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07 Dec 17

Albania's Parties Feud Over New Chief Prosecutor

As the Albanian General Prosecutor's five-year term ends, the ruling and opposition parties are still haggling over the appointent of a temporary replacement.

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04 Dec 17

Albania Braces for Fifth Day of Severe Floods

With more than 4,700 households suffering flood damage, Albania's government is mulling ways to get homes and businesses insured against such natural disasters, to cut future compensation costs. 

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01 Dec 17

Study Reveals Albanian Crime's Old Ties to Politics

A new Open Society Foundation report sheds light on a quarter-of-a-century of secret ties between Albanian politics and territorial criminal groups.

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01 Dec 17

Albania Prosecutors Probe Opposition's US Lobbying Payments

After a BIRN Albania report lifted the lid on the matter of payments to US lobbyists, Albania's prosecutor office is investigating possible fraud or falsification in opposition party's financial statements.

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01 Dec 17

Fatal Freak Storm Hits Albania

Torrential rain overnight caused chaos to Albania’s transportation system, blocking streets and stopping flights and ferries from operating.

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27 Nov 17

Albania, Kosovo Sign Diaspora Outreach Agreements

The prime ministers of Albania and Kosovo signed three agreements establishing a joint agenda and cultural and language centres for Albanians living abroad. 

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27 Nov 17

Sofia Claims Kosovo’s Gorani as ‘Bulgarian Minority’

Encouraged by Albania’s recent recognition of a Bulgarian minority, Bulgaria hopes for a similar result in Kosovo – although the Gorani community is claimed also by Serbia and Macedonia.

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17 Nov 17

Albania Red-Faced Over Soldiers Deserting in UK

Defence Ministry acknowledges embarrassing reports that four of the highest trained soldiers failed to return home from a training mission in UK, again exposing the problem of low salaries and hopelessness in Albania.

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15 Nov 17

Albania Police Crack Scam to Grab Public Beaches

Ten current and former officials from the property registry office and local government have been arrested after Albanian police uncovered a devious scam to appropriate public land along the coast.

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14 Nov 17

Albanian Ruling Party Urges Election Chief’s Dismissal

The Socialist Party claimed the head of the Central Election Commission broke the law for not holding a review to consider the possible sacking of a mayor who was convicted of theft in Italy. 

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14 Nov 17

Albania Vows To Restore Resistance Fighters' Cemeteries

The Defence Ministry intends to clean up the 22 cemeteries dedicated to resistance fighters in World War II, which fell into neglect after the Communist system collapsed in the 1990s. 

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10 Nov 17

Albania Arrests Top Judge Suspected of Bribery

After an appeal court judge was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes to get a murder convict released from jail, a police search has found a large sum of money in his home.

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10 Nov 17

Albanian, Greek FMs Head to Crete to Solve Disputes

Albanian and Greek Foreign Ministers are meeting in Crete for two days of talks, aimed at resolving a mass of past and present disputes that are dogging relations between the two countries. 

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07 Nov 17

Kosovo President Honours Albanian Speaker to Mixed Reactions

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has honoured Albanian parliamentary speaker Gramoz Ruci with the "Freedom Order",  sparking some impassioned reactions from intellectuals and politicians in Kosovo. 

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06 Nov 17

FBI to Help Albania's New Crime Task Force

Albania is to establish a new special anti-crime police task force that will work with the FBI and other foreign police forces in the war against grave crime and the drugs trade. 

Premium

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14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

Business

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08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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18 Oct 17

Agrotourism Brings Hope to Remote North of Albania

The small agro-tourism farm in the village of Kcire, built on the initiative of an Italian Catholic priest, has reduced local unemployment and made the remote community a beacon for visitors.