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European Union

Europe Week 2020 kicks off in Albania with online musical performances

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Europe Week 2020, organized by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Albania, kicked off on Monday evening with a full program of musical performances...
Coronavirus

600 Albanian inmates to self-isolate at home in fight against coronavirus

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Six hundred inmates in Albania will leave prison temporarily and self-isolate in their homes for a period of three months as a measure to...
arrested

Albanian police detain 3 foreigners for illegal border crossing

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Albanian police detained three foreigners at Tirana International Airport for attempting to cross the border illegally with forged documents, the State Police announced on...
prisoners

Albanian court sentences ex-minister to probation for office abuse

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Albania's former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri was sentenced to five years in prison for office abuse that will be converted to 3 years and...
plane

Airlines working in Albania compensate 700 travelers

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A total of 700 passengers were compensated by airline companies operating in Albania due to delays or cancellations in 2018 and 1,200 are underway,...
Albanian President Ilir Meta

Albanian president sack seven ministers

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Albanian President Ilir Meta has decreed the dismissal of seven out of the eight ministers proposed by Prime Minister Edi Rama, the press office...
AFP © Getty Images/AFP/File / by Jennifer O'Mahony | Energy firms say Senegal and Mauritania's current oil and gas ventures will transform them into net exporters by 2020

Gulf Oil Organization in Albania probed over fraudulent activity

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"Gulf" oil company, one of the biggest oil firms in Albania, is under investigation for fraud scheme of selling coupons worth 1.5 million euros...
Global climate

Albania to draft climate protection law by 2018

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Albania will prepare a legal package with main acts for climate protection within 2018, sources from the Ministry of Environment told local media on...
Albania

Albanian cabinet reshuffle, 4 ministers dismissed

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Four ministers of the Albanian cabinet have been dismissed from their posts, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday confirmed the news in his...
Albania

Albania increases public administration employees’ salaries by 10 percent

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The salaries of employees working in Albania's public administration sector will increase by around 10 percent starting from March 8, the Albanian minister of...
IMF

Albania to receive tranche of US$77.6 million from IMF

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Albania looks to receive a tranche of 77.6 million U.S. dollars from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), local media reported on Sunday. ...
Euro

Albanian police seize US$106 million of suspicious money in three years

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Albania's state police have seized 100 million euros (106 million U.S. dollars) in money or assets from criminal activities in the past three years,...
economy

Albanian economy expected to grow by 3.5 pct in 2017

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Based on the positive performance of Albanian economy, Finance Minister Arben Ahmetaj told a press conference Tuesday that Albania's economic growth in 2017 would...

Albania plans to increase renewable energy share to 38 percent by 2020

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The new law on promoting renewable energy in Albania was published Tuesday, thus paving the way to the entry into force of this law. ...

Albania’s population grows to 2.88 million

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Albania's population was estimated to be 2.88 million as of Jan. 1, 2017, the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), said on Monday. ...
Photo taken on April 10, 2015 shows a general view of the Kabul city in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Feb. 6 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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BUCHAREST -- Some 2,500 people gathered on Sunday for a demonstration near the Cotroceni Presidential Palace to support the ruling coalition, the first pro-government...
pension

Albania, Austria agree to recognize pension contributions

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Albania and Austria Wednesday signed an agreement on recognition of pension contributions, the Albanian government said in a statement. The agreement was...
Roads

Albania, World Bank negotiate on US$150 million road project

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Albania and the World Bank are concluding an agreement on a 150-million-U.S.-dollar project aimed at improving maintenance of roads in Albania, local media reported...
Business

Albanian businesses see justice reform as key to business climate

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The implementation of the recently-adopted justice reform is expected to improve the business climate in Albania, Marinela Jazoj, head of Foreign Investors Association in...

Lending activity of Albanian banks expected to improve in 2017

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Albanian Association of Banks expects a better performance of the banks lending activity during 2017, media reports showed Sunday. The banking system...

Albanian prosecution probes lawmaker’s wealth

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A probe was launched on Friday into the wealth and assets of Alfred Peza, a lawmaker with the Albanian ruling Socialist Party, the Prosecution...
Court

Dismissed Albanian mayor challenges elections body’s decision to court

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The former mayor of Kavaja in central Albania, Elvis Roshi, addressed Monday Albania's Constitutional Court asking the nullification the Central Elections Commission decision stripping...

Albania’s inflation rises to 2.2 percent by end of 2016

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Albania's consumer price inflation hit the level of 2.2 percent year-on-year in December, from 1.9 percent in November, the statistical office, INSTAT, said Monday. ...
insurance over

Albania’s insurance market expands by 7.85 percent

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Albania's insurance market grew by 7.85 percent year on year to around 13.3 million leks (103,000 U.S. dollars) during the first 11 months of...

Albania reports decreased trade with Western Balkan economies

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Trade was losing steam in the first 11 months of this year between Albania and various economies of the Western Balkans, official data revealed...
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

Albania holds first ever Albanian Diaspora summit

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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama held a welcome ceremony on Friday night to greet all the participants from all fields of life who answered...
THAAD

THAAD in S. Korea not helpful for promontory peace

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The deployment of the THAAD missile system on the South Korean soil by the United States is not conducive to peace on the Korean...
football

Albania’s football team gets diplomatic passports and 1 million euros as rewards

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The decision was made by the Council of Ministers on Monday, one day after Albania's 1-0 victory over Romania. The goal by...

Albania sees more in export enterprises

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Mini companies, staffed with one to nine personnel, and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accounted for 95.9 percent of the total, the report said,...

April 7 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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TIRANA -- A helicopter of the Albanian Armed Forces crashed in the village of Grizhja, Shkodra region, north Albania, killing two crew members and...