Albanian strikers score doubles in Russia, Romania

Albanian strikers score doubles in Russia, Romania

TIRANA, Oct. 31 – Albanian strikers at the Russian and Romanian top leagues shone last weekend when they scored doubles to help their teams keep their title hopes alive. Albanian international Bekim Balaj, who has proved decisive with his goals

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Albania climbs to 62nd spot in global gender equality index

Albania climbs to 62nd spot in global gender equality index

TIRANA, Oct. 31 – Albania climbed eight steps to rank 62nd among 144 economies in the latest Global Gender Gap report as the country narrowed the gap between men and women in access to health, education, economy and politics. The 2016 report

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Expansion of medical checkup concession raises eyebrows

Expansion of medical checkup concession raises eyebrows

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – A recent government decision to expand a medical checkup program that operates with public funding through a 10-year concession to a private company has drawn the ire of the political opposition, which has called it “a

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Constitutional Court suspends vetting bill

Constitutional Court suspends vetting bill

TIRANA, Oct. 25 – Albania’s Constitutional Court suspended on Wednesday the draft law on transitional qualification assessment of the judges and prosecutors in the country, also known as the vetting law. The bill, which allows the screening the candidates for

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Artists protest transformation of Tirana’s public spaces

Artists protest transformation of Tirana’s public spaces

TIRANA, Oct. 27 – Using art as a tool to criticize the authorities’ failure to involve citizens in decision-making on the fate of public spaces, some 50 Albanian and foreign artists have come together in Tirana to raise awareness on

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U.S.-based artist opens solo exhibition

U.S.-based artist opens solo exhibition

TIRANA, Oct. 27 – Compositions, nudes and landscapes as well artworks dedicated to Ismail Kadare, Albania’s internationally renowned writer, will be on display at the National Art Gallery in Tirana for one month in a personal exhibition by veteran U.S.-based

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Experts warn mass cannabis cultivation to have severe economic, social impacts

Experts warn mass cannabis cultivation to have severe economic, social impacts

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Albanian economy expects have warned the growing cultivation of cannabis and its potential mass increase could have detrimental economic and social impacts. Experts argue the mass cannabis cultivation will have severe economic consequences for the country,

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Albanian company sells Skopje mall for €92 mln

Albanian company sells Skopje mall for €92 mln

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Balfin Group, one of Albania’s biggest companies has sold its Skopje city mall in neighbouring Macedonia to UK-based Hystead Limited for €92 million only four years after building and operating one of the region’s largest shopping

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Electricity bill collection rate, grid losses improve

Electricity bill collection rate, grid losses improve

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – Two years after the launch of an aggressive nationwide campaign to cut off illegal connections and collect hundreds of millions of euros in accumulated unpaid bills, Albania’s state-run OSHEE electricity distribution operator continues improving its collection

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Gov’t initiates arbitration proceedings over Bankers Petroleum tax dispute

Gov’t initiates arbitration proceedings over Bankers Petroleum tax dispute

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – In an expected move after Canada-based Bankers Petroleum, the country’s biggest oil producer, recently concluded its sale deal with a Chinese consortium, the Albanian government has decided to settle its $57 million dispute with the Canadian

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