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Albania marks independence with giant cake and quarrels

Kosovo Albanian youth march under Albanian flags during celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence in Pristina, Kosovo, Nov. 28, 2012.Armend Nimani / AFP - Getty Images
Albania's special army forces march during a parade to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary of independence in Tirana, Nov. 28.Arben Celi / Reuters

Reuters reports — The foreign minister of neighboring Greece boycotted festivities on Wednesday marking 100 years of Albania's independence after its prime minister hailed a town over the border as "Albanian lands".

Ethnic Albanians from across the region meanwhile celebrated in the national colors of red and black with a 14 ton cake and bushy mustaches to honor the founding fathers.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha's remarks were in a text he sent to a museum on Tuesday evening to mark the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence from Ottoman rule and honor the founder of modern Albania, Ismail Qemali. Full story…

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