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Trafficking victim: 'I was raped and blindfolded underground'.

'Anna' was trafficked from Albania into the UK last year by someone pretending to be her boyfriend.

- BBC - UK

Vodafone's M-Pesa transactions reach record 614 mln in Dec.

Vodafone Group said a record 614 million M-Pesa transactions were processed during December 2016 as the global operator marked its 10th anniversary. During 2016, the service processed around 6 billion transactions, peaking in December 2016 at 529 transactions every second. Vodafone now offers M-Pesa services in ten ...

- Telecompaper - NL

Macedonia Albanians Squabble Over Joint Platform.

The 'joint platform' of Macedonian Albanians - which is a prerequisite for any of them joining a new government - risks coming apart as the signatory parties argue over its terms.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Ilham Ahmed: Sudan Wants to Revive Ties with Bulgaria at All Levels.

Novinite has met with Sudan's Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Ilham Ahmed, whose country is marking 61 years of independence – but also the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Sofia. Ms Ahmed, whose mission in Sofia started in September 2014, is also accredited to Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and ...

- Novinite - BG

Albania Moves War on Cannabis to Borders.

As the drug smuggling season begins, Albanian police are stepping up their observation of sea and land borders, over which criminals continuously try to transport tons of cannabis to Italy and Greece.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonia Govt Talks Stuck Over Albanian Language Demands.

Talks on forming a new government in Macedonia remain stuck over the issue of Albanian language demands - but both parties involved are keeping the contents of their discussions a secret.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albanian Opposition Erect Tent to Press Election Demands.

Ahead of elections due in June, opposition supporters have started an ongoing protest in a tent in front of the Prime Minister's office, boycotting parliament and pressing their demand for the formation of a technical government to supervise the elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

TRUMP at his golf club before NSA interviews; Pence in Brussels -- HILLARY and BILL talk to Albanian immigrants at NYC dinner -- SUNDAY BEST: MCCAIN continues sharp criticism of TRUMP on MTP.

FYI -- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX launches a rocket from NASA's historic moonshot pad.'Good Sunday morning. President Donald Trump is at his golf club this morning, per pooler Peter Baker of the NYT. He'll also interview national security adviser candidates at his resort in Palm Beach. VP MIKE PENCE has landed in ...

- POLITICO - US

Berisha fires Victory to 3-0 win over Mariners.

A double to star striker Besart Berisha leads Melbourne Victory to a resounding win over Central Coast.

- ABC News - AU

Albanian trade unions request to raise minimal wage.

Albanian trade unions request to raise minimal wage...

- MENAFN - JO

Albania opposition protests for free elections and end to corruption.

Albania's opposition has led an anti-government protest of tens of thousands in the capital, calling for free elections. There are concerns of possible fraud in the upcoming June elections.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Albanian protesters rally, pitch tent to demand free elections

TIRANA - Members of Albania's opposition Democratic Party pitched a giant tent outside Prime Minister Edi Rama's office on Saturday...

- Townhall.com - US

Albanian opposition Democrats in protest for free election

Albania's main opposition Democratic Party leader has vowed to continue protests demanding that the government resign and hand over to a caretaker cabinet to take the country to free and fair elections in June.

- FOX News - US

Albanian opposition Democrats in protest for free election

TIRANA, Albania " Albania's main opposition Democratic Party leader has vowed to continue protests demanding that the government resign and hand over to a caretaker cabinet to take the country to free and fair elections in June.Lulzim...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Albanian Opposition Calls Citizens to Anti-Government Rallies

Albania's main opposition party is rallying citizens to street demonstrations on Saturday afternoon, four months ahead of the general elections, to protest the present administration's alleged failures.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania Braces for Massive anti-Opposition Protests

Albanian opposition representatives have called on citizens to take to the streets on February 18 to participate in what they called "a big day for democracy". Saturday will be "the most direct expression of the will of the people to give an end to the evil, to take the biggest decision for fair and free elections," ...

- Novinite - BG

Threats Target Macedonia Opposition Talks to Form Govt

An outbreak of threatening nationalist rhetoric raised concerns as Macedonia's main opposition party continued its talks with ethnic Albanian parties over a possible deal to form a new government.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Sends Serb Leader Ivanovic for Retrial

The case of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, convicted of war crimes for ordering the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in 1999, has been sent for retrial.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatia, Albania Complain of Serbia's Nationalism to NATO

The defence ministers of Croatia and Albania have written to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to complain about the nationalistic rhetoric' of Serbian politicians towards Kosovo.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania and Croatia complain to NATO about Serbia

Albania's and Croatia's defense ministers have sent a letter to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg concerning "the events in Kosovo." The letter, penned by Mimi Kodheli and Damir Krsticevic, "condemns the Serbian officials' nationalist rhetoric."

- B92 - SK

Albania's PM Rama: Albania, Kosovo Will Have Joint Embassies

Sooner or later, Albania and Kosovo will have joint embassies abroad,' stated Albanian PM Edi Rama, reported BGNES. If anyone sees in this fact the idea of a Great Albania, this is their problem. This is not a matter of a Great Albania,' said Rama. According to Rama, the establishment of joint embassies will be done in view ...

- Novinite - BG

Albania police find ton of marijuana hidden under house

Albanian police say they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons of dried cannabis hidden under his house.

- FOX News - US

Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house

TIRANA, Albania — Albanian police say they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons of dried cannabis hidden under...

- Townhall.com - US

Albanian Anti-Communist Leader's Daughter Enters Politics

Rudina Hajdari has returned to Albania from the US in a bid to help revive the party her father co-founded and restore its former glory, tainted by allegations of past corruption and bad governance.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania, Croatia ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Serbia's president has accused the authorities in Pristina of wanting to start a war The post Albania, Croatia ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Pennine moves ahead on Albania’s Velca block

Pennine Petroleum Corp. has committed to explore and develop the 620-km Velca block in southern Albania near the city of Vlore. The operator has signed a 6-year exploration lease that is convertible to a 25-year production license upon discovery of oil or natural gas.

- OGJ - US

EP Calls on Albania to Recognize Bulgarian Minority

The European Parliament has called on Albania to make sure the rights of all minorities - and specifically ethnic Bulgarians - are safeguarded and legally enshrined. In its 2016 report on Albania, formally adopted on Wednesday, the EP "notes that further efforts are needed to protect the rights of all minorities in ...

- Novinite - BG

EP Ruling on Bulgarians in Albania Sparks Negative Reaction from Macedonian Media

A European Parliament document calling on Albania to recognize a Bulgarian minority and legally enshrine its rights has prompted a harsh response in Macedonian media. Macedonian news website Dnevnik.mk has described the EP move as "surprising". Other media outlets pick up on the story saying the European Parliament states ...

- Novinite - BG

Albania Wants to Take Tourists Underwater for Archeological Treasures

Tourists flock to nearby Greece and Italy, so why not Albania? The country has a lot of work to do before it will be a real tourist destination, but promoting its underwater heritage is a good start. -Brian Sumers

- Skift - US

Kosovo: 'Kill the Serb,' KLA, and swastika graffiti

Graffiti reading "Kill the Serb," and "UCK," along with a swastika and other offensive content have been painted on a fast food kiosk in Gnjilane. "UCK" is the Albanian language acronym for "Kosovo Liberation Army" .

- B92 - SK

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

- Global Voices - US

UK Officials Embarrassed by Albanian Convict's Return

Media revelations that a convicted murdered has returned to the UK to restart his car wash business there have caused red faces in government.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Macedonia Shootout Defendants to Testify in Court

The testimonies of the ethnic Albanian defendants accused of participating in a two-day shootout with Macedonian security forces in Kumanovo in 2015 are expected to shed new light on the high-profile case.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise

Prime Minister Edi Rama's government has failed to keep the promise made during his 2013 election campaign to develop a business climate that would create 300,000 jobs, economists said.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Pennine Petroleum Signs Velca Block PSA

Albania and Canada focused Pennine Petroleum Corporation signs a Production Sharing Agreement with Albpetrol Sh.A for the exploration and development of the Velca Block in Albania.

- Rigzone.com - US

Kosovo's Thaci Announces Post-War Reconciliation Commission

President Hashim Thaci announced a new Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which he said was intended to encourage mutual forgiveness among Kosovo's Albanians and Serbs.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Third Place Disappoints Albanian Singer Ermal Meta's Fans

Meta won three prizes at the Italian music festival Sanremo including third place in the overall contest, but it wasn't enough for some fans.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Reports: Pristina issues arrest warrants for 57 Serbs

The Special Prosecution of Kosovo has confirmed in a statement to Pristina's Albanian language media the existence of warrants to arrest 57 persons. Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti daily is reporting on Monday that it is suspected these persons are Serbs accused of allegedly committing war crimes.

- B92 - SK

International Mission Monitors Vetting Of Albanian Judges

A mission made up of EU and US legal experts will oversee the setting up of bodies that will vet around 800 Albanian justice officials to ensure they are competent and uncorrupt.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo's forgotten victims

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.

- EurActive - UK

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