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How Albania Became the World’s First Atheist Country

These men's suffering was a result of the war waged on clerics of all religions by the Hoxha-led Party of Labour under the slogan "Religion is the opium of the people" - a quote adapted from the writing of communist philosopher Karl Marx.

Kosovo Entrepreneurs Benefit from Albanian Seaside Tourism

"At first we were prejudiced because we were newcomers, but we soon got used to the place," he added.

Hasani said that his business has seen a decline in revenue in recent years, but he remains satisfied, although he wants local and central government in Albania to invest more in improving utility services.

Monument to Albanian Nationalist Criticised by Montenegrin Serbs

Representatives of the ethnic Albanian-majority Tuzi municipality and the Albanian diaspora unveiled a monument on Sunday to Dede Gjon Luli, an Albanian nationalist figure and guerrilla leader, in front of his former home in the village of Bardhaj, which has been turned into a museum.

Albania rescues 36 Afghans from ship, trying to cross into Greece

Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were rescued by the ship Oriku in cooperation with Frontex, the European Union's border control force. She says they have been handed over to local authorities.

Data Leaks and Ship Tracking: BIRN’s 10th Summer School Begins

The 10th edition of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Journalism kicked off on Monday in the Montenegrin coastal town of Herceg Novi.

The weeklong summer school brings together journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and the United States.

Albania Mayor Resigns as Drug Dealing Past is Exposed

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (left) and the now resigned Mayor of Shkodra Valdrin Pjetri, during the Socialist Party election campaign. Photo: Facebook

Suspect arrested over 2017 killing in Albania

Greek police on Tuesday arrested in Athens a 30-year-old suspect in connection with the murder of a former police officer in Albania in 2017.
Albanian authorities had issued an international warrant for the arrest of the suspect, a Greek national.

Shepherds Use Albanian Communists’ Bunkers to Shelter Flocks

In the mountainous region of Martanesh, north-east of the Albanian capital Tirana, dozens of abandoned Communist-era bunkers are being used by shepherds as summer huts for their sheep.

Shepherds who come from the Tirana and Elbasan areas have built sheepfolds around the bunkers to ensure a safe haven for their flocks, enabling them to graze in Martanesh's lush pastures.

Albania Mulls Easing Citizenship Procedure for Diaspora Members

A new draft law on citizenship adopted by the Albanian government, due to be approved by parliament, will allow Albanians living abroad to acquire Albanian citizenship more easily.

The only precondition would be to prove that their ancestors had Albanian citizenship.

Serbia the only WB Country with more Trust in the Government than in the EU

BRUSSELS - According to the newest Eurobarometer Survey, conducted in June this year and published this month, Serbia is the only Western Balkan country whose citizens have more trust in the national government (41%) than in the European Union (33%).

Media: Kosovo police ban people with Serbian passports to enter Kosovo and Metohija

RTS got those information from the Kosovo Police.
According to the decision of Border Police, the persons carrying personal IDs and photo document for children are allowed to enter Kosovo.
Border Police implemented this decision without providing consent from the Kosovo Interior Minister, circumventing the usual procedure of informing the public about the measure.