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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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14 Aug 14

Africa Migrants Trigger Ebola Panic in Albania

The detention of 38 migrants from the horn of Africa triggered a brief false alarm about deadly Ebola virus.

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11 Aug 14

Roma Evictions in Albania 'Concern' CoE

The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, has expressed concern over the planned eviction of seven Roma families in Elbasan to make way for development.

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07 Aug 14

Albania Closes Suspected 'Diploma Factories'

The Albania government has ordered the immediate closure of 18 higher education institutions after an inspection report uncovered problems with the diplomas they issued.

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05 Aug 14

Albanians Rally Against Bank Chief After Robbery

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the central bank to call on governor Ardian Fullani to resign following a record heist from its treasury building.

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01 Aug 14

Albania Passes Landmark Territorial Reform

Parliament on Thursday passed the first administrative territorial reform in decades, slashing the number of municipalities from 380 to 61 - but minority Greeks are deeply unhappy.

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31 Jul 14

Jihadist's Gruesome Beheading Photos Shock Kosovo

Photographs posted by a Kosovo Albanian jihadist of him allegedly beheading a young soldier in Syria have sparked outrage in Kosovo and Albania. 

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31 Jul 14

Dissenting Albania Socialist MPs Jeopardise Reforms

The Socialist-led government is facing problems passing important reforms owing to the actions of a dissident group of Socialist MPs who boycotted the last session.

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30 Jul 14

Albania Central Bank Chief Grilled Over Theft

Parliament's commission on the economy held a hearing on Wednesday with governor Ardian Fullani, following the reported theft of 713 million lek (5 million euro) from the central bank.

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29 Jul 14

Religious Tolerance Patchy in Balkans, State Department Says

Discrimination against smaller religious communities continues in most Balkan countries, even though governments and laws in general respect religious freedoms, a new US report says.

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29 Jul 14

Hackers Deface Albania Ministerial Websites

A previously unknown computer pirates group defaced several official websites on Monday, attacking reforms that allegedly restrict freedom and slating the government for doing too little to fight corruption.

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25 Jul 14

EU Urges Would-Be Members to Protect Probing Journalists

The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, has called on candidate countries to ensure that investigative journalists working on high-level energy corruption issues be allowed to do their job without fear of violence and intimidation.

Business

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15 Aug 14

Albanian Bank Chief Wins Board’s Confidence

The board of the Central Bank has supported the governor, following calls that he should resign over the recently discovered bank theft.

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.