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26 Nov 15

Balkan States Woo Chinese Investors at Summit

At the '16 + 1' summit, which opened on Tuesday, China is deepening its interest in Southeastern Europe, investing in trade, finance, agriculture and infrastructure projects.

25 Nov 15

Albania MPs to Vote on ‘Decriminalising Politics’

Draft law barring people with criminal convictions from holding public office will go before parliament after main parties agree to constitutional reform.

24 Nov 15

Tirana Intensifies Flood Prevention Efforts

Authorities in the Albanian capital begin demolishing unapproved buildings built on top of drains after floods trigger power and water outages.

23 Nov 15

Deadly Floods Cause Chaos in Albania

Parts of Tirana remain underwater and without power following widespread flooding, as authorities confirm one man is dead and another is missing.

23 Nov 15

Women Rise to the Top in Albanian Police

Defying the prejudice against women taking senior jobs in the police, five have graduated from a special program that will enable them to take up leadership positions.

17 Nov 15

Albania Warned to Take Islamist Threats Seriously

Warnings about attacks by ISIS that were emailed to Albania’s interior minister and several media outlets should not be ignored by the Muslim-majority NATO member state, experts said.

14 Nov 15

Albania Minister Receives Emailed Terror Threat

An email sent to the private address of Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri says Albania will be the next country after France to be attacked for its role in the war on terror.

12 Nov 15

Albania Backs off From Restoring Defamation Crime

The Albanian government has pledged to abandon moves to restore prison sentences for defamation after being slammed by journalists and the OSCE.

12 Nov 15

BIRN Albania Slates Call to Restore Libel as Crime

BIRN Albania has condemned an apparent initiative to restore defamation as a crime in Albania.

12 Nov 15

Oil Slick in Durres Causes Outrage in Albania

Ships are still dumping their waste in the open sea off Albania, highlighting the need for tighter regulations on ships entering the country's ports.

10 Nov 15

Corruption, Justice Top Agenda in Commission Report

The courts, corruption and organized crime remain the EU’s main concerns in the Western Balkans, the Commission’s latest progress report shows.

09 Nov 15

Albania Searches for Seashore Oil Polluter

Albania's general prosecutor's office launched a probe after 2.5 kilometres of beach in the coastal city of Durres were polluted by an oil spill from a ship.

09 Nov 15

Albania MPs Vote to Form Civil Society Council

MPs from the ruling parties have voted to set up a National Council for Civil Society in a move to include NGOs in the decision-making process - but opposition MPs have withheld support.

06 Nov 15

BIRN Albania Journalist Wins CEI SEEMO Prize

Aleksandra Bogdani from BIRN Albania received the CEI/SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism in Bucharest on Thursday.

06 Nov 15

Becchetti Faces Possible Extradition to Albania

Francesco Becchetti, the Italian businessman wanted by the Albanian authorities, is due to attend a procedural extradition hearing in London next month.


27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.

Culture and Lifestyle

29 Nov 15

In Pictures: Albania Celebrates Independence Day

Red and black colours dominated Albanian capital of Tirana on November 28, the day that marks Albania’s declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire 103 years ago.