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Pope's Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
20 September 2014 - The one-room, stone church of St Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill in Derven, Albania since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. (more)

'Jazz in Albania 2014' to promote cultural heritage
22 July 2014 - The third edition of the International Festival 'JAZZ in ALBANIA' 2014, will be held from 23 July until 27 July in Albania, according to the Albanian Telegraphic Agency. Nine national and international bands will be in Albania. Their music is expected to create a special atmosphere in the country. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, as well as by the respective municipalities. (more)

Smart hand pumps promise cleaner water in Africa
8 June 2012 - Rural communities across Africa may soon benefit from improved water supplies thanks to mobile phone technology. Hundreds of millions of people across rural Africa depend on hand pumps for their water supplies. But it is estimated that around one third are broken at any given moment. Often located in remote areas, repairs can sometimes take up to a month. But one of the big changes in Africa in recent years has been the expansion of mobile phone networks. It is now estimated that more people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to these networks than have access to improved water supplies. (more)

Albania leads the Western Balkans in economic growth
10 April 2011 - The European Commission's Department of Economic and Financial Affairs ranks Albania's economy as among the highest in the Western Balkans. The report explained that Albania is at the forefront of European countries with high economic growth during and after the period of crisis and [weathered the crisis without a recession]. (more)

The Balkans: Going green
16 March 2011 - At look at how southeastern Europe is going green by finding and using renewable energy sources. (more)

Albania: Education and children's rights restore hope post flooding
28 February 2011 - Around 600 children came together recently in Shkodra's Sport's Centre to enjoy the biggest educational activity after the flooding that hit Albania last December. Organized by World Vision in partnership with the Education Directorate and The Door, a non-profit organization for children, the event sought to highlight the importance of education and children's rights. (more)

Albania: US foundation pledges $140 million for eco-tourism and education
7 October 2010 - A US-backed investment corporation says it has raised $140 million to fund projects in tourism and education. The Albanian-American Enterprise Fund says it will use the money for nonprofit ventures in Albania, including entrepreneurship and eco-tourism. The AAEF was started in 1995, with a $30 million grant from the US government. (more)

Remote Albania mountains now drawing the tourists
15 August 2009 - A century ago, a famed British travel writer fell in love with the rugged villages of traditional stone houses in northern Albania. Following a century of wars, Stalinist rule, and economic turmoil, the villagers see its remoteness as a lure for foreigners seeking the thrill of escape. Three years ago locals were in disbelief when an expert from Germany's GTZ agency, which encourages international development, talked of tourism. Seven families accepted GTZ's offer of 2,000 euros ($2,855) worth of beds and showers. Three years on, everyone now wishes they had done the same. GTZ official Ismail Beka calculates the initial 14,000 euro cash investment has already translated into 100,000 euros in tourism spending in Theth, sums beyond the dreams of most locals. (more)

Albania: Europe bank aids waste paper recycling efforts
26 November 2008 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will invest in Albania's only paper firm to help it produce recycled paper and set up waste paper recycling networks, the EBRD said on Wednesday. Dan Berg, the EBRD's Albania head, said the investment would create a precedent with environmentally friendly production backed by an organized collection and recycling network. (more)

Albania attracts investors on robust growth
25 September 2008 - In times of economic turmoil in many countries, Albania, once the most isolated and desperately poor nation in Europe, is showing robust growth and attracting attention from foreign investors. A modern airport opened in 2007 and in the capital Tirana, Bang and Olufsen sells expensive audio and video products to prosperous Albanians. Economists expect GDP growth of at least six per cent this year, which would be among the highest in eastern Europe. (more)


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Hundreds in Albania and Kosovo learn Transcendental Meditation
9 September 2013 - Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, toured Kosovo and Albania in the past year to present the latest developments and research regarding the Transcendental Meditation programme around the world. At the time of Dr Morris's visit, for the past few months a foundation started by a wealthy businessman had sponsored about 700 people to learn Transcendental Meditation in Albania and Kosovo. Because of this, several officials and educators Dr Morris met with had already heard of the technique. (more)

Albanian media interview Maharishi University of Management president
7 September 2013 - Recently describing a visit to southeastern Europe, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, commented on one of the things that impressed him--the great change in countries in the Balkan region in the last 20 years. Albania especially went from being an isolated and poor country to becoming modern and technologically advanced. He attributed this and other positive changes around the world to rising coherence resulting from people in many countries practising Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's peace-creating technologies of consciousness. 'It's like the tide is rising for the whole world consciousness and a happier, freer, and better life is rising in the world,' he said. (more)

In Kosovo and Albania, President of MUM presents Consciousness-Based Education
7 September 2013 - Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited Kosovo and Albania recently, presenting programmes and technologies of consciousness developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to improve the quality of life for individuals and the whole society. Highlighting the role of Transcendental Meditation in improving education, he noted that the technique is a central element in Consciousness-Based Education, and described research showing the benefits of students practising Transcendental Meditation every day in schools, which helps them become more creative and promotes stress-free learning. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education inspires keen interest among educators in Balkan countries
17 April 2010 - During a recent tour of countries in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe, Dr Felix Kaegi, administrator of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, and Dr Ashley Deans had two to four meetings every day about Consciousness-Based Education, all with top level educators, including officials, deans of universities, principals of schools, and those responsible for higher education. (more)

Cyprus and Albania receptive to Consciousness-Based Education on Dr Ashley Deans' tour
17 April 2010 - Educators, government officials, and the public in Cyprus and Albania have shown great receptivity towards Consciousness-Based Education over the last few months, during which Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, toured universities and schools in these countries. (more)

New potential for peace and invincibility in Albania, Kosovo
30 December 2009 - New possibilities for peace and progress are dawning for Albania and Kosovo through programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Significant interest in Consciousness-Based Education is being shown in both countries; in Kosovo, people are welcoming effective programmes to help establish their new country. (more)

Albania rises towards invincibility with new Consciousness-Based Education initiatives
24 July 2009 - In the last year, Albania has seen significant developments in the field of Consciousness-Based Education, including the introduction of Maharishi's programmes in universities and schools, and progress in the establishment of Maharishi Central University of Europe. (more)

Global Country of World Peace leaders visit Albania: Plans advance for Maharishi Central University for Europe
3 October 2008 - Speaking from Albania, a delegation of leaders of the Global Country of World Peace discuss plans for rapid construction of Maharishi Central University of Europe, soon to be built on beautiful Lake Prespa, a high mountain lake bordering Albania, Greece, and Macedonia. (more)

Albania: Progress towards Maharishi Central University of Europe
4 September 2008 - On a recent visit to Albania, Raja Felix Kaegi, Raja of Albania for the Global Country of World Peace, journeyed to the east of the country where the campus of the new university is planned. He was inspired by reports from officials about the high level of support for the university on the national and regional levels. (more)

Maharishi Central University of Europe to be established in Albania
22 April 2008 - Speaking recently on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Felix Kaegi and Dr Chris Crowell presented plans for the building of Maharishi Central University of Europe in Albania, which will host 2,500 European students as well as an assembly of Yogic Flyers. (more)


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Ethnic Albanian protesters clash with police in Kosovo
27 June 2013 - Kosovo's parliament approved an EU-brokered agreement on creating normal ties with neighbouring Serbia on Thursday as protesters opposing the deal clashed with riot police in Pristina. The 120-seat assembly passed the deal, reached under European Union auspices in April, with 84 votes in favour. In unruly scenes outside, police used pepper spray to disperse protesters and pushed them away from the entrance to parliament and other government buildings in the capital. Some demonstrators threw cans of pink paint at the police. The agreement, which will allow Serbia and Kosovo to start moving closer towards EU membership, is designed to end the ethnic partition of majority-Albanian Kosovo, five years after the territory of 1.7 million seceded from Serbia. (more)

New anti-government protests in Albania
4 February 2011 - Thousands of Albanians converged on central Tirana on Friday to demand the government step down over corruption allegations, two weeks after a similar anti-government demonstration turned violent and left three people dead. Protest marches were also being held in another three cities, including the town of Lezha northwest of Tirana, Vlora to the southwest, and Korca to the southeast. Tensions rose sharply last month when the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Ilir Meta, resigned amid allegations he tried to influence a state tender for a hydropower station. The opposition Socialists are now demanding that conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha hold early elections over allegations of corruption and vote rigging in the previous 2009 general election. The opposition has vowed to hold weekly rallies across the country every Friday. (more)

Crisis escalates in Albania after protest deaths
22 January 2011 - A political crisis escalated in Albania on Saturday as the government and the opposition traded blame for the deaths of three protests during a violent demonstration against an administration accused of deeply rooted corruption. Tensions have been mounting for months between Albania's conservative government and the main opposition Socialist Party. They rose sharply last week when Deputy Prime Minister Ilir Meta resigned after a private TV station aired a video that it said showed him asking a colleague to influence the awarding of a contract to build a power station. On Friday night, protesters overturned and burned police vehicles, and clashed with officers who fought them off with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. Two men were fatally shot in the chest and another died of a wound to the head. (more)

Trash, sewage mar Albania tourism, investment lure
17 June 2009 - By closing Albania to the outside world, its Communist leaders preserved vast swaths of virgin Mediterranean coastline from unbridled development. Yet trash and sewage from the consumer and construction explosion after communism endanger the pristine beauty that could fuel future economic growth through tourism. Albania was Europe's poorest and most isolated country under Communism and people consumed little. Its opening to the outside world in the 1990s brought packaged consumer goods that led to a mass of trash across the country. A traveller in Albania frequently encounters small random piles of trash by the roadside, with larger quantities sometimes dumped over cliffs, or into rivers. In some spots, plastic bottles accumulate in rivers or along shores. (more)

Serbs, ethnic Albanians don't reach agreement over Kosovo
22 February 2006 - UN-mediated talks over Kosovo's disputed political status will resume in a month, after a Serb and ethnic Albanian meeting on the issue Tuesday produced no agreement. Albert Rohan, the UN's deputy envoy at the talks, conceded that it might take a generation for the two sides to live together in harmony after the bloodshed of the 1990s. (more)

UN recommends that Kosovo talks go ahead despite corruption and ethnic tension
7 October 2005 - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended Friday that talks on Kosovo's future go ahead despite corruption and pervasive ethnic tension. The issue of Kosovo's fate is highly contentious because the majority ethnic Albanians want full independence, but the Serb minority insists that Kosovo remain part of Serbia-Montenegro, the union that replaced Yugoslavia. (more)

Albanian polls are test of ties to West
3 July 2005 - Political leaders are touting Sunday's general elections as a showcase of Albania's progress toward democracy since the fall of communism a decade ago and a near collapse into anarchy in the late 1990s. But apathy is evident among voters and the country remains one of Europe's most destitute. Meanwhile, the World Bank estimates revenue lost from corruption at some $1.4 billion per year. (more)

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