Naum Veqilharxhi’s bust stolen, authors arrested

KORCA, Aug. 16 – Police arrested two brothers in the southeastern city of Korca as suspects in the theft and damage to the bust of the Albanian Renaissance personality Naum Veqilharxhi earlier this month. The bust was at a garden

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Albania sets diplomatic ties with Afghanistan

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – The Albanian government decided Wednesday to establish diplomatic ties with Afghanistan, the press office said. A government meeting charged the Foreign Ministry to continue with concrete steps like appointing an ambassador, though it was not clear

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Albania hails new Kosova administrator, U.N. resolution on Lebanon war

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – The Albanian government said Wednesday that the nomination of Joachim Ruecker at the head of the U.N. Mission in Kosova was a “full guarantee” for Kosova’s further progress toward its status and independence. In a letter

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News in Brief

New vice foreign minister introduced TIRANA, Aug. 14 – Anton Gurakuqi will be the new vice foreign minister. Gurakuqi belongs to the Christian Democratic Party of Nard Ndoka. He replaces Florent Celiku who moved to another post, according to Foreign

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Corruption significant problem in Albania despite reforms

TIRANA, Aug. 14 – A survey published by the World Bank recently said that firms in Albania continued to report corruption to be rife in the country in 2005. The new World Bank report. Albania is one of the exceptions

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Airline Companies increase security checks at Tirana International Airport

TIRANA, Aug. 12 – Starting from Friday, 11 August 2006, the airline companies operating at Tirana International Airport have introduced stricter security measures for the check-in procedures at the Airport. The airport security has been intensified following the suspected terrorism

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Opposition asks for Berisha’s resignation, PM says no Government reshuffle

TIRANA, Aug. 17 – The Albanian opposition has started to increasingly ask for Berisha’s resignation as a way out of the political crisis before the local government elections expected next year. Though giving no direct response to their appeal, Prime

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Albania one Euro and… more

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha launched Wednesday a project offering everything to foreign direct investment (FDI) for just 1 euro. Speaking at a government meeting Berisha said foreign investors would spend only 1 euro to have

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Albanian justice minister asks president to fire chief prosecutor

TIRANA, Albania נJustice Minister Aldo Bumci of the ruling Democratic Party called on President Alfred Moisiu to decide on the dismissal of Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku, who is accused by the ruling coalition of links to organised crime. Moisiu has not

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Alleged killer arrested for murder of businessman

SHKODRA, Aug. 15 – Zamir Bilali, 35, a businessman trading bricks in the northern city of Shkodra, was killed Sunday evening and found dead , police reported. Two days later police managed to arrest the suspect, Altin Kodra, 31, and

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