Latest News from Albania

Tensions on Greek-Albanian border over Katsifas service

There were tensions at the Greek-Albanian border on Saturday when Albanian authorities stopped Greek citizens trying to enter the country to attend a memorial service for Konstantinos Katsifas, the 35-year-old ethnic Greek man who was fatally injured by Albanian police in an exchange of fire in late October in the village of Bularat.

Greek policeman, 98 other Greeks denied entry to Albania

Albanian police say a Greek policeman has been arrested after he was found with a pistol.

A statement Saturday said that 98 other Greeks were denied entry to the country due to a lack of documentation or being on a list of banned persons.

Tensions at Greek-Albanian border as mourners try to reach Katsifas service

There were tensions at the Greek-Albanian border on Saturday morning when Albanian authorities reportedly stopped Greek citizens trying to enter the country to attend a memorial service for an ethnic Greek man, Konstantinos Katsifas, who was fatally injured by Albanian police in an exchange of fire in late October in the village of Bularat.

Albania Company 'Falsified US Links' to Win Road Contract

The General Prosecutor's Office in Tirana told BIRN on Friday it would probe allegations that a company had used false documents to win an 18-million-euro public works tender in Albania.

 The Albanian-registered company allegedly pretended to be a branch of a major US-based contractor to get the contract.

Pristina, Tirana "sabotage peaceful resolution of problem"

Despite numerous tensions in the relations with Pristina, representatives of the Serbian government attended today's regular meeting of the CEFTA Joint Committee in Pristina in order to send once more a message of peace and tolerance, and show good will to constructively try to negotiate and solve the issue of imposed tariffs by the Provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina, in ac

Student Anger Over Higher Tuition Fees Rocks Albania

Several hundred students blocked the entrances of the Ministry of Education in Albania's capital on Thursday in the third day of protests against rises in fees and economic difficulties.

The protests have brought Albanian universities to a standstill while the government struggles to deal with their demands.

"Confidential report: Albanians testify about organ trade"

The Albanians in question were members of the co-called KLA ("Kosovo Liberation Army"), Milovan Drecun, a member of the Serbian National Assembly from the ranks of the ruling SNS, told public broadcaster RTS on Thursday.

Tirana blames extremism in deaths of four Albanians in Greece

Albania's Foreign Ministry has condemned the murder of four ethnic Albanians in neighboring Greece and denounced the hate speech propagated by the extremist Golden Dawn party.

A statement Wednesday called on Greek authorities "to denounce and put on a break any effort from the Golden Dawn or other extremist segments to violate Albanians' security and dignity" there.

Tirana Condemns Murders of Albanians in Greece

Albania's foreign ministry has condemned a wave of killings of Albanians in Greece and has urged the Greek Government to "stop the hate language that followed the events".

"Citizens must understand how serious our situation is"

"The very fact that the formation of the so-called Kosovo army is being considered, which is contrary to all international regulations, but also to those adopted in Kosovo, shows that they would stop at nothing," said the secretary general of the Serbian president.

International conference on topic of news agencies vs. 'fake news' taking place in Tirana

Tirana, Dec 3 /Agerpres/ - Today, fake news is no longer a phenomenon but a true communication strategy in the hands of a few people or groups which try to use the 'fourth power' for purposes often hostile, said the General Director of the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Armela Krasniqi, on Sunday, at the opening of the international conference on the topic of "News Agencies

Ajša Vodnik elected as Vice Chair of AmChams in Europe

The international organization AmChams in Europe, established in 1963, serves as the umbrella organization for 44 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) from 42 countries throughout Europe and Eurasia. They represent the interests of more than 17,000 American and European companies employing 20 million workers.

Albanian PM Edi Rama says expects to meet Tsipras 'soon'

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has said that a meeting with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras is in the cards and expected to happen "soon."

"It's expected that we will meet soon. I don't know whether it will be in Tirana or Athens but it's expected soon," Rama told the Athens-Macedonia news agency on the sidelines of a conference in Tirana on news agencies and fake news.

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