Meeting the sky in Korça

Meeting the sky in Korça

By Sidonja Manushi “Kiss your phone, radio and 3G signal goodbye once we’re up there,” Juli Bejko, sociology professor and part-time professional paraglider, said at the beginning of the trip, still in messily urban Tirana. His tone held a bit

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Prosecutors seek to oust two MPs over hiding criminal records

Prosecutors seek to oust two MPs over hiding criminal records

TIRANA, Dec. 27 – Albania’s chief prosecutor asked the Central Elections Commission this week to strip two lawmakers of their mandates over suspicions that they have hidden criminal records under different identities. The two lawmakers — Aqif Rakipi and Gledion

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Asylum seeker’s death in France leads to angry protests in Albania

Asylum seeker’s death in France leads to angry protests in Albania

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – The suspicious death of an Albanian asylum seeker, Florenc Beqiraj, while in administrative custody in Marseille on Thursday led to street protests in Albania this week. Family members believe the 23-year-old’s death was the result of

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Construction permits hit 6-year high in Q3 2017

Construction permits hit 6-year high in Q3 2017

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – The number of construction permits hit a six year-high in the third quarter of 2017, when local government units issued some 310 permits worth more than Euro 100 million, according to INSTAT, the state statistical institute.

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HPPs in protected Albania areas causing irreparable damage, Bankwatch says

HPPs in protected Albania areas causing irreparable damage, Bankwatch says

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – The boom in hydropower plant construction in the past decade has put significant pressure on the environment in Albania and international financial institutions are also to blame for this for financing the controversial projects, a report

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Oil workers march to Tirana to demand unpaid wages, resumption of work

Oil workers march to Tirana to demand unpaid wages, resumption of work

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – Hundreds of oil workers at the Ballsh oil refiner marched for about 140 km to Tirana this week to protest unpaid wages and demand the resumption of work at the country’s largest oil refiner, the top

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Albania not immune to bitcoin bubble, experts warn

Albania not immune to bitcoin bubble, experts warn

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – As the bitcoin bubble continues amid warnings of a crash in 2018, hundreds of Albanians are estimated to have invested in the world’s primary cryptocurrency whose value soared this year, posing them at risk of an

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Albania to pay more in debt rates as yields embark on upward trend

Albania to pay more in debt rates as yields embark on upward trend

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Yields on government securities have embarked on upward trend in the past few months and are expected to continue their gradual rise even in 2018 as the government continues to rely on the domestic market for

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Year-end holidays strengthen lek against Euro

Year-end holidays strengthen lek against Euro

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Albania’s national currency has gained ground against Europe’s single currency in the past few days, in a common year-end trend that sees the euro slightly depreciate against the Albanian lek following a rise in Euro inflows

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Yannoulatos granted Albanian citizenship after 25 years as head of Orthodox Church

Yannoulatos granted Albanian citizenship after 25 years as head of Orthodox Church

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Albania’s president, Ilir Meta, has granted Albanian citizenship to Archibishop Anastasios Yannoulatos – the Greek-born leader of Albania’s Autocephalous Orthodox Church for more than 25 years. The archbishop had requested Albanian citizenship many years ago, but it

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