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24 Apr 15

Albania Online Media Bill Raises Censorship Fears

New media bill that aims to regulate offensive comments by visitors to online portals will worsen self-censorship in Albanian journalism, some experts warn.

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21 Apr 15

EU Praises Albania’s Integration Progress

Brussels’ foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini praised the Albanian government’s commitment to its EU integration process despite recent controversial comments by the country’s premier.

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20 Apr 15

Albanian Media 'Struggles with Corruption Reporting'

A BIRN Albania report on local media's coverage of corruption says that the vast majority of its reporting boils down to the trading of accusations between political parties.

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17 Apr 15

Albania Parties Prepare for Local Poll Showdown

Albanian political parties announced key candidates for major municipalities for the June 21 local polls – the first important test of their popularity since the Socialists came to power in 2013.

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16 Apr 15

Catholic Church Warns Albanians Against Vote-Selling

The Church urged Albanians not to vote in June’s local elections for candidates with a corrupt or criminal past and not to accept payments in return for their votes.

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15 Apr 15

Euro MPs Call for Halt to Albania Power Plant

A draft European Parliament resolution urges Albania to stop construction of a World Bank-financed power plant on the Lengarica River which threatens to destroy its renowned canyon.

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14 Apr 15

Steelmaker Told to Clean Up Albania Toxic Dump

Albania’s Environmental Inspectorate has suspended the work of Turkish steelmaker Kurum, accusing the company of illegally dumping thousands of tons of waste on the banks of River Shkumbin.

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10 Apr 15

Albania Charges UEFA With Double Standards

The Albanian Football Federation, FSHF, says UEFA has acted unfairly by not awarding its team a win after clashes derailed the Serbia-Albania Euro qualifier in October in Belgrade.  

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09 Apr 15

Albanian Students Rally Against University Reforms

Activists from the For University movement staged their biggest protest so far on Wednesday in Tirana, while the government presses on with controversial higher education reforms.

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09 Apr 15

Albania to Probe World Bank-Financed Plant

The Tirana prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the hydropower plant being built on the Lengarica River in southern Albania, which is said to pose a threat to a canyon.

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07 Apr 15

Serbian PM Vows to Stop Albanians Uniting

Folllowing a misquoted report of the Albanian PM's TV interview, Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic went on Twitter to say he will never allow Albania and Kosovo to become one state.

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03 Apr 15

Detained Albanian MP's Brother Absolved of Murder

Albania’s Serious Crimes Court on Monday found Arben Frroku not guilty of the murder of police chief Dritan Lamaj in Tirana in February 2013.

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02 Apr 15

Albania Arrests MP Wanted for Murder in Belgium

Police detained Mark Frroku, head of Christian Democratic Party in the ruling coalition, over a Belgian murder verdict after parliament lifted his immunity for the second time in two weeks.

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02 Apr 15

US To Help Albania Set up its Own FBI

After meeting US officials in Tirana, Albania’s Interior Minister announced that the FBI will help set up a similar Bureau in Albania to help counter organized crime and corruption.

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01 Apr 15

Oil Well Blast Forces Albania Villagers to Flee

Several hundred inhabitants of the village of Marinza in southern Albania were ordered to leave their homes after a natural gas explosion sent fumes high in the sky.

Business

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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

Culture and Lifestyle

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21 Nov 14

Vienna’s Albanians Get in on the Mozart Act

Impersonating Wolfgang Amadeus is big business in Vienna - but these days many of the men in wigs are not Austrian but Albanian.