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Minorities in Albania Urge More Accurate Headcount in 2022

After widespread criticism of its 2011 population census, authorities in Albania are facing calls to improve the way they count minorities when the headcount is repeated in 2022.

Photographer Portrays Pain – and Hope – of Refugees Reaching Albania

Supported by Caritas Albania, UNHCR and Caritas Austria and Caritas Italy, a new exhibition in Tirana called "The Dreams We Carry" shows portraits of refugees that have come to Albania. Most of the pictures were taken at border points, mostly at the Greek-Albanian border called Kapshtica, at nearby refugee reception centres.

First Two Cases of Swine Flu have been Registered in Albania

The Albanian Institute of Public Health announced that the AH1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, was circulating in the country, and that the first two cases of infection had been confirmed, Ora News TV reported.

In Albania, a Worrying Rise in Drug Gangs Hiring Minors

Under questioning, he admitted selling drugs for a dealer who paid him a fixed monthly wage of 10,000 leks, or roughly 82 euros. He refused to name the dealer.

The boy is one a growing number of minors used as distributors by organised drug gangs operating in densely-populated districts of Tirana, in exchange for a meagre wage.

Shrinking Balkan Populations Give Neglected Roma Their Chance

The example of Kotez is replicated in other towns and cities in Serbia, and in the Balkans, and explains the noticeable rise in the employment rate of Roma people, mainly in lower-paid service sectors, due to a shortage of labour.

Femicide in Montenegro Sparks Outcry Over Official Negligence

Protests on murder in the town of Tuzi, Montenegro. Photo: Courtesy of TV BOIN

Gjokaj had been on the run since September 30, after he killed his 19-year-old wife and wounded her father in the mainly Albanian-populated towni.

Key Workers Told to Get Vaccinated in Some South-East Europe States

Serbia was the first country that made vaccination mandatory for police officers and members of the armed forces in May, followed by Greece and Hungary, which made jabs compulsory for the healthcare sector.

Albania then made vaccination mandatory in late August for health workers, teachers and students.

‘Debate’ on Women Ministers Has Revealed Albania’s Sexist Mindset

Sexist attacks also came from all categories and age-groups owning a social networks account. Memes were also shared, focussing not only on the women in the new government but also conveying the message that they "will be used and exploited".

Thousands Protest Against Femicide That has Shaken Albania

Thousands of activists and citizens joined protests on Wednesday in Tirana and Fier over the murder on September 10 of a young woman by her ex-husband - and over official failures to prevent violence against women more generally in Albania.

Afghan Refugees Fleeing Taliban Arrive in Albania

The refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan were flown in to Tirana airport on Friday morning, where they received medical check-ups before being sent onwards to the city of Durres.

Milanovic: I will not back down, I am asking Serbia...

"I don't intend to back down on that. We can't ask for war compensation from Serbia, but there are human souls, not bodies. They have that information and they will have to give it to us. We need to focus on the essentials, and those are missing persons. The team in Belgrade can give us the requested information if they want", Milanovic said in Kijevo, a place in Sibenik-Knin County.