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29 Jan 15

Albanian Pilot Dies Transporting Drugs to Spain

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Spain with 900 kilos of marijuana on board - reportedly being transported from Morocco - appears to have been a member of the Albanian Airforce.

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28 Jan 15

Freedom House Moves Kosovo up - Bosnia, Macedonia Down

The latest report of the US-based watchdog Freedom House on global political rights and civil liberties has moved Kosovo up a notch - and Macedonia and Bosnia down.

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27 Jan 15

Albania Ombudsman Slams Jail Overcrowding

Albania's Commissioner for the prevention of torture, Jorida Rustemi, said the government's anti-crime drive was causing acute overcrowding in the country's jails.

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26 Jan 15

Arrested Albanian Imams Praise Charlie Hebdo Attack

Two Albanian imams, arrested on charges of inciting terrorism, have issued a declaration from prison in support of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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23 Jan 15

Islamist Terror Threat Draws EU, Balkans Together

New internal security strategy for Europe will involve ever-closer links to security structures in the Western Balkans.

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22 Jan 15

Albanians Trade Blame Over High Petrol Prices

Albanian parties are exchanging accusations over the failure of petrol pump prices to come down much, in spite of the sharp fall in world oil prices.

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21 Jan 15

Albania Court Slow in Hearing Fatal Riot Appeal

Albania’s Supreme Court has yet to set a date to hear the prosecutor’s office appeal against two Republican Guard officers accused of murdering protestors in the January 2011 riots.

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19 Jan 15

Albania Hit by Car Bomb Attacks

An alleged crime boss and a government official were targeted as three car bombs went off in the city of Durres, raising fears about the possible return of gang warfare.

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15 Jan 15

Hoxha Grandson Arrested in Albanian Cocaine Bust

A grandson of Albania's late communist dictator was among eight people arrested in connection with a major drugs busting operation whose investigation started in Germany.

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14 Jan 15

Albania PM’s 'Charlie’ Tribute Called Two-faced

While Albania’s Prime Minister has rushed to pay homage to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo, his critics say he is doing little to protect media freedom at home.

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13 Jan 15

Pope Lauds Albania's Religious Tolerance

In a speech to ambassadors to the Holy See on Monday, Pope Francis praised the coexistence among different faiths in Albania, which he witnessed during his trip to Tirana.

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12 Jan 15

Balkan Leaders Join Paris Unity Rally

Political and religious leaders from Tirana to Zagreb joined other dignitaries from across the world in Paris to march in solidarity against the attacks in France that killed 17 people.

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09 Jan 15

Sports Court to Hear Albania-Serbia Dispute

The Lausanne-based Court of Sports Arbitration, CAS, on Thursday said it will hear Albania’s and Serbia’s appeal against EUFA sanctions over the abandoned match in Belgrade on October 14.

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09 Jan 15

Family of Killed Albanian Protester Seeks MEP's Aid

Relatives of a protester killed in the January 2011 riots have called on a European Parliamentarian, Knut Fleckenstein, to put pressure on the Albanian authorities in their quest for justice.

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08 Jan 15

Albania Parties Feud Over Tirana Shootouts

After an opposition MP accused the ruling Socialist Party of protecting the criminals behind a spate of recent shooting incidents, the government said it would sue the MP for slander.

Business

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14 Jan 15

World Bank Revises Croatia's GDP Growth Down

In more bad news for the struggling centre-left government, the World Bank has altered its earlier forecast of Croatia’s GDP growth in 2015, cutting it from 1.2 to 0.5 per cent.

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.