Latest News from Albania
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.
DIMITROVGRAD - In a joint operation by police forces from seven regional countries, named "Nisava 2014", a large amount of foreign currency was seized as well as a so-called ATM skimmer - a fraud device used for stealing customer bank card data, chief of Serbia's border police Nenad Banovic said on Monday in Dimitrovgrad.
A Thessaloniki court on Monday convicted a couple for beating their 7-year-old son to death in 2006.
The northern citys appeals court sentenced the victims mother to life in prison, while the father received 10 years.
Charges against the parents, who are from Albania, included homicide and grievous bodily harm.
Police found the drugs stashed in a van parked on secluded beach. It is believed that speed boats were to be used to traffic the drugs to Italy.
Media reports said police have arrested one suspect and issued warrants for five others.
The drugs are believed to have originated in the notoriously lawless village of Lazarat, a no-go zone for police.
A new report rates Western Balkan countries midway in the world when it comes to quality of life and social progress.
The Social Progress Index 2014 Report rated a total of 132 countries using more than 50 indicators.
Serbia lowest-ranked in region on enabling trade index
BELGRADE -- Serbia fell on the list of the Global Enabling Trade Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is now 89th among 138 countries.
Two years ago, in the previous report, Serbia was 71st of 132 countries, the Beta news agency reported.
Germany's leader has given a cautious thumbs-up to Albania's application to obtain EU candidate status, while declining to commit Germany one way or the other ahead of an important report.
“We treat countries on the EU path based on the reports coming from the European Commission,” Chancellor Merkel told a press conference in Berlin held with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Rama will hold talks with German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, the speaker of the German parliament and the head of the Christian Democratic Union’s parliamentary group.
Rama is also expected to meet the Deputy Chancellor and Economy Minister, Sigmar Garbiel.
Albania’s EU Integration minister, Klajda Gjosha, described the decision as “testimony to an efficient public administration, which Brussels can back without equivocation.
“I also consider this also a clear message for the Albanian government to advance reforms in order to guarantee progress for its citizens,” she added.