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Skenderbeu to make Europa League debut against Turkey’s Besiktas

Skenderbeu to make Europa League debut against Turkey’s Besiktas

TIRANA, Sept. 15 – Albania's Skenderbeu will make its UEFA Europa League debut against Turkey's Besiktas on Thursday as the first Albanian team to have qualified in a major European football competition for clubs. Skenderbeu, who failed to qualify in

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Lezha MP gives up seat over criminal record

Lezha MP gives up seat over criminal record

TIRANA, Sept. 8 – Arben Ndoka, a Socialist lawmaker, has given up his seat in parliament following weeks of pressure over his criminal conviction in Italy for facilitating prostitution. In a letter to the Socialist parliamentary group, Ndoka said he

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Portugal’s stoppage-time winner stuns Albania

Portugal’s stoppage-time winner stuns Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 8 – A stoppage-time winner stunned Albania on Monday night as Portugal's Miguel Veloso scored a header to avenge their shock defeat in the opening Euro 2016 qualifiers last year. Portugal beat Albania 1-0 extending their lead in

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Socialist lawmaker faces charges following shootout

Socialist lawmaker faces charges following shootout

TIRANA, Sept. 7 – An Albanian lawmaker has been arrested and is facing charges for his alleged involvement in a shootout that left seven people wounded early Sunday. Parliament has given prosecutors the green light to charge Armando Prenga, a

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Albania play Portugal in key qualifier for group lead

Albania play Portugal in key qualifier for group lead

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Sept. 7 – Albania will play at home to Portugal this evening in a key Euro 2016 qualifier after getting a priceless point from a goalless draw away to rivals Denmark last weekend in their bid

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Italian, British artists open memorandum exhibition in Shkodra

Italian, British artists open memorandum exhibition in Shkodra

TIRANA, Sept. 1 – Three Italian and British artists will be showcased in the northern Albanian city of Shkoder in a collective contemporary art exhibition. Italy's Pierpaolo Campanini and Giovanni De Lazzari and Northern Ireland artist Willie Doherty will be

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Stay out of internal affairs, PM tells Athens in chapel demolition row

TIRANA, Sept. 1 – Albania's prime minister, Edi Rama, has told Athens to stay out of the country's internal affairs, following a row over the demolition of an illegally-built Orthodox Christian shrine in the southern Albanian coast village of Dhermi.

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Winning concessionaire to impose €5 tolls on Albania-Kosovo highway

Winning concessionaire to impose €5 tolls on Albania-Kosovo highway

TIRANA, Sept. 3 – The Albanian government has announced it will select the winning company that will operate a 114-km highway segment linking Albania to Kosovo on October 15, making it Albania's first toll road probably by early next year.

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Western Balkans summit overshadowed by refugee crisis

Western Balkans summit overshadowed by refugee crisis

TIRANA, Aug. 31 – The Vienna Western Balkans Summit, a high-level meeting aiming to reassure the region of its European perspective, has been overshadowed by the refugee crisis hitting the region and the European Union. As the leaders of Germany,

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Albania to play Denmark, Portugal in key qualifiers for Euro 2016 bid

Albania to play Denmark, Portugal in key qualifiers for Euro 2016 bid

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Aug. 31 – Albania will play away to Denmark and at home to Portugal in early September in two key Euro 2016 qualifiers in its bid to secure a historic qualification in a major international football

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