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As Palestine Recognitions Grow, Balkan States’ Stances Shaped by Geopolitics

Slovenia has recognised war-ravaged Palestine as independent, but some Balkan countries prefer to stay quiet and follow the United States’ lead – while others recognised Palestinian statehood decades ago while they were under communist rule. Original post Here

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Albania Leader’s New Anti-Corruption Initiative Branded a PR Project

Prime Minister Edi Rama has pushed through a resolution setting up a new Special Anti-Corruption Commission – but critics claim it’s a partisan initiative, established to combat negative publicity over graft cases involving former ruling party politicians. Original post Here

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Balkan Prison Overcrowding Worsening – Report

Prison populations and incarceration rates in the Balkans are too high and continuing to grow, according to new research. Original post Here

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Albanian, Spanish Police Bust Illegal Scheme to Help Albanians Enter UK

Albanian and Spanish Police in a two-year investigation have uncovered a crime group that forged documents to enable Albanians to illegally enter the UK and Ireland. Original post Here

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Albanian Court Hands Opposition Democratic Party Back to Berisha

Tuesday’s court ruling effectively ends a two-year battle for control of Albania’s once-mighty Democratic Party. Original post Here

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Albania-Greece Tensions Intensify as Jailed Mayor-Elect Becomes European MP

Fredi Beleri, a mayor-elect in Albania who has been in prison since May 2023, is expected to enter the European parliament after standing as a Greek MEP, further complicating already strained relations between Albania and Greece. Original post Here

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‘Administrative Silence’: FOI Requests Go Unanswered in Balkans, BIRN Report Says

Public institutions in the six Western Balkan countries routinely refuse to respond to freedom of information requests, and it’s getting worse, a new report from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network warns. Original post Here

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Balkan Countries Push for Record Tourism Year, Despite Growth Concerns

As beaches, historic sites and natural beauties in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey draw increasing numbers of tourists, governments eye bumper profits – though experts warn that relentless growth in the sector comes with costs. Original post Here

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Albania’s Former PM Berisha Loses Appeal Against UK Ban

UK court dismisses appeal by opposition leader Sali Berisha to lift sanctions against him for alleged corruption, ruling that the ban was based on sufficient information. Original post Here

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No Children, No Schools: Emigration Empties Northern Albania

In Albania’s northern Kukes and Shkodra regions, dozens of schools have shut their doors over the past several years as a result of staggering rates of emigration. Original post Here

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Lezha court gave life sentence for man that killed former OST director

The Court of Lezha gave a life prison sentence for Dorjan Keqi, the man who in 2016, killed the former director of OST, Saimir Jaku in Rreshen. The 42-year-old from Kruja, resident in Kurbin was found guilty for murder committed in collaboration. He was arrested on September of 2022 as …

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Tensions in the opposition protest, 8 arrested

The police have released eight people who, during the opposition protest, threw flares and Molotov cocktails towards the prime minister’s building. “Following the investigative and procedural actions carried out for the protest that took place yesterday evening, the materials were referred to the Prosecutor’s Office, where the proceedings for 8 …

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Fires engulf Albania as a result of extreme heat

According to the data from the National Operational Center of Civil Emergencies, during the last 24 hours, 14 fires have been reported, of which 11 have been extinguished and 3 fires are active. “Today the work is continuing in the municipality of Delvina, where the hearth of the fire is …

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Shooting in Tropoja, one dead, two Injured

A man died due to shootings late on Thursday in the village Breg-Lume of Tropoja.  The victim is a 24-year-old with initials A.P. who died on the road to hospital, while two others, the brother of the victim and another citizen remained injured. Police informed that the perpetrator escaped from …

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Two years in prison, Supreme Court dismisses the appeal from Fredi Beleri

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal made by Fredi Beleri to suspend the decision of the Special Court of First Instance, which sentenced him to 2 years in prison. Beleri requested that the execution of the decision be suspended until the Supreme Court pronounces. He was sentenced in March …

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Businessman Rezart Taci accused for VAT fraud

The Prosecutor’s Office of Tirana has sent the businessman Rezart Taçi for trial on the suspicion that he created a VAT fraud scheme through fictitious transactions with the companies created by him. According to the prosecution, it turned out that the company ‘Kuid’ shpk, as a retail agent of the …

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A 41 year old arrested for stabbing one person in Saranda

The 41-year-old man, who stabbed a person yesterday, was arrested this Thursday in Saranda. According to the police information, it is suspected that on 11.07.2024, around 03:40, in neighborhood no. 1, in a parking lot, after a momentary conflict, for weak motives, the 41-year-old man injured another person with a …

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Linda Rama’s daughter sues Berisha for Defamation

Rea Xhillari, the daughter of the wife of Prime Minister, Edi Rama made Wednesday a criminal proceeding against the historical leader of Democratic Party, Sali Berisha and six other democrat MPs, Luan Baçi, Flamur Noka, Tritan Shehu, Albana Vokshi, Edi Paloka an Edmond Spaho for defamation. In November last year, …

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Representatives of American justice meeting at the Supreme Court

A delegation of judges and prosecutors from the United States of America, which has been in Tirana for several days, held a meeting in the premises of the Supreme Court. In the announcement published by the press office of the Supreme Court, it is stated that the talks were focused …

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Long Internal ‘War’ Leaves Albania’s Opposition Democratic Party Wounded

A recent court ruling confirmed ex-premier Sali Berisha as leader of the opposition party. But with Berisha under investigation for graft and the party in disarray, its path back to power in the 2025 elections looks difficult. Original post Here

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Lezha court gave life sentence for man that killed former OST director

The Court of Lezha gave a life prison sentence for Dorjan Keqi, the man who in 2016, killed the former director of OST, Saimir Jaku in Rreshen. The 42-year-old from Kruja, resident in Kurbin was found guilty for murder committed in collaboration. He was arrested on September of 2022 as …

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Tensions in the opposition protest, 8 arrested

The police have released eight people who, during the opposition protest, threw flares and Molotov cocktails towards the prime minister’s building. “Following the investigative and procedural actions carried out for the protest that took place yesterday evening, the materials were referred to the Prosecutor’s Office, where the proceedings for 8 …

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Fires engulf Albania as a result of extreme heat

According to the data from the National Operational Center of Civil Emergencies, during the last 24 hours, 14 fires have been reported, of which 11 have been extinguished and 3 fires are active. “Today the work is continuing in the municipality of Delvina, where the hearth of the fire is …

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Shooting in Tropoja, one dead, two Injured

A man died due to shootings late on Thursday in the village Breg-Lume of Tropoja.  The victim is a 24-year-old with initials A.P. who died on the road to hospital, while two others, the brother of the victim and another citizen remained injured. Police informed that the perpetrator escaped from …

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Two years in prison, Supreme Court dismisses the appeal from Fredi Beleri

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal made by Fredi Beleri to suspend the decision of the Special Court of First Instance, which sentenced him to 2 years in prison. Beleri requested that the execution of the decision be suspended until the Supreme Court pronounces. He was sentenced in March …

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Businessman Rezart Taci accused for VAT fraud

The Prosecutor’s Office of Tirana has sent the businessman Rezart Taçi for trial on the suspicion that he created a VAT fraud scheme through fictitious transactions with the companies created by him. According to the prosecution, it turned out that the company ‘Kuid’ shpk, as a retail agent of the …

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A 41 year old arrested for stabbing one person in Saranda

The 41-year-old man, who stabbed a person yesterday, was arrested this Thursday in Saranda. According to the police information, it is suspected that on 11.07.2024, around 03:40, in neighborhood no. 1, in a parking lot, after a momentary conflict, for weak motives, the 41-year-old man injured another person with a …

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Linda Rama’s daughter sues Berisha for Defamation

Rea Xhillari, the daughter of the wife of Prime Minister, Edi Rama made Wednesday a criminal proceeding against the historical leader of Democratic Party, Sali Berisha and six other democrat MPs, Luan Baçi, Flamur Noka, Tritan Shehu, Albana Vokshi, Edi Paloka an Edmond Spaho for defamation. In November last year, …

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Representatives of American justice meeting at the Supreme Court

A delegation of judges and prosecutors from the United States of America, which has been in Tirana for several days, held a meeting in the premises of the Supreme Court. In the announcement published by the press office of the Supreme Court, it is stated that the talks were focused …

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Long Internal ‘War’ Leaves Albania’s Opposition Democratic Party Wounded

A recent court ruling confirmed ex-premier Sali Berisha as leader of the opposition party. But with Berisha under investigation for graft and the party in disarray, its path back to power in the 2025 elections looks difficult. Original post Here