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EU border guards start Albania migration watch

10:48am EDT

TIRANA The European Union's Frontex border agency deployed on Tuesday for the first time outside the EU, setting up on Albania's border with Greece to help fight illegal migration and crime.

Maltreated lions rescued from Albanian zoo head to Dutch sanctuary

May 09 2019

TIRANA Zhaku, Lenci and Bobby, three lions whose miserable plight in a private Albanian zoo stirred uproar and led the Albanian government to order their rescue, began their journey to a Dutch big cat center on Tuesday, from where they will hopefully be returned to the wild. | Video

Albanian central bank holds rates, promises stimulus

May 08 2019

TIRANA, May 8 Albania's central bank held its benchmark interest rate at a record-low 1 percent on Wednesday, promising stimulus over the medium term and to normalise policy carefully.

IMF tells Albania to boost revenue, improve debt management

May 06 2019

TIRANA An International Monetary Fund team urged Albania on Monday to strengthen its revenue base, improve debt management by issuing short-term bills and make sure its new investment vehicle does not pose risks to its budget.

TAP gas pipeline crosses Albanian rocky mountains

Apr 30 2019

MARTA PASS, Albania The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has crossed the rocky mountains of Albania, putting it on track to start delivering gas to Europe next year.

Albania deploys army to guard airport after second money heist

Apr 10 2019

TIRANA The Albanian government ordered troops to guard the country's international airport and criticized the Chinese company that runs the facility on Wednesday, a day after armed robbers seized bags of cash that were about to be loaded onto a plane.

Albania holds rates at record low, to shape stimulus for economic growth

Mar 28 2019

TIRANA, March 28 Albania's Central Bank kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 1 percent on Thursday and repeated that it would shape its stimulus measures to support the speed and stability of economic growth.

Albanian police disperse protesters with tear gas and water cannon

Mar 16 2019

TIRANA Albanian police used tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse protestors trying to break into parliament after marching twice around a nearby government building in a campaign for early elections.

Albanian opposition urges snap election as protesters rally outside parliament

Mar 05 2019

TIRANA Albania's main opposition leader on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Edi Rama to call a snap election over allegations of corruption and vote fraud, as anti-government protesters rallied outside parliament.

EU lawmakers urge Albanian parties to work toward EU talks

Feb 28 2019

TIRANA European lawmakers urged Albanian political parties on Thursday not to let domestic squabbles endanger the possible start of accession talks with the European Union in June, after the opposition quit parliament.

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