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Albania Braces for Unrest Ahead of Opposition Protest

Albanian police warned reporters to wear gas masks ahead of Thursday’s opposition protest, amid fears of fresh violence on the streets and an attempt to storm parliament. Albania is on high alert ahead of another opposition protest on Thursday, amid fears that it could end in an violent attempt to s


How a recent ban on gambling in Albania is impacting the country

Betting shops – stores on shopping streets where you can go bet on a horse or sometimes a basketball game or whether the next royal baby’s going to be a boy or a girl – are a common feature in many European towns. But one small European country has banned all gambling: Albania. So what prompted the


MVRDV designs Albania's tallest building with pixellated facade

Construction has started on a skyscraper in Tirana designed by Dutch firm MVRDV, set to feature a facade with a pixellated map of Albania at its centre. With a height of 140 metres, Downtown One is set to become Albania's new tallest building, ahead of the 91-metre-high Rajfi Residence.


MVRDV breaks ground on albania's tallest building 'downtown one' with pixelated façade

construction has began in tirana on ‘downtown one’ – the 459ft (140m) tall mixed-use skyscraper designed by MVRDV. the structure, which is set to become albania’s tallest building, has been developed to symbolize the country as the façade features a pixelated ‘map’ of projections and cantilevers, ea


This skyscraper will transform Tirana’s skyline with a 3D map of Albania

Work has started on the skyscraper tipped to become Albania’s tallest building. Reaching 140-metres tall, Downtown One in central Tirana will feature jutting and protruding panels and sections, creating a pixelated, 3D map of Albania itself.


Albania’s opposition MPs to resign in protest

An injured protester is helped by others as supporters of Albanian opposition shout anti Government slogans during a protest in front of the government building in Tirana, Albania, 16 February 2019. [Malton Dibra/EPA/EFE]


MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania

Construction has begun on MVRDV’s “Downtown One,” a 140-meter-tall mixed-use skyscraper for the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Set to become Albania’s tallest building, the 37-story scheme is defined by its “relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated map of Albania, each rep


Albania Opposition MPs to Quit ‘Mafia’ Parliament

As political conflict escalates in Albania, opposition Democratic Party MPs have vowed to 'burn' their mandates in a parliament that party chief Lulzim Basha says was elected under the influence of organised crime.


Albanian protesters attack PM's office to demand he quits

TIRANA (Reuters) - Protesters in Albania attacked the prime minister’s office with iron bars and petrol bombs on Saturday, demanding his resignation over a scandal-plagued plan to build a ring-road around the capital.


Opposition supporters clash with police in Albania

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters clashed with police Saturday at an anti-government rally protesting what they claim is a corrupt and inefficient Cabinet. The protesters demanded that the government resign and an early election be held.


Chaotic scenes in Albania as opposition attempts to storm PM's residence over accusations of corruption

Albania's capital, Tirana, was plunged into chaos on Saturday as thousands of people swarmed the square in front of Prime Minister Edi Rama's residence, clashing with police and storming the building with metal poles.


Protests Against Rama’s Government Turn Violent in Albania

Thousands of opposition supporters on Saturday clashed with police in an anti-government rally againt the PM Edi Rama cabinet, demanding its resignation and early elections. A group of protesters managed to break the police cordon to reach the entrance of the Prime Minister office in Tirana on Satur


Local volunteers rebuild school in Albania

A feeling of achievement: 'Standing and looking at the beautiful building was one of the happiest moments in my life'. Carly Glasse with the tree painted a classroom wall, with the handprints of everyone who helped as the leaves (Photo provided)


Albania Protesters Clash With Police at Rally Called by Opposition

TIRANA, Albania — Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters clashed with the police at an anti-government rally on Saturday, calling for the resignation of what they describe as a corrupt and inefficient cabinet and for early elections.


EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally

TIRANA, Albania (AP) - The European Union and the United States have warned Albania’s opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government’s alleged corruption.


Albania Police Raid Judges’ Homes After Controversial Ruling

Albanian police have pounced on the homes of three judges whose controversial ruling, slashing the prison term of a convicted police killer, sparked an outcry – and suspicions of corruption.


Lawmaker throws ink, disrupts Albania parliament session

TIRANA, Albania – Albania's parliament on Thursday suspended a session on neighbor North Macedonia's accession to NATO after an opposition lawmaker threw ink at the prime minister.


Albania lawmaker throws ink at prime minister in alleged protest

TIRANA, Albania – An opposition lawmaker in Albania was suspended from parliament for 10 days after he threw a bottle of ink at the prime minister. Edi Paloka was asked to leave the parliament hall Thursday after he threw ink at Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama, who was reprimanding fellow lawmaker


Albania Opposition Prepares Big Rally Against ‘Government of Thugs’

Opposition parties are gearing up for a major rally against Edi Rama's government on Saturday – and have accused the police of trying to scare people away from attending. Opposition parties in Albania are summoning their supporters from across the country to Tirana on Saturday for a major rally agai


What’s it like to hike through the Balkan borderlands?

When Leon McCarron ventured along the 200-kilometer-long trail that connects Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, he found a path that entwines the region’s dark history, natural beauty and promising future.