Mustafaj in Brussels on Albania's integration, Kosova issues

TIRANA, Feb. 14 – Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj visited Brussels where he met with international officials of the European Union and NATO, and also other international institutions and local Belgian senior officials. His visit was part of the EU

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Elections 2007: Possible scenarios

Introduction Albania will hold local government elections this Sunday, February 18. These will be the sixth local elections since the fall of communism. Hence, one would expect that the elections would be a purely administrative and routine affair. However, the

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Albanians vote in a test of political maturity

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – On Sunday, about 2.9 million registered voters in the country of 4.2 million registered citizens will elect officials to local office in some 380 urban and rural communities. Sunday's local elections are considered a test of

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Police intensify arrests for drug trafficking, illegal border crossing, extraditions

TIRANA, Feb. 14 – Police are keeping a very close eye on alleged suspects who try to exploit the electoral campaign time period with increased criminal acts. Police said they arrested a group of persons who tried to smuggle drugs

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Explosive damages restaurant after Rama and three other MPs leave

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – An explosive devise on Thursday caused material damage to a restaurant in the Albanian capital only minutes after the opposition Socialist Party leader Edi Rama and 3 other parliamentarians had left, police said. The explosion occurred

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U.S. Ambassador meets with Sollaku

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – U.S. Ambassador to Albania Marcie B. Ries met Thursday with Prosecutor General Sollaku to discuss USG rule of law assistance programs. This previously scheduled meeting provided an opportunity for both sides to exchange views on further

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Police advise forces on elections

TIRANA, Feb. 14 – Police reported that they have undertaken all the adequate steps to play their impartial role during the electoral campaign and on the voting day Sunday, according to the police department. All police forces are involved in

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Albanians fined for trespassing MontenegrO

MALESI E MADHE, Feb. 13 – Police fined three persons for entering by their boats into the waters belonging to neighboring Montenegro at the Shkodra lake. Xhevahir Ajazi, 28, Mentor Hasanaj, 28, and Rasim Baleshi, 60, were stopped when they

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Drug traffickers sentenced to prison terms

FIER, Feb. 14 – Fier district court sentenced Wednesday two persons to16 years imprisonment for cultivating drugs. Aleksand철Azizaj and Jani Brahimi were accused of cultivating cannabis sativa which they later sold and were each sentenced with eight years imprisonment. They

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Voters list completed

TIRANA, Feb. 13 – Vice Interior Minister Ferdinand Poni declared Tuesday that authorities had completed the improvement of the list of voters. He said that the lists were distributed to local authorities around the country. The final list has some

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