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16 Apr 14

Kosovo and Albania Mark Anniversary of 1999 Exodus

Pristina and Tirana commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Kosovo exodus when thousands of ethnic Albanians fled their homes seeking refuge from the conflict with Serbian forces.

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16 Apr 14

Jacobson Deflects Query Over Dell’s Bechtel Post

The US ambassador in Kosovo, on Twitter, sidestepped questions about the former ambassador’s employment by the company that constructed the so-called Patriotic Highway, saying former diplomats were not forbidden private sector work.

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16 Apr 14

Albania Arrests Suspected Jihadist Recruiter

Police on Tuesday said they arrested Gent Pashja, a 30-year-old man suspected of being part of a network recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting in Syria.

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15 Apr 14

Few Albanian Business Report Corruption, Report Says

A survey conducted by UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, says few businesses in Albania who paid bribes bothered to report such incidents, as they see bribery as routine

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08 Apr 14

Ramadani Urges Albanians to Avoid Syria War

The well known Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadani has told Albanians to leave the fight against Bashar al-Assad to the Syrians and not join militant group fighting in the civil war.

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07 Apr 14

Albanian Police Seize Drugs Bound for Italy

Police in the port city of Vlora on Sunday sequestered two tons of marijuana that was being trafficked to Italy.

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04 Apr 14

Balkans Rank Midway in Social Progress League

New report says countries from the Western Balkan region rank just above mid-way in the world when it comes to general wellbeing and social progress.

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03 Apr 14

Amnesty Pans Greece’s Treatment of Migrants

The murder by police of an Albanian prison inmate highlights a culture of impunity, racism, violence and ill-treatment of migrants in Greece, a new Amnesty International report says.

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02 Apr 14

Merkel Hedges Bets on Albania’s EU Candidacy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed cautious support on Tuesday for Albania’s bid to win candidate country status in June - but added that no decision can be made ahead of the next European Commission report.  

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01 Apr 14

Rama Lobbies Merkel on Albania's EU Hopes

Prime Minister Edi Rama on Tuesday visited to Germany, where he is lobbying for a positive decision on Albania’s EU candidate status in June.

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01 Apr 14

Albania Greets EU Decision on Pre-Accession Funds

Albania's government has hailed an EU decision to transfer responsibility for managing €64 million in IPA funds as a sign of confidence on the part of the European Commission.

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28 Mar 14

Albania Promises Ex-Political Prisoners €13.1m

Prime Minister Edi Rama on Friday said the government would set aside €13.1 million in 2014 for former prisoners of conscience of Albania’s Communist regime.

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28 Mar 14

Albania Migrants Lack Pensions, Report Warns

Ombudsman’s report says if the government fails to negotiate agreements with neighbours that host large Albanian communities, many will be left without pensions in their old age.

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26 Mar 14

Tony Blair’s Albania Mission Fails to Take off

Nearly six months after the former British prime minister was announced as an adviser to the Albanian government, he has yet to start work on helping Tirana’s integration into the EU.

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25 Mar 14

Crime Revelations Force Albanian Officials to Quit

Three government officials have resigned or been sacked over the last two weeks after the opposition spotlighted their criminal records.

Premium

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17 Apr 14

Albanian Agency Turns NGO Funding Into Family Affair

Former board members and staff of the state agency established to support the civil society sector funded their own NGOs, or those headed by relatives, an investigation can reveal.

Business

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14 Apr 14

Standard and Poor’s Upgrades Albania’s Debt Rating

Following Tirana’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the credit rating agency has upgraded Albania’s sovereign debt rating from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’.

Culture and Lifestyle

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14 Mar 14

Cafe Gives Young Disabled Albanians Start in Life

E Jona café, a new initiative funded by the Yunus Social Business Fund, is providing work and social inclusion for young people with disabilities.