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Soccer: Israel anticipates massive World Cup qualifying challenge

Soccer: Israel anticipates massive World Cup qualifying challenge

The Israel national team will host Italy to begin its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign next September and will end it with a home game against Spain, FIFA announced on Sunday.The blue-and-white was drawn on Saturday to face former World Cup winners Spain and Italy in qualifying Group G, as well as Albania, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.Only the group winner will qualify automatically. The eight best runners-up will advance to home-and-away playoffs, with the four winners to progress (jpost.com)

Germany issues a loan for Albania to improve energy efficiency 

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Albanian authorities have taken out a loan from Germany in order for Albanians to exploit solar energy. The project, which is called "Energy efficiency", will function through the banking system and will offer loans for solar panels.Vice minister of Energy and Industry, Ilir Bejtja, is defending in parliament the bill for the German loan.He says that in (menafn.com)

Chinese ambassador encourages more cooperation with Albania

TIRANA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Meeting with members of the Albania-China Parliamentary Group of Friendship on Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador to Albania Jiang Yu said the two countries should enhance cooperation in various fields. Jiang thanked the members for encouraging friendship between the two countries, expressing her confidence that in the future it would advance through more exchanges and cooperation. She said China and Albania should try together to build good relations at a higher (xinhuanet.com)

Telekom Albania officially unveiled 

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Telekom Albania is the new name of the leading telecommunication company in Albania. After 20 years in the market, the company who brought wireless communication in the country is now offering its services under the Telekom brand identity.The new corporate identity was introduced in a press conference, where dr.Klaus Mueller, COO, Europe, Deutsche Telekom, (menafn.com)
Life in Greece sours for Albanian migrants

Life in Greece sours for Albanian migrants

Albana Sako doesn't know where it's worse: Greece, or Albania. The single mother has lived and worked in Greece for the last 12 years. But for the last month, she's been looking for work in her old hometown of Fier, in southwest Albania. So far, her job search has turned up nothing. There aren't many job openings in Fier, and rents are high. The 32-year-old Albanian and her son are currently living with her parents. Many Albanian migrants in Greece are in the same situation. The (dw.com)
Italy embracing Spain challenge in World Cup qualifying

Italy embracing Spain challenge in World Cup qualifying

Italy have embraced the challenge of playing Spain in World Cup qualifying after the draw in St Petersburg on Saturday.Italy coach Antonio Conte hopes playing Spain in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup will help his team improve and rise up the FIFA rankings. Conte's men were placed with Spain, Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein in Group G of UEFA's World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018 on Saturday, and Italy's boss feels his side will rise to the occasion against Vicente del (fourfourtwo.com)
How the US Chamber of Commerce Is Helping Big Tobacco Poison the Rest of the World | Mother Jones

How the US Chamber of Commerce Is Helping Big Tobacco Poison the Rest of the World | Mother Jones

The US Chamber of Commerce hasn't just worked to thwart climate change legislation, obstruct health care reform, and pooh-pooh Wall Street regulations. The nation's most powerful business lobby recently turned its attention to promoting cigarettes overseas, apparently using a rationale that corporations are, well, people: "The US Chamber regularly reaches out to governments around the world to urge them to avoid measures that discriminate against particular companies or industries," (motherjones.com)

Football: Albania Given Points From Serbian Qualifier

Albania on Friday celebrated a reversal of the decision to award Serbia a win from their controversial Euro 2016 qualifier in October. Following the abandoned match in Serbian capital Belgrade - which saw a drone fly a pro-Albanian flag above the pitch, flares thrown and Serbian fans attack Albanian players before either team had scored - Serbia was awarded a 3-0 victory by UEFA but denied points for the game. A decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday reversed that (haberler.com)
Germany's Merkel arrives in Bosnia to back economic reform

Germany's Merkel arrives in Bosnia to back economic reform

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Sarajevo, the last stop of her Balkan tour that included Albania and Serbia. All three countries are aspiring for European Union membership. Merkel is meeting Bosnian leaders Thursday to urge them to launch social and economic reforms that would create jobs and speed up the EU membership process. Although the country's Muslim Bosnian, Serb and Croat leaders signed a joint declaration in January (bigstory.ap.org)

Merkel Assures Albania of European Prospects - The New York Times

TIRANA, Albania — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has assured Albania and Western Balkan countries there is no artificial delay in their EU entry prospects but says they should deepen reforms to achieve the required standards.Merkel on Wednesday started a two-day tour of Albania, Serbia and Bosnia focusing on their EU integration progress as well as economic and energy issues.Albania, which was granted candidate status last year, must fulfill five categories regarding its public (nytimes.com)

Germany Backs Albania With Loans, Grants Worth 107.5M Euros

Two days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Tirana, the German government has signed six loans and grants worth a total of 107.5 million euros (US$119.3 million) to promote Albania's energy and water supply sectors. Finance Minister Shkelqim Cani on Monday said Germany has been one of Albania's main donors since the countries re-established diplomatic ties in 1988, lending over 1 billion euros (US$1.11 billion) to sectors such as energy, water and education, as well as (abcnews.go.com)
The Statesman: CAS gives Albania 3-0 win in 2016 Euro qualifier

The Statesman: CAS gives Albania 3-0 win in 2016 Euro qualifier

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled Albania beat Serbia 3-0 in a European Championship qualifying match which was abandoned due to fan riots.CAS on Friday decided that Albania had not refused to play on in a hostile atmosphere in Belgrade in October, reversing a former European football's governing body, EUFA's ruling, reports Xinhua.CAS ruled that Serbia were responsible for the abandonment of the qualifier and had to forfeit the match. Serbia had been awarded a default (thestatesman.com)

Germany's Merkel Arrives in Bosnia to Back Economic Reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Sarajevo, the last stop of her Balkan tour that included Albania and Serbia. All three countries are aspiring for European Union membership. Merkel is meeting Bosnian leaders Thursday to urge them to launch social and economic reforms that would create jobs and speed up the EU membership process. Although the country's Muslim Bosnian, Serb and Croat leaders signed a joint declaration in January expressing readiness to implement all EU (abcnews.go.com)

Amid Greek crisis, Angela Merkel visits Balkans to discuss other burning regional issues

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to questions during a final media conference after an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state and government at the EU Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. EU leaders have called for a full EU summit to take place on Sunday, July 12, 2015 to continue discussion on the Greek crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (The Associated Press) BELGRADE, Serbia –  Angela Merkel begins a two-day tour of the Balkans on Wednesday, visiting (foxnews.com)

German chancellor to head to the Balkans

High unemployment, widespread corruption and authoritarian political elites: these are things that Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Albania share. According to recent surveys, the European Union is losing its appeal in these countries. This comes after an announcement from Brussels that the 28-nation bloc wouldn't be fulfilling any plans of aggrandizement over the next five years. For hundreds of years, the Balkans have been seen as Europe's little tinderbox. This metaphor is perhaps (dw.com)
Technip bags TAP management contract

Technip bags TAP management contract

PARIS, July 21 (UPI) -- A consortium working to diversify the European energy sector with Azeri natural gas said it picked French contractor Technip to help steer the project forward. Technip under the terms of the program management contract will help oversee development of the onshore portion of the construction of the Trans-Adriatic pipeline from Greece to Albania in Italy. The French company said it would work primarily from its offices in Rome and those of the TAP pipeline (upi.com)
UEFA Champions League Review: Molde and Skenderbeu secure impressive victories

UEFA Champions League Review: Molde and Skenderbeu secure impressive victories

Molde and Skenderbeu were the big winners in the latest round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers, where HJK made a thrilling comeback.Norwegian champions Molde and Albania's Skenderbeu recorded resounding wins in their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first-leg ties. Molde ran out 5-0 winners over FC Pyunik, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ola Kamara  notching braces as two goals conceded in injury time compounded a damaging outing for the Armenian club. Irish Premiership (fourfourtwo.com)

Illegal immigrant accused after Telford cannabis seizure

PUBLISHED: June 30, 2015 07:59 An illegal immigrant from Albania has appeared in court charged with producing 243 cannabis plants in Telford with a potential street value of £164,000. Emir Bezati, 27, of no fixed address, entered no plea when he appeared before magistrates in Telford yesterday.The plants were discovered during a police raid on an address in Hollinswood on June 25.Mr Chris Coughlan, prosecuting, said the value of the plants, which were due to be harvested within a few (shropshirestar.com)

Albania arrests suspected cop killers

AFP Albanian police officers searches the area where a policeman was shot and killed in the village of Lazarat, south of the Albanian capital Tirana. Picture: Gent Shkullaku Tirana - Albanian police have arrested two brothers suspected of leading the group of youths that shot dead an elite police officer in a raid on a village known until last year for producing cannabis worth hundred of millions of dollars. A search party of about 500 policemen, backed by helicopters, found the two (iol.co.za)

Greek crisis hits Albanians living from remittances 

(MENAFN - AFP) Lorenc Toska returned from Greece to his village in central Albania with empty hands and pockets. He had been working there hoping to secure a better life for his family back home, but the crisis in the neighbouring country ruined his dreams."I returned penniless, with my only luggage being a small bag with my work clothes," the 25-year-old Toska told AFP while hugging his baby boy. (menafn.com)

Consent of the Governed, Tsipras Style

We described in detail how the referendum scheduled in Greece for next Sunday, July 5, is a cynical exercise in democracy theater. The Greek people are being asked to vote on a (draft) proposal by Greece’s lenders to unlock €7.2 billion in funds, the last portion of the so-called “second bailout” agreed by the Greek government in 2012. Tsipras knew at the time he announced the referendum that the proposal expired on June 30; that was the known-well-in-advance final date for the (nakedcapitalism.com)
Parreno, Höller and Demand inaugurate Albania's Center for Openness and Dialogue in Tirana

Parreno, Höller and Demand inaugurate Albania's Center for Openness and Dialogue in Tirana

The Centre for Openness and Dialogue – a new public space dedicated to arts and culture – has opened its doors on the first floor of the Albanian government building in Tirana, with an impressive showcase of work by Philippe Parreno, Carsten Höller and Thomas Demand.Part of a new drive by the Albanian government to make the country's public institutions and records – as well as art and research institutions – more accessible to citizens, the Centre houses a 'Digital Room' (wallpaper.com)
Albania handed Serbia win after CAS overturns UEFA ruling

Albania handed Serbia win after CAS overturns UEFA ruling

Albania have been handed a 3-0 win for an abandoned match against Serbia, after CAS partially overturned a ruling from UEFA.The Court of Arbitration for Sport has awarded Albania a 3-0 victory over Serbia, partially upholding the country's appeal against a UEFA ruling made in the aftermath of an abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier. October's Group I fixture in Belgrade took place against a fractious political backdrop, and was ended shortly before half-time when a drone carrying a flag (fourfourtwo.com)

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook SynopsisTimetric’s "Personal Accident and Health Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data policies and premiums in the personal accident and health insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross written (reportsandintelligence.com)

Trends and Opportunities in Albania Reinsurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile

Synopsis"Trends and Opportunities in Albania Reinsurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile" is the result of extensive research into the reinsurance segment in Albania. It provides insights into the market trends, market size, growth prospects and market efficiency in the Albanian reinsurance market.ScopeThis report provides a comprehensive analysis of the insurance industry in Albania: • It (reportsandintelligence.com)

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook SynopsisTimetric’s "Personal Accident and Health Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data claims and expenses in the personal accident and health insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross claims, paid (reportsandintelligence.com)

Non-Life Insurance Premiums and Claims in Albania to 2018: Market Brief

SynopsisTimetric’s 'Non-Life Insurance Premiums and Claims in Albania to 2018: Market Brief' contains detailed historic and forecast data covering premiums and claims in the non life insurance industry in Albania. This market brief provides data on gross written premiums, premiums per capita, insurance penetration, gross claims, paid claims, incurred loss, loss ratio percentage and combined (reportsandintelligence.com)

Life Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

SynopsisTimetric’s "Life Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data policies and premiums in the life insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross written premiums, earned premiums, premiums per capita and insurance penetration.Scope• Historic and forecast data for policies and premiums in the life (reportsandintelligence.com)

Albania holds local polls, key to launch EU membership talks 

(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Albanians have started voting in local municipal elections, a key step in their efforts to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.About 3.4 million eligible voters cast their ballots in the country's seventh local elections since the fall of communism in 1990 to elect 61 mayors and 1,595 municipal counsellors.Voting started Sunday at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) (menafn.com)

Trends and Opportunities in Albania Personal Accident and Health Insurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile

Trends and Opportunities in Albania Personal Accident and Health Insurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile Synopsis"Trends and Opportunities in Albania Personal Accident and Health Insurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile" is the result of extensive research into the personal accident and health insurance segment in Albania. It provides insights into the market trends, market size, growth (reportsandintelligence.com)

Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

SynopsisTimetric’s "Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data claims and expenses in the life insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross claims, paid claims, incurred loss, loss ratio percentage, commissions and expenses and combined ratio percentage.Scope• Historic and forecast data for claims (reportsandintelligence.com)

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Premiums and Claims in Albania to 2018: Market Brief

Personal Accident and Health Insurance Premiums and Claims in Albania to 2018: Market Brief SynopsisTimetric’s 'Personal Accident and Health Insurance Premiums and Claims in Albania to 2018: Market Brief' contains detailed historic and forecast data covering premiums and claims in the personal accident and health insurance industry in Albania. This market brief provides data on gross written (reportsandintelligence.com)

Reinsurance in Albania to 2018: Market Brief

SynopsisTimetric’s 'Reinsurance in Albania to 2018: Market Brief' contains detailed historic and forecast data covering reinsurance in the insurance industry in Albania. This market brief provides data on percentage of insurance ceded to reinsurers and percentage of insurance retained.Scope• Historic and forecast data for reinsurance in the insurance industry in Albania for the period 2009 (reportsandintelligence.com)

Voting Ends İn Albania Local Election

Voting ended in Albania's local election on Sunday, with official preliminary data putting the turnout at 45 percent. Although the Central Election Commission of Albania announced the vote would end at 19.00 local time (1700GMT), it was extended an extra hour at some polling stations. Albania's citizens headed to the polls to elect 61 mayors as well as municipal council members in the country's seventh local election. Earlier, the commission said a total of 3,370,206 citizens (haberler.com)

Azerbaijani Gymnast: Gold Medal Of European Games - Result Of Serious Trainings

Turkish President Dismisses 'Parliament Speaker' Speculation 5 minutes ago... Erdogan refutes media claims that he would task PM Davutoglu to form gov't before parliament elects speaker. Albania To Vote İn Local Election 20 minutes ago... 3.3 million voters to cast ballot on Sunday to elect 61 new mayors. Un Assigns New Burundi Crisis Mediator -11 minutes ago... New mediator named after ex envoy Djinnit stepped down following accusations of bias. (haberler.com)

Albania To Vote İn Local Election

The seventh local election in Albania will kick off on Sunday to elect mayors and municipal council members. After a month of campaigning, nearly 3.3 million citizens will vote for 61 new mayors, according to the official data from the central election commission of Albania. A total of 157 mayoral candidates, including those from sixty-three parties as well as independents, will compete in the electoral race. Municipal councilors will also be elected. Albanian citizens will be (haberler.com)

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(ANSA) - Bari, June 16 - Anti-mafia police on Tuesday arrested 16 suspected members of a drug trafficking ring operating between Albania and Italy's southern Puglia region.    The arrests were made in Abruzzo, Puglia and Tuscany.    Five of the suspects are Italian and 15 are Albanian.    A further four suspects, all of them Albanian, could not be located while another 18 people are under investigation.    Police also seized 11 kilos of hashish and 13.5 kilos of heroin - (ansa.it)

Deschamps Murka Prancis Takluk dari Albania

Ajangbola.com - Dua kekalahan yang dialami Prancis secara beruntun dalam sebuah laga ujicoba. membuat sang pelatih Didier Deschamps murka dengan hasil yang dialami anak asuhnya. Sebelumnya Prancis harus takluk dari Belgia dan kini mereka harus kembali menelan kekalahan dari Albania dengan skor tipis 1-0.Bermain di Elbasan Arena, Minggu (14/6/2015) dini hari WIB, Prancis sebenarnya tampil dominan (ajangbola.com)

France stumbles again with 1-0 loss to Albania in friendly

ELBASAN, Albania (AP) — France lost for the third time in four matches when it fell in Albania 1-0 in a listless performance on Saturday. With one year to go until France hosts the European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps' team is struggling, having lost 4-3 at home to Belgium last weekend. Albania deservedly took the lead in the 44th minute of the friendly, when midfielder Ergys Kace curled a superb free kick from outside the penalty area into the top left corner. "We were not (si.com)

Albania goes to polls in key test of its democratic maturity 

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Albania goes to the polls in local elections Sunday in a crucial test of the Balkan country's fragile democracy as it pushes to join the EU.Since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, Albanian elections have been often marred by violence and accusations of fraud from all sides."More than the results, the real importance of these elections are the values of the (menafn.com)

Soccer: Japan must not flop like France vs Singapore: Halilhodzic

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his team to not take Singapore lightly in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier -- or face the prospect of being embarrassed like France at the weekend. France were beaten 1-0 by Albania in a friendly on Saturday, a team the Euro 2016 hosts had never previously lost to. On the eve of Japan's first qualifying match for Russia 2018, which also doubles as a qualifier for the 2019 Asian Cup, Halilhodzic described the Singapore game as "a trap" his team (kyodonews.jp)

Deschamps 'angry and disappointed' by France loss

France coach Didier Deschamps was left fuming by his side's lack of hunger in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Albania.Didier Deschamps was left "angry and disappointed" by France's 1-0 loss to Albania. The Euro 2016 hosts succumbed to their second defeat in less than a week as they were humbled by Gianni De Biasi's side in Elbasan after losing 4-3 to Belgium last Sunday. A stunning free-kick from Ergys Kace just before half-time settled the encounter in Albania's favour, leaving (fourfourtwo.com)

Albania 1 France 0: Kace free-kick shocks Euro 2016 hosts

There was more disappointment for France with a surprise 1-0 friendly defeat to an improving Albania side.France's recent faltering form continued as they slumped to a humbling 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Albania. The Euro 2016 hosts have been far from convincing in friendly encounters in the last few months, which have included a 3-1 defeat to Brazil and a 4-3 reverse against Belgium last Sunday. But their performance on Saturday will have been particularly worrying for  (fourfourtwo.com)

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