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Italian Businessman Bechetti’s Lawsuit Against Albania Dismissed

The building of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France.  Photo: EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Had the company done that, "this Court would have had the benefit of the views of the national courts", the ruling read.

The ECHR said the company had failed to take appropriate steps to enable national courts to fulfil their fundamental role.

Turkey appoints new ambassadors to 25 countries

Turkey appointed ambassadors to 25 foreign diplomatic missions, while ambassadors from 23 countries are recalled to their headquarters in Ankara, according to a presidential decision published in the Official Gazette on June 2.

Ukraine: EU Remains Leery of ‘Symbolic’ Offer of Candidate Status

Yet, despite overwhelming support for Ukraine in its fight for survival against Russian aggression, many of the 27 member states are leery of diminishing the accession process just to make a symbolic gesture to a country in need.

Albania Fined by Strasbourg Court for Segregating Schoolchildren

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday found the Albanian state guilty of violating anti-discrimination measures in the European Convention on Human Rights by segregating children from the Roma and Egyptian minorities at the Naim Frasheri primary school in the south-eastern city of Korca.

Concert Commemorates Albanian Artists Persecuted Under Communism

The 'Sounds of Memory' concert at the Orthodox cathedral in Tirana on Monday evening featured 14 songs and readings of poems by people who were imprisoned or killed for their resistance to Albania's Communist dictatorship.

Kosovo Detains Two ISIS Suspects Following Repatriation from Syria

A Kosovo court said on Monday that it had detained two persons suspected of terrorism. Pristina Basic Court said the first person, with the initials H.S., was suspected of "voluntarily and in full conscience" joining Islamic State ISIS terrorist organization in Syria in November 2015.

Albania Parties Fail to Elect ‘Consensus’ President

The last chance for Albania's main opposition Democratic Party to propose names for the new President - who must be elected in June - expired on Sunday, when it failed to do so, in the third round of the election.

The date for a fourth session is yet to be decided. Democratic Party parliamentarians did not show up to vote in the parliament.

EBRD funds Yıldırım’s purchase of Albanian metal miner

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a $28 million loan to Yıldırım Holding, a Turkish conglomerate and longstanding Bank client, for the acquisition of AlbChrome, a metal mining company in Albania.

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.