Basha reelected DP leader with 91% of vote as critics cry foul

Basha reelected DP leader with 91% of vote as critics cry foul

TIRANA, July 23 – Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha has won a landslide election within the party to keep his seat as opposition leader a month after the DP suffered the worst defeat in its history in the general elections.

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Ilir Meta sworn in as Albania’s new president

Ilir Meta sworn in as Albania’s new president

TIRANA, July 24 – Ilir Meta has been sworn in as Albania’s new president at a ceremony held Monday in Tirana. At 48, Meta becomes Albania’s youngest post-WWII president, but he has had a long career in politics, serving as

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Albanian director’s ‘Daybreak’ picked to make world premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival

Albanian director’s ‘Daybreak’ picked to make world premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival

TIRANA, July 24 – “Daybreak,” an Albanian drama about moral compromises, has been selected to make its world premiere at the upcoming Sarajevo Film Festival, one of the leading movie events in South East Europe. The Albanian-Greek co-production directed by

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Tirana mayor selected among world’s top 40 innovative local leaders

Tirana mayor selected among world’s top 40 innovative local leaders

TIRANA, July 21 – Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj has been picked as one of the world’s top 40 mayors to launch to “Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative” recently held in New York under the auspices of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the

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France worried over wave of Albanian asylum seekers

France worried over wave of Albanian asylum seekers

TIRANA, July 21 – France has expressed its concern over a rising number of Albanian asylum-seekers, asking Albanian authorities to tackle the phenomenon in the next three months. The alarm was raised this week during a meeting Albania’s Foreign Minister

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Albania’s Skenderbeu progress to third Europa League qualifying round

Albania’s Skenderbeu progress to third Europa League qualifying round

TIRANA, July 21 – Skenderbeu progressed to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League after beating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Almaty 3-1 on aggregate, remaining the sole Albanian club in European competition after all Kukes, Partizani and Tirana were disqualified

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A new rapprochement between Albania and Serbia: The implications for Kosovo

A new rapprochement between Albania and Serbia: The implications for Kosovo

By Albert Rakipi  Abstract The enhancement of the political dialogue between Albania and Serbia, including initiatives to foster economic collaboration, has spelled out a new era in bilateral relations. However, it has also prompted debate about three interrelated issues: The

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Police seize 17 tons of marijuana in southwestern Albania

Police seize 17 tons of marijuana in southwestern Albania

TIRANA, July 19 – Albanian police have seized nearly 17 tons of marijuana across the country this week, with the largest haul of 15 tons discovered in the village of Llakatund in southwestern Vlora region. The Vlora operation involved more

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Seas turn deadly for beach goers

Seas turn deadly for beach goers

TIRANA, July 17 – It has been a deadly week in Albania’s beaches, with four people drowning in a single day as rip currents and bad weather hit the coast at the peak of the tourist season. Three people drowned

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CEC to press criminal charges on 76 vote counters

CEC to press criminal charges on 76 vote counters

TIRANA, July 19 – Albania’s Central Elections Commission will press criminal charges against 76 vote counters after discrepancies in the number of votes were found during a partial recount after Albania’s general elections last month. The discrepancies were not big

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