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Albania Seizes 500,000 Cannabis Plants in Major Crackdown

Albania Seizes 500,000 Cannabis Plants in Major Crackdown

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albanian authorities say they have confiscated about half a million cannabis plants this year, arresting 240 suspected growers and drug traffickers. Interior Ministry spokesman Ardi Bita said Friday that fighting drug production is a "top priority" for police. Some 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) worth of marijuana has been seized and destroyed so far, Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said. On Wednesday, 100 police destroyed some 16,000 plants in Kurvelesh, (hightimes.com)
IOM: Over 350,000 Refugees Have Fled to Europe Since January

IOM: Over 350,000 Refugees Have Fled to Europe Since January

The wave of refugees comes primarily from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Albania - conflict zones that justify their appelation of “refugees.” Over 350,000 refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the year, fleeing conflict zones and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Among them, 234,000 arrived on the shores (telesurtv.net)

More than 14,000 Narcotic plants destroyed in Albania

TIRANA, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Albanian state police said Monday that more than 14,000 cannabis roots were destroyed during the operations undertaken last weekend across Albania. According to a press statement, 12,139 cannabis roots destroyed were located in 75 parcels in nine different areas. Meanwhile in a parallel operation, police destroyed 1,319 cannabis plants. Some other 515 cannabis roots were found in the villages of Kucova and Skrapar. (xinhuanet.com)

A Command Democracy

Dan Boyle is a former Senator and member of the Green Party. He is the Author of ‘Without Power or Glory – The Greens in Government’. Today he gives us his take on local government and the threats to democracy posed by our current system After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Progressive Democrats used to taunt that Ireland now had become Europe’s biggest command economy outside of Albania. On the surface there was something to this. State monopolies continued to (sluggerotoole.com)

New Europe: EU, Western Balkans Boost Energy Ties

At the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič was expected to look for ways to boost energy infrastructure and connectivity as well as regional cooperation. Non-EU members Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia are looking to integrate with the European Union’s energy system. A European Commission spokeswoman told New Europe on August 27 that the member states agree and endorse five (naturalgaseurope.com)
West Sees Red: 'Sympathy for Russia is Rising' in the Balkans

West Sees Red: 'Sympathy for Russia is Rising' in the Balkans

Politics15:10 30.08.2015(updated 15:36 30.08.2015) Get short URL744110Of late the European Union and the United States have been trying to break the bond between Moscow and the Balkans by including the region in their sphere of influence. For Brussels, driving a wedge between the two sides means accelerating the long stagnant process of the bloc's expansion. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have all been promised that they will join the (sputniknews.com)
West Balkans Want Connectivity, Gas Links

West Balkans Want Connectivity, Gas Links

At the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič pushed for ways to boost energy infrastructure and connectivity as well as regional cooperation. Non-EU members Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia are looking to integrate with the European Union’s energy system. A European Commission spokeswoman told New Europe on August 27 that the member states agree and endorse five projects, which (neurope.eu)

Qatar Charity reviews projects in Balkans, Turkey 

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Charity (QC) has reviewed progress of its development projects in Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Turkey to modify them.Faisal Rashid Al Fahida, QC's EDO in the countries, visited QC headquarters and Qatar's Center for Training where he saw a video on QC's accomplishments in Kosovo since the opening of the office until 2014 and income-generating initiatives. Al Fahida (menafn.com)
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Russia Expands Its Food Imports Ban to Some Non-EU Nations - ABC News

Russia's prime minister says he has signed an order banning imports of agricultural products from several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia. Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday the ban would apply to products from Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The U.S. and the EU have imposed sanctions in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has retaliated by (abcnews.go.com)

Albania to punish gambling companies in debt

TIRANA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Gambling companies in Albania which have not paid off their obligations will not be able to open new spots, according to the new guideline released on Monday by the Albanian ministry of finance aiming at fighting evasion and collecting more incomes. Enis Tushi, Albanian director in supervisory unit of gaming, said that all the secondary spots of gambling companies which have debt to the government will be closed. "This comes in the totality of measures that (xinhuanet.com)

Qatar Charity reviews projects in Balkans, Turkey 

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Charity (QC) has reviewed progress of its development projects in Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Turkey to modify them.Faisal Rashid Al Fahida, QC's EDO in the countries, visited QC headquarters and Qatar's Center for Training where he saw a video on QC's accomplishments in Kosovo since the opening of the office until 2014 and income-generating initiatives. Al Fahida (menafn.com)
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Albania: Romani neighborhood demolished for road, residents likely homeless

The Roma Virtual Network has published a message from Brisilda Taco, a self-identified Romani activist in Tirana, Albania, about recent home demolitions there. The activist reports that on 23 July, the Albanian Government began to demolish Romani-occupied houses in Selita. Reportedly many of the families never received any official notice of the demolition, which Taco says is illegal.Some of them are said to still be in shock, as they were unprepared to be displaced and the authorities (romea.cz)

Solar Impulse 2 plane departs Japan

image 1 of 11Abandoned buildings on the island of Sazan. Once communist Albania's most secret military base, a 'sentinel' of the Adriatic Sea, the Sazan island has opened to tourists its bunkers and tunnels amid wildness that authorities hope to turn into an attraction. (gulfnews.com)
Western Balkan Exodus Puts Pressure on Germany and EU

Western Balkan Exodus Puts Pressure on Germany and EU

By Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr Armend Nimani/ DER SPIEGEL More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay. When Visar Krasniqi reached Berlin and saw the famous image on Bernauer Strasse -- the one of the soldier jumping over barbed wire into the West -- he knew he had arrived (spiegel.de)
Monaco's Joao Moutinho out for minimum of three weeks with ankle injury

Monaco's Joao Moutinho out for minimum of three weeks with ankle injury

Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho is to miss a minimum of three weeks of action with an ankle injury, making him a doubt for Portugal's games with France and Albania.By Miles Jolliffe, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 09:46 UKLast Updated: Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 09:46 UKMonaco's Joao Moutinho is to miss a minimum of three weeks of action with an ankle injury.The midfielder suffered an ankle ligament sprain in Friday's goalless draw against Lille, and will now miss his side's (sportsmole.co.uk)

Hysaj agrees deal to follow Sarri to Napoli

Elseid Hysaj has become the second Empoli player to follow Maurizio Sarri to Napoli after agreeing a deal with the Serie A club.Napoli have completed their sixth close-season signing with the arrival of defender Elseid Hysaj from Serie A rivals Empoli. The Albania international is the second Empoli player to make the move to San Paolo ahead of the new season, the full-back treading the same route made by Mirko Valdifiori in following coach Maurizio Sarri to Naples. Hysaj was an (fourfourtwo.com)

LAPD: Albanian athlete missing from Special Olympics games

Updated 8:44 pm, Sunday, August 2, 2015 gallery_thumbnails_show|article-gallery-6420396|article-gallery-6420396|0 gallery_overlay_open|article-gallery-6420396|article-gallery-6420396|0 gallery_overlay_open_thumbs|article-gallery-6420396|article-gallery-6420396|0 This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows a missing person's poster for Andi Gusmari. Police are seeking the public's help in finding the Albanian athlete who disappeared after (sfgate.com)

Russia eyes action against non-EU nations joining sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia's prime minister has ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia. Dmitry Medvedev instructed officials yesterday to consider counter-sanctions against the countries, which he didn't identify. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions last week. The US and the EU imposed sanctions in response to Moscow's (philstar.com)

Special Olympics athlete from Albania goes missing in L.A.

A Special Olympics athlete from Albania went missing Saturday night, and officials are seeking the public’s help in finding him. Andi Gusmari, 44, was last seen around 8:30 p.m. on the USC campus, police and Special Olympics World Games officials said Sunday.He is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, and he was last seen wearing a red jersey with the word “Albania” in black lettering, black track pants with white stripes and tennis shoes. He has dark hair (latimes.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)

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)

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