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Western Balkans Are Losers in Russia-EU Battle

Western Balkans Are Losers in Russia-EU Battle
More than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, tensions between Russia and the West have heightened significantly in the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The post-communist and post-conflict transitional Western Balkan region is affected by what has been portrayed as a new Cold War. After Russia's unconvincing involvement in the Yugoslav wars and its limited determination and capacity to support Serbia, Russia's policy toward the region has gradually become (themoscowtimes.com)

TAP, 1 billion USD of investments in Albania

TAP, 1 billion USD of investments in Albania
Albania will receive 1 billion USD in investments for the next three years through the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. The leaders of the Azerbaijani state-owned gas company, one of the main shareholders of this project, say that the works in Albania will start in the next year with the construction of roads. Most of these investments will be realized during 2016-2017. Top Channel interviewed Ibrahim Idarov, the Director of the gas pipeline for Greece and Albania, who (kohajone.com)

Hungary Is New Hot Spot on Migrant Route Into EU

With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary. Coming from as far away as Afghanistan and Syria and as near as Kosovo and Albania, thousands of migrants a week are crossing into Hungary and requesting asylum, turning the country into an EU transit hot spot. The surging number of immigrants has encouraged far-right and anti-Islam movements across (abcnews.go.com)

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU
By PABLO GORONDIAssociated Press ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) - With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary. Coming from as far away as Afghanistan and Syria and as near as Kosovo and Albania, thousands of migrants a week are crossing into Hungary and requesting asylum, turning the country into an EU transit hot spot. The surging number of immigrants has (ktvn.com)

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU
By PABLO GORONDIAssociated Press ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) - With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary. Coming from as far away as Afghanistan and Syria and as near as Kosovo and Albania, thousands of migrants a week are crossing into Hungary and requesting asylum, turning the country into an EU transit hot spot. The surging number of immigrants has (cbs8.com)

Kosovo Savors an Olympic Victory, Two Years Before the Torch Is Lit

Kosovo Savors an Olympic Victory, Two Years Before the Torch Is Lit
PEJA, Kosovo — Up a steep hill on a narrow, unlit road in this town near the Montenegrin border, the Toni Kuka Judo School was filled with the smell of sweat, smoke and winter.Inside, 26 judokas dressed in blue or white uniforms arranged themselves in pairs around the blue-and-yellow tatami mat. The flags of Kosovo and Japan hung above a mirrored wall clouded in condensation. An old wood stove smoked heavily; it was fed fuel periodically by a young girl to keep the biting December (nytimes.com)

Miss World Showdown in London in Shadow of Murder

Miss World Showdown in London in Shadow of Murder
London:  Beauty queens from across the globe have descended on London for Sunday's Miss World 2014 final, a competition rocked by the murder of Miss Honduras.Some 121 contestants from Albania to Zimbabwe are taking part in the pageant, but there will be no representative from Honduras following the fatal shooting of finalist Maria Jose Alvarado.The bodies of the 19-year-old national title-holder and her 23-year-old sister Sofia Trinidad were found buried on a remote riverbank near the (ndtv.com)

Eurocontrol's Petromark™ Assisting Albania to Clean Up Fuel Market Adulteration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2014) - NOT FOR RELEASE IN THE UNITED STATES OR TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES. Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:EUO) ("Eurocontrol" or the "Company"), a Canadian public company specializing in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative energy security, authentication, verification and certification technologies, announces that Eurocontrol's Petromark technology is successfully assisting the Albanian Government in (marketwired.com)

ekathimerini.com | Greek Olympian blamed for Albanian doping

ekathimerini.com | Greek Olympian blamed for Albanian doping
Greek Olympian blamed for Albanian doping By George Georgakopoulos A row has broken out between the national weightlifting federations of Greece and Albania following claims over the weekend that the former Greek Olympian and current national squad coach, Leonidas Sabanis, played a role in the doping of three Albanian athletes at last month (ekathimerini.com)

Two gold medal winners among eight to test positive at World Weightlifting Championships

Two gold medal winners among eight to test positive at World Weightlifting Championships
By Paul OsborneThe ugly head of doping has reared its head again as eight athletes, including two gold medallists, have been provisionally suspended after failing doping tests at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty.Gold medallists Daniel Godelli of Albania and Kim Un Ju of North Korea are among the eight athletes to produces "adverse analytical findings" for banned substances at the Championships.Godelli, who won gold in the men's 77 kilogram category, tested positive (insidethegames.biz)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Albanian Deputy Minister Sacked Over Power Bills

Albania's deputy environment minister has been sacked for allegedly not paying her electricity bills ? just as the government is striving to persuade Albanians to settle old power debts. In a statement on his Twitter social network account Wednesday, Prime Minister Edi Rama said there can be no justification for non-payment, a major headache for the country's dysfunctional state-run power sector. The dismissed deputy minister, Diana Bejko, had no immediate comment. Her removal (abcnews.go.com)

Eurocontrol's Petromark(TM) Assisting Albania to Clean Up Fuel Market Adulteration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2014) - NOT FOR RELEASE IN THE UNITED STATES OR TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES. Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:EUO) ("Eurocontrol" or the "Company"), a Canadian public company specializing in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative energy security, authentication, verification and certification technologies, announces that Eurocontrol's Petromark technology is successfully assisting the Albanian Government in (yahoo.com)

Miss World showdown in London in shadow of murder 

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Beauty queens from across the globe have descended on London for tomorrow's Miss World 2014 final, a competition rocked by the murder of Miss Honduras.Some 121 contestants from Albania to Zimbabwe are taking part in the pageant, but there will be no representative from Honduras following the fatal shooting of finalist Maria Jose Alvarado.The bodies of the 19-year-old national title-holder and her 23-year-old sister Sofia Trinidad were found buried on a remote (menafn.com)

Italy U19s call for five Nerazzurri

Italy U19s coach Alessandro Pane has called up Sciacca, Dimarco, Palazzi, Baldini and Bonazzoli for the friendly against Albania on 17 DecemberMILAN - Italy U19s coach Alessandro Pane has named five players from the Inter Primavera side in his squad for the friendly match against Albania U19s on Wednesday 17 December (kick-off 14:30). Giacomo Sciacca, Federico Dimarco, Andrea Palazzi, Enrico Baldini and Federico Bonazzoli are the players called up.  Versi Bahasa Indonesia   (inter.it)

Miss World showdown in London in shadow of murder

Miss World showdown in London in shadow of murder
Some 121 contestants from Albania to Zimbabwe are taking part in the pageant, but there will be no representative from Honduras following the fatal shooting of finalist Maria Jose Alvarado MISS WORLD 2014. The ladies are in London for coronation, to be held December 14. Photo from Facebook/Miss World LONDON, United Kingdom – Beauty queens from across the globe have descended on London for Sunday's Miss World 2014 final, a competition rocked by the murder of Miss Honduras. Some 121 (rappler.com)

Miss World showdown in London in shadow of murder

Miss World showdown in London in shadow of murder
LONDON: Beauty queens from across the globe have descended on London for Sunday's Miss World 2014 final, a competition rocked by the murder of Miss Honduras.Some 121 contestants from Albania to Zimbabwe are taking part in the pageant, but there will be no representative from Honduras following the fatal shooting of finalist Maria Jose Alvarado. The bodies of the 19-year-old national title-holder and her 23-year-old sister Sofia Trinidad were found buried on a remote riverbank near the (channelnewsasia.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Conference marking 65 years of China-Albania diplomatic ties held in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A conference marking the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Albania and China was held here on Thursday. The conference entitled "65 years of Albania-China relations" were organized by the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Albania. Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati highlighted the friendship between the two countries and peoples, which is particularly unique, for it relies not only upon (xinhuanet.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE: The Republic ranked as the 37th most expensive city out of 150 cities, in an international survey on accommodation costs conducted by a Berlin-based travel search website for Europe.According to GoEuro.com's 2014 Accommodation Price Index, New York is the most expensive overall while Albania is the least expensive. Asian cities Macau and Hong Kong ranked higher than Singapore at third and 15th place respectively, while Tokyo followed right after at 38th place.The price index (channelnewsasia.com)

Lone Star College opens door to international students

Lone Star College opens door to international students
Lone Star College opened its doors to more than 2,400 international students from 100 different countries for fall 2014 semester – ranking it fourth in the nation for the number of international students attending a community college. Students from Albania to Zambia and all points in between have chosen to attend LSC for their higher education. “Lone Star College is truly globally recognized as a leader in higher education,” said Stephen Head, LSC president. “Having so many (yourhoustonnews.com)

Bosnian admits to stealing 300,000 euros from central bank

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - An employee of Bosnia's central bank has been arrested after admitting embezzling 600,000 Bosnian marka (236,630 pounds) from the bank, police said on Wednesday. The arrest raises fresh questions over the security of Balkan central banks. In July, Albania was rocked by the revelation that a central bank employee had stolen the equivalent of $6.5 million from the vault to fund a gambling habit. The Bosnian bank said in a statement it had uncovered a 600,000-marka (yahoo.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Albania, Britain ink deal to curb human-trafficking

Albania and Britain have signed a memorandum of understanding to beef up cooperation against human-trafficking and other organised crimes. The deal was signed in London Thursday by Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri and British Home Secretary Theresa May, Xinhua reported Friday citing Albanian Daily News."Albania stands firm in the fight against organised crime and corruption, drugs and human-trafficking," Tahiri said."We have launched reforms in the sector of security and we (newkerala.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

TransAtlantic Petroleum Completes Acquisition of Stream Oil & Gas and Announces Vice President of Albania

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (NYSE-MKT:TAT) (TSX:TNP) (the "Company" or "TransAtlantic") announced today the successful completion of its previously announced acquisition of Stream Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX-V:SKO) ("Stream"). The Company also announced Douglas Nester as its Vice President of Albania. Effective today, TransAtlantic closed the acquisition of all of Stream's outstanding common shares in exchange for up to 3.8 million common (stockhouse.com)

Lee Cattermole Makes Transition from Red-Card Regular to Mr. Reliability | Bleacher Report

Scott Heppell/Associated Press Football is not always about beauty. It’s not just about attacking, brilliant dribbling or gorgeous sweeping moves. It’s also about defending, about getting the balance right, about winning the ball back, about the unglamorous but necessary jobs. This is often a problem for national managers. The players who are hyped are not the grafters. They are the ball players, the forward-surgers, the technical virtuosos, the goalscorers. We have to pick (bleacherreport.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Albania, Montenegro boost cooperation against human trafficking

TIRANA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Albania and Montenegro signed on Monday an additional protocol on the intensification of cooperation in the fight against human trafficking and for supporting the possible victims of trafficking. Albanian Deputy Minister of Interior Elona Gjebrea and the Head of the Montenegrin Office for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings Zoran Ulama signed the additional protocol in Tirana. Gjebrea said that the agreement was reached in the frame of the mutual (brudirect.com)

Albania, Britain pledge co-op against human-trafficking

TIRANA - Albania and Britain on Thursday inked a memorandum on beefing up cooperation against human-trafficking and other organized crimes. The deal was signed in London by Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri and British Home Secretary Theresa May, according to Albanian Daily News. Albania "stands firm in the fight against organized crime and corruption, drugs and human-trafficking," Tahiri said, adding that his country is ready to share information on criminal gangs and launch (eastday.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

Newtown Rotary Club collection drive nets 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines

NEWTOWN - The Newtown Rotary Club netted 144 bikes and 10 sewing machines during its Oct. 25 collection drive at Council Rock High School North. The bikes will be put to good use by Pedals for Progress, which will ship them to villagers in Costa Rica and Albania in an effort to improve their lives.“It’s a great service project that helps so many,” said collection organizer Jerry Agasar of Wellness Solutions Center. And he thanked the Newtown Rotary Club, Pedals for Progress, the (buckslocalnews.com)

TV Stars From Italy Flock to Low-Cost Albania as Ad Market Sinks

More than 20 years after Albanian refugees began arriving on rickety boats in southern Italy, fading Italian television stars are starting a counter-trend, flocking to Albania as the advertising market at home dries up. Sabrina Ferilli, 50, known for her role in “The Great Beauty,” which won this year’s Academy Award for best foreign film, is the latest veteran celebrity to sign on at Agon Channel Italia, which begins broadcasting today from Tirana following a glitzy premier (bloomberg.com)

'Get Eddie Home': Appeal to raise cash to fly tragic clubber's body back to Albania in time for Christmas

'Get Eddie Home': Appeal to raise cash to fly tragic clubber's body back to Albania in time for Christmas
Friends of tragic clubber Edmir Plori have set up an appeal to pay for his body to be flown home to Albania in time for Christmas.Club promoter Charlotte Metcalfe, who had known Mr Plori for several years, set up the fundraising appeal after hearing that his family cannot afford the cost of repatriation.‘Albanian Ed’, 35, was a well-known figure on the Manchester nightclub scene and friends say he lived in an apartment in the Green Quarter.He collapsed and died outside the entrance (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

I rejected Nigeria for Italy, says Okaka

Little known Nigerian born Italian, Stefano Okaka has sensationally claimed that he rejected overtures from the Nigeria Football Federation before making his international debut for Italy in their game with Albania in November.Despite coach Stephen Keshi denying the statements of Okaka, the Sampdoria forward said before the World Cup that he was contacted by NFF chiefs to represent the national team in Brazil.“I feel totally Italian. When in May and 20 days ago they called me to play (vanguardngr.com)

Pope Francis is in Turkey - CONTRIBUTOR

Dr. Akkan Suver Pope Francis will soon arrive in Turkey.This official visit, which will start today, carries great importance and many opportunities for the advance of peace. The Pope, who was appointed on March 2013, has previously visited Brazil, the Holy Land (Palestine, Jordan and Israel), South Korea and Albania. Before his visit to Turkey, he made a speech in the European Parliament. At last Wednesday’s traditional gathering, the Pope spoke of his upcoming visit to Turkey (hurriyetdailynews.com)

Turkey's Parliament Speaker visits Albania

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek met with Albania’s Prime Minister, Edi Rama, and President, Bujar Nishani, on Wednesday Anadolu Agency reported Cicek told reporters that he discussed the Armenian diaspora’s intense efforts against Turkey in his meetings with Albanian officials. He said that there are those trying to deceive the world by leading them to believe that Turkey "committed genocide in 1915." "There are intense efforts on the part of the Armenian diaspora to force (trend.az)

TAP seeks builders for gas pipeline development

BAAR, Switzerland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The consortium behind a pipeline that would help diversify the European energy sector with Azeri gas said Wednesday momentum is moving toward a 2016 build date. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline consortium called for separate bids to build compressor stations in Greece and Albania for the project designed to deliver gas to Europe. The company said the compressor stations in question would be in line to support an initial capacity of 353 billion cubic feet (upi.com)

France-Sweden Preview: Lloris confident Bleus can return to winning ways

17 November 2014 00:45 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is confident his side will bounce back against Sweden on Tuesday.Didier Deschamps' men were disappointing in a 1-1 friendly draw against an ever-improving Albania in Rennes on Friday.Albania - who hit the crossbar in the first half - were ahead by the break and France would have had no complaints if they extended their advantage.But the hosts held firm and Antoine Griezmann produced an excellent equaliser with 17 minutes left to (soccerway.com)

8 Albanians arrested for alleged arms trafficking

TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Albanian police say they have arrested eight people for alleged arms trafficking to Syria. Friday's arrests took place in Tirana, the capital, the nearby cities of Shijak and Durres. Police also seized seven automatic rifles, two shotguns, six pistols, five grenades and other ammunition. Police said four other suspects remain at large. Police did not say how weapons were being shipped to Syria. About two-thirds of Albanians are Muslim, and the country's religious (hometownstations.com)

Eastbourne left ‘open’ to illegal immigrants

Calls to tighten up security along the Eastbourne coastline have been made after 15 illegal immigrants were caught at Sovereign Harbour. As security tightens up at Dover, the incident has raised concern about Eastbourne being left ‘open’ to more illegal immigration cases. Police and border officials were called to Sovereign Harbour, at around midday on Saturday. A group of suspected illegal immigrants from Albania were seen jumping off a boat, and the harbourmaster raised the alarm (eastbourneherald.co.uk)

From Albania to Panama, we reveal the travels of Craig Whyte

FRAUD suspect Craig Whyte spent time in the Balkans this year as prosecutors built a case against him.Whyte has moved from country to country since his involvement with Rangers ended in disaster.We can reveal the list of countries where he spent time since then ranges from Europe to the Far East and central America.Whyte was arrested after arriving in the UK on Friday from Mexico where he had been detained.He had flown into the central American country from Japan en route to Costa Rica (dailyrecord.co.uk)

Men jailed for multi-million pound drugs ring

The ringleader behind plots to import and supply vast quantities of drugs has been jailed along with five associates. Langton (top left) paid a transport company £50,000 for an HGV to transport 75 kilos of cannabis from Greece to the United Kingdom in July 2012. Two of his associates were responsible for logistics and communicating with suppliers in Albania and Greece. Working closely with the Hellenic Police in Greece, National Crime Agency investigators were able to conduct (itv.com)

Mill Creek’s KTA stalls on new programs tech needs

Kent Technology Academy students from Mill Creek Middle School have been invited to represent the school globally at Microsoft’s Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC), but the program is stalled due to differences in the district’s IT setup. The KTA is one of two schools in the United States to join the competition, which has run for eight years. Competing schools are from countries as distant as Albania and Armenia, but also include Jamaica, Singapore and Bangladesh. Students work in (kentreporter.com)

France - Sweden Betting: No Ibrahimovic to spell few goals at the Stade Velodrome - Yahoo News Malaysia

France will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing draw with Albania when they welcome Sweden to the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday.Les Bleus had recorded impressive victories over Spain and Portugal in their previous two friendly matches on home turf and are 9/25 (1.36) favourites with BetVernons to get back to winning ways here.The visitors conceded a late equaliser in a Euro 2016 qualifier away to Montenegro on Saturday but are available at 7/1 (8.00) to come out on top in (yahoo.com)

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came. The ex-dictator's bed, covered with a red mattress, is still in place in his bunker bedroom, with a Soviet-era radio placed on his bedside table. During Hoxha's 40-year rule, Albania was one of the world's most isolated countries, obsessed about an attack (spacewar.com)

Albania opens secret bunker built by communists

TIRANA – A gigantic, secret bunker that Albania’s communist regime built underground decades ago to survive a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union or the United States has been opened to the public for the first time. On Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama led visitors, including Western ambassadors, on a tour of the never used 106-room, five-story bunker. “We have opened today a thesaurus of the collective memory that presents thousands of pieces of the sad events and life” under (japantimes.co.jp)

Conte sounds alarm for Italian football

(ANSA) - Rome, November 19 - Italy maintained their unbeaten record under Antonio Conte by sinking Albania 1-0 in a friendly in Genoa on Tuesday.    But the victory, the fifth in six games since Conte took over in the summer, failed to raise the dark spirits of the former Juventus boss.    Indeed, the 45-year-old sounded the alarm about the state of Italian soccer both before and after Tuesday's triumph, sealed with an 82nd-minute header by Sampdoria forward Stefano Okaka on his (ansa.it)

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