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March 26th, 2015 Adrian Bishop Mainland Europe, News Rising visitor numbers, new flights and low living costs are boosting overseas property demand in Albania, says a leading resort chief. Albania chalked up a 167% increase in foreign visitors in Q3 2014, topping one million, according to the country’s national statistics office, INSTAT. Just two years ago, it attracted 390,454 overseas tourists. Visitor numbers from East Asia and Pacific grew 42.34% year-on-year and Western Europe (opp.today)
Deported migrants died after jumping off ferry to swim back to Britain

Deported migrants died after jumping off ferry to swim back to Britain

A major search involving 21 vessels and two helicopters was launched after Artur Doda, 24, and Leonard Isufaj, 27, both from Tirana, Albania, were seen jumping from one of the world’s largest ferries, the Stena Britannica, about 500 metres off Harwich, on 26 February last year.They had been found in the back of a lorry along with 13 others after it was randomly selected for X-ray as it entered the port six hours earlier. They were then put back on a ferry to the Netherlands.It is (independent.co.uk)

Albanian MPs held after accusing official of plotting murder

* Police arrests MPs who accused speaker of double murder * Parliament had earlier approved prosecutor's plea * Albania gripped by murder accusations, counter-claims By Benet Koleka TIRANA, March 26 (Reuters) - Two Albanian MPs were arrested on Thursday after parliament voted to give a free hand to prosecutors, saying the lawmakers had falsely accused the speaker of the chamber of plotting to murder one of them and a colleague. The NATO-member state has been gripped by the accusations (trust.org)

Black Market Trade in Organs Targeted in Anti-Trafficking Treaty

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than a dozen countries have agreed to enforce laws to fight trafficking in human organs, a business that exploits the world's poorest people and earns criminals up to $1.2 billion (0.80 billion pounds) in illegal profits every year.Albania, Austria, Belgium and Britain were among 14 nations to sign the first ever international treaty to combat the trade, Europe's leading human rights body said on Thursday.With an estimated 10,000 black market (nytimes.com)
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(ANSA) - Brescia, March 26 - Madhi El Halili, the alleged member of a recruitment cell of Islamic State (ISIS) busted by police in the province of Turin tried to hide his computer when he was arrested, investigators said Thursday.    Halili, a 20-year-old Italian of Moroccan descent, was arrested on Wednesday with two other people in an operation in Italy and Albania against a cell of alleged Islamist extremists dedicated to recruiting militants and helping them reach ISIS fighters (ansa.it)
Serbia, Albania to propose joint infrastructure projects to EU

Serbia, Albania to propose joint infrastructure projects to EU

Serbia’s State Secretary for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Dejan Trifunovic announced on March 22 that his country and Albania will table a list of joint priority projects to be funded by the European Union. According to Tanjung, Serbia’s state news agency, the two countries have agreed on which projects they will propose. The projects include two roads and four railway infrastructure projects and are part of an agreement reached by Serbia's Prime Minister (neurope.eu)
Albania for a secular Europe: interview with Klajda Gjosha, Albanian minister of European integration

Albania for a secular Europe: interview with Klajda Gjosha, Albanian minister of European integration

Turkey, FYROM, Serbia, Bosnia and Albania have begun or are currently lined up to begin negotiations to join the EU. The decision to allow Albania to start its accession negotiations followed progress by Edi Rama, the Albanian prime minister, who came to power in June 2013, in the battle against organised crime and corruption.  The 28 EU member states granted Albania the status of official EU membership candidate on 24 June 2014. This is the next step in Albania's long road to (neurope.eu)

Italy arrests three recruiters for IS

Rome, March 25 (IANS/EFE) Italian police on Wednesday arrested three people suspected of forming a terror cell to recruit jihadis for the Islamic State (IS) from the country and Albania, official sources said. Those arrested included a 20-year-old Moroccan and two Albanians, according to media reports. Italian security forces, during the operation "Balkan Connection", apprehended the Moroccan, (yahoo.com)
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(ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - Three people were arrested in Italy and Albania on Wednesday in an operation to bust a cell of alleged Islamist extremists dedicated to recruiting jihadists and helping them reach ISIS militias. The operation is the result of a two-year Brescia-based investigation by Italian anti-terrorism police, said Mario Papa, the head the international anti-terrorism division of preventative policing unit UCIGOS.    The suspects in Italy were arrested in the province (ansa.it)

Italian, Albanian Cops Crack IS Recruitment Ring

Italian police say they have dismantled a ring of Islamic extremists in Italy and Albania who recruited fighters for the Islamic State group. Three people were arrested, police said in a statement Wednesday, including an Italian of Moroccan origin who purportedly authored an Italian-language IS propaganda booklet for potential Italian jihadis. Police said two others arrested were Albanians: A man who was arrested in Albania and his nephew in Turin. Albanian police identified the (abcnews.go.com)

Italian, Albanian cops crack IS recruitment ring

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have dismantled a ring of Islamic extremists in Italy and Albania who recruited fighters for the Islamic State group. Three people were arrested, police said in a statement Wednesday, including an Italian of Moroccan origin who purportedly authored an Italian-language IS propaganda booklet for potential Italian jihadis. Police said two others arrested were Albanians: A man who was arrested in Albania and his nephew in Turin. Albanian police (bigstory.ap.org)
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(ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - What investigators called a "highly dangerous" recruitment cell for Islamic State (ISIS) militants was busted in Italy on Wednesday at the end of a two-year probe.    Three people were arrested in Italy and Albania in an operation to bust the cell of alleged Islamist extremists dedicated to recruiting jihadists and helping them reach ISIS militias. The operation is the result of a two-year Brescia-based investigation by Italian anti-terrorism police, said (ansa.it)

Italy police nab suspected IS recruiters

Italian anti-terrorism authorities say they've uncovered a cell that was spreading jihadist propaganda on the internet and recruiting fighters for the Islamic State in Syria. A joint Italo-Albanian operation, called "Balkan Connection," led to the arrest of 20-year Elvis Elezi - an Albanian student living with his parents near Turin - and of his uncle Alban, who was caught in Albania. They allegedly worked on terrorist recruiting. A third Italo-Moroccan suspect, Elmahdi Halili, was (sbs.com.au)
Three Suspected ISIL Recruiters Arrested in Italy

Three Suspected ISIL Recruiters Arrested in Italy

Europe14:57 25.03.2015Get short URL5000Three people were arrested in Italy over alleged links to ISIL. Two of them originally came for Albania and are suspected of recruiting for the terrorist group. One man was captured in Turin, while the other was arrested in Albania. The third man, an Italian of Moroccan origin, was also arrested in Turin. He is suspected of preparing a 64-page ISIL propaganda pamphlet in the Italian language. In February 2015, the Italian government (sputniknews.com)
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(ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - Three people were arrested in Italy and Albania on Wednesday in an operation to bust a cell of alleged Islamist extremists dedicated to recruiting jihadists and helping them reach ISIS militias. The operation is the result of a two-year Brascia-based investigation by Italian anti-terrorism police, said Mario Papa, the head the international anti-terrorism division of preventative policing unit UCIGOS.    The suspects in Italy were arrested in the province (ansa.it)
Armenia head coach invites 24 players for Albania match

Armenia head coach invites 24 players for Albania match

The Armenian national team will play Euro-2016 qualifying round match against Albania on March 29. The team will hold a training campaign from 23rd  to 27th of March at FFA Technical centre/Football academy. The Armenian national team will leave for Albania on March 27. Head coach Bernard Challandes has called up 24 players to take part in training campaign: Goalkeepers Roman Berezovsky Dinamo (Moscow, Russia)Gevorg Kasparov (FC Mika)Arsen Beglaryan (Ulisses FC) Defenders Hovhannes (armradio.am)
Football: Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

Football: Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco is hopeful that he can remain part of Antonio Conte's national team plans despite his move to Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of US$7 million — a league high.The Turin-born forward played in Italy's last (channelnewsasia.com)
Keep up reforms for entry talks, EU tells Albania

Keep up reforms for entry talks, EU tells Albania

TIRANA Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:29pm EDT TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's willingness to push ahead with reforms will determine its future steps to gain entry to the EU, the bloc's Enlargement Commissioner said on Tuesday. Johannes Hahn, visiting Tirana for the first time, said the EU and Albania had gone over the Adriatic nation's plans to meet the criteria for the opening of accession negotiations.Albania was given candidate status in June last year, having previously been rejected four (reuters.com)
Asylum seeker numbers rose 53% last year

Asylum seeker numbers rose 53% last year

The number of foreign nationals applying for asylum last year increased 53%, although Ireland still has a comparatively low inflow rate of refugees within the EU.Official EU figures show Ireland received just 0.3 applications for asylum per 1,000 inhabitants in 2014, compared to the EU average of 1.2. A total of 1,450 applications for asylum were recorded in the Republic last year, up 505 on 2013 (irishexaminer.com)

Keep up reforms for entry talks, EU tells Albania

TIRANA, March 24 (Reuters) - Albania's willingness to push ahead with reforms will determine its future steps to gain entry to the EU, the bloc's Enlargement Commissioner said on Tuesday. Johannes Hahn, visiting Tirana for the first time, said the EU and Albania had gone over the Adriatic nation's plans to meet the criteria for the opening of accession negotiations. Albania was given candidate status in June last year, having previously been rejected four times in as many years. " (trust.org)
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All you need is Wavecall app and internet connection (3G/WiFi/GPRS/EDGE) on your mobile device. Some of the countries where you can make cheap international calls to: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Guinea, Eritrea (zdnet.com)
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Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of $7 million - a league high.The Turin-born forward played in Italy's last friendly in November against Albania but reports suggest Conte may leave him out of the European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria and friendly against England this month (yahoo.com)
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Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of $7 million - a league high.The Turin-born forward played in Italy's last friendly in November against Albania but reports suggest Conte may leave him out of the European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria and friendly against England this month (yahoo.com)

JTW: Switzerland Helps Albania Build Gas Market

Switzerland has granted Albania 6.6 million euro to build up its infrastructure so that it can 'reap the benefits' of the new Trans Adriatic Pipeline running from Turkey to Italy.Beatrice Maser, director at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs told BIRN that Switzerland was offering Albania a grant to help it “reap the full benefits of the TAP”, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Read the full article HERE. (naturalgaseurope.com)

US first lady in Cambodia to promote girls' education

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama traveled Friday from Japan to Cambodia — a journey from one of Asia's richest countries to one of its poorest — as part of a campaign to help millions of girls around the world stay in school. Mrs. Obama arrived in the city of Siem Reap, home to Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex, where she planned to sightsee following activities Saturday focused on the U.S.-led education initiative "Let Girls Learn." The White (bigstory.ap.org)

US 1st Lady Puts Focus on Empowering Girls Through Education

Education is the starting point for opportunity, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday as she and her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe showcased efforts to help girls stay in or return to school. "Like so many women I was able to achieve both my professional and personal goals because of my education," Mrs. Obama said after Abe announced plans for Japan to support the "Let Girls Learn" project aimed at promoting education for girls in the developing world. "My education is the (abcnews.go.com)

Albania vows to rescue privatization of state oil company Albpetrol, diversify energy market

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION By: Llazar Semini, The Associated Press Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015 at 1:12 PM | Comments: 0 TIRANA, Albania - Albania's prime minister said Tuesday his government is determined to conclude the troubled privatization of state oil company Albpetrol by the end of the year, in an appeal to investors to seek opportunities in the country's energy market. Edi Rama told an energy conference that his 18-month-old Socialist government preferred to act as (brandonsun.com)

Albania’s FM: Western Balkans Not Yet a Harmonized Region

Inside today's edition Chairs of Foreign Policy Committees of Western Balkan Countries Meet in Tirana “Be it politically, economically or with regards to security, the Western Balkans is not yet a... “We will continue with protests until Meta resigns. He is not a Parliament Speaker anymore. We invite the citizens to join the protest as they did one day ago,” DP leader Lulzim... “Germany (albaniannews.com)

WWII Soldier’s Wedding Ring Returned To His Family 70 Years Later

CBS News – Sgt. John Thompson, a British World War II special operation flight engineer, was considered missing in action for more than 70 years. Not anymore. On Monday, his 92-year-old sister Dorothy Webster received his ring from a family in Albania together with a box of debris from his Halifax bomber. The plane, with a seven-member crew onboard, had crashed in the eastern European country on Oct. 29, 1944 whilst transporting assistance to local anti-Nazi fighters. In 1960, late (5newsonline.com)

Albania: Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Of 2 Parliamentarians

The Albanian prosecutor-general has requested the parliament to authorize the arrest of two of its members, weeks after the speaker was accused of paying money for assassinations. On March 2, Member of Parliament Tom Doshi had accused Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta of offering half a million euros to get him killed along with opposition parliamentarian Mehill Fufi, for which allegedly another 100,000 euros was offered. Doshi had also said that the information about the hit was (haberler.com)

US First Lady in Cambodia to Promote Girls' Education

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama traveled Friday from Japan to Cambodia — a journey from one of Asia's richest countries to one of its poorest — as part of a campaign to help millions of girls around the world stay in school. Mrs. Obama arrived in the city of Siem Reap, home to Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex, where she planned to sightsee following activities Saturday focused on the U.S.-led education initiative "Let Girls Learn." The White House has said Mrs. Obama is (abcnews.go.com)

Albania vows to rescue privatization of state oil company Albpetrol, diversify energy market

By Llazar Semini, The Associated Press TIRANA, Albania - Albania's prime minister said Tuesday his government is determined to conclude the troubled privatization of state oil company Albpetrol by the end of the year, in an appeal to investors to seek opportunities in the country's energy market. Edi Rama told an energy conference that his 18-month-old Socialist government preferred to act as (yahoo.com)
Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in Toronto

By Simon Evans COLUMBUS, Ohio Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:20pm GMT COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco is hopeful that he can remain part of Antonio Conte's national team plans despite his move to Major League Soccer's Toronto FC. Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move to the Canadian club for a reported annual salary in excess of $ (reuters.com)

Albania's economy to maintain upward trend 

(MENAFN) Albania's central bank predicted that flood-related damages in southern Albania would have a temporary effect on Albania's economy and it would remain in an upward trend, Xinhua reported.According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), the inflation rate stood at 2.3 percent in February, hitting the highest in the past 12 months, but still well within the central bank's (menafn.com)
Head to Pelham Gardens for Rare and Authentic Albanian Burek

Head to Pelham Gardens for Rare and Authentic Albanian Burek

Albanian cuisine is not the easiest to track down, even in a city as diverse with dining options as NYC. Given its strong Mediterranean influence, it's not uncommon to find traditional dishes in restaurants specializing in the region's food. Many a pizza parlor, for example, offers authentic burek, the savory pie hailing from the Balkans. But it's rare to find a spot dedicated solely to the Albanian mainstay. For that, head to Dukagjini Burek (758 Lydig Avenue, Bronx; 718-822-8955) in (villagevoice.com)
Europe turns to Turkey as alternative to Russian energy

Europe turns to Turkey as alternative to Russian energy

If the EC’s plans bear fruit, Turkey would become a major transit country for energy through the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, carrying gas from Azerbaijan in the east to Greece in the west, and eventually to Albania and Italy. The European Commission (EC) plans to tighten its relations with several nations, including Turkey, as a part of the Continent’s effort to lessen its dependence (maltatoday.com.mt)
Missing WWII sergeant&#39;s wedding ring returned to his family

Missing WWII sergeant's wedding ring returned to his family

TIRANA, Albania -- Sgt. John Thompson, a British World War II special operation flight engineer, was considered missing in action for more than 70 years. Not anymore.On Monday, his 92-year-old sister Dorothy Webster received his ring from a family in Albania together with a box of debris from his Halifax bomber. The plane, with a seven-member crew onboard, had crashed in the eastern European (abc13.com)
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(ANSA) - Milan, March 9 - A delegation from the Region of Sicily presented plans in Milan on Monday for a cluster pavilion at Milan Expo focused on harmony, health and beauty.    The Region of Sicily is acting as the coordinator for a joint exhibition called Bio-Mediterraneo in which Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Malta, San Marino, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro are also participating. Each country will have their own space to interpret Mediterranean themes, while Sicily (ansa.it)

Ring discovery gives closure to family of lost UK WWII pilot

By LLAZAR SEMINIAssociated Press TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Sgt. John Thompson, a British World War II special operation pilot, was considered missing in action for more than 70 years. Not anymore. On Monday, his 92-year-old sister Dorothy Webster received his ring from a family in Albania together with a box of debris from his Halifax bomber. The plane had crashed in the eastern European country on Oct. 29, 1944 whilst transporting assistance to local anti-Nazi fighters, and in 1960 late (njherald.com)

Tribeca Film Festival showcases movies about "everyday life"

NEW YORK - Feature films from 31 countries, many of them about the struggles of everyday life and featuring stars such as Richard Gere, James Franco and Dakota Fanning will be screened at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival. More than 6,200 films, from countries ranging from Costa Rica and Iceland to Albania and South Africa, were submitted for the festival, which runs from April 15 to 26. Half of its (feedsportal.com)

Prime Minister of Albania confirmed to welcome IOCs at the Albania Summit, 17-18 March

London (PRWEB UK) 3 March 2015 The Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Edi Rama, will give the opening speech and welcome investors as Albania is ready to open its doors for International Oil Companies to invest in the country’s prolific hydrocarbon sector. Officially endorsed and in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Albania and AKBN, the Summit will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the new key role of Albania within the oil, gas and (prweb.com)

Shell raises investment in Albania on oil discovery 

(MENAFN) According to Albanian daily news report, the discovery of an oil area in Berat County, in the south of Albania, has attracted Shell Oil Company to increase investments in Albania, Xinhua reported.From the search operations in Berat County, the company has succeeded after the discovery of an oil field in Shpirag. However, they don't possess data regarding the reserves of oil and natural (menafn.com)

Mariachi contest is a Go Tejano Day favorite

Mariachi Imperial de America has toured China, Armenia, Canada, Macedonia and Albania. The group opened for George Lopez in 2014 at Bayou Music Center and performed as part of the 2005 Selena Vive! tribute concert. It has released three albums and performed alongside Latin stars Pepe Aguilar, Bronco, Pablo Montero and Bobby Pulido.But winning the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Tejano (chron.com)

Why Albania Will be in the News in the Upcoming Months

London (PRWEB UK) 9 February 2015 The country has proven to be exceptionally rich in renewable energy sources with most of its electricity generated by hydropower plants, but the increased electricity demand has led to regular power shortages, and the country is only exploiting 35% of its hydropower potential at the moment. These factors have encouraged the Government to reform its electricity (prweb.com)
Printing Europe Report

Printing Europe Report

LONDON, March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Printing Europe Report gives Market Consumption / Products / Services for 44 countries by 6 to 10-Digit NAICS Product Codes by 3 Time series: From 1997- 2015 and Forecasts 2016- 2023 & 2023-2028. Countries covered include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia (prnewswire.com)

This Motion Sensor Could Detect Russian Soldiers as They’re Invading a Country

If Russian forces, rebels or militants try to sneak into Estonia or a number of other countries small wireless motion sensors hidden in the brush could detect them long before human border guards. Author Marcus Weisgerber is the global business reporter for Defense One covering the intersection of business and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for nearly a decade, previously as Pentagon correspondent for Defense News and chief editor of (defenseone.com)

Tribeca Film Festival showcases movies about "everyday life"

NEW YORK - Feature films from 31 countries, many of them about the struggles of everyday life and featuring stars such as Richard Gere, James Franco and Dakota Fanning will be screened at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival. More than 6,200 films, from countries ranging from Costa Rica and Iceland to Albania and South Africa, were submitted for the festival, which runs from April 15 to 26. Half of its (feedsportal.com)

Shell raises investment in Albania on oil discovery 

(MENAFN) According to Albanian daily news report, the discovery of an oil area in Berat County, in the south of Albania, has attracted Shell Oil Company to increase investments in Albania, Xinhua reported.From the search operations in Berat County, the company has succeeded after the discovery of an oil field in Shpirag. However, they don't possess data regarding the reserves of oil and natural (menafn.com)

Qatar- Deputy Emir receives new envoys credentials 

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Deputy Emir H H Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani received the credentials of five ambassadors at Emiri Diwan yesterday. They were Salah Al Salihi (Tunisia, pictured), Igancio Escobar (Spain), Edmond Chasha (Albania), Metin Kazak (Bulgaria) and Abdulaziz Saba (Algeria). (menafn.com)

Why Albania Will be in the News in the Upcoming Months

London (PRWEB UK) 9 February 2015 The country has proven to be exceptionally rich in renewable energy sources with most of its electricity generated by hydropower plants, but the increased electricity demand has led to regular power shortages, and the country is only exploiting 35% of its hydropower potential at the moment. These factors have encouraged the Government to reform its electricity model through the implementation of new EU regulations and the development of its (prweb.com)
Ring belonging to fallen World War II pilot returned to family

Ring belonging to fallen World War II pilot returned to family

March 9, 2015: Dorothy Webster holds the ring of her dead brother, 23-year old British pilot Sgt. John Thompson, in Tirana. (AP) Sgt. John Thompson crashed in Albania Oct. 29, 1944 while transporting materials to the local anti-Nazi partisan fighters. Thompson, a British World War II special operation pilot, was considered missing in action for more than 70 years. (AP) March 9, 2015: (foxnews.com)
Cherie Blair signs deal to act for Albania where her husband is official adviser

Cherie Blair signs deal to act for Albania where her husband is official adviser

Omnia Strategy, as previously disclosed by The Telegraph, was paid almost £400,000 for six months’ work in Kazakhstan for reviewing its “bilateral investment treaties”. Mrs Blair, best known as a human rights lawyer, charged the Kazakh government £975 an hour for her fees. She normally charges £1,150 an hour, but offered her services to the Kazakh taxpayer at a reduced rate. The legal (feedsportal.com)

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