Bulgarian tycoon buys Telekom Albania for €50 mln

Bulgarian tycoon buys Telekom Albania for €50 mln

TIRANA, Jan. 17 – Greek-German-owned Telekom Albania has been sold to a Bulgarian investor who controls Bulgaria’s largest telecoms operator, putting an end to months of negotiations over the sale of Albania’s second largest mobile operator. Greece-based OTE Group, where

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Albania’s top striker back to Switzerland after disappointing spells in Spain, Poland

Albania’s top striker back to Switzerland after disappointing spells in Spain, Poland

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Albanian international Armando Sadiku is back to Switzerland following a disappointing one-and-a-half year spell at Poland and Spain top leagues marred by few playing opportunities and injuries that kept him off the pitch

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‘Balkan’s Escobar’ Klement Balili surrenders to Albanian authorities

‘Balkan’s Escobar’ Klement Balili surrenders to Albanian authorities

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – Klement Balili, one of Albania’s most notorious crime scene protagonists, handed himself in to the authorities on Tuesday, after almost two years of playing hide and seek with justice. Balili has been listed along some of

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Four under charges for failing to guard military base

Four under charges for failing to guard military base

TIRANA, Jan. 14 – The Vlora court remanded in custody four people after the weapons’ warehouse of  the Pashaliman military base was raided last week. Two base guards Lesko Ramosaco and Edlir Nelaj, student Ardit Ramaj and nurse Ervist Memsulaj

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“Albanians are the UK’s kings of cocaine,” the Guardian says

“Albanians are the UK’s kings of cocaine,” the Guardian says

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – A recent Guardian article has dubbed Albanians in the UK as the “kings of cocaine,” saying in particular that “the Albanian organized criminal syndicates are consolidating power within the EU criminal underworld and are on their

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A recap of culture in Albania during 2018

A recap of culture in Albania during 2018

Debates, confrontations and conflicts stirred the arts and culture sphere in Albania. Some issues are still left inconclusive, beginning with the National Theatre activities calendar, whether the National Library will move buildings, will the National Arts Gallery rehabilitate its strategy,

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77 year-old man takes care of old Berat church

77 year-old man takes care of old Berat church

Jani Pjetri is a 77 year-old man from Berat, who though retired, is independently working as the caretaker of the St. Mary Church in the village Sinje of Berat. Pjetri returned from immigration in 2010, to find the church abandoned

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Albania orders ban on more than 340 online betting sites

Albania orders ban on more than 340 online betting sites

TIRANA, Jan. 9 – Albania’s electronic communications watchdog has ordered the country’s internet service providers to ban access to hundreds of local and international online sports betting and casino portals following a nationwide ban on online gambling, effective since Jan.

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Democracy Index: Albania remains hybrid system between democracy and autocracy

Democracy Index: Albania remains hybrid system between democracy and autocracy

TIRANA, Jan. 9 – British renowned magazine The Economist ranked Albania among the last in Europe in its 2018 Democracy Index, stating the country’s political system is a mixture between democracy and autocracy, without making any steps towards a full-functioning

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Albania launches crackdown on illegal gambling following nationwide ban

Albania launches crackdown on illegal gambling following nationwide ban

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Jan. 8 – With a nationwide ban on gambling in force since Jan. 1, thousands of gambling businesses have officially closed down, bringing to an end what had become a booming industry, but a small number

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