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Albania pays last respects to Robert Elsie, folklore scholar.

TIRANA, Albania — Robert Elsie, a German scholar of Albanian literature and folklore, is being buried in Albania in accordance with his wishes.

- Billings Gazette - US

TAP pipe deliveries complete to Albania, Greece, Italy.

- Today.Az - AZ

UK.gov: Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*.

If we start now, we might be better at it than Albania The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials.…

- TheRegister - UK

Turkey Presses Albania To Extradite Key 'Gulenist' Suspect.

Albania is under pressure to deport a 39-year-old detained in Durres, who Turkish media link with a Twitter account that infuriated Ankara with its leaks of state secrets.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania has Recognized the Bulgarian Minority in the Country.

The Bulgarian minority was officially recognized by Albania, local media reported. This was after the amendments to the Minority Protection Bill, approved by consensus in the country's parliamentary legal committee. The official position of Tirana until recently was that the Bulgarians living in Albania for centuries have ...

- Novinite - BG

Pledge to Extend VAT Worries Albania's Small Businesses.

Government plans to extend VAT to small businesses – to curb the informal economy – have left many of them fearful about the future. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

During Albania visit, Kosovo President defies EU.

The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.

- EurActive - UK

Thaci angers West by accusing them of broken promises.

After Hashim Thaci criticized the international community for failing to live up to its promises, the EU, the US and the UK say he is the one to blame. According to the Pristina-based Albanian language daily Koha Ditore, the EU, the United States and the United Kingdom have rejected the Kosovo president's allegations that a ...

- B92 - SK

Europe is unjust, Albania should give us passports - Thaci.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has asked Albanian President Ilir Meta to allow residents of Kosovo the possibility of acquiring citizenship of Albania. Thaci said he did this because Europe has been unjust toward "the Kosovars."

- B92 - SK

Hungary Demands Faster EU, NATO Integration of West Balkans.

Hungary wants the European Union to speed up integration of the Western Balkans and for NATO to include those countries, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday, quoted by Reuters.  Speeding up the accession process is a guarantee of security,' Szijjarto said at a news conference also attended by a dozen ...

- Novinite - BG

Thaci Urges Albania to Grant Kosovars Citizenship.

After Kosovo's President, Hashim Thaci, asked Albania to give Kosovo nationals citizenship, to help them escape their 'isolation', Albania's President appeared to give the idea a cool reception.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania Commemorates Communist Killing of MPs

Albania's parliament commemorated the 70th anniversary of the death of 15 MPs who were deemed opponents of the past Communist regime, despite ongoing accusations that politicians have ties to the Communist past.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Children are kidnapped for organ trade - ex Albanian leader

Albania's former PM and president Sali Berisha says he learned from a policeman that children are being smuggled across the border with Kosovo and Metohija. Sputnik in Serbian is reporting this, citing Berisha's message published on Facebook, which said the children were being kidnapped and smuggled for their organs.

- B92 - SK

Rama Hires Kosovo Ministers to Boost Albania's Status

Albania's Edi Rama has given four of the 33 new vice-ministerial posts in his government to Kosovars, in what some experts call a move to reinforce his regional ambitions.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albanians Demand Animal Rights Law After Seeing Cruel Video

Disgusted by footage of a dog being beaten to death, Albanian animal rights activists are demanding a new law against animal cruelty – after Croatia changed its laws on Wednesday.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Tensions With BESA Threaten Macedonia's Social Democrats

Ahead of the October 15 local elections in Macedonia, the second largest ethnic Albanian party, BESA, has warned Prime Minister Zoran Zaev he risks losing their general support.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Italy to gift rifles to Albania

By the end of the year, Italy will donate to Albania 5,000 Berreta AR70/90 5.56x45 mm rifles and two Iveco VTLM Lince 4x4 light multirole vehicles in the basic version. With Albania's strategic importance for Italy in the Balkan-Mediterranean regional context, the goal of the donation is to

- Jane’s - US

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