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Albania elects prosecutor general as part of judicial reforms

05 Dec 2019

TIRANA Albania's parliament elected Olsian Çela as prosecutor general on Thursday as part of judicial reforms sought by the West that are intended to kick out corrupt judges.

Albania says rebuilding after quake won't hit other spending priorities

03 Dec 2019

TIRANA Building homes for people displaced by Albania's worst earthquake in decades will not squeeze state spending on other priorities, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as the army blew up an unsafe six-storey building damaged by the disaster.

Residents of quake-hit Albanian city fearful of returning to unsafe homes

03 Dec 2019

(This December 2 story corrects spelling of Albanian in the headline.)

Search ends for survivors of Albanian quake as death toll reaches 51

30 Nov 2019

DURRES, Albania Albania ended its search on Saturday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 51 people, and buried more victims of the disaster including toddler twins and their mother.

Rescuers find dead mother and three children in Albanian house as quake toll hits 46

28 Nov 2019

DURRES, Albania Search teams pulled the bodies of a mother, her two-year-old twins and seven-year-old son from the rubble of a house in the western Albanian town of Durres on Thursday, as the death toll from the country's worst ever quake climbed to 46. | Video

Rescuers keep working in Albanian town as death toll hits 40

28 Nov 2019

DURRES, Albania Rescue teams desperately sought survivors under rubble in Albania's western town of Durres on Thursday hoping to pull out toddler twins alive, two days after a 6.4 magnitude quake killed at least 40 people. | Video

Rescuers try to save trapped toddlers as Albania quake toll hits 30

28 Nov 2019

DURRES, Albania Italian rescue teams were trying on Wednesday to save six family members, including twin toddlers, trapped under rubble when their house collapsed after Albania's worst earthquake in decades. | Video

Powerful quake kills 21 in Albania as buildings bury residents

27 Nov 2019

TIRANA/DURRES, Albania At least 21 people were killed when the most powerful earthquake to strike Albania in decades shook the capital Tirana and the country's west and north on Tuesday, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble. | Video

IMF team warns Albania of fiscal risks from PPPs, AIC

26 Nov 2019

TIRANA An International Monetary Fund team urged Albania on Tuesday to do more to contain growing fiscal risks to the budget posed by public-private partnerships (PPPs) and the state-run Albanian Investment Corporation (AIC).

Albanian central bank holds rates, could cut further

06 Nov 2019

TIRANA, Nov 6 Albania's Central Bank held its benchmark rate at the record low of 1% on Wednesday, saying it would not start normalising policy until at least April and might even ease the rate further to protect the economy from shocks.

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