Lumpy skin disease increases poverty rates among affected farmers

Lumpy skin disease increases poverty rates among affected farmers

TIRANA, Nov. 22 – The lumpy skin disease continues claiming livestock lives throughout Albania, most recently in the central part of the country, increasing poverty rates among thousands of households who rely on cows to make a living. The disease

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Albania imposes ban on poultry imports from bird flu affected countries

Albania imposes ban on poultry imports from bird flu affected countries

TIRANA, Nov. 23 – Albanian authorities have ordered a temporary ban on imports of poultry from bird flu affected countries and warned that the country is also endangered due to wildlife pilgrimage. Agriculture ministry officials have called on farmers to

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Insurance market recovers by 7.2%

Insurance market recovers by 7.2%

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – Albania’s insurance market, heavily reliant on compulsory car insurance, registered moderate growth in the first three quarters of this year when paid claims rose by double digits. A report by the country’s financial supervisory authority shows

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Central bank governor warns gov’t to reduce external borrowing

Central bank governor warns gov’t to reduce external borrowing

TIRANA, Nov. 22 – Albania’s central bank governor has warned government authorities to be careful with external borrowing which puts debt servicing at currency exchange risks. Public debt at about 72 percent of the GDP is considered a huge burden

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EC: Albania’s narcotics business generates €260 mln annually

EC: Albania’s narcotics business generates €260 mln annually

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – The narcotics business in Albania, which has thrived nationwide even after a mid-2015 police crackdown on the notorious marijuana growing Lazarat village, has a much higher share to the GDP compared to leading EU members, the

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Emerging private pensions continue gaining ground

Emerging private pensions continue gaining ground

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – Albania’s emerging private pension market, where only three operators are present, continued registering strong double digit growth rates in the first three quarters of this year. A report published by the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority, shows

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Rehova mountain village declared a historic center

Rehova mountain village declared a historic center

The picturesque Rehova, located at the foot of the Gramozi Mountain, southeastern Albania, has been recently declared a protected historic site by the National Restoration Council. The village of Rehova is well-known throughout Albania for its handicrafts, hospitality, special cuisine

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‘Marta,’ a drama dedicated to Albanian women makes premiere

‘Marta,’ a drama dedicated to Albanian women makes premiere

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – “Marta” a new Albanian drama written and directed by Erand Sojli made its premiere this week at the National Theatre, where imprisoned women had also been invited to enjoy the piece focusing on the sacrifices, efforts

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Arberesh community appeals for help to preserve language, culture

Arberesh community appeals for help to preserve language, culture

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – The archaic Albanian language that the Arberesh community in southern Italy has preserved for more than 500 years since the Skanderbeg era when they left the country is in danger of extinction in some community areas,

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Western Balkans Via Dinalrica picked as one of best 2017 trips

Western Balkans Via Dinalrica picked as one of best 2017 trips

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – The Via Dinarica mountain hiking trail crossing through seven Western Balkans countries has been rated by prestigious National Geographic as one of the best 2017 trips. The National Geographic singles out Albania’s Thethi National Park to

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