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Zhang Dejiang (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Albanian Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 20, 2016.
Tirana, Albania (AP) " Albanian police say they have seized 1.3 metric tons of cannabis along with weapons and ammunition in a storage space and an uninhabited house in a village 33 kilometers (20 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.

A year exactly after Berlin acted to curb the numbers, by declaring Albania a safe country, the phenomenon of thousands people seeking asylum each month has started to emerge again.
SHKODRA, Albania - Where most people, even police, fear to set foot, Liljana Luani takes books, household supplies, and a lifetime of experience helping families marked for death.
'Publicus' was an investigative show on Albania station Vision Plus TV which was banned earlier this month from airing its third investigation into Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj and his municipality's ties to a recycling plant at the city's Sharra landfill ...
Dorian's family lives in the tiny village of Rremenj in Southeast Albania. They are poor, like most people here. There are about 250 houses in the village, as well as a mosque, and next to it, a church.

Tirana (Albania), October 17 (SeeNews) - Private investment group Balfin Group, which holds the licence for the international retailer SPAR in Albania, had opened two hypermarkets under the INTERSPAR brand in Tirana, SPAR International said.
Sofia (Bulgaria), October 17 (SeeNews) - Lufthansa expects to achieve substantial growth in the region of southeastern Europe, particularly in Bulgaria, Albania and Romania which the German aviation group sees as focus markets, vice president for ...
Ines Mucostepa, chair of the union of Chambers of Commerce and industry in Albania, told BIRN that exchange visits between the Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia and their joint presence at the Nis economic forum in Serbia would boost trade.
After Kosovo became the main topic of a recent debate between Rama and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the general public, diplomats and analysts in both Kosovo and Albania have started a heated debate over the role that Tirana should play in ...
Albanian Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta told Kathimerini in an interview that "there is nothing the two countries can't discuss" and called for a comprehensive solution to bilateral differences, including the Cham issue, which Greece doesn't recognize ...
Tare has a long history with tourism in Albania. According to Paste, he helped establish the nation's first Unesco World Heritage Site and his company has been guiding expeditions for 22 years, showcasing the diversity of the small country every step ...
Former Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha has blamed the unmaking of a continental shelf pact between Albania and Greece five years ago on outside intervention.
Veran Matic, editor-in-chief of the Belgrade-based TV station B92 and director of Samizdat B92, told BIRN that the aim of the launch of "Sacrifice" ["Kurban" in Albanian] was to introduce the Serbian public to cultural, political and social events in ...
Albania, which sits on the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe, is slightly larger than Massachusetts.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - police in northern Greece say they have arrested two Greek women suspected of trying to smuggle a group of Syrian refugees over the rugged border with Albania. the suspects were discovered early Tuesday, driving two ...
Our next President will face a long list of problems to deal with and no shortage of headaches. In Washington, Albania's recent conversion into a Balkan drug haven has flown under the policy radar and needs immediate US attention. That's because ...

In its brief lifespan, the show had built up a reputation after exposing the government's lack of preparedness to monitor waste imports into the country - a hot issue in Albania. The show was abruptly canceled on Sunday, just as it was due to broadcast ...
Albania Fortunately, there is not a serious political party in Albania with a nationalist agenda," the President of the Albanian Parliament, former Prime Minister and former Albanian Foreign Minister Ilir Meta, said in an interview with the Athens ...
A lovely passing move from Spain almost sets up Iniesta with a great chance to shoot, but the midfielder is unable to beat the wall of red shirts in front of him and Albania survive once again. Hysaj then breaks out of the penalty area and tries to ...
Spain made the most of their complete dominance over Albania on Sunday to cruise to an easy 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Shkoder.
Tirana, Albania (AP) - When Pope Francis visited Albania in 2014, he was brought to tears by a priest's description of the two decades of imprisonment, torture and forced labor he suffered under Albania's brutal communist rulers for refusing to ...
Kruja (Albania) (AFP) - Small mountainous Albania was for decades Europe's most isolated country, but now 26 years after toppling communism it has emerged with the unwanted distinction of being the continent's top marijuana producer.
Tirana (AFP) - Prince Leka, the sole descendant of Albania's last king, married popular actress Elia Zaharia on Saturday in a ceremony attended by the Spanish queen and several former royals.
Tirana, Albania - Albania's Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa says it has been taken over by Hong Kong-based investment firm China Everbright Ltd.
Retracing Albania's history through photography. 8 October 2016 Last updated at 01:06 BST. Shortly after the invention of photography, an Italian started the first photography studio in Albania. Now an exhibition of the photographs taken by three ...
Albania, a small country in southeastern Europe, has become the epicenter of the European drugs trade, especially marijuana.
Tirana (Albania), October 5 (SeeNews) - Albania's central bank said it decided on Wednesday to hold its key interest rate at a record low of 1.25%.
THE Republic of Ireland U19 side commences their UEFA U19 Championships qualifying campaign tomorrow morning when they meet mini-tournament hosts Albania in Tirana (11.00am Irish). Ireland have been drawn in Qualifying Group 4 with the ...
Amman - His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania, on Wednesday received Albanian President Bujar Nishani at Al Husseiniya Palace, according to a Royal Court statement.
A statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta is seen outside St. Athanasius Church Sept. 25 in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, N.Y., shortly after its unveiling.
The stands of the Rexhep Rexhepi stadium are not built for comfort. In fact, they are not completely built at all. But hundreds of people perch on concrete overlooking the pitch regardless, waiting to welcome the Kosovo national team.
New electric cars on display to be used by the Albanian police in the capital Tirana, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Interior Minsiter Saimir Tahiri said Albanian police will be the first in the region, and one of five countries in Europe, using electric ...
The Cham community in Albania claim their property was confiscated by the Greek state when they were expelled from northwestern Greece during World War II.
A petty criminal on the run from a theft conviction in his native Albania where his brother was a goatherd, Sula fled to Hull, armed himself with a knife, and made it quite clear he was prepared to use it.
... the effort along with New York state Sen. Martin Golden and Msgr. David Cassato, St. Athanasius' pastor. Invited guests included an imam, rabbi and Orthodox priest.
On April 27, 1938, Albania hosted its first royal wedding, when King Zog married Hungarian aristocrat Geraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Appony.
Berisha lined up for his nation Albania against England "B" in a friendly at Turf Moor. Although the Three Lions eased past the Albanians 3-1, it was Berisha who stole the show, with the then 21-year-old's performance the talk of the media after the game.
The Trans Adriatic pipeline (TAP) AG has finalized the reconstruction of a double lane bridge in Albania's Corovoda city, which will improve transport infrastructure as well as access to the main hospital in the city, said the website of TAP.
"With the winter coming, Albania might turn into a route for refugees ... Following the threats of some Balkan countries to close their borders, Albania could turn in a place hosting Syrian refugees," she said. Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia closed ...
Tirana, Albania (AP) - The Trans Adriatic pipeline has started building its gas pipeline in Albania. The TAP on Friday started putting the first of its 13,000 pipes along 215 kilometers (133 miles) in Albania. The pipeline runs 878 kilometers (545 ...
Ben Blushi, one of the most outspoken MPs in Albania's ruling socialist party, on Friday said he was quitting the party.
A member of the Kosovo Assembly from the ruling PDK party has spoken in favor of organizing a referendum on Kosovo's "unification with Albania." Source: B92, Tanjug Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 11:27 ...
Greece's Foreign Ministry accused European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn of siding with Albania on the issue of Albanian Cham's land claims in Greece. Hahn referred to Chams, stating that their dispute is ongoing between the two countries.
On Wednesday, in a reply to a Greek MEP, Maria Spyraki, who accused Albania of "irredentism" over the topic, Hahn mentioned the Cham issue as an "existing one" between Albania and Greece, alongside other matters that the two countries needed to ...
Fatos Klosi, the former director of the Albanian intelligence service, SHISH, has called for a case relating to threats allegedly sent to the country's General prosecutor, Adriatik Llalla, to be handled by Albania's security institutions and for it not ...
The Albanian ministry of agriculture, rural development and water administration will promote investments in forestry to reduce human-induced forest degradation and increase communities' income in targeted project areas, local media reported Sunday.
The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic.
"Albania has said from the start. We are ready to participate in this effort if it is common, well-organized, coordinated and fair to all countries.
The Albanian parliament adopted a controversial law on waste imports late on September 22, without the support of the opposition and amid protests by environmental activists.


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