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02 Sep 14

Albania to Issue New Passports to Citizens Born Abroad

The Albanian government will issue tens of thousands of new passports to citizens abroad following a row with Greece over the language of place names in their documents.

29 Aug 14

Merkel Hails Progress in Balkan Cooperation

At the end of the West Balkan leaders' summit in Berlin, the German Chancellor praised leaders for working together more closely - and said their countries are on the right track in terms of eventual EU membership.

29 Aug 14

Albania PM Sets October Date For Belgrade Visit

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Thursday at the Balkan conference in Berlin that he will visit a Belgrade at the end of October.

28 Aug 14

Albanian Car Bomb Kills Businessman

A car bomb exploded early on Thursday in the southern port of Vlora, killing a local businessman and injuring two other people.

28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders in Berlin Pledge to Work Together

Balkan economy and finance ministers meeting in Berlin have agreed that their countries must jointly resolve economic issues that trouble the region.

28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders Have High Hopes of Berlin Summit

Regional leaders have high hopes that the conference will attract German investment and support for large infrastructure projects, as well as boosting their EU progress.

27 Aug 14

Albania Starts Shifting Weapons to Iraqi Kurds

Tirana has started transfering large caches of weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurds, to help them stem the advance of Islamic State Sunni militants.

27 Aug 14

Albanian Media Scrum Expected For Papal Visit

Minister says Pope Francis’s visit to Tirana on Septembers 21 – his first trip as Pontiff to a European country - will put Albania in the international spotlight and generate enormous media coverage.

26 Aug 14

Ice Bucket Mania Sweeps the Balkans

Local politicians and celebrities from across the region have joined the challenge to raise funds for ALS.

26 Aug 14

BIRN Summer School Kicks off in Montenegro

The fifth BIRN summer school of investigative journalism has opened in the Montenegrin coastal town of Becici, bringing together top trainers and journalists.

25 Aug 14

Albania Police Stage Major Anti-Drug Crackdown

Hundreds of police have launched a major new anti-drug operation in Albania’s rugged mountainous north, destroying more than 86,000 cannabis plants over the last four days.

21 Aug 14

Albania to Help Arm Iraq Against Islamic State

Tirana has made a large donation of weapons and ammunition to help the Baghdad government stem the advance of Islamic State Sunni militants.

20 Aug 14

Two Albanian Chromium Miners Die in Shaft

Two miners died on Tuesday in a chromium mine in the region of Martanesh after the shaft the shaft they were working in collapsed.  

18 Aug 14

Albanian Jihadist Reportedly Killed in Syria

Another Albanian jihadist has been reported killed in Syria while fighting alongside the forces of the Islamic State, the armed militant group that now occupies swathes of Syria and Iraq.

18 Aug 14

Albanian Socialist Activist Arrested for Propositioning Teen

Socialist Party member Agron Cane, 60, was arrested on suspicion of telling the mother of a 14-year-old that her daughter would have ‘a future’ if the teenager had sex with him.


01 Sep 14

Wax Tablets Reveal Secrets of Ancient Illyria

A new study of five wax tablets from the Second Century, found in the Albanian city of Durres, offers fascinating insights into the role of women in ancient Illyrian culture.


01 Sep 14

Sky-High Roaming Charges to Go in Balkans

Regulatory agencies in the Balkans have finally agreed to phase out mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than those in Western Europe.

Culture and Lifestyle

02 Sep 14

Killer Fish Meets Its Match Among Albania’s Fishermen

Zander - predatory invasive fish that have been decimating local stocks in recent years - appear to have met their equal, at last.