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Albania to apply "tough imprisonment" measures after Italian model

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Approximately 270 convicts in Albania, suspected or convicted as members of criminal networks, are expected to soon undergo a special regime which will keep them isolated and unable to communicate with the outside world. The special

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Socialists reject president's security adviser as head of State Supreme Audit

Socialists reject president's security adviser as head of State Supreme Audit

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – A majority of the Economy Commission's Socialist Party members rejected on Tuesday Bahri Shaqiri as the head of the State Supreme Audit due to lack of experience in the financial sector, locking again thorns with President

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HPC prosecutor denies proof of ties with former communist State Security bodies

HPC prosecutor denies proof of ties with former communist State Security bodies

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Albanian prosecutor Bujar Sheshi, also member of the newly established High Prosecutorial Council, denied on Monday that he was a recruit of communist former State Security structures before the 90s. "I declare with full responsibility before

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First Japanese language lab set up in Albania

First Japanese language lab set up in Albania

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Japan has donated around €42,000 to set up a Japanese language lab at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, one of the country's largest public universities offering IT and engineering studies where Japanese has been an optional

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Transport operators handle less freight, more passengers

Transport operators handle less freight, more passengers

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Maritime, air and rail operators in Albania faced mixed results in 2018 when freight transport declined and the handling of passengers only significantly increased for the country's sole international airport. Data published by INSTAT, the state-run

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Drug trafficking to regional neighbors persists

Drug trafficking to regional neighbors persists

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Gjirokastra Border Police arrested seven people at Drite village, next to the Albanian-Greek border, when it found and sequestered around 700 kilos of marijuana inside a building on Tuesday. Details on the operation have still not

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Transparency International: Albania leads perceptions for the region's most corrupt

Transparency International: Albania leads perceptions for the region's most corrupt

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – Albania led Balkan countries in Transparency International's latest report on perceived levels of public-sector corruption, which described the perception for the region as "highly corrupt" with below-average scores. Albania's worst score, which has dropped eight places

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Protests force authorities to back off from HPP, oil search plans at protected areas

Protests force authorities to back off from HPP, oil search plans at protected areas

TIRANA, Jan. 28 – Protests by local residents and environmentalists over the construction of a small hydropower plant next to a protected Canyon and oil search plans at a national park have led to the suspension of works and a

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Albania remains 'moderately free' as it climbs 13 steps in economic freedom

Albania remains 'moderately free' as it climbs 13 steps in economic freedom

TIRANA, Jan. 28 – Albania climbed 13 steps to rank one of the Western Balkans' best performing countries in economic freedom, but remained 'moderately free,' according to the 2019 index of economic freedom published by the Heritage Foundation, one of

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Professors join student protests over lack of university autonomy

Professors join student protests over lack of university autonomy

TIRANA, Jan. 27 – Albania's university students' protest was also recently joined by faculty professors, who asked the government to suspend the law on higher education within a week and guarantee academic autonomy with a new law. Public university students

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