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Albania's graveyard of MiGs to become NATO air base

12 Oct 2018

KUCOVA, Albania Long the graveyard of its once mighty air force, Albania's base at Kucova is set to become a NATO station - to the delight of its former airmen longing to hear the engines roar again.

Albanian central bank keeps rates on hold, sees no change before April

03 Oct 2018

TIRANA, Oct 3 Albania's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate at the historic low of 1 percent on Wednesday and signalled there would be no change before next April.

Albania seeks bids for first solar power plant on Adriatic coast

03 Aug 2018

TIRANA Albania has called for bids to build the Adriatic country's first solar power station, telling investors it would favor whoever committed to ramping up capacity and selling power more cheaply to its distributor, officials told Reuters on Friday.

Croatia helps Albania to tackle waste thrown into Adriatic

19 Jul 2018

DURRES, Albania Croatia, anxious to protect its Adriatic beaches which lure millions of tourists every year, has begun helping nearby Albania to clean up its own territorial waters and improve its ability to respond quickly to oil spills and other hazards.

Albanian actors protest as parliament backs National Theatre demolition

05 Jul 2018

TIRANA Albanian actors and activists rallied on Thursday to demand the government halt a project to demolish the National Theatre in Tirana, but the ruling Socialists pushed the plan through parliament.

Migrant numbers leap on new Balkan route across Albania

08 Jun 2018

TIRANA Numbers of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via Albania have leapt this year, with people smugglers opening a new Balkan route for those fleeing conflict or poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Rescued pelican enjoys growing fame at Albanian wetlands park

23 May 2018

DIVJAKE-KARAVASTA, Albania Birdwatchers from around the world come to Albania's Divjake-Karavasta park for its wetlands and rich array of wildlife. But one inhabitant in particular is attracting spectators: John Malko, the park's pet pelican. | Video

Albanian central bank holds rate, extends stimulus period

02 May 2018

TIRANA, May 2 Albania's central bank held its benchmark rate at its lowest-ever level of 1.25 percent on Wednesday and said its monetary stimulus would remain strong until April 2019.

EU urges Albania to deepen reforms for entry talks

18 Apr 2018

TIRANA EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Albania on Wednesday to deepen a reform drive so that it can persuade member states it deserves to join the bloc after 2025.

Albanian protesters block roads, demanding end to new highway tolls

05 Apr 2018

TIRANA Protesters burned tyres and blocked four main highways in Albania on Thursday to demand that authorities scrap new toll fees on the main road linking the impoverished Balkan country with Kosovo.

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