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US gives 3 Black Hawk helicopters to Albania military

TIRANA, Albania – Albania's Defense Ministry says the United States has provided three Black Hawk helicopters to bolster its military capacities. A statement Saturday said Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, who is visiting the United States, signed the deal at the New Jersey National Guard.


EL James's 'Fifty Shades' follow-up angers Albania with portrayal of thugs and a sex slave ignorant of smartphones

When EL James released The Mister, her follow-up the Fifty Shade series, she may have been braced for some bad reviews. What she perhaps did not expect was that her critics would include Albania’s ambassador to the UK, who has expressed his dismay at the novel’s negative portrayal of his countrymen.


See an unexplored Albania in a rustic farm stay next month

Travellers who love authentic local culture and eating from the source will soon have a selection of places to enjoy both in Albania. From 8 to 10 May, a collection of six new agrotourism family farms will open their doors to guests for a three-day retreat throughout villages in the country’s beauti


Road to Eurovision 2019: Week 4 – Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Denmark

Started way back in 1956 as a way of drawing a fractured Europe back together with the healing power of music, the Eurovision Song Contest, or Concours Eurovision de la Chanson – the contest is telecast in both English and French – is open to all active members of the European Broadcasting Union, wh


Albania: Armed group raids Austrian Airways flight in high-stakes robbery

One man was shot dead and four others were arrested in Albania on Tuesday, following a high-stakes robbery at the Teresa Rinasi International Airport, just north of the capital Tirana.


Lions rescued from 'Europe's worst zoo' left stranded in tiny pens in Albania

Lions rescued from 'Europe's worst zoo' have been left stranded in tiny pens while red tape prevents them from leaving Albania - where they have been horribly mis-treated. Zhaku, a 12-year-old lion and his eight-year-old sons Boby and Lenciwere were released from a highly-criticised private animal s


Wiwi Jury: Albania’s Jonida Maliqi with “Ktheju tokës”

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Albania, where Jonida Maliqi has the powerful ballad “Ktheju tokës”. Did we hear her message? Read on to find out!


Animal charity and Albania lock swords over 3 lions

TIRANA, Albania – An international animal welfare charity is locked in a spat with the Albanian government over three lions destined for a sanctuary in the Netherlands. The Four Paws says the lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana's "bureaucratic arbitrariness."


Dutch Vote to Reintroduce Visas Alarms Albania

After the Dutch parliament worried Albania by calling for the temporary restoration of visa requirements, the EU Delegation to Tirana has reassured the country that nothing has changed for the moment.


Albania to terminate 17 concession contracts for hydropower projects

Albania’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has found 9 more cases of contract violations during its review of concession agreements for hydropower plants (HPPs). This amounts to 17 concession deals the ministry has started severing, the ministry said on its website.


Albania hires Edoardo Reja to coach its national team

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian soccer federation hired Edoardo “Edy” Reja on Wednesday to coach the country’s national soccer team. The 73-year-old Reja, who signed a seven-month contract, said he will lead the team until the end of European Championship qualifying in November, and “then see an


Ex-Lazio boss Reja named Albania coach

Tirana (AFP) – Italian Edoardo Reja was appointed Wednesday as the new coach of the Albanian national team, replacing Christian Panucci who was sacked after they lost their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.


So in Albania, the Number of Abandoned Bunkers is Kind of a Problem

Once upon a time, during the Cold War, Albania’s paranoid dictator Enver Hoxha forced his country to build 700,000 bunkers, one for every four citizens. Today, the country is still trying to figure out what to do with his concrete mushrooms that have become synonymous with the landscape. A number of


Albania tightens security at airport after armed theft

TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Military police have been sent to Albania's only international airport to boost safety after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash while it was being loaded onto a passenger plane.


Journalists injured during anti-government protest in Albania

On April 13, 2019, Albanian police fired tear gas into a crowd during a demonstration in the capital, Tirana, affecting several journalists, according to news reports and video footage of the protest.


Albania prosecutors seize properties of airport money robber

TIRANA, Albania – Albanian prosecutors have confiscated the properties of a man who was shot dead during an airport robbery that saw armed men take a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane.


Albania Opposition Urges Protesters to Topple ‘Illegitimate’ PM

Albanian opposition parties hope a major protest in the capital this Saturday will force the government of Edi Rama from office. Albanian opposition parties urged supporters to come to Tirana on Saturday, rally near the main boulevard, where Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office is located, and terminate


Robbers Steal €10 Million From Plane in Albania, One Killed in Shootout

Gunmen staged a daring heist at an airport in the Albanian capital, stealing up to €10 million in cash that was being loaded into the hold of an Austrian Airlines plane as passengers watched from their seats.


Albania prosecutors confiscate illegally sold public land

TIRANA, Albania – Prosecutors have confiscated public land on the western Albanian coast that was illegally sold or owned by a former lawmaker and other officials. A statement Friday said that prosecutors seized 30 hectares (75 acres) of public land in Lezha district, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northw


Albania’s opposition calls for PM to resign

Tirana (AFP) – Albania’s right-wing opposition turned out to a tense rally in Tirana Saturday, calling on Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign, an AFP journalist at the scene said.