Resigned opposition MP charged with one year in prison

Resigned opposition MP charged with one year in prison

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – A Tirana court ruled as guilty and sentenced to one year in prison on Thursday the former Democratic Party MP Ervin Salianji on charges of ‘False Reporting" for involvement in the audio-tapping of former Interior Minister

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Asylum applications on the rise as France and UK become most preferred destinations

Asylum applications on the rise as France and UK become most preferred destinations

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – During September alone, 1,770 new asylum applications from Albanian citizens were lodged in the European Union, or about 14 percent more than the number of applications in October. Eurostat recently published new data on the last

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Journalists in protest against gov’t passing ‘anti-libel’ law

Journalists in protest against gov’t passing ‘anti-libel’ law

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – The Socialist majority approved on Wednesday its anti-libel draft law with 82 parliament votes in favor.  Thirteen MPs voted against, five abstained and five of them did not vote. Dozens of journalists, representatives of various media

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Kosovo declines invitation to third ‘mini-Schengen’ meeting in Durres

Kosovo declines invitation to third ‘mini-Schengen’ meeting in Durres

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi has refused to participate in the third meeting of the so-called “mini Schengen initiative” led by leaders of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia Aleksander Vucic, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev which will

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Special anti-corruption unit established as judges take oath in front of President

Special anti-corruption unit established as judges take oath in front of President

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – Thursday marked the establishment of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit, also known as SPAK, with the first eight members swearing in during the day before President Ilir Meta.  It is expected that the High Prosecutorial Council will

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Editorial: Media regulation or strangling free speech

Editorial: Media regulation or strangling free speech

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Despite a very strong opposition by all the media sector in the country, by more than 30 media and human rights organizations worldwide and in spite of substantial criticism from international organizations such as Council of Europe,

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Central Bank of Albania member dismissed by parliament

Central Bank of Albania member dismissed by parliament

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – The country’s parliament dismissed Arben Malaj from his duty as a board member of the Bank of Albania.  Seventy-two of the 78 MPs of the ruling Socialist Party voted in favor of the government request to

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Albanian diaspora reaches 36 percent of population

Albanian diaspora reaches 36 percent of population

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – "In 2019, according to indirect estimates, the number of the new diaspora is estimated to be about 1.64 million abroad, or about 36 percent of the total Albanian population," states a recent study by the Albanian

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Decriminalization of the Balkans condition of all conditions

Decriminalization of the Balkans condition of all conditions

By Sonja Biserko  Any discussion about Serbia-Kosovo relations has to take into account the international context and interests of some global players that strongly influence regional dynamics, relations between Serbs and Albanians included. In the early 1990s at the outbreak

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Albin Kurti’s victory to work out an old agenda of Kosovo

Albin Kurti’s victory to work out an old agenda of Kosovo

By Naim Rashiti  Kosovo held new snap elections on 6 October this year. The record-high turnout brought change in the political landscape. Vetëvendosje  Movement (LVV) of Albin Kurti won the elections with 29 out of 120 seats of the Kosovo

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