McGonigal sentenced to 28 months in prison for concealing contacts with Albanian officials

McGonigal sentenced to 28 months in prison for concealing contacts with Albanian officials

TIRANA, Feb. 17, 2024 – The federal court in Washington has sentenced former FBI official Charles McGonigal to 28 months in prison for “serious breach of public trust” regarding the $225,000 he received from Albanian-American Agron Neza and failure to

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In Albania visit, Blinken says bond between two countries strong as security int’l challenges grow 

In Albania visit, Blinken says bond between two countries strong as security int’l challenges grow 

TIRANA, Feb. 15, 2024 – In an eight-hour visit to Tirana, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed the strength of the United States’ relations with Albania, which he said is a key partner for stability in the Western

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Albania signs long-awaited social insurance deal with Italy 

Albania signs long-awaited social insurance deal with Italy 

By JERINA ZALOSHNJA-RAKIPI ROME, Feb. 7, 2024 – After years of negotiations, Albania and Italy have signed a long-awaited deal on recognizing each other’s social insurance contributions, which will benefit more than 500,000 Albanian residents in Italy and any Italians

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Concerns over access to official stats grow, as INSTAT tries to recover from cyberattack 

Concerns over access to official stats grow, as INSTAT tries to recover from cyberattack 

TIRANA, Feb. 7, 2024 – Albania’s Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) is grappling with the aftermath of what it says was a sophisticated cyberattack, leaving its official website, instat.gov.al, inaccessible for several days before it went back up with limited access

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From exile, Albania’s ex deputy PM alleges massive corruption at top of SP leadership

From exile, Albania’s ex deputy PM alleges massive corruption at top of SP leadership

TIRANA, Feb. 6, 2024 – In an lengthy television interview from exile in Switzerland, Albania’s former deputy prime minister, Arben Ahmetaj, has made startling accusations of massive corruption at the top of the country’s ruling Socialist Party, involving misuse of

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Chief justice denounces unprecedented disregard from Socialist-controlled parliament over key ruling

Chief justice denounces unprecedented disregard from Socialist-controlled parliament over key ruling

TIRANA, Feb. 5, 2024 – In a rare press conference, the head of Albania’s Constitutional Court, Chief Justice Holta Zacaj, has rebuked Albania’s Socialist-controlled parliament for its refusal to adhere to a crucial court ruling regarding the mandate of Socialist

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Albania’s Constitutional Court clears controversial deal with Italy to host third-country migrants in extraterritorial camps

Albania’s Constitutional Court clears controversial deal with Italy to host third-country migrants in extraterritorial camps

TIRANA, Jan. 29, 2024 – In a tight 5-4 vote, the Albanian Constitutional Court has ruled that a controversial agreement between Albania and Italy on migrants is “in line” with the country’s constitution, greenlighting the ruling majority to approve the

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Taxpayers bail out air traffic control company whose foreign accounts were seized by Belgian court to pay Becchetti

Taxpayers bail out air traffic control company whose foreign accounts were seized by Belgian court to pay Becchetti

TIRANA, Jan. 24, 2024 – The Albanian government has had to pump millions of euros to keep afloat Albcontrol, the state-owned company responsible for air navigation services in Albanian airspace, as its foreign accounts have been frozen by the order

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EU committee urges Albanian parliament to give opposition denied oversight rights

EU committee urges Albanian parliament to give opposition denied oversight rights

TIRANA, Jan. 24, 2024 – The latest meeting of the EU-Albania Association Stabilization Parliamentary Committee has convened at the European Parliament, urging the ruling majority in the Albanian parliament to give back to the opposition rights that bolster parliamentary oversight

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Javelins for Kosovo, Black Hawks for Albania, U.S. reinforces military defense, as experts worry about the future

Javelins for Kosovo, Black Hawks for Albania, U.S. reinforces military defense, as experts worry about the future

TIRANA, Jan. 22, 2024 – As tensions in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina continue, and with worries of Russian meddling, there has been an increase of investment in the defense of staunchest U.S. allies in the Western Balkans — both Kosovo and

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