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Albanian Police Stop Photographer Filming Riots for ‘Damaging Country’s Image’

Gent Shkullaku. Photo: Courtesy of Gent Shkullaku.

"I was photographing [the violence] when police officers stopped me, saying, it wasn't allowed because it would damage the image of the country," Shkullaku, an experienced photo reporter, told BIRN. "They demanded to delete the photos," he added.

Albania Deports Rioting Fans at European Football Final

Albania deported 80 Italian football fans on Wednesday after they clashed with police on Tuesday evening in Tirana on the eve of UEFA Conference League match between Roma and Dutch club Feyenoord.

Feyenoord fans also clashed with officers, throwing glass bottles, sticks and stones on Tuesday, trying to get nearer to the National Arena Stadium in order to clash with Roma fans.

Destination Dubai: Albanian Criminals Find Safe Haven in UAE

A growing number of Albanian crime figures are finding refuge and laundering money in the United Arab Emirates, knowing that authorities in Albania and elsewhere in Europe will struggle to secure their extradition.

Greece, Albania Vow to Speed up Resolution of Maritime Disputes

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, and his Albanian counterpart Olta Xhacka, meeting on Monday in Tirana, vowed to speed up resolution of their maritime disputes before the International Court of Justice, ICJ.

The two countries previously agreed to send the matter to the ICJ in 2020, after years of not being able to resolve it themselves.

Airlines: Potential come back for Athens airport

Eight new destinations and six new airlines are on the air map of Athens. The city is restarting, after two very difficult seasons, as the pandemic "hit" the city break destinations particularly. Travelers who last summer turned to direct connections to smaller tourist destinations, return to Athens, with the city center already full of visitors.

Lost World: Prehistoric Houses Found in Lake Ohrid Thrill Archeologists

The archaeologists, who have been working in this field for a few years, say the discoveries confirm the earliest known practise of agriculture near the lake.

The discoveries have attracted the attention of the wider community, and the Albanian community living in Switzerland has organised a meeting with one of the best-known archaeologists on the team to discuss them.

Day 70 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Bombing of Lviv, Dozens of Civilian Casualties in the East

Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:

Russia bombs Lviv

There are power outages in the city after a Russian air strike, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy said on Telegram.

"As a result of the missile strike, two power substations were damaged - there is no electricity in part of the city," he said.

Ukraine President Asks Albania to Limit Russian Tourists

Speaking to MPs in the Albanian parliament via a video link on Tuesday, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky asked for the closure of Albania ports to Russian ships and for limits to be put on the number of Russian holidaymakers arriving in the country.

Media Freedom Remains Major Concern in Balkans, Watchdog Says

Reporters Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, published on Tuesday, says that over the past year there has been a large increase in "polarisation amplified by information chaos" - a phenomenon that has also affected the troubled media environment in the Balkans.

Sold for Scrap: Albanian Town Rues Demise of an Oil Giant

This time, the "dead" thing is an oil refinery in the town of Ballshi, the seat of the southern Albanian region of Mallakastra.

Shijaku bought the refinery for scrap earlier this year with a loan of nine million euros from its owner, Credins Bank. Once it's picked apart, a solar park will rise in its place by the end of 2023, he says.

Albania Investment Law Branded Tool for Clientelism

In 2015, Albania's parliament approved a bill designed to attract major investments - but seven years on, it's clear that local businesses eyeing short-term profits have reaped most of the benefits.