New Shkodra mayor resigns as prosecution launches investigation in criminal past

New Shkodra mayor resigns as prosecution launches investigation in criminal past

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – Valdrin Pjetri, who won the mayor of Shkodra mandate in the June 30 local elections, announced on Thursday evening his resignation through a status on his Facebook page.  Pjetri was accused three days earlier by the

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WHO says outdated medical equipment hampers country’s medical development

WHO says outdated medical equipment hampers country’s medical development

TIRANA, Aug. 14 – A report describing the main findings and recommendations of a rapid assessment of the current conditions of primary health care in Albania from the World Health Organization found out the PHC (Primary Health Care) centres have

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Chronicles and Fragments

Chronicles and Fragments

The novels of Ismail Kadare. By James Wood  Like Trieste or Lvov, the medieval city of Gjirokastër, in southern Albania, has passed its history beneath a sign perpetually rewritten, in different hands, but always with the same words: “Under New Management.”

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Illegal migration to Italy increased during 2018

Illegal migration to Italy increased during 2018

TIRANA, Aug. 13 – The number of illegal Albanian immigrants increased during 2018 in the neighboring country, coming second in terms of migration numbers after Morocco.  Compared to a year ago, the number of illegal immigrants increased by almost 30

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Albanian gov’t erects memorial for Turkey’s 2015 coup victims

Albanian gov’t erects memorial for Turkey’s 2015 coup victims

TIRANA, Aug. 10 – A memorial erected in the city centre on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016 to honor the victims of the event raised questions about the role

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Two new SP mayors accused of ties with criminal past

Two new SP mayors accused of ties with criminal past

TIRANA, Aug. 9 – After the prosecution launched on Tuesday an investigation into the past of Shkodra’s newly-elected Socialist Party Mayor Valdrin Pjetri, more individuals with dubious criminal past were reported to be among the SP’s appointed candidates. Due to

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President returns debated Milot-Balldren road concession contract

President returns debated Milot-Balldren road concession contract

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Albanian President Ilir Meta returned to parliament on Thursday a  concession contract for the construction of the 17.2-kilometer-long Milot-Balldren road, worth 256m euros, whose approval was preceded by heated debate for the high costs and doubts

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More Albanians are losing faith in the economy

More Albanians are losing faith in the economy

TIRANA, Aug. 7 – The latest Spring 2019 Eurobarometer survey showed that 61 percent of Albanians believe the economic situation in the country is bad.  This number is 14 percent higher than the one reported in the Fall 2018 survey. 

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18 kilos of cannabis seized in the border with Montenegro

18 kilos of cannabis seized in the border with Montenegro

TIRANA, Aug. 6 – Montenegrin police and customs officials said on Tuesday they seized 18 kg of drugs in a car with Albanian license plates at the Sukubina-Muriqan border crossing. According to a joint announcement by the Police Directorate and

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Prosecution to initiate investigation into new Shkodra mayor’s past

Prosecution to initiate investigation into new Shkodra mayor’s past

TIRANA, Aug. 6 – The prosecution launched on Tuesday an investigation into the past of the newly elected mayor of Shkodra, Valdrin Pjetri. The prosecution’s ruling comes after the Democratic Party’s denunciation that Pjetri may have been convicted in Italy

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