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Ukrainian Visit to Serbia Yields Pledges to Revive Trade

Ukrainian Foreign Minister says Kyiv delegation’s two-day visit to Serbia – a friend of Russia’s – ended with agreement to restore bilateral trade to pre-war levels. Original post Here

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Political Attacks, Misogynistic Insults Continue to Pollute Balkan Online Space

The aftermath of elections in Turkey and Croatia and the electoral campaign in North Macedonia prompted politically-motivated digital rights violations in the region this month, while Kosovo and Montenegro saw an increase in misogynistic attacks on women online. Original post Here

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Balkan Support for EU Accession High, Except in Serbia – Survey

Corruption remains a serious concern for people across the Western Balkans, where trust in politicians is low but support for EU accession high, except in Serbia. Original post Here

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Condolences – and Silence – from Balkans Over Iranian President’s Death

Expressions of sorrow over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials are coming from some Balkan countries but not others – depending on the state of their relations with Tehran. Original post Here

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Unofficial Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ceremony Causes Controversy in Albania

A same-sex couple held a private civil partnership ceremony at Tirana City Hall – but even though it had no legal standing, their ‘marriage’ sparked angry reactions from traditionalists. Original post Here

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Conflict of Interest? Restaurant Investment Raises Questions for Albanian Minister

Municipality’s payments to a restaurant owned by the wife of the former deputy mayor – now a government minister – raises fresh questions about business connections between state officials and their private business partners. Original post Here

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Never Forget: Albanians Commemorate Communist-Era Labour Camp Uprising

Victims of Albania’s communist regime and activists gathered at a former labour camp to honour the prisoners’ uprising in 1984 and call for the location to be preserved as a reminder of past suffering. Original post Here

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‘The Same Coin’: Crackdown Exposes Organised Crime’s Penetration of Albanian Politics

Experts say an operation that used seized communications app data to investigate seven organised crime groups offers new evidence of the connections in Albania between gangsters, politics and the economy. Original post Here

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Albania Bank Governor Faces Prosecution Threat Over Fraudulent Loans

Prosecutors say Gent Sejko has questions to answer over a dodgy company that harassed some 17,000 Albanians for nonexistant loans, and which operated under bank’s license for years. Original post Here

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Albania’s Roma Decry Lack of Progress on Govt’s Integration Pledge

Five years ago, Albania promised its Roma community “full equality and integration”. There has been no discernible change. Original post Here

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More than 213,000 Albanians gained EU citizenship in past five years, EU data shows 

TIRANA, July 21, 2024 – People born in Albania are seeking and acquiring citizenships in EU member states at a level that is higher than any other country in the continent, and ranking third globally, data from a series of EU agencies shows.  In 2022 alone, about 50,000 Albanian citizens …

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EU agriculture funds for Albania suspended indefinitely following misuse investigation, ministry tells parliament 

TIRANA, July 21, 2024 – About 112 millions of euros aimed at helping Albanian farmers prepare for being part of the European Union have been suspended indefinitely due to prior misuse of the similar funds by Albanian government agencies, parliament learned this week.   The release of European funds under the …

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Arben Kaçorri, Ervis Martinaj’s brother-in-law arrested in Portugal

Arben Kaçorri, the brother-in-law of Ervis Martinaj, who was missing, is arrested in Lisbon. Portuguese media reports that he had been living for 11 years in a luxury mansion in Lisbon. Sentenced in Italy to almost 22 years in prison for murder, Kaçorri went unnoticed, never stopping his criminal activity. …

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A 45 year old, involved in the microcredit scandal kills himself

A serious event happen this Saturday morning in Tirana, where a 45-year-old man killed himself by jumping from the height of a building under construction. The victim is Olsi Ibro, who was involved in the microcredit scandal. Ibro has owned for a long period of time the company MCDA, which …

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The agreement for the immigrant-voting was reached

The dialogue group meeting for the diaspora vote ends. The representative of Reestablishment, Oerd Bylykbashi, has said that an agreement has been reached regarding the vote of immigrants, as only a few technical details remain. He emphasized that anyone from the Albanian emigrants living outside Albania has the right to …

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Accused for abuse of duty, Court accepts Vangjush Dako request for summary trial

The Special Court has accepted the request for summary judgment for the former mayor of Durres, Vangjush Dako, as well as for Fiqiri Farruk, Fatmir Ejupi and Adrian Bulku. While for Ferzilet Hajderi, Adnand Toccila, Diana Dedja, Bashkim Salillari and Hanza Reka, the request for ordinary trial and for the …

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Rama: Next year, the summit of the European Political Community will be held in Albania

Next year, Albania will host the Summit of the European Political Community. This is announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama, as he shared some images from the meeting that was held on Thursday in Great Britain. According to the head of the government, this shows the new position that the …

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Elderly found drowned at Koman lake

A lifeless body of an elderly man was found this Friday in Koman lake. The victim was later identified by police as the citizen K.GJ. 77-year-old who is suspected that drowned. The body was found by the residents of the area at 08:40 am. Although the reason of the death …

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Thumane, man arrested for drugs cultivation

A man 42-year-old was arrested this Friday morning in Thumana for drugs cultivations.  Police discovered near his house 248 cannabis plants. The arrested is the citizen A.M., who was immediately charged on accuse of drugs cultivation. The case was sent to Tirana Prosecution for following investigations. /abcnews.al […] Read More… …

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Huge windows blackout, no problem reported at Rinas airport

The decline of the Internet in the world has not affected the International Airport of Rinas. The Director of Civil Aviation, Maksim Ethemaj explained to ABC News that Tirana Airport has a dual system and flights from Tirana continue normally, but there may be delays for flights coming from other …

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More than 213,000 Albanians gained EU citizenship in past five years, EU data shows 

TIRANA, July 21, 2024 – People born in Albania are seeking and acquiring citizenships in EU member states at a level that is higher than any other country in the continent, and ranking third globally, data from a series of EU agencies shows.  In 2022 alone, about 50,000 Albanian citizens …

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EU agriculture funds for Albania suspended indefinitely following misuse investigation, ministry tells parliament 

TIRANA, July 21, 2024 – About 112 millions of euros aimed at helping Albanian farmers prepare for being part of the European Union have been suspended indefinitely due to prior misuse of the similar funds by Albanian government agencies, parliament learned this week.   The release of European funds under the …

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Arben Kaçorri, Ervis Martinaj’s brother-in-law arrested in Portugal

Arben Kaçorri, the brother-in-law of Ervis Martinaj, who was missing, is arrested in Lisbon. Portuguese media reports that he had been living for 11 years in a luxury mansion in Lisbon. Sentenced in Italy to almost 22 years in prison for murder, Kaçorri went unnoticed, never stopping his criminal activity. …

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A 45 year old, involved in the microcredit scandal kills himself

A serious event happen this Saturday morning in Tirana, where a 45-year-old man killed himself by jumping from the height of a building under construction. The victim is Olsi Ibro, who was involved in the microcredit scandal. Ibro has owned for a long period of time the company MCDA, which …

News

The agreement for the immigrant-voting was reached

The dialogue group meeting for the diaspora vote ends. The representative of Reestablishment, Oerd Bylykbashi, has said that an agreement has been reached regarding the vote of immigrants, as only a few technical details remain. He emphasized that anyone from the Albanian emigrants living outside Albania has the right to …

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Accused for abuse of duty, Court accepts Vangjush Dako request for summary trial

The Special Court has accepted the request for summary judgment for the former mayor of Durres, Vangjush Dako, as well as for Fiqiri Farruk, Fatmir Ejupi and Adrian Bulku. While for Ferzilet Hajderi, Adnand Toccila, Diana Dedja, Bashkim Salillari and Hanza Reka, the request for ordinary trial and for the …

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Rama: Next year, the summit of the European Political Community will be held in Albania

Next year, Albania will host the Summit of the European Political Community. This is announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama, as he shared some images from the meeting that was held on Thursday in Great Britain. According to the head of the government, this shows the new position that the …

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Elderly found drowned at Koman lake

A lifeless body of an elderly man was found this Friday in Koman lake. The victim was later identified by police as the citizen K.GJ. 77-year-old who is suspected that drowned. The body was found by the residents of the area at 08:40 am. Although the reason of the death …

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Thumane, man arrested for drugs cultivation

A man 42-year-old was arrested this Friday morning in Thumana for drugs cultivations.  Police discovered near his house 248 cannabis plants. The arrested is the citizen A.M., who was immediately charged on accuse of drugs cultivation. The case was sent to Tirana Prosecution for following investigations. /abcnews.al […] Read More… …

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Huge windows blackout, no problem reported at Rinas airport

The decline of the Internet in the world has not affected the International Airport of Rinas. The Director of Civil Aviation, Maksim Ethemaj explained to ABC News that Tirana Airport has a dual system and flights from Tirana continue normally, but there may be delays for flights coming from other …