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French, German elections to revive EU expansion, Albanian PM says

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French, German elections to revive EU expansion, Albanian PM says

- TIRANA: France's presidential vote and Germany's coming election will breathe new life into the project of European Union enlargement, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday, predicting the bloc would start accession talks with Tirana by the end of 2017. Speaking ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election, Edi Rama told Reuters that Albania had a “good chance” of securing the start of coveted membership negotiations within months thanks to a drive to reform the country's corrupt court system and root out crooked judges

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Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations

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Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations

- 2017-05-31 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged Albanian bishops to “work more intensely for vocations” and to be attentive to the dangers of a materialistic society. Speaking to the Albanian Bishops Conference on their ad limina visit, the Pope also asked them to form young people in Christian values to help them influence society for the better. Among the bishops was the Maltese Dominican Archbishop George Frendo, recently appointed to the Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës

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Mysterious military island opens to tourists in Albania

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Mysterious military island opens to tourists in Albania

- Riddled with trenches and tunnels, a remote Albanian island with azure waters has become a hotspot destination. Albania's Defense ministry has agreed to open Sazan Island, a military base still under its management, to tourists during the summer. Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli on Wednesday signed an agreement with her colleague, Economy Minister Milva Ekonomi, to allow visits from May until October

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Secret military island – complete with nuclear bunkers and tunnels – tipped as the new European holiday hotspot

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Secret military island – complete with nuclear bunkers and tunnels – tipped as the new European holiday hotspot

- A MYSTERIOUS military island with secret bunkers and tunnels designed to withstand nuclear attack could be the next European summer vacation hotspot. Sazan Island, located off the coast of Albania, has a pristine coastline, but it is still shrouded in mystery – even to most Albanians. That’s because the island was once a fortified, isolated military base and has never had any civilian population

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Maltese girls collect first point after holding Albania

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Maltese girls collect first point after holding Albania

- Malta's line-up Albania, who had launched their commitments with a hard-earned 3-2 win over debutants Kosovo, enjoyed more possession but the Maltese girls maintained their tactical shape throughout and also mustered a few scoring chances. Ylenia Carabott and Emma Xuereb went close but the best opportunity fell to Dorianne Theuma. The Malta captain was unlucky not to break the stalemate as her drive, 13 minutes into the second half, came off the woodwork

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Italia-Albania. Petardi lanciati in campo. Gara sospesa: ferito uno steward

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Italia-Albania. Petardi lanciati in campo. Gara sospesa: ferito uno steward

- Stava filando tutto liscio, e la serata di Palermo sembrava poter essere soltanto una festa. Poi d'improvviso, è cambiato qualcosa. E' stato un attimo, mentre l'Italia era in vantaggio 1-0 sull'Albania grazie al rigore di De Rossi, in avvio del secondo tempo quando dal settore dei tifosi albanesi sono cominciati a piovere petardi verso il campo. Un petardo lanciato dal settore dei tifosi albanesi e raccolto da un vigile del fuoco

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Nazionale, Ventura: "L'Albania vuol fare la storia, serve un'Italia aggressiva"

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Nazionale, Ventura: "L'Albania vuol fare la storia, serve un'Italia aggressiva"

- Una partita ancora più decisiva di quanto non dica la classifica. E Giampiero Ventura, alla vigilia di Italia-Albania, non se lo nasconde: "Sarà un’Italia aggressiva? Quanto lo dirà il campo, mi auguro una buona Italia, un’Italia al cento per cento, perché il 50-60 per cento non potrà bastare. Per venire a capo di questa partita, una partita molto delicata, è quello che servirà

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De Biasi: "Io e l'Italia, c'è stato un no e so anche di chi..."

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De Biasi: "Io e l'Italia, c'è stato un no e so anche di chi..."

- "Cinque anni fa non avrei mai detto che sarei rimasto su questa panchina per tanto tempo: a loro avevo risposto addirittura “No, grazie”. Poi in un hotel di Milano furono così convincenti che a fine colloquio mi telefonò il Lecce e dissi no: avevo già stretto la mano. Ho bisogno di sfide sempre fresche: quella che mi propose l’Albania nel 2011 era freschissima, lo è pure sognare ancora il Mondiale, nonostante la ragione dica altre cose"

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Italia-Albania, vicini, amici, rivali. Tirana è un po' Roma

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Italia-Albania, vicini, amici, rivali. Tirana è un po' Roma

- Italia-Albania in programma a Palermo non sarà una gara come le altre. Non tanto perché ci si gioca una fetta del girone (con la Spagna), e nemmeno perché sulla panchina degli albanesi c'è un italiano, Gianni De Biasi. Sulla Gazzetta in edicola oggi Luca Bianchin racconta la storia di un rapporto speciale, quello fra Albania e Italia. In questa storia il 1991 è l’anno chiave

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Targeted shooting in Swiss cafe kills two Albanians

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Targeted shooting in Swiss cafe kills two Albanians

- GENEVA (AFP) - Swiss police said on Friday (March 10) that a shooting by two gunmen at a cafe in the city of Basel was a targeted killing with no "terrorist" motive. The assailants dressed in dark clothes burst into Basel's Cafe 56 at around 8.15 pm late on Thursday and fired several rounds, according to police in the picturesque city on the Rhine river. The three victims were all Albanian nationals, including two dead aged 28 and 39, while a 24-year-old was seriously injured, police said in a statement

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Albania Opposition Delays Launch of Judicial Reform

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Albania Opposition Delays Launch of Judicial Reform

- TIRANA, ALBANIA — Albania's opposition boycott of parliament has delayed the launch of justice reform despite warnings from the European Union that such a move would hamper the country from launching full membership negotiations with the bloc. The Democratic Party on Monday boycotted an extraordinary parliamentary session intended to be the first step before creating the vetting bodies to evaluate the personal and professional backgrounds of some 800 judges and prosecutors

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UK Border Force officials let ‘Most Wanted’ Albanian killer BACK into the UK and banned crook runs a car wash and lives nearby

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UK Border Force officials let ‘Most Wanted’ Albanian killer BACK into the UK and banned crook runs a car wash and lives nearby

- AN Albanian murderer kicked out of Britain sneaked back in under the noses of the bungling Border Force to run a car wash firm. Selami Cokaj, 43, once on Interpol’s Most Wanted list, was deported in 2009 and banned from returning. But he now runs a successful car wash in Oadby, Leics, using his real name and lives with his family in a detached house nearby. The killer is pictured

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From Albania to Zambia, new citizens are sworn in as immigration debate rages on

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From Albania to Zambia, new citizens are sworn in as immigration debate rages on

- BELLEVILLE • The 105 people on stage Friday morning had just been sworn in as U.S. citizens and the federal judge overseeing the ceremony wanted to give each of them an opportunity to speak. Some of them were more proficient in English than others, and several became overwhelmed with emotion. But as they passed the microphone down each row, there were no political statements on immigrant bans or building walls,

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Italy puts Albanian Islamic State ‘supporter’ under surveillance

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Italy puts Albanian Islamic State ‘supporter’ under surveillance

- Police in southern Italy on Thursday seized an Albanian’s passport and banned him from leaving his place of residence after they found jihadist propaganda videos, including executions staged by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on his smartphone and computer. Named by local daily La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno as Edmond Ahmetaj, he has been put under special surveillance for two years, during which time he may not leave the town

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Albanian to be repatriated for using fake ID document

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Albanian to be repatriated for using fake ID document

- The man's actual Albanian passport was discovered in his checked-in luggage A court has ordered the immediate repatriation of an Albanian man who tried to leave Malta using a fake ID card. Eryon Sala, 28, of Tirana, Albania, appeared before magistrate Francesco Depasquale this morning, accused of possessing and knowingly making use of a forged identity document at the airport. Inspector Darren Buhagiar explained that the

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Five hotel managers arrested for 'smuggling Albanians to Britain'

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Five hotel managers arrested for 'smuggling Albanians to Britain'

- "It is an investigation that has been underway for several weeks, concerning a network of Albanian smugglers which has been using four hotels in Calais," Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor Pascal Marconville told AFP, confirming a report in the daily "La Voix du Nord". Those arrested were managers or co-managers of the hotels concerned, according to a judicial source. They were being held in custody, which had been extended in the evening, the

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Europe freeze brings deaths, power outages and closures

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Europe freeze brings deaths, power outages and closures

- BELGRADE, Serbia | Heavy snow and frigid temperatures have gripped large parts of Europe, leading to dozens of deaths, freezing rivers, the grounding of planes and traffic accidents: ___ ALBANIA. Frigid weather has caused at least four deaths in the last three days In Albania. Snow stopped falling on Monday, but freezing temperatures continue to engulf the whole country. A 52-year old Albanian man on Monday died in the town

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Former Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira joins Albania's KF Tirana
Former Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira joins Albania's KF Tirana The Immediate former Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira alias Ze Maria has joined relegated Albanian Premier League side KF Tirana in a similar capacity. The 43-year-old will be joined by his two trusted personnel who he had left at Gor Mahia, assistant coach Marco Aurelio and Italian trainer Rafael Costa. The two worked with him during his 14-month stint at Gor Mahia where he won the KPL Super Cup in March this year and the SportPesa Super Cup last weekend   Read More ...
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Albania: Parliament elects bodies to vet judges, prosecutors
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian parliament has voted upon members of the vetting bodies that will check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors, a key to judicial reforms needed to convince the European Union to launch membership negotiations. In a brief extraordinary session Saturday, the parliament elected 27 members of the vetting commissions. That means the launch of the legal reforms that will restructure Albania's flawed justice system to ensure that judges and prosecutors are independent from politics, and to root out bribery   Read More ...
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Albania: Parliament elects bodies to vet judges, prosecutors
TIRANA, Albania – The Albanian parliament has voted upon members of the vetting bodies that will check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors, a key to judicial reforms needed to convince the European Union to launch membership negotiations. In a brief extraordinary session Saturday, the parliament elected 27 members of the vetting commissions. That means the launch of the legal reforms that will restructure Albania's flawed justice system to ensure that judges and prosecutors are independent from politics, and to root out bribery   Read More ...
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Kosovo charges 9 men with plotting attacks at Albania-Israel World Cup match
Kosovo prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged nine Kosovar men with planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against the visiting Israel team and its fans last November. Last year, Kosovar police arrested 19 people - including the nine charged on Wednesday - on suspicion that they had links with the Islamic State militant group and were planning attacks in Kosovo and neighbouring Albania   Read More ...
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Kosovo charges nine men with plotting attacks at Albania-Israeli World Cup match
PRISTINA Kosovo charged nine Kosovan men with planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against an Israeli team and its fans last November, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. Last year, Kosovar police arrested 19 people on suspicion that they had links with the Islamic State militant group and were planning attacks in Kosovo and in neighboring Albania   Read More ...
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Kosovo charges nine men with plotting attacks at Albania-Israeli World Cup match
Kosovo charged nine Kosovan men with planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against an Israeli team and its fans last November, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. Last year, Kosovar police arrested 19 people on suspicion that they had links with the Islamic State militant group and were planning attacks in Kosovo and in neighbouring Albania. At the time, fearing such attacks, Albanian authorities had moved the Nov   Read More ...
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French, German elections to revive EU expansion, Albanian PM says
French, German elections to revive EU expansion, Albanian PM says TIRANA: France's presidential vote and Germany's coming election will breathe new life into the project of European Union enlargement, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday, predicting the bloc would start accession talks with Tirana by the end of 2017. Speaking ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election, Edi Rama told Reuters that Albania had a “good chance” of securing the start of coveted membership negotiations within months thanks to a drive to reform the country's corrupt court system and root out crooked judges   Read More ...
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French, German elections to revive EU expansion, Albanian PM says
France's presidential vote and Germany's coming election will breathe new life into the project of European Union enlargement, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday, predicting the bloc would start accession talks with Tirana by the end of 2017. Speaking ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election, Edi Rama told Reuters that Albania had a "good chance" of securing the start of coveted membership negotiations within months thanks to a drive to reform the country's corrupt court system and root out crooked judges   Read More ...
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Sisters of the Blood Feud: Revenge Killings in Albania
Sisters of the Blood Feud: Revenge Killings in Albania Three years ago Beta's brother killed another boy in her village in northern Albania, triggering a blood vendetta against her family. While her brother was sent to prison by the Albanian courts, the threat of revenge against the family remains due to widespread adherence to a 15th-century code known as the "Kanun". This alternative justice system maintains that killing must be avenged in order to restore family honour   Read More ...
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Albania promotes Via Egnatia with Edward Lear's sketches
Albania promotes Via Egnatia with Edward Lear's sketches TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Edward Lear, the English artist now known mainly for "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" and other literary nonsense, has been selected by Albanian authorities to promote tourism along the ancient Via Egnatia linking East to West. The National Coastline Agency on Thursday opened an exhibition of sketches made by Lear during an 1848 visit to Albania. Agency head Auron Tare said they were seeking to revitalize the Via Egnatia, constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century B   Read More ...
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TAP, AADF inaugurate two viewing platforms in Albania
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6. “The two panoramic structures will allow tourists visiting Albania’s Skrapar area to have a bird’s-eye view over the canyon, and above all, safe access,” said the message. “It is expected that the two panoramic structures - named “Flag's Panoramic Loop” and “Bride's Hole” - will be visited by over 15,000 tourists every year.” Construction works started in October 2016 and approximately 100 people were employed in the process   Read More ...
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Greek protesters hold up Albanian convoy going to NATO drill
Greek protesters hold up Albanian convoy going to NATO drill THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say protesting Communist party members have blocked a northern highway for hours to prevent an Albanian military convoy from travelling toward a NATO exercise in Romania. Dozens of protesters prevented the 19 military vehicles from passing through a highway toll booth near the northern Greek town of Kozani for more than four hours Friday. The protesters let all other traffic through while holding up a banner reading "NATO killers go home   Read More ...
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Greek protesters hold up Albanian convoy going to NATO drill
THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek authorities say protesting Communist party members have blocked a northern highway for hours to prevent an Albanian military convoy from travelling toward a NATO exercise in Romania. Dozens of protesters prevented the 19 military vehicles from passing through a highway toll booth near the northern Greek town of Kozani for more than four hours Friday. The protesters let all other traffic through while holding up a banner reading "NATO killers go home   Read More ...
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Greek protesters hold up Albanian convoy going to NATO drill
Greek authorities say protesting Communist party members have blocked a northern highway for hours to prevent an Albanian military convoy from travelling toward a NATO exercise in Romania. Dozens of protesters prevented the 19 military vehicles from passing through a highway toll booth near the northern Greek town of Kozani for more than four hours Friday. The Albanian convoy of military trucks and buses took an alternative route   Read More ...
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Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations
Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations 2017-05-31 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged Albanian bishops to “work more intensely for vocations” and to be attentive to the dangers of a materialistic society. Speaking to the Albanian Bishops Conference on their ad limina visit, the Pope also asked them to form young people in Christian values to help them influence society for the better. Among the bishops was the Maltese Dominican Archbishop George Frendo, recently appointed to the Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës   Read More ...
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Albania authorities stop sale of a bear cub on the internet
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian environment officials say they have stopped the sale of a 3-month-old bear cub on the internet. Environment Ministry spokeswoman Ana Kekezi said Tuesday that a shepherd found the bear stuck in rocks at Shen Meri village, 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of the capital. She says the shepherd, who put the animal up for sale, was detained, fined and released   Read More ...
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Albania authorities stop sale of a bear cub on the internet
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian environment officials say they have stopped the sale of a 3-month-old bear cub on the internet. Environment Ministry spokeswoman Ana Kekezi said Tuesday that a shepherd found the bear stuck in rocks at Shen Meri village, 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of the capital. She says the shepherd, who put the animal up for sale, was detained, fined and released   Read More ...
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Albanians NGO files lawsuit against park hydropower project
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian residents and a non-governmental organization have filed a lawsuit against the government for giving a permit to build a hydropower station in a protected valley. Toka (Earth), a local organization founded in 2016 to conserve the Albanian Alps, and about 1,000 residents of four villages in the Valbona Valley want the court to "declare the absolute invalidity of the concession contract   Read More ...
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Albanians NGO files lawsuit against park hydropower project
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian residents and a non-governmental organization have filed a lawsuit against the government for giving a permit to build a hydropower station in a protected valley. Toka (Earth), a local organization founded in 2016 to conserve the Albanian Alps, and about 1,000 residents of four villages in the Valbona Valley want the court to "declare the absolute invalidity of the concession contract   Read More ...
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Albanians, NGO file lawsuit against hydropower project
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian residents and a non-governmental organization have filed a lawsuit against the government for giving a concession to build a hydropower station in a protected valley. Toka (Earth), a local organization founded in 2016 to conserve the Albanian Alps, and residents of four villages in the Valbona Valley, want the court to "declare the absolute invalidity of the concession contract   Read More ...
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76 people seek medical help after Albanian opposition rally
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Health Ministry reports that scores of people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. A ministry statement said that 76 people who attended a campaign rally for the main opposition Democratic Party went to the hospital early Sunday "with red and burning eyes, irritation of the skin and in special cases, also difficulty in breathing   Read More ...
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76 people seek medical help after Albanian opposition rally
Albania's Health Ministry reports that scores of people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. A ministry statement said that 76 people who attended a campaign rally for the main opposition Democratic Party went to the hospital early today "with red and burning eyes, irritation of the skin and in special cases, also difficulty in breathing   Read More ...
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76 people seek medical help after Albanian opposition rally
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Health Ministry reports that scores of people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. A ministry statement said that 76 people who attended a campaign rally for the main opposition Democratic Party went to the hospital early Sunday "with red and burning eyes, irritation of the skin and in special cases, also difficulty in breathing   Read More ...
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76 people seek medical help after Albanian opposition rally
TIRANA, Albania – Albania's Health Ministry reports that scores of people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. A ministry statement said that 76 people who attended a campaign rally for the main opposition Democratic Party went to the hospital early Sunday "with red and burning eyes, irritation of the skin and in special cases, also difficulty in breathing   Read More ...
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76 people seek medical help after Albanian opposition rally
Albania's Health Ministry reports that scores of people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. A ministry statement said that 76 people who attended a campaign rally for the main opposition Democratic Party went to the hospital early Sunday "with red and burning eyes, irritation of the skin and in special cases, also difficulty in breathing   Read More ...
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Albania returning Brazil poultry shipment with salmonella
TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella. The National Food Authority statement said Friday that the 26 metric tons (28.6 tons) of frozen poultry imported by a local Albanian company was blocked at the western port of Durres earlier this month. The statement added that the "poultry will leave for Brazil" after the proper documentation was completed by customs and the local company   Read More ...
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Albania returning Brazil poultry shipment with salmonella
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella. The National Food Authority statement said Friday that the 26 metric tons (28.6 tons) of frozen poultry imported by a local Albanian company was blocked at the western port of Durres earlier this month. The statement added that the "poultry will leave for Brazil" after the proper documentation was completed by customs and the local company   Read More ...
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2 held in Greek border region for illegal herb harvesting
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested two Albanian men in a border region for allegedly illegally harvesting herbs growing wild on the mountainside. A police statement Tuesday said the men aged 20 and 22 had gathered 16 kilos of ironwort, a herb used for a traditional tea. They were also charged with illegally entering Greece from Albania, in the Krystallopigi area   Read More ...
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Albanian opposition joins government to clear vote obstacles
Opposition ministers joined Albania's government on Monday to ensure public resources and the police will not be used to sway the June 25 general election, hopefully setting the scene for a trouble-free vote. A compromise deal between the ruling Socialist Party and the opposition Democratic Party also set in motion a reform of the judiciary, a key condition of the European Union for accession talks with the Balkan country   Read More ...
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Albanian parliament approves pre-election Cabinet shakeup
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament has approved a government shake-up as part of a compromise worked out between political parties before next month's parliamentary election. The unanimous vote on Monday came after President Bujar Nishani issued decrees naming the opposition's recommendations for deputy prime minister and six other ministerial posts: interior, education, health, social wellbeing, finance and justice. A three-month opposition boycott of parliament ended last week with an agreement between the governing Socialist Party and the opposition-led Democratic Party that was mediated by U   Read More ...
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Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign
The Albanian Muslim Community on Saturday called on political parties to hold a peaceful election campaign that coincides with the holy month of Ramadan. Albania holds its parliamentary election June 25, which also marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid-el-Fitr. The date was decided after intensive talks among the parties mediated by U.S. and European Union officials. Ylli Gurra, a leader of the executive organ of the country's Muslims, called on political parties and religious communities to be peaceful and respect each other   Read More ...
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Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Muslim Community is calling on political parties to hold a peaceful election campaign that coincides with the holy month of Ramadan. Albania holds its parliamentary election June 25. The date was decided after intensive talks among the parties mediated by U.S. and European Union officials. Ylli Gurra, a leader of the executive organ of the country's Muslims, on Saturday called on political parties and religious communities to be peaceful and respect each other   Read More ...
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EU hails Albanian political parties' deal
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union is hailing the political agreement in Albania "as a crucial first step" and is urging its political parties and the government to quickly start preparations for the June 25 parliamentary election. In a statement Friday, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn congratulate the political parties for the agreement   Read More ...
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EU hails political parties' deal in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union is hailing the political agreement in Albania "as a crucial first step" and is urging its political parties and the government to quickly start preparations for the June 25 parliamentary election. In a statement Friday, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn congratulate the political parties for the agreement adding that "Now, this agreement must be swiftly implemented to prepare elections in line with international standards   Read More ...
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Albania's parties end three-month standoff with agreement on reforms
Albania's parties end three-month standoff with agreement on reforms TIRANA (Reuters) - A three-month standoff that had blocked progress on reforms to Albania's government ended on Thursday, as the ruling parties and the opposition reached agreement on how to resolve their conflict. The agreement could also revive Albania's stalled effort to joining the European Union. It creates bodies to vet judges and prosecutors, in a first step towards an independent judiciary, a key condition for accession talks with the EU   Read More ...
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Albanian politicians end impasse over June 18 vote
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's political parties have reached a compromise on next month's parliamentary election following intensive talks mediated by a senior U.S. official. Following a three-hour meeting that ended at dawn Thursday, Prime Minister Edi Rama of the governing Socialist Party and Lulzim Basha of the main opposition Democratic Party told reporters they had reached a deal. Rama's handshake with Basha sparked clapping from the latter's supporters   Read More ...
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Albanian politicians end impasse, likely postponing polls
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's political parties have reached a compromise on next month's parliamentary election following intensive mediation from a senior U.S. official. Following a three-hour tete-a-tete ending dawn Thursday Prime Minister Edi Rama of the governing Socialist Party and Lulzim Basha of the main opposition Democratic Party told reporters they had reached a deal. That will likely result in the postponement of the general election scheduled for June 18   Read More ...
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UN religious freedom expert hails Albania interfaith harmony
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.N. expert on religious freedom has praised Albania's interfaith tolerance, considering it to be an example for other countries. Ahmed Shaheed says that Albania is a model for interfaith harmony, with a Muslim majority, and Orthodox and Catholic communities among its 3 million people. Shaheed ended an eight-day trip to Albania on Wednesday to prepare a report on its policies and practices on religion, including unresolved issues or new challenges   Read More ...
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UN religious freedom expert hails Albania interfaith harmony
The U.N. expert on religious freedom has praised Albania's interfaith tolerance, considering it to be an example for other countries. Ahmed Shaheed says that Albania is a model for interfaith harmony, with a Muslim majority, and Orthodox and Catholic communities among its 3 million people. Shaheed ended an eight-day trip to Albania on Wednesday to prepare a report on its policies and practices on religion, including unresolved issues or new challenges   Read More ...
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Albania blocks 26 tons of bad poultry imported from Brazil
Albanian authorities say they have blocked 26 metric tons of poultry imported from Brazil because it was found to contain high levels of salmonella. It was imported from a local company which is under investigation, it added. Brazil is a main source of poultry and pork for Albanian companies. Authorities say that since spring this year after the news of the bad meat exports they regularly have checked meat coming from Brazil   Read More ...
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