The Central Election Commission is blocked again

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Head f the Central Election Commission Clirim Gjata said Wednesday that the opposition Socialist Party had again not participated in a voting that would decide on the make up of the zone election commissions needed for

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Promotion of tourism in Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – The government decided Wednesday to entitle the national institution of tourism to launch a direct procurement for the promotion of the Albanian tourism at the international newspaper International Herald Tribune and also CNN Traveler Magazine. Albanian

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Prosecutor office closes investigation of former ambassador to the U.S.

TIRANA, Sept. 26 – Tirana prosecutor office said Tuesday they had completed the investigation of abuse against former ambassador to the United States Fatos Tarifa. He was ambassador to Washington 2001-2005. tarifa is accused of abuse with public funds in

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Mustafaj takes part at Francophone conference

BUCHAREST, Sept. 26 – Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj took part at the 22nd session of the Conference of the foreign ministers of the Francophone countries held in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the foreign ministry reported Tuesday. The conference discussed

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Albania is in a crucial period for NATO accession

TIRANA, Sept. 24 – Alan Van Egmond, the head of the Balkans and Eurasia programs at the Pentagon, was quoted by the Voice of America that Albania is in a crucial period regarding its accession to NATO. Van Egmond pointed

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Korca police arrest drug dealer

KORCA, Sept. 27 – Police in the southeastern city of Korca said Wednesday they had arrested an 18-year old man, Artan Zallemi, found with half a kilogram of marijuana. Police checked a bus going from Korca to the Greek city

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Berisha meets with Djukanovic

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha met Wednesday with his Montenegro counterpart Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who was attending the meeting of southeast European defense ministers in Tirana. The two premiers discussed about the bilateral ties and

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Council of Europe clarifies report leakage on Albania

STRASBOURG, Sept. 25 – Following the appearance in the Albanian media of extracts of the preliminary draft report on local and regional democracy in Albania, the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities clarified Monday that any version

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Interior Ministry officials donate blood

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – A group of officials at the Interior Ministry donated blood Wednesday in a gesture of helping the health system in the country, the second time they are doing that in the last 10 months. “That is

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Gen. Piccoti to help reform of Albanian armed forces

ROME, Sept. 26 – The Italian Delegation of experts (Die) in Albania, the 23-member structure instituted in 1997 that supplies the training support to the Albanian Armed Forces will not be headed any more from Gen. Salvatore Gravante, leading it

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 27 - Head f the Central Election Commission Clirim Gjata said Wednesday that the opposition Socialist Party had again not participated in a voting that would decide on the make up of the zone election commissions needed for the local government polls expected to be held sometime between Dec. 20 and Jan. 20. gjata said that the Socialist absence is blocking the process and a series of steps that need to be taken beforehand. Gjata said that despite many communication letters with the Socialist Party representatives their persons have never been at the meetings. Gjata said that formally they could continue without their presence but due to the recent political deal of the two main political groupings they are morally obliged to ask for their presence.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 27 - The government decided Wednesday to entitle the national institution of tourism to launch a direct procurement for the promotion of the Albanian tourism at the international newspaper International Herald Tribune and also CNN Traveler Magazine.
Albanian authorities held Wednesday a conference on tourism on the occasion of the international tourism day Sept. 27. "The government was not wrong to set tourism as one of the four main priorities of the program for the country's economy," said minister Bujar Leskaj. The minister said that a better organization and management would bring a 12-15 percent increase every year until 2009.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 26 - Tirana prosecutor office said Tuesday they had completed the investigation of abuse against former ambassador to the United States Fatos Tarifa. He was ambassador to Washington 2001-2005. tarifa is accused of abuse with public funds in the reconstruction of the building where the embassy was sheltered and also for the financial abuse in buying cars and repairing them. Prosecutor office said they had resulted that such expenditure were not documented. The amount he is accused of is some $100,000. tarifa was sued at the prosecutor office from the High State Control.
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                    [post_content] => BUCHAREST, Sept. 26 - Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj took part at the 22nd session of the Conference of the foreign ministers of the Francophone countries held in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the foreign ministry reported Tuesday. The conference discussed a draft statement on the technology of information in the education system. The conference members decided to propose to the Francophone summit the Albanian membership. Albania is an associated member.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 24 - Alan Van Egmond, the head of the Balkans and Eurasia programs at the Pentagon, was quoted by the Voice of America that Albania is in a crucial period regarding its accession to NATO. Van Egmond pointed out that the U.S. would back Albania's efforts to become an Alliance member. He stressed the reforms that are being implemented at the moment would show whether Albania could become a NATO member in the next two years.
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                    [post_content] => KORCA, Sept. 27 - Police in the southeastern city of Korca said Wednesday they had arrested an 18-year old man, Artan Zallemi, found with half a kilogram of marijuana. Police checked a bus going from Korca to the Greek city of Thessaloniki near the Kapshtica border crossing.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 27 - Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha met Wednesday with his Montenegro counterpart Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who was attending the meeting of southeast European defense ministers in Tirana. The two premiers discussed about the bilateral ties and regional developments. Berisha hailed Djukanovic for his country's independence adding that Montenegro would be an important factor of peace, stability and cooperation in the region. Djukanovic thanked Berisha for Albania's support during the independence process. Djukanovic said that his country's independence, followed by that of Kosova, would help the region get rid of the past and look forward toward a European future. Both premiers agreed to urge their governments to strengthen ties and improve infrastructure linking the two countries. They also agreed to lift the economic barriers and further liberalize the commercial exchange.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 27 - A group of officials at the Interior Ministry donated blood Wednesday in a gesture of helping the health system in the country, the second time they are doing that in the last 10 months. "That is an interesting and responsible initiative that should be supported by all the other public institutions and the citizens," said deputy Interior Minister Ferdinand Poni.
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