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20 Oct 14

Albanian PM’s Visit to Belgrade Postponed

After the disruption at the Serbia-Albania football match in Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has postponed his planned visit to the Serbian capital until November.

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18 Oct 14

Serbian Police Guards Albanian Embassy Ahead of Match

A heavy police presence has been deployed around the Albanian embassy in Belgrade amid fears it could be targeted by football hooligans.

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15 Oct 14

Serbia Blames Albanian PM's Brother for Football Chaos

The office of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has accused the brother of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama of causing chaos at a football match in Belgrade.

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15 Oct 14

Flag-Carrying Drone Ends Serbia-Albania Match

The Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned after a drone flying an Albanian flag over the pitch sparked a brawl between the teams.

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14 Oct 14

Albania Fans Barred from Belgrade Football Match

No Albanians fans will be allowed will be allowed to watch Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifying match between the Albania and Serbia in Belgrade because of fears of violence.

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13 Oct 14

Albania Launches Lake Skadar Illegal Fishing Probe

After a BIRN investigation which revealed new allegations about illegal fishing using electric generators in Lake Skadar, the Albanian ministry of agriculture has launched a probe.

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09 Oct 14

Albania Backtracks on IMEI Code Registration

The government has scrapped a decision to oblige cell phone users to register their IMEI code - after being accused of violating rights to privacy, and amid fears that the provision could be used to eavesdrop on people.

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08 Oct 14

EU Commission Charts Uneven Progress in Balkans

Most Balkan countries have made some progress on their EU path, but key areas of concern remain organised crime, corruption, the rule of law, the courts, politicized state administrations - and giving a free media room to breathe.

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08 Oct 14

Returned Albania Migrants Face Hardship, Study Shows

A study by the National Institute of Statistics, INSTAT, and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, points to the difficulties Albanian migrants face when returning home.

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07 Oct 14

Balkan Progress Slow, EU Commission Says

Upcoming EU Progress Reports on the Western Balkan countries will say each of the countries has much to do - though some are clearly making more progress than others.

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02 Oct 14

Kosovo Leads Balkans in Internet Addiction

Kosovars are the keenest internet users in the Balkans, in national percentage terms, a global survey of internet and Facebook penetration shows.

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01 Oct 14

Albania Rights Groups Hail New New FOI Law

The new and improved law on freedom of information passed recently by Albania’s parliament should greatly improve people's access to official data, experts say.

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30 Sep 14

Albania Opposition Party Elects New Leadership

At its national congress on Sunday, the opposition Democratic Party elected a new leadership, following its defeat in the parliamentary elections in June 2013.

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23 Sep 14

Balkan Greens Push for New Energy and Climate Targets

In a joint statement, green NGOs in the Balkans have called for the expansion of the environmental and climate component of the Energy Community Treaty and new measures to ensure that existing obligations are better enforced.

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22 Sep 14

Pope Francis Praises Albania’s Religious Tolerance

Once the world’s first atheist country, Albania is now a model of religious coexistence that the whole world should follow, Pope Francis said during his landmark visit on Sunday.

Business

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.

Culture and Lifestyle

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09 Oct 14

Albania's Fatos Lubonja Brings Apocalyptic Memoir to UK

Author Fatos Lubonja will appear at a number of events across the UK in October to promote his book The False Apocalypse, from Stalinism to Capitalism, which has been translated into English by John Hodgson.