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Albanian teens develop app for domestic violence victims

08 Oct 2019

TIRANA Three Albanian 16-year-old girls have developed an app to help victims of domestic violence access support, hoping to tackle a huge problem in Albania, where one in two women suffered abuse last year, according to a survey.

Albanian central bank holds rates, could ease if needed

02 Oct 2019

TIRANA, Oct 2 Albania's central bank held its benchmark rate at the record low of 1% on Wednesday, repeating that its gradual normalisation of monetary policy would not start before April and it might ease it further should risks crop up.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks buildings in Albania

21 Sep 2019

TIRANA An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an aftershock only slightly weaker shook the Albanian port town of Durres on Saturday, rocking buildings there and in the capital Tirana and sending residents rushing into the streets and parks for safety.

Albanian ex-minister cleared on drug charges, guilty of abuse of office

20 Sep 2019

TIRANA An Albanian court found former interior minister Saimir Tahiri guilty on Thursday of abuse of office but innocent of trafficking drugs, and sentenced him to three years probation.

Albania launches online billing to fight tax evasion

31 Jul 2019

TIRANA Albania will roll out an online invoicing system in January to stop businesses evading taxes, raise revenue and bring the tax system into line with practices in the European Union which it wants to join, officials said on Wednesday.

On Albania border patrol, EU's Frontex helps tackle migrant flow

24 Jul 2019

TRESTENIK, Albania Patrolling dirt paths on sun-baked hills bordering Greece, a European police team is helping Albania intercept more of the migrants trying to reach European Union states to the north.

Bankers Petroleum says Albanian output up 18 pct in H1 2019

19 Jul 2019

TIRANA, July 19 Bankers Petroleum Ltd. produced almost a fifth more crude oil from Albania's Patos Marinza oil field in the first half of 2019 than in the same period last year, despite what the Chinese-owned company called a "challenging" period.

Albanian mayoral vote boycotted by opposition unfolds peacefully

30 Jun 2019

TIRANA Voting in Albanian mayoral elections boycotted by opposition parties went off calmly amid low turnout on Sunday after Western countries warned against violence, although some abstainers taunted voters with songs and slogans from the communist past.

Albanians vote in mayoral polls boycotted by opposition

30 Jun 2019

TIRANA Voting in Albanian mayoral elections that opposition parties are boycotting began calmly on Sunday after Western countries warned against violence, although some abstainers mocked those who were casting a vote with songs from the country's communist past.

West calls on Albanians to avoid violence in disputed election

28 Jun 2019

TIRANA European bodies and the United States called on Albanian parties on Friday to avoid violence during mayoral elections, due to be held across the country on Sunday despite being declared illegal by the president and boycotted by the opposition.

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