Police arrests in September

TIRANA, Sept. 12 – Police said they had arrested 42 wanted persons during the first 11 days this month, considering it a success. They were wanted for different crimes like murders, illegal traffic, economic crimes and others. Police said that

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Aleksander Moisiu University with the first 1,200 students

DURRES, Sept. 11 – The new Aleksander Moisiu University in the port city of Durres is launched this school year with some 1,200 students, or double what it had projected. The new university will apply an American methodology and the

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Pilot project for handicapped children

TIRANA, Sept. 4 – The Ministry of Education and Science has planned to start this month a pilot project for handicapped children’s education. It will start in 12 schools and 12 kindergartens and then it will continue in 100 schools

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Europe: SAA yes, challenge ahead

STRASBOURG, Sept. 6 – The European Parliament ratified Wednesday the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Albania, which is a first step toward membership. The SAA has now to be ratified by all the 25 member countries before it comes into

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Higher pensions for 70,000 elders

TIRANA, Sept. 5 – A government decision increased pensions for some 70,000 elders who have retired between 1994 until 1996. the new decision covered those pensioners who had received lower pensions ‘due to some shortcomings,’ according to finance ministry. The

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Albania’s most successful tourist season, says Berisha

TIRANA, Sept. 2 – Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Saturday that this summer was the most successful tourist season for the country with an increase of 42 percent of the number of foreign tourists coming here. “The current season may

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Gjirokastra policeman fired for spying operations

GJIROKASTRA, Sept. 5 – Police said that they had fired Tuesday Engjellush Qendro, an agent in the Lazarat commune, for not cooperating with police to identify the drugs planted in his area. A considerable number of cannabis sativa, more than

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New students chosen for the school year

TIRANA, Sept. 4 – The Ministry of Education said that it would soon publish all the names of those students that would continue different faculties based not heir four-year marks at the high school and the last maturity examinations. All

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Former political persecuted quarrel with each other

TIRANA, Sept. 1 – Two groups of former political prisoners representing two opposing associations have been long quarreling with each other. This time the government, or police supported one of them and took theater one headed from Kurt Kola out

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Jewelers of a Turkish diplomat robbed

TIRANA, Sept. 5 – Local newspapers reported that some unidentified persons had robbed the jewels of the 42-year old Turkish diplomat Ahmet Akyz resident in Selite not far from Tirana. The thieves had entered his house in the mourning and

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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Sept. 11 - The new Aleksander Moisiu University in the port city of Durres is launched this school year with some 1,200 students, or double what it had projected. The new university will apply an American methodology and the Bologna Card system, according to its rector Agim Kukeli. The University has at the moment 25 full time staff of professors. An investment from the Ministry of Education helped it increase the space and working conditions.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 4 - The Ministry of Education and Science has planned to start this month a pilot project for handicapped children's education. It will start in 12 schools and 12 kindergartens and then it will continue in 100 schools and 90 kindergartens all around the country. It aims at improving the educational technique and quality at the schools and the return of handicapped children at the schools. The ministry is also reconsidering the legislation and preparing a special draft law on the education for handicapped children.
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                    [post_content] => STRASBOURG, Sept. 6 - The European Parliament ratified Wednesday the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Albania, which is a first step toward membership. The SAA has now to be ratified by all the 25 member countries before it comes into power, a process that has taken two to three years with previous candidates. It is expected that Albania has to fulfill all its requests normally within a ten-year period.
Parliamentarians expressed their concern on the fragile political developments in the country and repeated their request to the Albanian government and public for the rule of law, fight against organized crime and corruption. They also mentioned the freedom of media, especially on the case of the move of private media group Top Media from its quarters at the pyramid building in downtown Tirana that the government has decided to turn into an art center. Parliamentarians, and EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn also said that the Eu may soon start negotiations with Albania to facilitate the visa regime for certain groups of the society.
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Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli said that makes more touchy 'our joint European dream.' "That is the first important step toward Europe," she said. "The challenge starts now."
Albania signed the SAA June 12 after three years of negotiations.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 5 - A government decision increased pensions for some 70,000 elders who have retired between 1994 until 1996. the new decision covered those pensioners who had received lower pensions 'due to some shortcomings,' according to finance ministry. The average level of pensions increased by 1,200 leks for some 60,000 elders and 1,500 leks for 10,000 others, which is a 27 percent increase for that category. That would cost some 870 million leks annually to the government budget. The new increase starts from July 1. Finance Minister Ridvan Bode said the government aimed at having no lower pensions than $100 in the urban areas and $50 in the rural areas, as they had promised during the electoral campaign last year before coming to power.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 2 - Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Saturday that this summer was the most successful tourist season for the country with an increase of 42 percent of the number of foreign tourists coming here. "The current season may be considered, more than anything else, the season of a real tourist boom," he said at a news conference Saturday. There were 42 percent more foreign tourists in August compared to the same period last year. He said that Saranda had four times more foreign visitors than last year and an 'excellent' season he said was for Vlora, Durres, Velipoja, Shkodra and Pogradeci. "Albania has never had such a tourist boom as this summer," he said, thanking not only Albanian families welcoming the tourists but also police and other institutions for securing a calm environment. According to Berisha, reasons for such a significant increase were return of trust to Albania which came from the installation of the rule of law (arrest of some criminal organizations earlier this year) and the reforms and the fight against corruption. Signing of the pre-entry Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union was another important factor he considered as a European passport to work toward the 'final passport.'
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                    [post_content] => GJIROKASTRA, Sept. 5 - Police said that they had fired Tuesday Engjellush Qendro, an agent in the Lazarat commune, for not cooperating with police to identify the drugs planted in his area. A considerable number of cannabis sativa, more than 5,000 plants have been cut in the last two weeks from police in Lazarat. Qendro had declared to the media that Lazarat residents had not planted any drugs.
In the last stage of the operation in the village police cut Tuesday 278 cannabis plants. During the operation on Tuesday in Lazarat there were heard shots when police entered the village early morning. As a result of a stray bullet a 49-year old woman Manushaqe Sino in a nearby quarter of the Gjirokastra town was shot and slightly wounded in her right knee. Another 45 kilograms were found at a house together with some 800 bullets and three Kalashnikovs. Pace Cela living in the house was arrested while her husband was declared at large.

Cannabis plants cut in other areas
Police have reported that a considerable number of cannabis plants have been found and cut in many areas around the country. On Wednesday police said they cut some 400 plants in Bence, Tepelena, in the south and also arrested some persons. 
On Saturday they cut 350 cannabis plants in two villages in Vlora, Mesaplik and Terbac, in southwest but did not arrest anyone after they were planted in land that belonged to no one making difficult for police to identify the owners. During the last two months police operations have eliminated some 1,470 kilograms of pressed cannabis and cut some 4,140 plants.
On Sunday police cut some 1,070 cannabis plants in Malesi e Madhe and the communes of Ducaj, Shkrel. The no man's land did not make police arrest anyone in the area.

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 4 - The Ministry of Education said that it would soon publish all the names of those students that would continue different faculties based not heir four-year marks at the high school and the last maturity examinations. All complaints had time until Sept. 14 to be presented to the proper offices.
Minister Genc Pollo said they were closely working with different universities for the final lists of the new students. Pollo said that the fact there were only about one percent complaints in each faculty shows the transparency of the process.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 1 - Two groups of former political prisoners representing two opposing associations have been long quarreling with each other. This time the government, or police supported one of them and took theater one headed from Kurt Kola out of their offices at the building next to the parliament. Kola came out immediately accusing the government and Prime Minister Sali Berisha of making such a move because they had repeated their request for compensation. They also said they may start protests up to the hunger strike to achieve their victory, which was not clear if they considered return to the offices, or getting compensation.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 5 - Local newspapers reported that some unidentified persons had robbed the jewels of the 42-year old Turkish diplomat Ahmet Akyz resident in Selite not far from Tirana. The thieves had entered his house in the mourning and stole the jewels costing some $15,000. the Turk went immediately to police to report that. 
But Korrieri newspaper reported the same day that the embassy of Turkey in Tirana denied that Akyz was a diplomat there. It was acknowledged, however that the house served as a shelter for an employee of the Turkish embassy.
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