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Serbia Receives 1 mln Sinopharm Vaccines from China

A million doses of China's Sinopharm inactivated coronavirus vaccines arrived at the Belgrade Airport in Serbia on Saturday, the government confirmed in a press release as quoted by...

Specialist Says Normal Proceedings of Vaccination While DP Warns of Difficu...

"The anti- Covid vaccination process has been smooth and has proceeded in the best way since its start. The medical and support staff of the first line went...

North Macedonia’s President Condemns Burning of Bulgarian Flag as Sof...

The North Macedonian president, Stevo Pendarovski has condemned the burning of the Bulgarian flag during the traditional Vevcani Carnival as Sofia's top diplomat Ekaterina Zaharieva has strongly denounced...

Greece Agrees to Buy 18 French Fighter Jets in Military Beef Up in the Balk...

The Greek parliament approved the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale jets from France for €2.5 billion on Thursday, in a deal due to be signed by the Greek...

Pre- Electoral Coalition Projecting Osmani as President and Kurti as PM in ...

The Vetevendosje (Self-determination) and Civic Initiative led by Vjosa Osmani signed Thursday an agreement on cooperation for upcoming 14 February election in Kosovo. During a press conference the...

Ambassador Kim Pleased Americans and Albanians Are at Each Other’s Sides ...

"Americans and Albanians share many values, and one of the most simple but important is this: A friends in need is a friend indeed," has said US Ambassador...

DP’s Basha Signs First Agreement with PAA Ally, SMI to Run Alone in E...

The leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha has signed the first agreement with its ally, the Agrarian Environmentalist Party (AEP), Agron Duka in the first official...

Cadez: Regional Single Market Most Important Issue for Serbia

Establishing a single market in the Western Balkans is the most significant issue for Serbia, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia President Marko Cadez said on Wednesday,...

Pompeo Cancels Europe Trip after Luxembourg Snub

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has cancelled a trip to Brussels and Luxembourg, saying publicly he needed to stay home to prepare for the transition. But the...

Greece/ Draft bill extending territorial waters in the Ionian gets wide app...

A committee in Parliament approved the draft bill extending the Greek territorial waters on the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles in its first reading on Tuesday, in...

Montenegrin Deputy Premier Questions PM’s Congratulations to the Repu...

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović has said he respects the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the government should not have congratulated the Day of Republic...

Bulgaria Submitted a 12-point Annex to North Macedonia

North Macedonia has a chance to get a date for EU accession talks in January or February, only if Skopje signs the 12-point annex submitted by the Bulgarian...

Mustafa and Pacolli to Confirm First Pre-electoral Alliance in Kosovo Poll

The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) led by Isa Mustafa and Alliance New Kosova (AKR) of Behgjet Pacolli are expected to enter a pre-electoral coalition and run under...

Kosovo’s PM Pledges Supply of Schoolbooks for Albanian Community in P...

Kosovo’s acting Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti has received political representatives of Albanians living in Presevo Valley and promised them to send schoolbooks when the new school year starts...

Speaker Lauds PM Rama Unveiling How Proud He Is of the ‘Uncompetitive...

In one of the most demonstration of special veneration and dedication to the leader, Speaker Gramoz Ruci has declared that Edi Rama, Socialist Party Chairman and PM, has...

PM Announces Anti-Covid Vaccination to Be Launched in Albania on Monday

Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that the anti-COVID-19 vaccination starts on Monday. Although he initially stated that the first 10,750 doses of the anti-COVID vaccine would arrive in...

Pelosi Spoke to Joint Chiefs Chairman about Preventing ‘Unstable̵...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she spoke to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about precautions that could block "an unstable president" from "ordering a...

Deputy PM of N. Macedonia Says EU Cannot Allow 2021 Pass Like Last Year

The Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, has said that Portugal will be interested in continuing Germany's efforts for the idea of ​​EU...

Albania Rescues 50 Syrian Migrants en Route to Italy by Boat

Albanian military and police ships saved 50 Syrian refugees trapped by bad weather as they tried to reach Italy by boat, police and local media reported Saturday. A...

SMI’s Kryemadhi Claims Rama Went to Turkey to Prepare His Political A...

The chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), Monika Kryemadhi has said that PM Edi Rama's visit to Turkey was a visit to prepare his political asylum....

President Raises Alarm over Serious Situation Due to Heavy Rainfalls across...

President Ilir Meta has called on government institutions to take urgent measures in view of the grave situation created by heavy rain and floods in Albania over the...

Rama’s Private Visit to Athens Starts with Talks with Greek FM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama started the agenda of his 'private' visit to Athens with a meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday. This was announced by...

Albanian PM to Travel to Greece after Formal Visit to Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will on Friday hold a private meeting with Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama in Athens, diplomatic sources said as quoted by ekathimerini on Thursday....

Snap Election Set to Be Held on 14 February in Kosovo as Decreed by Acting ...

Kosovo will hold snap parliamentary elections on 14 February 2021 after the Constitutional Court ruled last month that the parliamentary confirmation of the government in June 2019 was...

Trump Promises ‘Orderly Transition’ after Congress Certifies Vote

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that he would leave office on January 20 for the first time Thursday, pledging an orderly transfer of power after Congress affirmed President-elect...

Senior LSI Official Joins Ruling SP Saying Albania Needs No ‘Politica...

A few months before the 2021 elections to be held on April 25, the first political movement takes place on Albanian political scene. Former Minister of Justice from...

US Ambassador Advises Albanians to Get New ID Cards to Vote in Upcoming Gen...

The US Ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim has launched an appeal to Albanian citizens whose IDs have expired to get them as soon as possible. In a post...

World Bank Lowers 2021 GDP Growth Forecast for North Macedonia to 3.6%

The World Bank said it expects North Macedonia's economy to expand by 3.6% in 2021, less than the 3.9% growth rate it forecast in June. In 2020, North...

Kosovo ‘Should Rethink Serbia Agreements’ with Biden in Power

Acting President Vjosa Osmani has said that Kosovo needs to talk to Washington about reviewing some of the agreements that her country has signed with Serbia, which she...

Albanian PM and Greek FM Discuss Regional Issues

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias held a telephone conversation with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. The news was announced by the Greek chief diplomat himself, who stated that...

US Forces Norwegian Firm to Abandon Nord Stream 2

A Norwegian firm that was meant to have provided technical and safety certificates for Russia's gas pipeline to Germany has abandoned the project due to US sanctions. "DNV...

Albania, North Macedonia in ‘Waiting List’ of Portugal EU Presi...

Portugal has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Berlin - a role that promises to be demanding during months that will...

Curfew Restored to Pre- holiday Format in Albania, Flights with UK Banned

Starting from Monday, the curfew is restored from 22:00 in the evening until 6 in the morning in the frame of the anti-covid measures in Albania. The Committee...

Wreath Laid, Candles Lit for Seven Killed in Croatia Earthquake

Wreaths were laid and candles were lit where 13-year-old Laura Cvijic was killed on Saturday which was proclaimed a national day of mourning for the seven killed in...

PM Blasts EU’s Unacceptable Stance Regarding Vaccines’ Supply f...

The expectations for receiving some supplies of anti-COVID vaccines from Pfizer company and two unnamed friendly countries have been accompanied with harsh criticism of PM Edi Rama towards...

Italy’s FM in Kosovo, Vaccines from EU to Balkan Countries

"Italy has not pulled back and has made, thanks to its national military capabilities in the medical field, its contribution to support the Kosovar authorities in the fight...

China, EU Complete Investment Agreement Ngotiations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and European leaders on Wednesday announced that the two sides have completed investment agreement negotiations as scheduled. The announcement was made during a meeting...

Lawmakers in Montenegro Back Changes to Contentious Religion Law amid Prote...

Montenegro's parliament has approved changes to a controversial law on religion that had been sharply criticized by ethnic Serbs and the Serbian Orthodox Church. A total of 41...

Disastrous Earthquake Hits Central Croatia as Petrinja Town Turns ‘L...

A strong earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, destroying buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a town southeast of the capital. Authorities said five...

Albanian PM Refutes President’s Accusations Saying There Are No Talks...

"Albania and Greece have not reached any agreement and therefore will go to court," has said PM Edi Rama. Rama made that comment in a post on social...

Russian Embassy Informs Albanian Govt Vaccine “Sputnik-V” Avail...

As vaccination with the anti COVID-19 has begun in Russia and Argentina and more than 50 countries around the world have applied to buy 1.2 billion doses of...

Minister Calls on Opposition to See Earthquake Reconstructions with Their E...

The Minister of Reconstruction, Arben Ahmetaj, has commented on his statement made in the last plenary session of the parliament last week, where he called the opposition leader,...

EC Adopts €70m Package for Access to EU COVID-19 Vaccines in WB, Albania ...

The European Commission has adopted a package of €70 million under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) to help fund the access of Western Balkans partners to COVID-19...

UK Unveils Free- trade Pact with Turkey

Britain and Turkey are to sign a free-trade deal Tuesday, UK trade minister Liz Truss said Sunday, to "provide certainty for thousands of jobs across the UK in...

Official Pristina Says Any Attempt of Vaccination by Serbia in Northern Kos...

The Government of Kosovo has reacted to the vaccination of Serbian citizens in the north of Kosovo that started on Saturday organized by the Government of Serbia. The...

DP’s Basha Pledges to Change ‘Bankrupt’ Economic Reality ...

Among the main priorities of the leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, if he becomes prime minister, will be the program for subsidizing farmers with 100...

EU Nations Kickstart Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in ‘Touching...

Doctors, nurses, and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday in a symbolic show...

Russian Health Ministry Authorizes Use of Sputnik V for Mass Vaccination of...

Russia’s Health Ministry has authorized the use of the Sputnik V vaccine for mass vaccination of people over 60 years of age, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told the...

SMI’s Vasili Accuses PM Rama of Selling Albanian Sea

"What has been expected and which we have clearly warned during the summer of this year happened and Rama sold the Albanian sea." This is the public accusation...

PM Rama Under Way to Capture All Institutions Having Internationals as Faca...

Analyst Fatos Lubonja sees what is happening in Albania, including the establishment of the Constitutional Court as a farce. Lubonja said in a local television interview on Thursday...

President Raises Alarm that Albania Has Fallen into Abyss

President Ilir Meta has declared that the Albanian state has fallen into an abyss and the rights of the Albanian citizens have fallen along with it. Asked in...

PDK Picks Up Enver Hoxhaj to Run for PM of Kosovo in Upcoming Snap Election

The acting chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Enver Hoxhaj is expected to run for prime minister in the upcoming elections expected to be held in...

Turkey Wants Welfare and Development of North Macedonia

The welfare and development of North Macedonia is Turkey's desire, said Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop. Sentop arrived in North Macedonia on Monday to attend Turkish Language Day...

OSCE Presence Eyes a Fully Functional Constitutional Court in Albania Very ...

The Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Vincenzo Del Monaco, met on Wednesday for the first time with the Chair of the Constitutional Court, Vitore Tusha,...

FM Dendias tweet to Cavusoglu: One thing you have forgotten again…it&...

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, in a series of tweets addressed to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday, wished that 2021 will be a year in which Turkey...

Albania-US Extradition Treaty Signed as Ambassador Calls It ‘the Latest T...

“It is a great honor to sign this Extradition Treaty between the government of the United States and the government of Albania, which is the latest testament to...

Premier Hoti Urges Appeal for Election of President within December

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti has called on political parties to agree as soon as possible on election of the new president, saying that solving this issue in...

President Meta Blasts Serbia for Depopulation of Medvedja in Presevo Valley

Serbia is aiming to depopulate Medvedja in the Presevo Valley in an unfair game of unequal territorial corrections, President Ilir Meta has said. In his remarks in a...

More Fatalities, Fewer Infections as Number of C19 Tests Drops in Albania

There are more than 5 weeks that the infected numbers with COVID-19 stay at the levels of 700-850 in the span of 24 hours. But on Sunday, tests...

EU Nears China Trade Deal Hoping to Strike a Deal Within 2020

China and the EU are racing to strike a trade accord in the final days of the year, as it is reported that negotiators from Brussels and Beijing...

Netanyahu Is 1st Israeli to Get COVID Vaccine: ‘Start of Return to Normal...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night became the first Israeli to receive the coronavirus vaccine, getting the shot on live television and setting off the nation’s ambitious...

DP Insists on Punishment of Authors of File 184

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has decided to appeal the decision of the Dibra Prosecutor's Office to close the investigation into file 184 accusing only 4 local officials of...

Albania Pledges to Offer Optimal Conditions for National Minorities’ ...

Albania is determined to offer the most optimal conditions to the students of national minorities, has said the Minister of Education, Evis Kushi. Together with the Prime Minister...

Dismissal of Kosovo’s Intelligence Chief Cloaked with Mystery

Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti has asked for resignation of the chief of Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA), Kreshnik Gashi, has reported Gazeta Express. “The Prime Minister of the...

Deputy Kosovo President’s Speech in Albania’s Parliament Boycot...

The absence of Prime Minister Edi Rama in Parliament during the time when the acting President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani delivered a significant speech in Parliament in Tirana...

Merkel to German parliament: Turkish provocative actions harm Greece and Cy...

Turkey has carried out a series of provocative actions in the Mediterranean that mainly harm Greece and Cyprus German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag on Wednesday. Merkel...

Beijing Hosts Int’l Forum on Poverty Reduction Experience, Albania Re...

The International Forum on Poverty Reduction Experience was held in Beijing on December 14 and 15 and its main topic of was "Promoting the work of reducing global...

Albania’s Vice PM Slams Kosovo ‘Vetevendosje’ Leader over...

Albania's Deputy Prime Minister Erion Braçe has harshly responded to the former Prime Minister of Kosovo and the leader of Vetevendosje, Albin Kurti who said that the protests...

Çuçi Picked Up as New Interior Minister as Ekonomi to Be Agriculture Mini...

The Minister of Agriculture, Bledi Çuçi has been picked up as Minister of Interior replacing Sander Lleshaj who resigned over the tragic assassination of a youth by police...

EU Seals Vaccine Deal for Lower-income Countries

The European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Gavi signed a €500m agreement "to secure fair and equitable access" to Covid-19 vaccines for 92 low and middle-income...

Has a Race Started between Rama and Basha Who Will Be First to Secure the ...

Prime Minister Edi Rama has said that he is 'fighting' to acquire the anti-covid vaccine in an effort to guarantee vaccination in Albania but no timing is mentioned...

Kosovo’s Osmani on Official Visit to Albania; Her Agenda Includes Spe...

Acting President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, will pay on Wednesday a three-day official visit to Albania, her first as president. Through a press release, it has been announced...

Montenegro’s Membership Can Inspire the European Dream

By ZDRAVKO KRIVOKAPIC Today (15 December) I come to Brussels with a simple purpose: to present the credentials of my country, Montenegro, to become the next member state...

Peaceful Sixth Protest as PM Earmarks Special Pension to Rasha Family

Without any damages or injured people the sixth day of the protest for the murder of the 25-year-old youth, Klodian Rasha by a police officer ended peacefully in...

Mons.George Frendo Condoles Family of Murdered Youth Calling Violence Offen...

"During my recovery stay from Covid 19 in Italy, I followed the news of the events in Albania after the murder of a 25-year-old youth by a police...

Work Resumes on Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline

A Russian pipe-laying barge, the Fortuna, accompanied by three tugboats and supply vessels, resumed on Friday construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Germany's maritime zone,...

Azerbaijan, Armenia Trade Accusations Of Breaking Cease-Fire In Nagorno-Kar...

Armenia, Azerbaijan Mutual Accusation for Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Violations. Armenia has accused Baku of violating a cease-fire agreement in the conflict over Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani MFA...

Albanians Called to Protest on Sunday Evening as SP Deputy Blames Oppositio...

The call for protest in Tirana but also in all other cities of Albania at 18.00 o'clock on Sunday after the murder of the youth Klodian Rasha by...

Mayhem in Washington as Trump s Supporters, Opponents Clash; At Least 4 Sta...

Chaos erupted in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, hours after two pro-Trump rallies ended. Groups of Proud Boys and Antifa activists clashed under cover of darkness, with police...

Ombudsman’s Office Raises Alarm over High Number of Children Detained...

Following the recent protests in Tirana, the Office of People's Advocate has conducted a series of inspections and visits to the Tirana's police stations as well as to...

Russian FM Says Europe Signals It Can Hardly Act Independently in New World...

The European Union can hardly act independently in a new polycentric world system, if it stands for the US return to Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said...

SP Branch Headquarters in Flames in Northern City of Shkodra, PM Whips Pres...

The situation has aggravated in the northern city of Shkodra as protesters under the slogan “I am Klodian” and shouting slogans ‘Rama Go!’ broke into the local headquarters...

Violence against Journalist Denounced by Albanian President

President Ilir Meta has reacted strongly condemning the violence exercised by the state police against the Editor-in-Chief of "Koha Jone", Qamil Xhani on Friday evening. The violence against...

Anti-Covid Vaccines to Be Donated for Healthcare Staff in WB Countries by E...

The European Union will donate vaccines to the countries of the Western Balkans. This was Friday's announcement of the President of the EC, Usula von der Leyen, who...

PM Mitsotakis arriving at Brussels EU Summit: Keeping up to mutual agreemen...

In line with conclusions reached at October  European Council meeting concerning Turkey, EU leaders will come back to the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey...

Germany Provides EUR 11 Million Grant for Reconstruction of Schools after N...

On December 11, 2020, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of State for Reconstruction, and Mr. Björn Thies, Director of KfW Office Tirana, signed a grant agreement amounting to EUR...

Kosovo and Serbia Stuck in Their Positions in Dialogue Held in Brussels

It has been a failure the new round of experts’ level talks held between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels on Thursday, according to a statement released by the...

Azerbaijan, Turkey Mark Historic Karabakh Victory

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed that Turkey and Azerbaijan will continue to cooperate to develop the liberated lands of Nagorno-Karabakh, as he attended Azerbaijan’s military victory parade...

Two Brothers Found Shot Dead in Korca as PM Condoles Family of Assassinated...

The two brothers from Pogradec who were found murdered today in Maliq, southeastern region of Korca in Albania, were identified as Andrea and Martin Olldashi by police relevant...

New Government Takes Office with Its PM Pledging to Work for All Montenegri...

“Our task is to work in the best way by utilizing human capital, for the common good of all citizens of Montenegro,” has said the Prime Minister of...

Chinese Defence Industry Reportedly Became World’s Second Largest in ...

Even the limited amount of available data suggests that Chinese military companies' share on the global arms market is second only to that of their American rivals. Four...

Municipalities receive awards for best practices during 2020

At the 4th edition of the Best Practice Competition the Ministry of Interior, the Agency for Supporting Local Self-Governance and the Embassy of Switzerland present 13 award prizes...

Lawyer Asks Ex-President Thaci’s Release from Detention Pending Trial

Defence lawyer David Hooper has filed an application with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers at the Hague asking the former president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci to be released pending...

Resignation of Interior Minister Urged as Protests Escalate against Assassi...

Calling for the immediate resignation of the Interior Minister, Sander Lleshaj, the young Democrats protested in front of the Ministry of Interior and the Prime Minister's Office in...

Albanian Parliament Urged to Adopt Resolution Condemning Serbia’s Genocid...

Vetevendosje (Self-determination) Movement branch in Albania has announced through a press release that they have proposed a draft resolution on the Serbian genocide committed against Kosovo Albanians. They...

UK Starts ‘Historic’ Mass Vaccination against Coronavirus, First Patien...

The U.K. has become the first western country to begin a mass vaccination program against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday as hospitals around the country take part in...

Monday Starts with 17 Fatalities, 695 Covid Infections as Hospitals Are Ove...

Some 17 persons passed away from coronavirus and 695 new infected cases were registered on Monday as Health Ministry reported in its daily update. Meanwhile, 563 infected people...

PM Mitsotakis: Turkey must face consequences if it persists in provocative ...

The issues between Greece and Turkey concern Europe as well, as they affect the entire Eastern Mediterranean region, noted Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a discussion with Politico...

Erdoğan Trolls Macron Ahead of EU Summit

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has continued to bait French president Emmanuel Macron ahead of an EU summit on Turkey relations. "With Macron, France is living in very...

17 + 1 Mechanism in Effort to Keep Alive Hope and Optimism to Overcome Evil...

By Genc Mlloja When China announced the initiative of Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries (CCEC) dubbed the 16 + 1 mechanism in 2012, it was viewed...