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10 Jun 07

Bush: Kosovo will be Independent

Tirana _ US President George W. Bush said that Kosovo will be independent in one way or the other, after meeting Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha during his visit to Albania on Sunday.
09 Jun 07

Bush to discuss Kosovo with Albania's leaders

Tirana _ US President George W. Bush will discuss the final status of Kosovo during talks in Tirana, Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha said on Saturday.
08 Jun 07

Albanian Street Named After George W. Bush

Tirana _ Following in the footsteps of Pristina, the Tirana Municipal Council decided Friday to name a street after the 43rd President of the United States in celebration of his upcoming June 10 visit to Albania.
04 Jun 07

Albania Cracks Down on Human Trafficking Ring

Tirana_The Albanian authorities on Sunday arrested nine persons, including four police officers, in a crackdown on a human trafficking ring based in the border town of Gjirokastra, just outside neighbouring Greece.
01 Jun 07

Albania Allows US Troops to Use Force During Bush Visit

Tirana_The Albanian parliament approved unanimously on Thursday a bill which allows some 500 US Marines and Special Forces operatives to use country's land, waters and airspace without restrictions to secure the United States' president George W Bush during his June 10 visit.
30 May 07

Albanian Law on Digital Broadcasting Sparks Row

Tirana_Albania passed a controversial law, regulating the digital broadcasting market, after a fierce debate on Tuesday between the government and the opposition, which accused the Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, of trying to silence freedom of speech.
25 May 07

Albania to Introduce Ban on Smoking in Public

Tirana_ On midnight Friday, Albania will join 121 other countries that have started implementing a law that bans smoking in public.
24 May 07

Amnesty International Criticizes Albania Over Its Human Rights

Tirana_Violence against women, the poor treatment of prisoners and the trafficking of women and children for prostitution and other forms of exploitation, are some of the main human rights problems in Albania, said Amnesty International, a London-based human rights watchdog, in a report published Wednesday.
23 May 07

Albanian Minister Nominated For Constitutional Court

Tirana _ Albania’s president, Aflred Moisiu, has nominated Vladimir Kristo, the current deputy minister of justice, for the post of the head of the constitutional court.
21 May 07

Albania: Pollution Levels Raise Concerns

Tirana_A new study from the Institute of Public Health, IPH, about pollution levels along Albania’s coastline is raising concerns over the impact of the unregulated development, just as the tourist season is about to begin.
15 May 07

Albania: Tough Security Measures for Bush Visit

Tirana_ The Albanian authorities are planning major security precautions for the June 10 visit of the President of the United States George W. Bush to Tirana. Once in place, the measures should turn the Albanian capital into a high-security zone, officials said Wednesday.

Premium

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

Business

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17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

New Year’s Eve was celebrated in true Balkan style across the region, with cities from Zagreb to Tirana putting on extravagant firework displays and open-air events, which saw regional and international stars performing to the swathes of jubilant crowds that came out to mark the beginning of 2018.

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018