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Seven Migrants Killed in Car Crash While Fleeing Albanian Police

Seven suspected migrants and an alleged people-smuggler were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling crashed at high speed as the driver was trying to get away from the Albanian police. Original post Here

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Greece’s Ruling Party Fields Man Jailed in Albania as MEP Candidate

Fredi Beleri won a mayoral election in Albania in May last year but was put on trial for vote-buying, souring relations between Tirana and Athens. Original post Here

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Elections and Reporting on Missing Girl Spur Digital Rights Violations Across Region

Romanian politicians mull social media restrictions; Turkey, Croatia, and other countries face surges in digital rights violations ahead of elections, while the rest of the region is shaken by misinformation on a missing girl in Serbia and phishing attempts. Original post Here

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New Probe of Albanian Protesters’ Killings Gives Hope for Justice

Families of demonstrators shot dead by security forces at an anti-government protest in 2011 have renewed hopes of justice after the Supreme Court transferred the case to a powerful special prosecution service that deals with high-level crime. Original post Here

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Parts of Albania’s Opposition Spurns Call to Join Anti-Corruption Commission

Several opposition groups have rejected PM Edi Rama’s invitation for them back a parliamentary commission tasked with undertaking a more systemic fight against corruption, saying Rama has no crerdibility in this field Original post Here

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Balkan States Fall in Press Freedom Rankings

Four Balkan states slipped down the latest press freedom rankings compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Original post Here

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Boys Preferred: Sex-Selective Abortion Still Happening in the Balkans

In some parts of the Balkans, particularly among Albanians, a practice of selective abortion continues to cause a disbalance in the ratio of boys to girls born each year. Original post Here

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Albania Sees Rise in Killings, Crime Starting from Toxic Online Content

Experts say legislation is needed to address toxic social media content that too often turns into offline violence in Albania, but there are fears authorities will seek again to exploit the issue for political gain. Original post Here

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Albania Parliament’s Disinformation Committee: Welcome Vigilance – or Threat to Free Expression?

While addressing disinformation is a crucial task, the concern is that Albania’s new parliamentary committee could be just another tool to silence critical voices. Original post Here

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Human Rights Regressing in Many Balkan Countries – Amnesty Report

As a number of Western Balkan countries join the global trend toward authoritarianism, human rights are suffering, the latest Amnesty International report warns. Original post Here