Town hall police sues construction police on Zogu i Zi

TIRANA, Feb, 6 – This time it is the Tirana city hall that is suing the construction police and not letting it build a fountain at the Zogu i Zi cross-section. The city hall complains that the fountain at the

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Mustafaj takes part in NATO meeting on participation in Afghanistan mission

TIRANA, Jan. 26 – Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj took part Friday last week at a meeting of foreign ministers of the countries that are part of the NATO’s ISAF operation in Afghanistan. The meeting discussed on the problems and

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Rama receives pledge to make Tirana-Rome twin cities

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Socialist leader and Tirana Mayor Edi Rama paid a brief visit to Rome, Italy to meet with Italian Foreign Minister, Rome Mayor and politicians. During the meeting with Massimo D’Alema Rama insisted that Italy should continue

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Albania, Bulgaria pledge stronger ties

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev visited Albania Sunday-Monday to meet with all top officials basically discussing on the power crisis, Kosovo and assistance to Albania on its integration toward integration into the European Union and NATO.

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OBITUARY – Ex-soccer player Arben Minga dies

TIRANA, Jan. 31 – Arben Minga, former soccer player of the Tirana club and the national team, passed away Wednesday in Canada after suffering from cancer of the pancreas. He was 47. Minga, who had gone to Canada in recent

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AMI publishes book on gender and media

TIRANA, Feb. 1 – The Albanian Media Institute published in January the “Stereotyping: Representation of women in print media in South East Europe,” a publication featuring articles on media coverage of gender roles and issues. The book, published in English,

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CRCA to open office in Kosova

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – The Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania, CRCA, a major children rights organization, announced Tuesday it would open a branch of the organization in Prishtina, Kosova. “I’m pleased to announce today”, said Altin Hazizaj, Director of

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Smuggled goods stopped at the airport, arrested alleged thieves, others

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Police arrested Luan Ylviu, 37, after finding him trying to smuggle through Mother Teresa International Airport a great amount of goods like suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, blouses, shoes without paying the custom tax. Monday police arrested

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Mjaft! urges Albanians to go and vote

TIRANA, Jan. 26 – Mjaft!, a non-governmental organization, last weekend began a campaign around the country trying to promote the participation of voters in the Feb. 18 local elections. They have named the project Shkunde Voten! (Shake the vote). The

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Sentenced Albanians extradited to Albania

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Four Albanians were extradited to Albania from Greece Sunday, police reported. Jorgo Drazho, 51, sentenced to seven years imprisonment for exploiting prostitution, Erjon Kashari, 26, wanted for murder, Leonard Porinci, 30, sentenced to imprisonment for favoring

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb, 6 - This time it is the Tirana city hall that is suing the construction police and not letting it build a fountain at the Zogu i Zi cross-section. The city hall complains that the fountain at the cross section is illegal and it is not known where the funding for that is coming from. The two police forces almost confronted physically Monday and other police forces had to intervene to stop a physical quarrel.
Central government authorities demolished in July last year a half-built road project in downtown Tirana that had led to a bitter dispute between Tirana's Socialist-run city hall of Mayor Edi Rama and the country's governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party. State Construction Police demolished the US$2 million intersection known as Zogu i Zi after the government decided that project should not be continued because of safety concerns, insufficient documentation and corruption among Tirana officials. The project was started in 2005 by the previous Socialist government and was due for inauguration in March 2006.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 26 - Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj took part Friday last week at a meeting of foreign ministers of the countries that are part of the NATO's ISAF operation in Afghanistan. The meeting discussed on the problems and challenges ahead and the contribution from NATO, U.N., EU and World Bank in the mission. Mustafaj expressed his country's support to the international mission and said that Albania would double the number of troops there. 
Albania has a 22-member peacekeeping unit in Afghanistan serving under Turkish command and is also part of a small medical unit to assist NATO's military personnel and residents of Kabul. Albania, a small, predominantly Muslim country on the Adriatic Sea, has 70 troops in Bosnia and 120 troops in Iraq.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 30 - Socialist leader and Tirana Mayor Edi Rama paid a brief visit to Rome, Italy to meet with Italian Foreign Minister, Rome Mayor and politicians. During the meeting with Massimo D'Alema Rama insisted that Italy should continue to promote the Corridor 8 project which is very important for Albania. In his meeting with Valter Veltroni of Rome mayorship Rama discussed on similar challenges they face in both capitals and also on declaring both capitals as twins. As expected, the visit was more a show of the political support the political party enjoys abroad.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 29 - Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev visited Albania Sunday-Monday to meet with all top officials basically discussing on the power crisis, Kosovo and assistance to Albania on its integration toward integration into the European Union and NATO. Stanishev met Sunday with opposition Socialist leader Edi Rama and then on Monday with Prime Minister Sali Berisha, President Alfred Moisiu and parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli. During all the meetings Stanishev and Albanian leaders considered ties between the two countries as excellent with no problems at all.

Deals signed
Albania and Bulgaria signed three agreements during Stanishev's visit. They served to complete the legal infrastructure in the relations between the two countries. The first agreement was on rescheduling an Albania's debt to Bulgaria. The other deal was on the joint fight in the war against terrorism, organized crime, illegal trafficking and other criminal acts. While the third agreement was between the education ministries of both countries.

Power crisis
Albania and Bulgaria joined forces Monday to appeal to the European Union for help in trying to resolve a regional energy crisis made worse by the partial shutdown last month of a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. At the request of the EU, which Bulgaria joined on Jan. 1, two 440 megawatt units at the Kozlodui plant, Bulgaria's only nuclear energy facility, were shut down in December. Two newer, 1,000 megawatt units remain in operation. The EU said the older units needed to be shut down because of safety concerns. The shutdown also affected Bulgarian power supplies to neighboring Albania, which has been suffering extensive blackouts for two months in part because reduced rainfall has lowered the output at hydroelectric facilities. Former KESH head Andis Harasani said, however, that Albania had not imported electricity from Bulgaria since 2003. Bulgaria had been supplying between 50 percent and 100 percent of the electricity deficit that resulted from the power troubles in Albania, but is no longer to make the extra shipments. 
During a visit here, Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev said the region's governments should work together to inform the EU of the consequences of the plant's partial shutdown. "We cannot help Albania at this moment because Bulgaria could only export electricity with the two blocks of the power plant if they were active," said visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev at a news conference with his Albanian host Sali Berisha. "The countries of the region should inform the EU on practical economic consequences the shutdown caused on their countries and work to take the proper measures," he said. "We appeal to the European Commission and the EU to reconsider such a Bulgaria's commitment which damages more the regional energy market than Bulgaria itself as it lifted a great amount of energy to this market," said Berisha, adding that, "I should also say that such a technology is still operative in the EU area. Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who spoke to reporters alongside his Bulgarian counterpart, said the shutdown had damaged the region's energy market. He appealed to the EU for help and suggested the 27-nation bloc, of whom Albania is not a member, was treating the region with double standards, saying that similar technology was still in use in the EU. The two leaders pledged to support efforts by local businessmen to invest in Albania's energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors.

AMBO project
AMBO oil pipeline project was another topic of discussion. Both countries are the entrance and the end point of the 913 kilometer long pipeline that is expected to bring some 45 million oil barrels a year and bringing considerable financial profit to each of them. While Berisha strongly hailed the pipeline as part of the Corridor 8 big project, Stanishev was more careful. Though he said that his country strongly supported the project he also added that it very much depended on the fact if the corporation would secure enough oil to pass through the pipeline. A draft agreement was signed Wednesday by the three countries, Macedonia included, that set the end of 20087 as the starting point and 2010 as the end of the project.

Kosova
Both leaders considered ties between the two countries as excellent with no problems at all. On Kosova two premiers also said they shared the same opinion, naturally Albania stressing more the importance of granting independence to the province. They both said they supported U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari and his plan. "We appreciate the constructive role which Albania has played in order to calm down the impatience in Kosovo because it is important that the issue be resolved in conformity and bring stability not only in Kosovo but in the whole region," said Stanishev.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 31 - Arben Minga, former soccer player of the Tirana club and the national team, passed away Wednesday in Canada after suffering from cancer of the pancreas. He was 47.  Minga, who had gone to Canada in recent years, was Tirana's forward until 1996 with which he won six national championships. Minga was also a forward with the national team in 28 matches. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 1 - The Albanian Media Institute published in January the "Stereotyping: Representation of women in print media in South East Europe," a publication featuring articles on media coverage of gender roles and issues. The book, published in English, is a collection of research papers on specific features of media coverage of women, gender roles, and gender relations, including articles from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia. These articles try to offer an insight into the ways in which print media in these countries portray gender roles and relations, trying to provide an overview of the tactics and strategies of gender representation in print media in South East Europe. The book was published in the framework of a project implemented by Mediacentar Sarajevo, with the support of Balkan Human Rights Network, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Neighborhood Program, Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina, and South East Network for the Professionalization of the Media.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 30 - The Children's Human Rights Centre of Albania, CRCA, a major children rights organization, announced Tuesday it would open a branch of the organization in Prishtina, Kosova. "I'm pleased to announce today", said Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA, "that after so many years of working in Kosova with other partners, we at CRCA have decided to open our Kosova office. Our new office will aim to work with all local and international partners in order to improve the children's rights situation for all children of Kosova." The new branch of CRCA will be called Children's Human Rights Centre of Kosova and will work based on the 10 year expertise of CRCA on lobby, advocacy, policy making and capacity building. "We have seen during the last few years that children's rights in Kosova have made considerable progress", said Hazizaj, "but since we share the same culture and language as the Kosovan people we want to be able to advance children's rights on both sides of the border. We want to assist the Government and NGO's in Kosova by providing them with the best strategies and approaches for the implementation of CRC."
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 30 - Police arrested Luan Ylviu, 37, after finding him trying to smuggle  through  Mother Teresa International Airport a great amount of goods like suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, blouses, shoes without paying the custom tax.
Monday police arrested two persons, Ramiz Shahini, 22, and Valter V., 16, for stealing different goods. Muhamet Dubeli was arrested and accused of stealing a considerable amount of money at an apartment earlier this month. A pistol and bullets were found at his house. Edmond Kodra, 43, was also arrested for theft.
Kujtim Rrushi, 35, was arrested for pedophilia acts against a 10-year old child. Rrushi was sentenced before with three years imprisonment for serving as a pimp for prostitutes.
The owner of a small retail shop, Engjell Spahiu, was fined for having a considerable amount of smuggled cigarettes, which were also confiscated. Bashkim Sala, 24, was arrested while he was trying to steal spare parts of the cars police had blocked at a parking space.  Besmir Malaj, 21, was arrested after being found with a considerable amount of stolen coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks.
Police also arrested Fatjon Qosja, 21, wanted for theft. He had also been imprisoned before for theft. The same could be said for Sanije S., 47, also arrested by police. Hasan Korita, 32, was arrested and accused of stealing from a shop in Tirana. Elton Bazelli, 30, from Fier, was stopped at Mother Teresa airport because he was wanted for a murder attempt. Agron Kalaja, 47, was also arrested and accused of producing false documents and passports. Klodeta Maksuti, 26, was arrested for smuggling goods.
Besnik Hasa, 42, was arrested for theft while Fatjon Laci, 20, and Eglantin G., 17, were arrested for stealing an electric cable and other thefts. In southernmost town of Saranda police arrested Ali Sadushi who has allegedly stolen from the offices of Insig insurance public company in Livadhja. Two officials of the mortgage department in southwestern Vlora city, David Tushaj, 50, and Halit Rama, 60, were arrested for falsifying mortgage documents. Police started a penal case against Andona K., 39, for giving false documents when applying for a new passport. The same case occurred with Eugerta H., 27, presented false documents when trying to move from one quarter to the other in the capital Tirana.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 26 - Mjaft!, a non-governmental organization, last weekend began a campaign around the country trying to promote the participation of voters in the Feb. 18 local elections. They have named the project Shkunde Voten! (Shake the vote). The caravan of their bus will go to Lezha, Shkodra, Puka, Rr촨en, Durr쳬 Kavaja, Lushnja, Vlora, Gjirokastra, Corovoda, Korca and Elbasan until Feb. 8. Their caravan will be accompanied by concerts and other activities.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 30 - Four Albanians were extradited to Albania from Greece Sunday, police reported. Jorgo Drazho, 51, sentenced to seven years imprisonment for exploiting prostitution, Erjon Kashari, 26, wanted for murder, Leonard Porinci, 30, sentenced to imprisonment for favoring illegal border crossing, and Artimon Ahmetaj, 28, sentenced to nine years imprisonment for pedophilia were brought to Mother Teresa International Airport. Ylli Lepuri, 35, was extradited from Norway. Lepuri had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a series of crimes including murder. He was declared at large since 1997 after he had escaped from prison. Justice Ministry vice Minister Eduart Halimi said Tuesday they were expecting to extradite from Turkey and Italy Aldo Bare, Enver Dondollaku and Izet Haxhia who are being kept under arrest there. Albanian authorities have made all the required procedure for that event.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb, 6 - This time it is the Tirana city hall that is suing the construction police and not letting it build a fountain at the Zogu i Zi cross-section. The city hall complains that the fountain at the cross section is illegal and it is not known where the funding for that is coming from. The two police forces almost confronted physically Monday and other police forces had to intervene to stop a physical quarrel.
Central government authorities demolished in July last year a half-built road project in downtown Tirana that had led to a bitter dispute between Tirana's Socialist-run city hall of Mayor Edi Rama and the country's governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party. State Construction Police demolished the US$2 million intersection known as Zogu i Zi after the government decided that project should not be continued because of safety concerns, insufficient documentation and corruption among Tirana officials. The project was started in 2005 by the previous Socialist government and was due for inauguration in March 2006.
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