Germany backs Albania's EU admission

TIRANA, Albania, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Germany's foreign minister said he supports Albania's bid for European Union membership but cautioned against nationalist rhetoric that could hurt the process.

Greek PM hails TAP agreement

ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras this week hailed the signing of a three-country agreement on the Greece-Albania-Italy Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.
Israel opens embassy in Albania

Israel opens embassy in Albania

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Israel opened an embassy in Tirana, the capital of the predominantly Muslim country Albania, officials said.

Caspian gas consortium picks TAP pipeline

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The consortium controlling Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II natural gas field this week tapped the proposed Trans-Adriatic Pipeline as a possible route to Europe.

Albanians vote in local elections

TIRANA, Albania, May 8 (UPI) -- Polling places were kept open late in Albania Sunday night as a gang leader was arrested for trying to bully voters, authorities said.

Tense calm in Albania after protest deaths

TIRANA, Albania, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Albania's capital was calm Saturday as the opposition mourned three people killed in protests Friday.

Report calls Albanian PM an arms smuggler

BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Belgrade's Politika newspaper accused Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha of being one of the main arms smugglers during the war in Kosovo.

Albania outlaws homosexual discrimination

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch congratulated the government of Albania on its new anti-discrimination law in a letter to the prime minister Tuesday.

Albania wants Mother Teresa's body

TIRANA, Albania, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta, buried in the city where she spent much of her life, would prefer to rest with her family, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha says.
Albania to legalize same-sex marriages

Albania to legalize same-sex marriages

TIRANA, Albania, July 30 (UPI) -- Albania is considering legalization of same-sex marriages to become the first country in southeastern Europe to give equal the rights to homosexual couples.

Albania PM Berisha's party wins polls

TIRANA, Albania, July 28 (UPI) -- Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha's ruling alliance has won parliamentary polls, election officials said Tuesday.

Albania applies to join European Union

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 28 (UPI) -- Albania has formally applied to join the European Union, Prague Radio said Tuesday.

Albania sends additional troops to Iraq

TIRANA, Albania, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha attended a ceremony marking the deployment of an additional 120 peacekeepers and soldiers to Iraq.

Albanian Greeks seek official language

TIRANA, Albania, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Greek minority group in Albania has petitioned the government to declare Greek a second official language in the country, local reports said.

Kosovo war abductions alleged

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch claims to have found information supporting allegations that 100-300 people were abducted in Kosovo during the war there in 1998-99.
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Sali Berisha

Sali Ram Berisha (i/sa'li bɛ'ɾiːʃa/; born 15 October 1944) is an Albanian politician and cardiologist, currently the Prime Minister of Albania and the leader of Democratic Party of Albania (PD).

A cardiologist, and university professor he became formally active in politics in 1990 and later, in 1991 the leader of Democratic Party. From 1992, after the fall of communism, he served as the President of Albania until his government collapsed in 1997 in the wake of collapse of pyramid schemes. From 1997 to 2005, Albania was governed by the Socialist Party (PS) for two mandates, while he stayed in opposition.

In 2005, the Democratic Party won the general elections, and he became the Prime Minister after his coalition formed the new government. In 2009, he was re-elected Prime Minister, after the Democrats declared a narrow win of general elections, but were forced into a coalition with Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) through not winning enough seats on its own, for the first time since the start of multi-party democracy in 1991.

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