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Foreign Leaders Gather in Serbia for President's Inauguration.

A phalanx of regional and other leaders - though not from Albania or Kosovo - will be present in Belgrade on Friday for Aleksandar Vucic's inauguration as Serbia's new head of state.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania Enjoys Calmest Ever Election Campaign.

With an almost complete absence of posters and other campaign paraphernalia, Albania is witnessing the most decent and calm pre-election period in its history, experts say.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Protesters Blockade Film About Serb-Albanian Relations.

Protesters carrying Serbian flags and chanting anti-Albanian slogans prevented the showing of a film about Serb-Albanian relations in the city of Nis.

- Balkan Insight - UK

A look at Albania's leading election candidates.

Albania holds parliamentary elections Sunday, a poll that will gauge the country's readiness to start European Union membership talks.

- FOX News - US

Election set to shape Albania's relationship with the EU.

In Europe's second-poorest country, the pace of reform remains in doubt

- Financial Times - US

Albanians Torn Between Choices Ahead of Election.

The June 25 general election leaves Albanians with the choice of continued rule by the Socialists or putting their faith in the Democrats' promise of a stronger economy and lower taxes. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

'Greater Albania' unacceptable to Turkey - Erdogan.

Turkey's president says "the ideas of some about the unification of Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo into a Greater Albania" are "bad, and unacceptable to Turkey." According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is loudly advocating "respecting sovereignty and integrity of countries in the Balkans."

- B92 - SK

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession.

TIRANA, Jun 21 - As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession. Morocco may be the leading source of cannabis resin, but mountainous Albania is the main supplier of herbal ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

In our backyard: The Caribbean's statelessness and refugee crisis.

The migrant crisis in Europe has placed the issues of refugees and migration firmly on the global agenda, with estimates that over 1 million people entered Europe in 2015 as refugees or migrants. Fleeing war, generalized violence, or repressive governments, they mostly originate from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, ...

- Brookings - US

Enver Hoxha's grandson on trial for trafficking 120kg of cocaine.

Enver Hoxha is descended from the notorious Albanian Communist strongman.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Albanian Police Go Airborne for Anti-Cannabis Offensive.

After efforts in 2016 to curb widespread cannabis cultivation in Albania were unsuccessful, police have deployed helicopters as part of a new national effort to end the growing of illegal crops.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Aleksandar Vucic's Broken Promises to America

President Vucic has repeatedly promised to resolve the murders of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in Serbia in 1999, so when he visits Washington, the US must pressure him to finally deliver.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania: Parliament elects bodies to vet judges, prosecutors

The Albanian parliament has voted upon members of the vetting bodies that will check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors, a key to judicial reforms needed to convince the European Union to launch membership negotiations.

- FOX News - US

Former Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira joins Albania's KF Tirana

The 43-year-old will be joined by his two trusted personnel who he had left at Gor Mahia.

- Daily Nation - KE

TAP talks possibilities of Macedonia's joining project

All interested parties can bid for available capacity of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in accordance with the rules set out in the guidelines approved by the National Regulatory Authorities of Greece, Albania and Italy, TAP Head of Communications Lisa Givert told Trend.

- AzerNews - AZ

German EMS-Fehn-Group completes work on TAP

German EMS-Fehn-Group has successfully completed the delivery of pipes for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in Albania, said the message posted on the company's website.

- AzerNews - AZ

An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again

Ted Galen Carpenter Security, Europe Neighboring countries are increasingly uneasy about the growing militancy in both Kosovo and Albania. One of the problems that emerges when U.S. officials and the news media are focused on a small number of foreign-policy issues is that troubling developments can occur below the radar in ...

- The National Interest - US

Court of Appeal rejects appeal of Albanian nationals

An appeal raising issues about the applicability of EU data protection laws to asylum seekers has been rejected by a 2/1 majority of the Court of Appeal.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Bulgaria's Former King and PM Simeon II Celebrates his 80th Birthday

Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha, Bulgaria's former Prime Minister and ex king celebrates his 80th birthday on 16th of June. Thanksgiving service was held in St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. Later in Vrana Palace, Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha will welcome guests from all corners of Europe, members of Royal families, Bulgarian ...

- Novinite - BG

Albanians Fed Up with Politicians' Election Rhetoric

Voters at the upcoming polls want to know how education can be improved, how the economy can grow and if taxes will be cut, but politicians have only offered slogans and insults.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Nine ISIS adherents indicted on terror charges in Kosovo

June 14, 2017, 6:07 PM Nine Islamic State activists have been indicted in Kosovo on charges of planning a series of terrorist attacks in Albania and Kosovo, including one they intended to carry out against Israel's national football team during its World Cup qualifying match against Albania last November, prosecutors in ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Kosovo: Nine indicted for terrorism and links with IS

Kosovo Prosecutor's Office has raised indictments against nine persons for terrorism and links with Islamic State extremists. They are suspected of planning attacks on players and fans during a football match between Albania and Israel, played in Elbasan last year.

- B92 - SK

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