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Albania: Country in southeastern Europe
Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a country in Southeast Europe on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea within the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, Greece to the south and maritime borders with Greece, Montenegro and Italy to the west.

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Coronavirus: Greece shuts Serbia border amid COVID-19 spike in the Balkans [Video]

Coronavirus: Greece shuts Serbia border amid COVID-19 spike in the Balkans

Austria has also imposed a travel warning for six western Balkans countries, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, in view of high COVID-19 figures.View on euronews

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Albania reopens land borders, but mass gatherings still banned

Albania reopened its land borders and let people move around freely on Monday after 79 days of coronavirus curbs, but will still ban mass activities until June 23.
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Albania to open crèches, land borders, hotel beaches on Monday

Albania will re-open crèches and kindergartens and kick off its tourism season on June 1, the health minister said on Tuesday, despite reporting a sharp daily rise in coronavirus infections.
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Albania to open borders in May, prepare to welcome back tourists

Albania will re-open its borders this month and prepare to welcome back tourists, Prime Minister Edi Rama told parliament on Thursday, with the country reporting no new coronavirus deaths for more than..
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Demolition of Albanian national theatre sparks angry protests

Albanian authorities began demolishing the national theatre building early on Sunday after dragging away two dozen actors and activists protecting the site, drawing a large crowd chanting "shame" and..
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Albania lifts curbs on driving, slashes curfew in green zones

Albania had its lowest daily infections from the new coronavirus in eight weeks on Monday as half its 2.8 million people began enjoying more freedom in green zones and life went on almost as normal in..
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Albania sticks to re-opening plan due to few virus cases

Albania will let shopping centres and services start work and drivers travel without permission from Monday due to the low number of infections with the new coronavirus after Thursday marked the ninth..
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Albania to take a step closer to pre-virus freedom in May

Albania will enlarge its area of green zones and let taxis travel between cities from Monday, and allow shopping centres to open and cars to travel without permits from May 11, according to a plan..
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Albanian seasonal workers could go to Greece in May, PM says

Albania and Greece, whose borders are closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, agreed to work on paving the way to allow Albanian seasonal agriculture workers to go to Greece by mid-May, Albania's..
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Albanian shops, courts, taxis resume work next week, with conditions

Albania, which already began this week to loosen some of the tightest coronavirus restrictions in Europe, will let some more shops, courts and taxis resume business beginning next week, provided that..
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Albania sends 60 more nurses to join coronavirus fight in hard-hit Italy

Albania, which has recorded one of Europe's lowest numbers of coronavirus cases, sent 60 more nurses to help treat patients in hard-hit neighbour Italy on Monday.
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Albania re-opens some businesses as seeks to limit coronavirus hit to economy

Albania will re-open about 600 business activities from Monday, ranging from watch repair shops to mining, in a bid to breathe life back into an economy frozen for a month as the country fights the..
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Albania to impose 2-8 year jail terms on coronavirus quarantine rule-breakers

Albania amended its penal code on Thursday to punish anyone breaking coronavirus quarantine and self-isolation rules and infecting others with up to eight years in jail as it slowly prepares to restart..
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Drones, time-slots give Albania's virus lockdown a hi-tech edge

Buzzing overhead, the police drone warns shoppers in Tirana that curfew is approaching and they need to go home, having run checks through the day to make sure no one runs past their allotted 90-minute..
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Albania to pay $350 to workers of businesses hit by coronavirus crisis

Albania will pay a one-off sum of 40,000 leke ($350.78) to 176,000 workers in businesses hurt by measures to contain the coronavirus, Finance Minister Anila Denaj said on Tuesday.
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Albania relaxes weekday curfew hours, toughens weekend lockdown

Albania is relaxing a weekday curfew to allow shoppers longer to collect provisions, but is extending its weekend lockdown and launching police drones to deter rule-breakers as it moves to a second..
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Albania's coronavirus cases drop but fears grow for 'time-bomb' town

Albania urged citizens on Monday to do better at social distancing after a localized rise in infections led the government to call one city a coronavirus time-bomb.
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Albania's coronavirus cases surge for third day in row

Albania reported 28 new cases of the new coronavirus on Sunday and said a failure to respect social distancing had led to the highest numbers of infections over the last three days.
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Albania extends lockdown till end of coronavirus outbreak

Albanian schools, cafes, restaurants and other public venues will remain shut and restrictions on social and economic activity will stay in place till the end of the coronavirus outbreak, Health..
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Albania flies 30 doctors to Italy to help with coronavirus crisis

Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe, flew a team of doctors and nurses to neighboring Italy on Saturday to help it deal with the coronavirus pandemic as its own cases have yet to strain the..
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Albania limits shopping to one per family in virus lockdown

Albania will impose a 40 hour curfew at the weekend and limit shopping to just one family member, who will need to seek permission from an app to leave home from Monday, as the country toughens..
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Albania declares 30-day emergency to stop coronavirus outbreak

Albania declared the coronavirus a "natural calamity" on Wednesday, giving the authorities 30-day emergency powers to search houses, stop free movement and ban strikes in an effort to break the chain..
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EU moves to start membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

The European Union can start membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, according to a draft decision by the bloc's 27 member states seen by Reuters on Monday and due to be finalised..
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Albania deploys troops to enforce 40-hour coronavirus curfew

Albania's government deployed the army to enforce a strict 40-hour curfew starting on Saturday to fight the coronavirus after people widely flouted previous measures aimed at stemming its spread.
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Greece bans all transport links with Albania, North Macedonia, Spain flights

Greece said it would ban road and sea routes, as well as flights, to Albania and North Macedonia on Sunday, as well as banning flights to and from Spain to stem the spread of coronavirus.
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Albanian woman, 73, dies of coronavirus

An Albanian woman of 73 with a heart condition who had returned from neighboring Italy has become the country's first coronavirus fatality, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
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Albania halts schools, Italy flights, ferries over coronavirus

Albania reported its first coronavirus infections on Monday - a man who returned from Italy and infected his father, prompting the government to shut down schools for two weeks and cancel flight and..
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Albania confirms first coronavirus cases, in father and son back from Italy

Albania reported its first coronavirus infections on Monday, in a father and son who had returned from Italy.
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Albania opposition rallies to stop 'coup d'etat' over reforms

Thousands of opposition supporters denounced Albania's government at a protest rally on Monday in a move likely to deepen a row between the country's president and the socialist administration over..
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EU's Varhelyi: accession talks with two Balkan states could open in weeks

The European Union could open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia within weeks as both countries have made good progress in their preparations, the European Commission's enlargement chief,..
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Albanian dictator Hoxha's widow, his staunchest defender, dies at 99

Nexhmije Hoxha, the widow of Albania's Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, died on Tuesday aged 99, her son said, having fallen dramatically from grace following his death but remaining the staunchest..
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'North Macedonia, Albania will deliver,' EU enlargement chief says

North Macedonia and Albania can deliver on the reforms required to join the European Union, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Tuesday, in the latest sign that the Balkan neighbors are set to..
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International donors pledge 1.1 billion euros for Albania after earthquake

International donors pledged 1.15 billion euros on Monday to help Albania rebuild after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Balkan country in later November, killing 51 people.
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Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that if the results of an EU Commission report in March on North Macedonia and Albania were positive, he would back opening negotiations for them to..
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EU aims to admit six Balkan states under reformed process: commissioner

The European Union still aims to admit the Balkan nations of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia into the bloc, new EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on..
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Albania, host of Iranian dissident camp, expels two Iranian diplomats

Albania, which hosts a camp for thousands of members of an exiled Iranian dissident group, expelled two Iranian diplomats on Wednesday, more than a year after kicking out the Iranian ambassador.
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Albania passes anti-slander law despite media protest calling it censorship

Albania's parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-defamation package criticized by journalists and the Council of Europe as an attempt to muzzle the media while the government countered it was merely..
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Albania seeks arrests for quake deaths in collapsed buildings

Albanian prosecutors have issued a series of arrest warrants on charges including murder and abuse of office over the deaths of 51 people killed when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake toppled dozens of..
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Turkey joins Nobel ceremony boycott in protest against Handke

Turkey said on Monday it would join Albania and Kosovo in boycotting the Nobel awards ceremony in protest against 2019 literature prize laureate Peter Handke, who has been criticized for backing late..
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Albania, Kosovo ambassadors to boycott Nobel ceremony in protest against Handke

Albania said on Monday its ambassador to Sweden would boycott the Nobel prize awards ceremony in protest against 2019 literature prize laureate Peter Handke, who has been criticized for supporting late..
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Albania elects prosecutor general as part of judicial reforms

Albania's parliament elected Olsian Çela as prosecutor general on Thursday as part of judicial reforms sought by the West that are intended to kick out corrupt judges.
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Albania says rebuilding after quake won't hit other spending priorities

Building homes for people displaced by Albania's worst earthquake in decades will not squeeze state spending on other priorities, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as the army blew up an unsafe..
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Residents of quake-hit Albanian city fearful of returning to unsafe homes

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Search ends for survivors of Albanian quake as death toll reaches 51

Albania ended its search on Saturday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 51 people, and buried more victims of the disaster including toddler twins and their mother.
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Search for Albanian quake survivors at hotel to resume at daybreak

Rescuers searching for survivors in the ruins of an Albanian hotel three days after an earthquake destroyed the six-storey building and many others in the Albanian port of Durres will resume their work..
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Rescue workers comb ruins of hotel for Albanian quake survivors

Rescue workers sifted through the rubble of a hotel by the Adriatic Sea for possible survivors on Friday, three days after a 6.4-magnitude destroyed the six-storey building and many others in the..
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Rescuers find dead mother and three children in Albanian house as quake toll hits 46

Search teams pulled the bodies of a mother, her two-year-old twins and seven-year-old son from the rubble of a house in the western Albanian town of Durres on Thursday, as the death toll from the..
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Rescuers keep working in Albanian town as death toll hits 40

Rescue teams desperately sought survivors under rubble in Albania's western town of Durres on Thursday hoping to pull out toddler twins alive, two days after a 6.4 magnitude quake killed at least 40..
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Rescuers try to save trapped toddlers as Albania quake toll hits 30

Italian rescue teams were trying on Wednesday to save six family members, including twin toddlers, trapped under rubble when their house collapsed after Albania's worst earthquake in decades.
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Rescuers in Albania use drones and dogs to find quake victims

Emergency crews using drones, dogs and diggers recovered five more bodies on Wednesday from the rubble of Albania's worst earthquake in decades, bringing the death toll to at least 27.
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Rescuers work through the night as Albanian quake toll hits 25

Emergency crews found three more bodies on Wednesday morning as they used drones, dogs and heavy machinery to search through the wreckage left by Albania's worst earthquake in decades, bringing the..
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