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Albania deploys army to guard airport after second money heist

10 Apr 2019

TIRANA The Albanian government ordered troops to guard the country's international airport and criticised 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

28 Mar 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

16 Mar 2019

TIRANA Albanian police used tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse protesters 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

05 Mar 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 towards EU talks

28 Feb 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.

Albanian protesters attack PM's office to demand he quits

16 Feb 2019

TIRANA Protesters in Albania attacked the prime minister's office with iron bars and petrol bombs on Saturday, demanding his resignation over a scandal-plagued plan to build a ring-road around the capital.

Albania holds interest rates, will adapt stimulus to economy

06 Feb 2019

TIRANA, Feb 6 Albania's central bank held its benchmark interest rate at a record-low 1 percent on Wednesday and said it would continue to use stimulus tailored to the economy's needs.

Albanian PM reshuffles cabinet after student protests

28 Dec 2018

TIRANA Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama replaced eight cabinet ministers on Friday amid a wave of student and anti-corruption protests, and urged his year-old government to think harder about how to make its term "one of achievements".

Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100 percent customs fees after Interpol snub

21 Nov 2018

TIRANA Kosovo on Wednesday raised customs tariffs on Serbian and Bosnian goods from 10 to 100 percent after Serbia blocked its former province from joining Interpol, the international police organization.

Albania picks group led by India Power for solar plant

10 Nov 2018

Albania's government picked a group led by India Power Corporation Ltd. to build the Adriatic country's first solar power station worth 70 million euros ($79.34 million) with a capacity of 100 MW, the Energy Ministry said on Saturday.

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Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris

Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.