visit by a Pope to Albania in two decades.

Photo: Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives to celebrate a mass at Mother Teresa square in central Tirana on September 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/Armend Nimani)

SERBIA, HORGOS : A boy holds a placard during a small protest at a makeshift refugee camp on the Serbian side of the border with Hungary near the town of Horgos on September 18, 2015. Road and rail routes to northern Europe from the Balkans were closing to migrants, after a string of countries shuttered their borders to the relentless human wave. The massive influx, challenging the EU’s humanitarian reputation and its vaunted policy of border mobility, has triggered an emergency summit of the 28-nation bloc next week. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI                        

Kosovo, Pristina : Members of the Parliament disperse after a tear gas was launched by opposition lawmakers, in the Kosovo’s parliament in Pristina, on December 14, 2015, in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI                        

MACEDONIA, GEVGELIJA : Migrants and refugees stand in line as they wait to board a train at the registration camp after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija on September 28, 2015. Macedonia is a key transit country in the Balkans migration route into the EU, with thousands of asylum seekers and migrants – many of them from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia – entering the country every day. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI                        

SERBIA, Miratovac : A man carries a child on his shoulders as they walk with other migrants near the southern Serbian village of Miratovac, travelling on foot from Macedonia to Presevo in Serbia, on August 24, 2015. At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a UN official said on August 24. At least 7,000 people – mostly refugees from the brutal war in Syria – have been registered so far in the last days in overwhelmed Serbia as Europe’s worst refugee crisis in half a century rapidly worsens.  AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI                        

MACEDONIA, GEVGELIJA : A man carrying a baby cries after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border with other migrants and refugees, near the town of Gevgelija, on December 4, 2015.
Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back. Over 1,500 people are stuck on the border, mostly Indians, Moroccans, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI