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Deadline for Vlora Airport Bidding Process Postponed
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Deadline for Vlora Airport Bidding Process Postponed

TIRANA, March 13 The deadline for the international bid on the design, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer for the long-awaited Vlora airport that initially was due Tuesday, 12th was postponed to the end of the month. The deadline was changed at the official announcement by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to March 30th, at...

Tougher COVID-19 Measures Take Effect on Friday
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Tougher COVID-19 Measures Take Effect on Friday

TIRANA, March 12 Tighter virus-control measures will be imposed starting Friday after recent data confirmed that the new COVID-19 virus continues to spread in Albania. Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the new measures on Thursday while saying that he was sorry, but this is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. So...

Religious Rituals Suspended over COVID-19 Fears
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Religious Rituals Suspended over COVID-19 Fears

TIRANA, March 12 The Catholic Church joined the Muslim Community’s decision to suspend all religious rituals in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Hence, the holy Tuesday pilgrimage to the Shna Ndou (Saint Anthony Church of Laci) will be suspended. The Episcopal Conference of Albania released on Thursday a decree on the suspension of all...

COVID-19 Fears Shut Down Culture Venues and Art Events
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COVID-19 Fears Shut Down Culture Venues and Art Events

TIRANA, March 12 As the cases of COVID-19 infected people increased in Albania, theaters, museums, concert halls, archeological parks will stay closed until April 3rd. The Ministry of Culture informed on Wednesday that all cultural events, conferences, national councils, public hearings events planned by the subordinate institutions will be canceled. More specifically the official statement...

State Department’s Human Rights Report Details Corruption in Albania
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State Department’s Human Rights Report Details Corruption in Albania

TIRANA, March 12 The US has released the annual Human Rights report on Wednesday, detailing records of countries around the world. For Albania, the report highlighted: “Significant human rights issues included restrictions on free expression and the press, including the existence of criminal libel laws, and pervasive corruption in all branches of government and municipal...

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Albania
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First COVID-19 Death Reported in Albania

TIRANA, March 11 Albania recorded its first death from the COVID-19 virus, health officials said on Wednesday. Deputy Health Minister Mira Rakacolli said the victim was a 73 years old woman from the city of Durres, who had a history of traveling between Bologna in Italy and Albania. The Deputy Minister said that the 73-year-old...

Albania Jobless Rate Hits New Record Low in Q4, 2019
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Albania Jobless Rate Hits New Record Low in Q4, 2019

TIRANA, March 10 The official unemployment rate among people ages 15 and over fell to a new record low during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 11.2 percent down from 12.2 percent in Q4 2018. The official data released by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) show that the number of employed people increased by 3.1...

These are the Cancelled Flights and Ferries Services from Albania
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These are the Cancelled Flights and Ferries Services from Albania

TIRANA, March 9 Following the measures against the spread of the COVID-19, Albanian authorities announced that all flight services connecting Tirana International Airport (TIA) with 12 airports in North Italy have been canceled. The Civil Aviation Authority announced an official decision from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy. The flight services to the following airports...

Albania Announces Measures against COVID-19
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Albania Announces Measures against COVID-19

TIRANA, March 9 As the first domestic cases of COVID-19 appear in Albania, authorities have stepped-up efforts to slow the spread of the virus. On Monday authorities introduced the measures and guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, they urged the citizens to maintain calm and cooperate with authorities and called on for...