Albania’s sole Europa League contenders face 10-year ban threat over match-fixing

Albania’s sole Europa League contenders face 10-year ban threat over match-fixing

TIRANA, Feb. 16 – Albania’s most successful club of the past decade, Skenderbeu, risk facing a ten-year ban from European competition as part of an ongoing investigation into match-fixing allegations by European football’s governing body, UEFA. The new probe comes

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Finland’s Peter Stenlund urges Albania to continue societal reforms

Finland’s Peter Stenlund urges Albania to continue societal reforms

By Rudina Hoxha  “Finnish-Albanian relations are excellent with ample room for further development. Hopefully we can bring more concrete content into to these good relations in the years to come.” That’s what the Secretary of State of the Finnish Ministry

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Mosques to be reconstructed under Ministry of Culture initiative

Mosques to be reconstructed under Ministry of Culture initiative

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro announced this week that five Islamic faith monuments throughout Albania will be restored. The decision comes under a cooperation agreement signed between the ministry of culture and the Muslim Community of

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Editorial: Albania must end practice of ‘checklist laws’

Editorial: Albania must end practice of ‘checklist laws’

It is widely believed Albania has very good laws on the books as part of the country’s efforts to bring its legislation closer to that of the European Union as well as its efforts to meet its other international obligations.

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Russia seeks pragmatic approach in deadlock with Albania relations, ambassador tells AIIS forum

Russia seeks pragmatic approach in deadlock with Albania relations, ambassador tells AIIS forum

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – Russia is willing to boost its political and economic ties with Albania if the Balkan country adopts a more pragmatic approach like some of Europe’s leading economies and EU aspirant regional countries do despite EU sanctions

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De-euroization will not be war against euro, governor says

De-euroization will not be war against euro, governor says

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – Albania’s central bank governor says the de-euroization measures will target a gradual reduction in the current widespread use of Europe’s single currency by about 10 percent to below 40 percent as the International Monetary Fund has

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Albania’s air quality data unreliable, state auditors say

Albania’s air quality data unreliable, state auditors say

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – Albania’s few operational air quality monitoring stations lack accreditation and the data they produce are unreliable, an audit carried out by the country’s Supreme State Audit has found. “Currently, the air quality results in Albania are

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Washington publicly bans Llalla from entering U.S.

Washington publicly bans Llalla from entering U.S.

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a public statement Thursday, designating former Albanian General Prosecutor Adriatik Llalla as a person who cannot enter the United States “due to his involvement in significant corruption.” U.S. law

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EU takes control of Albania’s borders under new agreement

EU takes control of Albania’s borders under new agreement

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – In a visit to Tirana on Tuesday, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos signed a major agreement with Albanian authorities effectively handing over much of the control of Albania’s border management to

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Inflation rate unlikely to meet 2.7% target for 2018

Inflation rate unlikely to meet 2.7% target for 2018

TIRANA, Feb. 14 – Albania’s inflation rate significantly dropped last January, hinting sluggish domestic consumption and that the 2.7 percent target the Albanian government has set for 2018 will be difficult to achieve. Data published by the country’s state statistical

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