Prosecutors demand 4.6 year prison term for former mayor of Dibra

Prosecutors demand 4.6 year prison term for former mayor of Dibra

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Serious crimes prosecutors have demanded 4.6 years in prison for ousted Dibra Mayor Shukri Xhelili on claims of “seeking sexual favors in exchange for a job” and “corruption.” In May 2016, the mayor of Dibra was

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Decriminalization is non-negotiable, SMI says

Decriminalization is non-negotiable, SMI says

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – Albania’s Socialist Movement for Integration announced that it fully supports the decriminalization law which bans convicted criminals from holding public office. On Tuesday, the deputy chairman of the junior coalition party, Petrit Vasili, issued a press

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Albania to benefit extra €80 mln from revised deal with TAP

Albania to benefit extra €80 mln from revised deal with TAP

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Albania has finalized contract renegotiations with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline consortium with a new deal that will increase the country's financial benefits by another €80 million, energy minister Damian Gjjiknuri said. The renegotiation of the contract

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The Internationals: When ‘elite’ arrogance meets ignorance

The Internationals: When ‘elite’ arrogance meets ignorance

Ten years after the successful publication of his satirical novel on the international community in Albania, writer and former diplomat Ylljet Alià§ka has had his "Internationals" book published in English. The novel originally published as "Nje rrefenje me nderkombetare" (A

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Albania, Macedonia engage in new trade war over fresh vegetables' blockade

Albania, Macedonia engage in new trade war over fresh vegetables' blockade

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – Albania has warned of reciprocity measures against neighboring Macedonia after a new blockade on Albanian fresh vegetables over what local authorities call unfounded allegations of chemical contamination. The blockade, a repeated measure imposed by Macedonian authorities

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U.S. ambassador urges Albania to arrest drug baron

U.S. ambassador urges Albania to arrest drug baron

TIRANA, Dec. 14 – U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu said this week Albania's political class should stop bowing to powerful interests of corrupt businessmen, major criminals and drug traffickers. Addressing the Ombudsman Conference held in Tirana, Ambassador Lu said that drug

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Lawmaker falls victim to scam

Lawmaker falls victim to scam

TIRANA, Dec. 15 – Socialist Party MP Vladimir Kosta was one of the many victims of property scam. The MP paid millions of leks to a 30-year-old man identified as Armand Gjuzi in exchange for an apartment. After taking the

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More than 570 minors convicted of crimes every year, report shows

More than 570 minors convicted of crimes every year, report shows

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – Criminality among minors in Albania has increased significantly in the past ten years, according to a report released this week Figures obtained by a study published by Open Data Albania show that from 2005 to 2015

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Venice Commission has no objections to Vetting Law

Venice Commission has no objections to Vetting Law

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – The Venice Commission has issued no objections to the constitutionality of the Vetting Law as well as to its accordance with international conventions, according to an  amicus curiae brief published by a panel of law experts

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U.S. Embassy: Vetting process will help Albania to get rid of judicial corruption

U.S. Embassy: Vetting process will help Albania to get rid of judicial corruption

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – The U.S. Embassy welcomed the opinion of the Venice Commission on Albania's Vetting Law, part of the judicial reform which aims to free the country’s justice system from corruption and bribery “The vetting of judges will

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