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22 Sep 14

Albanian Christians and Muslims Hail Pope’s Visit

Hundreds of thousands of Albanians took to the streets on Sunday to welcome Pope Francis, who found an enthusiastic audience for his message of inter-faith harmony.

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18 Sep 14

Pope Will Find Fast-Changing Church in Albania

When Pope Francis arrives in Albania this Sunday he will find a very different Catholic Church from the one that his predecessor John Paul II visited two decades ago.

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12 Sep 14

Rafting Draws Tourists to Albania’s Wild River Canyons

One man’s passion for rafting has spawned a tourist industry in one the most beautiful but remote parts of Albania.

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05 Sep 14

Old-Style Markets Thrive in Albania’s Mountain Villages

In remote villages near Elbasan, ‘shopping’ is not a drive to the local chain store but a stroll to the weekly market - where villagers trade livestock and ply their ancient crafts, as in times past.

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04 Sep 14

Hard Times Turn Albania’s Tobacco Farmers to Thyme

Centuries after Albania’s northern highlands started cultivating tobacco, farmers are struggling to make ends meet and are turning to growing herbs instead.

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03 Sep 14

Rich Albanians Breathe New Life into Forgotten Village

Tourists and second-home owners have discovered the picturesque village of Dardhe - providing its mainly elderly residents with welcome new job opportunities.

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02 Sep 14

Killer Fish Meets Its Match Among Albania’s Fishermen

Zander - predatory invasive fish that have been decimating local stocks in recent years - appear to have met their equal, at last.

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01 Sep 14

Wax Tablets Reveal Secrets of Ancient Illyria

A new study of five wax tablets from the Second Century, found in the Albanian city of Durres, offers fascinating insights into the role of women in ancient Illyrian culture.

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28 Aug 14

Men from Has Bake their Way Across Europe

People from the Has region on the Kosovo Albania border have taken their bread-making skills all over the Balkans, Hungary and beyond.

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14 Aug 14

Suspicion Lingers Over Albania Bank Theft

Former bank employees have told BIRN that they question the official claim that the recently discovered Central Bank theft was the work of one rogue employee.  

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06 Aug 14

Albania Bank Chief Faces Public Anger Over Theft

Pressure is growing on Albania’s bank chief, Ardian Fullani, to quit following a record heist – but, for now, politicians are looking the other way.

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23 Jul 14

Albania Phone Register Fuels Eavesdropping Row

Opposition MPs and activists have slated a government decision to force cell phone users to register the IMEI codes as a backdoor to eavesdropping on online communications.

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21 Jul 14

Damir Fazlic: Controversial Deal Broker

In his first interview since October 2008, Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic tackled the rumours and criminal allegations which have beset his career, reveals how he became an influential figure in the Balkans and beyond, and speaks of his grandiose plans for the future.  

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16 Jul 14

Albania Ex-PM’s Daughter Takes Legal Route to Riches

Confidential bank files reveal how a law firm owned by the influential daughter of Albania’s former Prime Minister Sali Berisha became a gateway for major foreign investors looking for licences, permits and political support from her father's government.

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15 Jul 14

Fazlic and Lazarevic’s Albanian Shale Gas Venture

A web of secretive offshore firms link energy mogul Vojin Lazarevic and businessman Damir Fazlic to an audacious bid to transform Albania into a hub for US shale gas, BIRN can reveal.