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TAP gas pipeline crosses Albanian rocky mountains

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has crossed the rocky mountains of Albania, putting it on track to start delivering gas to Europe next year.
Stretching for 878 km (546 miles) from Turkey's border across Greece, Albania's mountains, and the Adriatic Sea to Italy, TAP is a cornerstone of the European Union's energy security policy to wean the bloc off Russian gas.

Vucic in Berlin: Media campaign, arguing with Albanians

Vucic, when asked about the campaign in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) media, deliberately launched ahead of the meeting in Berlin, noticed that this was an established media recipe, where something is first invented, and then "elaborated" in regional media, to the detriment of Serbia, to then state:

The destruction of the real Corfu

Until last month, my house was surrounded on four sides by olive groves. Now, there are olive trees on three sides. On the fourth, a building site. The Greek proverb is: To cut down an olive tree is like killing a man. If so, then last month a mass murderer committed a chainsaw massacre to make way for four holiday apartments.

Greeks the most stressed people worldwide, report finds

Greeks are the most stressed people in the world, according to the results of the Gallup 2019 Global Emotions report conducted on a sample of 150,000 people in 140 countries.

According to the poll, which was conducted last year, 59 percent of Greeks said they "experienced a lot of stress yesterday," putting Greece at the top of the chart for the third consecutive year.

Air Albania launches flights from new Istanbul airport

Albania's first national airline company- a joint venture with Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines- started flights on April 26 from Istanbul Airport, the city's new main international air hub.     

Trio arrested in mountains with 122.75 kg of hashish

Three foreign nationals - two 29-year-olds and a 26-year-old - were arrested in a mountainous region of Thesprotia in northwestern Greece, not far from the border with Albania, at midnight on Wednesday after being found in possession of 122.75 kilograms of unprocessed hashish.
The drugs were reportedly contained in 113 packages inside rucksacks being carried by the three suspects.

After ISIS Collapse, Serbian Women Trapped in Syria

BIRN agreed not to reveal the identity of the family for security reasons.

"We are a normal family, like any other," the mother told BIRN, saying her daughter had left in December 2014.

"We addressed the local authorities [in Novi Pazar] but they all remain silent."

Sputnik: US bombers that attacked Serbia are back in region

As Sputnik has learned, US bombers B-1B will participate in the drills. These aircraft were used in the NATO bombing of Serbia (FR Yugoslavia) 20 years ago, and will now be dropping bombs at the Krivolak ranges.

New Albanian Party to Contest Polls as Opposition Vows Boycott

Democratic Party protesters hold a placard saying "Rama Go" at a rally in Tirana on February 16. Photo: BIRN

Led by Astrit Patozi, a former deputy chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party, the new party says it hopes to be the main electoral alternative to both the government and the opposition.

BIRN Journalist Vilified as ‘Traitor’ in Twitter Video

Slobodan Georgiev. Photo: Belgrade Media Centre.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network called on the Serbian police and prosecution on Thursday to take action after BIRN Serbia editor Slobodan Georgiev was vilified in an online video.

Media Freedom Vanishing in Some Balkan States, Report Warns

Photo: Wikimedia/Narih Lee

The latest report by Reporters Without Borders published on Thursday noted significant declines over the past year in levels of press freedom in Serbia, Albania and Moldova while the situation was improving in North Macedonia, Croatia and Kosovo.

Families of Albanian ISIS Fighters Face Long Road Home

Currently, a group of 108 women and children from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia want to return to the Balkans from the Al Hol camp. There are a small number of ethnic Albanian families in two other camps in Syria.

Dutch Vote to Reintroduce Visas Alarms Albania

An Albanian biometric passport. Photo courtesy: Bevis Fusha / Safran

It comes after parliament in the Netherlands voted to deploy the so-called Emergency Break Mechanism for Albania due to concerns about rising criminal activity by Albanian nationals in the country.