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Berisha denies Basha’s claims that he places himself above DP

Veteran Democrat leader Sali Berisha has responded to the statements of the leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, who said that Berisha allegedly puts himself above...

US Embassy commemorates tragic tremor shaking Albania on November 26, 2019

The US Embassy has commemorated the tragedy of two years ago when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Albania on the morning of November 26, 2019. In a Twitter...

Kurti: “We are more than 2 countries to be distracted”

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has said that government officials of Kosovo and Albania should speak as diplomats and work as patriots. He made that comment in the...

British Army to Switch Main Training Base From Canada to Oman in Move Seen ...

The British Army has had a huge base in the Canadian province of Alberta since 1972. The Suffield base became increasingly important as the British Army pulled resources...

Bulgaria confirms veto on EU talks with North Macedonia, says Albania to be...

Bulgaria confirmed its veto on the launch of membership talks between the European Union and North Macedonia during a meeting of the EU’s General Affairs Council, saying the...

Bulgarian prosecution says an injured in the bus crash has disappeared

Forty-four bodies were found dead at the site of the bus explosion in Bulgaria, said the spokeswoman for the Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor's Office, Siika Mileva on Thursday. "We...

Basha blasts ‘clientelist’ government on 2022 draft state budget

Taking the floor in the discussion of the 2022 draft government bill in Thursday’s parliamentary plenary session, the chairman of the opposition Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha turned...

Government under way of closing orphanages in Albania

The Orphanage in Vlora, southern Albania,  will be finally closed, while the 13 children who are there will be returned to their biological families. This was revealed by...

North Macedonia and Bulgaria mourn victims of bus crash inferno 

The flag of the Republic of North Macedonia was flown at half-mast. Bulgaria has also declared a day of mourning on Wednesday. "We are together with our North...

Controversial judge Dvorani cleared by SPAK, President to follow the case

The Special Court against Crime and Corruption (SPAK) has rejected the lawsuit of the President, Ilir Meta against the former head of the Judicial Appointments Council, Ardian Dvorani....

Bulgarian president Radev wins second term

Bulgarian president Rumen Radev won a second term in office by a wide margin on Sunday as voters in the European Union's poorest country backed his strong anti-corruption...

German Minister says citizens will be ‘vaccinated, cured of dead’ from ...

Germany has introduced new measures to slow a rise in COVID cases after the nation set a new record for coronavirus infections for a second consecutive day. Numbers...

5 killed, 40 injured, including kids, when SUV plows into Wisconsin Christm...

A driver blew past police barricades and plowed into a group of people marching in a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday — killing five people and injuring...

Montenegrin president linked with Albanian tycoon on money laundering

The president of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic has turned down the latest claims over his alleged connection to Albanian businessman wanted for money laundering, Rezart Taci. Taci is wanted...

PM worried about garbage in Albania saying businesses should pay more for c...

Prime Minister Edi Rama said at a meeting with mayors and perfects on Saturday that businesses should pay more for cleaning. Rama stressed that high fines further reduce...

Berisha to his ex – protege Basha: “You must resign as we are a...

Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha has again demanded the resignation of the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, who, according to him, does not recognize the...

UNICEF Albania condemns tragic death of boy, calls for nationwide reflectio...

“UNICEF condemns any act of violence against children.  We need a nationwide reflection and the reaction of all actors to enable the effective protection of any child at...

Bulgaria summons Turkish ambassador over ‘interference’ in its election...

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry summoned Turkish ambassador Aylin Sekizkök to urge her country’s institutions not to interfere in its elections, the ministry said on November 18 as quoted by...

Petition signed by citizens pressing for hanging assassin of boy in Fier

The relatives of the macabrely killed 8-year-old and many citizens have demanded the death penalty for the perpetrator of the murder, Klodian Calamani. The relatives of the little...

Monstrous asassination of Child in Albania, party to UN Convention on Child...

The macabre murder of an 8-year-old in the village of Grecalli in Fier, southern Albania, on Tuesday, has shocked the entire Albanian public opinion. Police said the tragedy...

New health project to promote healthy lifestyles at schools

‘Schools for Health’ launches its operations in health promotion and disease prevention among schoolchildren A new project will promote healthy lifestyles in order to reduce the risk of...

EU calls for ‘full ceasefire’ after clashes between Azerbaijan and ...

Azerbaijan and Armenia on Tuesday traded accusations of the other side initiating fighting along their shared border as fresh clashes erupted between the arch foes a year after...

Day to the world’s poor/ Pope’s appeal to the rich: ‘break br...

Pope Francis decried societies which rush indifferently past the poor, often judging them instead of helping them, as he celebrated Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by...

Albania caught by corruption and vetting punishes corrupt politicians

Albania is a country caught by corruption and the vetting of politicians punishes corrupt figures and returns power to the citizens. The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha wrote...

White House mocks Trump’s claim to have an ‘envoy ambassador...

Trump said on Thursday he dispatched an "envoy ambassador" to the Kosovo-Serbia border. In response, a White House official said the former president had a "very active imagination."...

4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Tirana and northern Albania on Friday

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred on Friday afternoon 24 km northeast of Tirana, Albania, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported. The quake hit at a...

Draft budget 2022 adopted in principle in parliamentary financial committee...

The draft state budget for 2022 and the fiscal package that will accompany it were adopted in principle by the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Finance on Thursday....

Abazovic doesn’t think there will be early elections in Montenegro ex...

The Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic thinks that there will be no new elections in this Balkan country but there will be a model that can...

DP says Rama uses the police as a background of political propaganda

The presentation of the 2022 budget for the Ministry of Interior, where the Prime Minister Edi Rama was present on Tuesday, has been the target of criticism by...

Greek, Russian FMs discuss Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ visit to Moscow...

Greek Foreign Affairs MinisterNikos Dendias had "an extensive phone conversation" with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov on Monday, he said in  a tweet. The focus he added was on...

Albanian and Greek politics has failed to pursue people’s good relati...

"Developments in North Macedonia and the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina are not good signs for the Western Balkans," said Prime Minister Edi Rama in an interview with...

DP’s Basha hints he talked with US congressmen on Democrat veteran leader...

"The Democratic Party (DP) and I cannot become anyone's personal advocates, but we will be advocates of the daily problems of Albanians. "We were assured that we would...

President marks the 11th anniversary of visa liberalizations for Albania at...

As November 8 marks the 11th anniversary of the decision of the Council of Europe (CE) for the liberalizations of visas for Albania, President Ilir Meta had a...

Zero’ tolerance on misbehavior against journalists by police bodies p...

A police officer was fired because of an incident with a journalist while she was reporting on a criminal event in the suburban areas of Tirana on Saturday,...

Berisha warns overthrow of ‘narco-state’ of Rama in meeting with DP’s...

"For me, this meeting, this Foltore is the most important and crucial event in our effort for a complete reconstruction of the Democratic Party, for its placement as...

Deputy Belind Këlliçi will not be head of FRPD, joins Foltore

Democrat MP Belind Këlliçi will no longer be in charge of the Democratic Party Youth Forum (FRPD). The head of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, decided on...

Berisha says times are critical, but DP will overthrow Rama and return to p...

"Foltore will turn the DP into a gigantic force of freedom, democracy and victory. Times are critical, but each of you, who supports us, are writing a new...

Alarm raised as high school closed because of Covid infection in southern A...

The high school in Borsh, southern Albania, has been closed following an urgent decision, as some teachers and students have been infected with coronavirus, local media reported on...

No rerun of the 2019 local power elections, rules Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court has annulled the lawsuit filed by the Association of Municipalities for the rerun of the 2019 local elections. The court said on November 2, when...

German MEP says Albania lacks minimum standards in animal protection

German MEP Martin Buschmann has sounded the alarm over the “mass killing of street dogs in Albania”. In a Facebook post quoted by EWP, the MEP wrote that “in...

DP’s veteran leader joined by Kamza activists in effort to resurrect Alba...

"We will resurrect Albania on its feet. Foltore is the second big mission in the last 30 years, and you, the democrats of Kamza and all of Albania...

Greece celebrates National Day in southern Albania with presence of Deputy ...

Andreas Katsaniotis, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, visited “Greek minority” communities in Albania on the anniversary of 28 October 1940, otherwise known as Ochi Day. On Twitter, the...

Japanese man in Joker costume injures 17 in knife attack on Tokyo train

A 24-year-old man wearing a Joker costume attacked passengers on a Tokyo train line on Sunday evening. As many as 17 people were injured as they headed for...

DP Hails SPAK’s lawsuit against the mayor of Mallkastra

The decision of the special prosecution authority SPAK to declare as defendant the mayor of Mallakastra, Qerim Ismailaj  has been described as a welcome act towards clearing politics...

Another judge dismissed in the framework of the vetting process in Albania

The Independent Qualification Commission held a hearing session on Monday to announce the decision on the subject of re-evaluation for Ajola Prenci, a judge at the Court of...

UN Secretary General says Rome summit failed, no concrete commitments for f...

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies agreed on a final statement on Sunday that urged "meaningful and effective" action to limit global warming, but offered few...

Court rules ex- RTSH Director Thoma Gëllçi to stay behind bars

Former director general of Albania's RTSH Thoma Gëllçi and members of the commission who were arrested a few days ago for corruption regarding an irregular tender have been...

Tremor hits northeastern Albania causing damages, no injuries reported

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude 4.5 in northeastern Albania has caused damage to more than a dozen houses but no injuries, Albanian authorities said Friday. The Institute of...

Arbri Highway to be inaugurated on November 29

Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced that one project will be inaugurated while another one will be launched on the occasion of the holidays of independence and liberation...

Poisoning of citizens in Kruja is caused by polluted drinking water

The local unit of Public Health in the town of Kruja has concluded that the water consumed by the citizens of Kruja who have shown signs of poisoning...

Citizens and politicians have different perspectives of the future of Europ...

Political leaders and citizens of the Western Balkans have different visions of the future of the European Union, but the future of Europe is the future of the...

China Urges US to Respect Commitments on Taiwan in Response to Blinken̵...

 The Chinese Embassy in the United States has called on Washington to comply with the "One China" principle and adhere to its commitments regarding Taiwan. "Fifty years ago,...

Veteran DP leader Berisha reveals Paris Court has accepted his lawsuit agai...

The historic leader of the right- wing Democratic Party (DP), Sali Berisha has  unveiled that the Paris Court has accepted his lawsuit against the US State Secretary, Antony...

Investments foreseen 111 billion ALL in Albania’s 2022 draft budget

"After the strong recession in 2020, currently projected at -4%, the economy is expected to recover significantly in 2021. The latest estimates for economic growth during 2021 reach...

Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit Albania in frame of regional tour

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay a visit to Albania at the invitation of Foreign Minister Olta Xhacka. The news was released by foreign ministry spokesperson...

DP’s Basha determined as never before to end transition in Albania

None will prevent Democratic Party (DP) to clean up politics, has declared the chairman of the largest opposition party, Lulzim Basha, according to whom he will end the...

Democrat deputy Alizoti raises alarm that DP is on fire

Another Democratic Party (DP) MP has come out openly in support of the tour of meetings of veteran leader Sali Berisha with the Democrat rank-and-file under the motto...

Turkish President Erdogan determined to expel ambassadors from 10 countries...

The ambassadors of 10 countries, including Germany and the United States, who appealed for the release of the Turkish activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, will each be declared...

UHRP’s Dule Blasts DP’s Basha for Failure of Opposition in April 25 Ele...

In a public statement the chairman of the Union for Human Rights Party (UHRP), Vangjel Dule has held responsible the head of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha,...

Kosovo expels 2 Russian diplomats; Russian embassy in Belgrade sees no lega...

Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats for allegedly "endangering national security,” the Balkan country's president said Friday, accusing Russia of trying to destabilise the region....

DP Veteran Leader Tells Supporters in Berat He Is Ready to Take DP’s Helm...

"Sali Berisha is indisputably open as I stated on May 20 for every task in the Constitutional sphere, including the chairman of the Democratic Party. It is up...

President raises alarm after IMF data on Albania’s highest mortality ...

The ranking of Albania by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country with the highest mortality in Europe from COVID-19 is an alarming fact, which must be...

Bodies of four Russian citizens who lost lives in Albania taken to their co...

The Russian Embassy in Tirana has confirmed that the dead bodies of 4 Russian tourists have been taken to their country. According to them, another examination will be...

PM announces Albania’s first satellite into orbit in March 2022, foll...

Albania on Wednesday announced that it will launch two satellites into space in 2022, in collaboration with California-based SpaceX. "Albania in orbit, incredible but real," Albanian Prime Minister...

EC’s report confirms Albania has met conditions to start EU accession tal...

The European Commission reaffirms its conviction that Albania has met all the conditions to formally start what was previously decided in the European Council and to launch the...

France Refuses to Comment on Asylum Status of Alleged Russian Prison Tortur...

The French Foreign Ministry did not comment on media reports that Belarusian national Sergei Savelyev, who allegedly leaked footage of torture in Russian prisons, has requested political asylum...

Former justice minister sees unfairness by EC in revealing ‘unreal...

There are over four years that the reports on Albania prepared by the European Commission (EC) have not been taken into account by anybody whenever their recommendation is...

Brussels reprimands Kosovo for not establishing the Association of Serb maj...

Kosovo and Serbia marked no progress in the dialogue and Kosovo is expected to engage constructively in the negotiations on the legally-binding normalisation agreement in the coming period...

21 communes and Pristina City Hall need a runoff in Kosovo’s municipa...

Early results in Kosovo's municipal election suggest centre-right opposition parties are leading, but runoffs will still be needed to decide more than half of the winners. In total,...

Prosecution registers death of four Russian tourists in Albania as homicide

The Prosecution of Kavaja, central Albania,  have listed the death of the four Russian tourists 2 days ago in a hotel sauna in Qerret as a homicide. Even...

EU lags behind on ‘military ambition’

By ANDREW RETTMAN Indecision on what kind of EU military forces would fight in what kind of conflicts is holding back EU ambition on "strategic autonomy", according to an...

Polling stations close as first results of local elections in Kosovo expect...

The first results of the local elections which were held in Kosovo on Sunday are expected by Sunday midnight, local time, said the the Central Electoral Commission in...

Ex – US envoy says UNMIK is a waste of US tax dollars

"UNMIK is a waste of U.S. tax dollars and should be drastically reformed or ended," has said Richard Grenell, former US envoy for the Kosovo- Serbia dialogue during...

4 Russian tourists found dead at Albania beach resort

Four Russian tourists were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania, according to a police statementd released on Saturday. Albanian police said the four were found...

Astrophysicist astonished by Rama’s space scheme as Albania does not ...

"If we want to invest in a hurry without having people, it seems science fiction to me," said Hafizi. But even if the prime minister's plan becomes a...

British lawmaker stabbed to death in church

A British lawmaker from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party was stabbed to death on Friday in a church by a man who attacked him at a meeting...

Tirana Mayor extends compliments to DP’s Basha for expulsion of Berisha f...

The insistent invitation to govern made by Prime Minister Edi Rama to the chairman of the opposition Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha have got stronger with the words...

Norwegian authorities say a deadly bow-and-arrow attack appears to be terro...

A bow and arrow attack that left five people dead and three others wounded has shocked Norway. A 37-year-old Danish man has been arrested and is being questioned...

German Ambassador blasts Srpska List for ‘unacceptable comparisons’ of ...

German Ambassador to Kosovo Jörn Rohde has reacted after Kosovo Police anti-smuggling actions in the north of the country and the statements of the Srpska List leader Goran...

DP’s Basha speaks to US Senate delegation on April 25 election manipulati...

Albanian democracy and developments in the region were among the issues discussed at a meeting between the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, and US Senate...

Rama Unveils Albania will send satellites ‘Albania 1’ and ‘Albania 2...

Albania will send into orbit two satellites, named ‘Albania 1’ and ‘Albania 2’, which will monitor the territory and identify illegal activities, starting next year. This was unveiled...

Some 167 Afghans have been secretly evacuated from Albania by aid group Isr...

Humanitarian aid group IsraAID coordinated the evacuation of 125 vulnerable Afghans via Albania earlier this month, the NGO said on Wednesday as quoted by the Jerusalem Post and Albanian...

Albania’s institutions reconfirm pledge to support Albanians of Presevo V...

The Albanian Parliament, Government and institutions are predisposed to support the Albanian community of the Presevo Valley, according to a commitment made by Speaker Lindita Nikolla to the...

Parliamentary majority rejects any demand presented by the opposition

There is not any bargain between majority and opposition on a compromise for the prolongation of the vetting mandate in exchange of the territorial reform, has said the...

Former FinMin denounces Rama’s model of government for ‘comrade...

Prime Minister Edi Rama has created a whole network of patronagist workers, who have the power to fire anyone from work in Albania, said former finance minister Arben...

Civil Society in Second Protest Calling on Citizens to Fight for Their Righ...

Despite the rainy weather hundreds of activists of the civil society and ordinary citizens held the second protest as announced to denounce the price increases of many elementary...

Oligarch of Drugs Handcuffed, His Accomplices in ‘House Arrest’

Topçiu is known as the oligarch of medicines. The news was announced by the police, and his arrest was made during the operation codenamed 'Profit'. Topçiu, 57, is...

Gratitude to Pfizer which opened its doors to Albania at a critical moment

"This is a special day for the vaccination process because we have the honor and pleasure to welcome the great boss of 'Pfizer', who I can say with...

Austria’s Kurz steps down as Chancellor amid corruption probe

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned Saturday in the face of corruption allegations, a dramatic downfall for a rising star of European conservative politics. Days ago, Kurz, 35, who...

2021 Local Elections in Kosovo: A sort of defeat of international community

On 17 October 2021, Kosovo will hold its fourth local elections since its declaration of independence on 17 February 2008. In Kosovo, heads of municipalities and municipal councilors...

Albania’s former RTSH director Thoma Gellci and 3 employees detained ...

The Special Prosecution against Crime and Corruption known as  SPAK has arrested the former director of the Albanian Public Radio and Television of Albania, Thoma Gëllçi, and three...

DP’s Basha tells Albanians there is no energy crisis but corruption and m...

It is not about the energy crisis, but about corruption and mismanagement of the energy system in Albania. This was the response of the chairman of the opposition...

Kosovo war veterans plead innocent to witness intimidation

Leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) War Veterans Association have pleaded innocent to charges of obstructing justice and intimidating witnesses at a war crimes tribunal in the...

Brussels has advised Kosovo and North Macedonia not to follow Albania’s j...

North Macedonia and Kosovo confirmed at a conference in Tirana on Thursday that the European Commission has asked them not to follow Albania's example of justice reform. At...

DP Deputy says ‘no make – up’ can overthrow PM Rama

Democratic Party lawmaker Edi Paloka reacted after Rama's statements who called DP members a waste of the Party of Labor Albania (PLA) which ruled Albania for five decades...

Vucic: I will see what to do with the definition of Croatian languag

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić complained to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković “about the brutal campaign that is being conducted in Croatia against Serbia”. The two met at the...

DP veteran leader reiterates call for collection of signatures to convene p...

Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that the mission of his so-called Foltore movement, a conversation tour with the Democratic Party (DP) grassroots, is to save political pluralism...

Council of Albanian Ambassadors welcomes the Brdo EU-Western Balkans Summit...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors welcomes the Brdo EU-Western Balkans Summit, and its concluding statement. EU’s unequivocal support for the European perspective of the WB region, as a...

Nord Stream 2 Complies With All Applicable Regulations, Operator Says

Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 complies with all applicable laws and has permission to operate from the EU and Russia, and will continue to make every effort to...

It’s confirmed Veliu’s dismissal; there is hearsay that Gledis Nano mig...

It was made official the dismissal of the Director of the State Police, Ardi Veliu who, according to local media on Tuesday, said in a letter to the...