Appeal judges’ wealth increased fivefold in past decade, investigation reveals

Appeal judges’ wealth increased fivefold in past decade, investigation reveals

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – The declared wealth of Court of Appeal judges has increased fivefold in the last decade, amounting to nearly $17 million, according to an investigation conducted by Voice of America in collaboration with Balkan Investigative Network (BIRN).

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Albania 2017: Elections, selections and reflections

Albania 2017: Elections, selections and reflections

The future isn’t what it used to be. Conflicts, terrorism, seismic political events and grave incidents stamped the year and are marking even these last festive days. Amidst the tumult, Albania’s small size and relative importance seems, in these dark

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MP substitutions could lead to stronger ruling coalition

MP substitutions could lead to stronger ruling coalition

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – The recent appeal of the Prosecutor General to dismiss two members of the parliament and a mayor from office for hiding past criminal records has raised hopes among the ruling majority to increase its numbers in

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Albania approves $3 million fund to compensate lumpy skin farmers

Albania approves $3 million fund to compensate lumpy skin farmers

TIRANA, Dec.19 – Albanian farmers whose cattle died from the lumpy skin disease will be compensated, Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti said Monday. The government has already approved a fund of $3 million that will be used for the compensation.

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Parliamentary committee approves process of communist secret files vetting

Parliamentary committee approves process of communist secret files vetting

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – The implementation of the law on opening up communist era secret police files will kick off as authorities have approved the establishment of the Information Authority which will carry out background checks on officials and holders

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Albania increases safety measures near foreign embassies

Albania increases safety measures near foreign embassies

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – The assassination of the ambassador of Russia to Turkey has led to the increase in security measures for foreign diplomats in Albania, with authorities focusing on Russia’s embassy in particular after international press reported the embassy

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Following Turkey attack, Russian ambassador concerned about Tirana embassy safety

Following Turkey attack, Russian ambassador concerned about Tirana embassy safety

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Russia’s Ambassador to Tirana Alexander Karpushin has expressed concerns about the safety of the main embassy building in Tirana, and has asked Albanian authorities to increase security outside the building, following the assassination of Russia’s ambassador

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Former presidents to get more taxpayer money

Former presidents to get more taxpayer money

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – Albanian lawmakers have drafted a bill which does not limit the taxpayer money spent on expense accounts for former presidents. The bill for the ‘Presidents of the Republic of Albania’ provides several favors, allowances and privileges

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Year in review: Economy, culture and sports

Year in review: Economy, culture and sports

2016 economy review January Oil prices plunge to 12-year low Then Finance Minister Shkelqim Cani admitted in January the sharp cut in international oil prices which currently stand below $30 dollar a barrel will have a considerable effect on public

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Presidential candidates to undergo background check

Presidential candidates to undergo background check

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Presidential candidates in Albania will be obliged to go through a background check before they can be cleared for the race, according to a new draft bill compiled by experts of the justice reform. Article 5/2

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