Latest News from Albania

Albania Arrests Suspected Jihadist Recruiter

Albanian police said they arrested Pashja on Tuesday in cooperation with the Turkish police, following an international arrest warrant issued by a Tirana’s Serious Crimes Court on March 10.

Earlier, eight people, including two radical imams, were arrested in Albania on March 12, accused of recruiting Albanian citizens to fight in the bloody civil war in Syria.

Nebojsa Vujacic arrested, family seeks govt assistance

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The EULEX police arrested employee of the Post Serbia Nebojsa Vujacic, 48, from Kosovska Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo, on suspicion that he committed the criminal acts of murder, attempted murder and infliction of grave wounds.

Jacobson Defends Dell’s Work With Bechtel

The US ambassador in Kosovo, Tracey Jacobson, says that after her diplomatic mission ends in Kosovo, she will find it hard to find an equally interesting job.

Williamson has large dossier on KLA crimes

PRISTINA - Clint Williamson, the head of Eulex's special investigation team, has a large dossier on crimes committed by the former "Kosovo Liberation Army" (KLA) and is expected to hand it over to the judges of a special court that will look into the findings of the former Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, the Pristina-based Express daily has reported.

Few Albanian Business Report Corruption, Report Says

“Over one third (36.2 per cent) of business representatives did not report bribery because they consider there is no need to report bribery, as it is common practice to pay or give gifts to public officials,” UNODC said in a statement.

For a euro, Albania makes state property available to business

For a euro, Albania makes state property available to business

The new measure is intended to attract investment and reduce unemployment.

Prime Minister Edi Rama presents investment opportunities in Albania to a group of Italian businessmen. [Office of the Prime Minister of Albania]

Four Nigrita prison guards bailed, protests held in Albania

An Albanian man holds a placard that reads 'Kudret Kume was beaten by Greek police' during a protest in front of the Albanian Interior Ministry in Tirana, Albania, Monday.

Four guards from Nigrita Prison in northern Greece were bailed Monday after giving depositions in connection to the torture of Albanian inmate Ilie Kareli – aka Kudret Kume – who later died.

Standard and Poor’s Upgrades Albania’s Debt Rating

“We revised the outlook to stable because we think that the recently concluded International Monetary Fund programme will serve as a policy anchor for fiscal consolidation and support the sustainability of Albania's high government debt,” Standard and Poor’s said in a statement.

Nikolic, Davenport discuss new govt, dialogue with Pristina

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic informed Head of the EU Delegation Michael Davenport on Friday that the constitution of the new government would be discussed with all leaders of parties represented in the parliament and that the responsibilities for personnel and other solutions would be fully transferred to the new prime minister.

Balkan countries join forces in fight against crime

Balkan countries join forces in fight against crime

A new police centre joins BiH, Serbia and Montenegro to boost co-operation and regional security.

Border police from BiH, Serbia and Montenegro will work together at the new border centre. [AFP]

Vekaric: Special court for KLA war crimes a necessity

BELGRADE - Establishing a special court for war crimes committed by the self-styled Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) (an ethnic Albanian paramilitary formation) against Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo-Metohija in 1998 and 1999 is a necessity, Serbia's deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said on Wednesday.

Albania Oil Company to Electrify Its Wells

The Canadian company said on Tuesday that other projects in the coming year will include flow-lines, sour treatment facilities, gas gathering and additional cascade systems.

In 2013, the company invested $234 million in its oil fields in Albania, registering revenues of $561 million.

Ramadani Urges Albanians to Avoid Syria War

“Those who have sacrificed their lives, whether in Kosovo, Syria or in another country, for good causes, for freedom and democracy, may Allah bless them and I would like to send my deepest condolences to their families,” Ramadani told the news portal Presheva Jone.

Albania Registers Slight Upturn in Late 2013

Albania's economy grew by a modest 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, the head of INSTAT, Gjergj Filipi, said.

Filipi said the sectors registering highest growth were industry, construction and trade, with the latter accounting for the lion's share.

Belgrade Gets Statue of Russia's Last Tsar

A new statue of the last tsar of Russia will be erected in Belgrade in the park on Kralja Milana street, near the Russian cultural centre, Ruski Dom.

The monument has been donated by Russia, which will also fund the renovation of the park in collaboration with several Russian companies.