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Albania Govt Moves Again to Toughen Defamation Penalties

The Ministry of Justice in Albania on Thursday said it is working on changes to the penal code that include upping the fines to 4.5 million leks (36,000 euros) for defamation, and extending responsibility not only to journalists but also to editors and directors of media outlets and others.

Albania’s Parliament to Probe Allegations of KLA Crimes

Albania's parliament voted on Thursday to set up an investigative committee to collect information on other investigations conducted by local and international bodies into alleged crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army in Albania in the war in Kosovo two decades ago.

The parliament will then present a resolution based on the findings.

"I didn't want to be prime minister at all, I'm an artistic soul"

"I have always preferred the life of an artist, painter and professor of fine arts, so much so that I never had ambitions to be prime minister," Rama told French "Forbes", as the Exit portal reports.
He said that he hesitated for a long time to enter politics when he was offered a ministerial position, but that he wanted to do something for his country.

Greek Land Borders Remain Closed Till 14 December



The Greek government's decision to introduce temporary restrictions on border crossings and a ban on entry into the country for third-country nationals is extended until December 14.

Greek travel restrictions extended

Restrictions on domestic and international travel were extended on Monday in Greece, as the country struggles to contain the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Fishermen Keep Albania’s Fleet Afloat

Ebif is not alone. More than hundred other foreigners like him have found work on the country's small fishing fleet, whose owners say local youngsters are unwilling to engage in the profession.

Mostly from Egypt and Turkey, they tend to replace the local fishermen when they retire.

Police raid brothel in Athens, 26 arrested

The Hellenic Police made arrested 15 men and 11 women on Wednesday at a brothel operating in the central Athens area of ​​Omonia in violation of lockdown rules.

The brothel was located in a two-story building by police conducting a crackdown on illegal businesses in central Athens. 

Ethnic Greeks from Albania with Covid-19 hospitalized in Ioannina

Greek authorities approved the transfer of three ethnic Greeks from Albania with Covid-19 to the University Hospital of Ioannina in northwestern Greece for treatment, according to state-run news agency ANA-MPA.

The three patients, who are seriously ill, were driven across the border in Kakavia in ambulances on Monday night.

Albanians Spend Millions on COVID-19 Treatment in Turkey

Bilal's relatives took drastic action. Speedily, they collected funds to send him to hospital in Turkey, a trip organised by one of several companies operating in the booming air ambulance industry.

"When my life was in danger, we took the decision to get me to Turkey on a chartered flight," he told BIRN.

Balkan Countries ‘Still Heavily Dependent on Russian Gas’

Countries in the Balkan region are still heavily dependent on Russian gas, making them vulnerable to pressure from Moscow, the US ambassador to Skopje, Kate Byrnes, warned during the Macedonian Energy Forum 2020 on Monday.

UN General Assembly adopts resolution 'Cooperation between the UN and Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization'

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted, by consensus, the biennial resolution entitled 'Cooperation between the United Nations and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.' The draft resolution was introduced to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly by Romania, in its capacity as Chairman-in-Office of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC

Archbishop Anastasios to leave hospital Monday after being treated for Covid-19

The Archbishop of Albania, Anastasios, is expected to leave hospital on Monday after being treated for Covid-19.

Anastasios had been admitted to the capital's Evangelismos hospital on November 11 after being airlifted to Greece.

He will remain under home isolation in line with health guidelines.

SEE Digital Rights Network Established

Nineteen organisations from Southeast Europe have joined forces in a newly-established network that aims to advance the protection of digital rights and address the growing challenges posed by the widespread use of advanced technologies in society.