Albania

Country Albania
Capital Tirana
Continent Europe
Currency Lek(ALL)
Languages Albanian

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Introduction

Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic Communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, a dilapidated physical infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, there have been claims of electoral fraud in every one of Albania's post-communist elections. In the 2005 general elections, the Democratic Party and its allies won a decisive victory on pledges to reduce crime and corruption, promote economic growth, and decrease the size of government. The election, and particularly the orderly transition of power, was considered an important step forward. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, the country is still one of the poorest in Europe, hampered by a large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure.

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Albania opposition boycotts parliament - Washington Post

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Albania opposition boycotts parliament
Washington Post
TIRANA, Albania Albania's main opposition Democratic party has boycotted parliament in their street protest calling for free and fair elections. The party's lawmakers did not attend Thursday's Assembly session, despite calls from the international ...
Cultivation crackdown: Albania deploys 3100 police officers to prevent illegal cannabis growsThe Cannabist
FIGHTING FUNDMorning Star Online
Fleckenstein: EP supports Albania's integration, implementation of reformEuropean Western Balkans (press release)
Voice of America -Balkan Insight
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Woman trafficked to Britain from Albania by her boyfriend reveals her horrific ordeal - The Sun

The Sun

Woman trafficked to Britain from Albania by her boyfriend reveals her horrific ordeal
The Sun
A HEARTBREAKING video shares the horrific story of a rape victim who was trafficked to Britain from Albania by her boyfriend. The anonymous woman, named only as 'Anna', tells how she was repeatedly raped by numerous men and kept blindfolded ...



Human trafficking: Poor women and girls targeted in Albania - BBC ... - BBC News

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Human trafficking: Poor women and girls targeted in Albania - BBC ...
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Attracted by false marriages and jobs, women are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.

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Serbian culture minister visits Albania, attends conference - B92

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Serbian culture minister visits Albania, attends conference
B92
The meeting was attended by ministers of culture and senior representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro while representatives of UNESCO, the European ...



Foster care needed for lone, asylum-seeking children arriving from Afghanistan, Albania and Eritrea - Somerset Live

Foster care needed for lone, asylum-seeking children arriving from Afghanistan, Albania and Eritrea
Somerset Live
Most of the children arriving in Somerset are aged 15 or older, travelling from countries including Afghanistan, Albania and Eritrea. Frances, a Foster Carer from South Somerset has welcomed Alex an unaccompanied young asylum seeker and shared her ...

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Albania opposition protests for free elections and end to corruption - Deutsche Welle

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Albania opposition protests for free elections and end to corruption
Deutsche Welle
The head of Albania's main opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, led a protest in the capital on Saturday accusing the socialist government of trying to manipulate the voting process ahead of parliamentary elections to be held on June 18. "Let us ...
Albanian protesters rally, pitch tent to demand free electionsReuters
Albanian opposition Democrats in protest for free electionFox News
Thousands stage anti-govt protest in Albania RT In motion - RT.comRT
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty -The News International
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Albania promotes its underwater archaeology, for tourism | Family ... - Journal Times

Journal Times

Albania promotes its underwater archaeology, for tourism | Family ...
Journal Times
TIRANA, Albania Albania is promoting the archaeological finds in the waters off its southwest coast to raise public interest and to attract attention of ...

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Bill Clinton is brought to tears as Kosovan waiter at NYC restaurant thanks him for allowing him to come to the US ... - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Bill Clinton is brought to tears as Kosovan waiter at NYC restaurant thanks him for allowing him to come to the US ...
Daily Mail
Bill Clinton was moved to tears by an Albanian waiter at a New York City restaurant who credited the former president with saving his life. Bill and Hillary Clinton were dining at The Seafire Grill on Friday night when one of the waiters dropped to his ...



Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house - Washington Post

Washington Post

Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house
Washington Post
TIRANA, Albania Albanian police say they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons (1.38 tons) of dried cannabis hidden under his house. A police statement Thursday said the drugs were found packed in plastic bags and hidden in ...
Albania police find ton of marijuana hidden under houseFremont Tribune
Greek border officials seize 1.3 tons of Albanian marijuanaTaiwan News
Albania's Jan trade gap shrinks due to rise in exportsSeeNews

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Albania Moves War on Cannabis to Borders :: Balkan Insight - Balkan Insight

Balkan Insight

Albania Moves War on Cannabis to Borders :: Balkan Insight
Balkan Insight
As the drug smuggling season begins, Albanian police are stepping up their observation of sea and land borders, over which criminals continuously try to ...

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