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Gërdec is a village in Albania, 11 kilometers north-west of the capital Tirana. It is part of the municipality Vorë.It was the site of the explosions at a military base on 15 March 2008, causing the deaths of more than 27 people and injuring over 100. The event was featured on the Discovery Channel series Destroyed In Seconds .
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 a maritime border with Italy to the west.
Tirana is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Albania.
Vorë is a municipality in Tirana County, central Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Bërxullë, Prezë and Vorë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Vorë. The total population is 25,511, in a total area of 82.72 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 10,901.
Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu resigned, and the press reported many irregularities at the blast site, operated by an Albanian company that deactivated the country's aging ammunition and then sold it for scrap.
Kosovo, officially the Republic of Kosovo, is a partially recognized state and disputed territory in Southeastern Europe.
The flag of Albania is a red flag with a silhouetted black double-headed eagle in the center. The red stands for bravery, strength and valor, while the double-headed eagle represents the sovereign state of Albania. The flag was established as the national flag of Albania when the country gained its independence from the Ottoman empire in 1912.
Mitrovica or Kosovska Mitrovica is a city and municipality located in Kosovo. Settled on the banks of Ibar and Sitnica rivers, the city is the administrative center of the Mitrovica District.
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. The third largest city in Albania, it is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of Elbasan and the County of Elbasan. The present municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Bradashesh, Elbasan, Funarë, Gjergjan, Gjinar, Gracen, Labinot-Fushë, Labinot-Mal, Papër, Shirgjan, Shushicë, Tregan and Zavalinë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the city Elbasan. The total population is 141,714, in a total area of 872.03 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 78,703.
The Albanian Football Association is the governing body of football in Albania. The association is based in Tirana, Albania. The association organizes the national football leagues of the Albanian Superliga, the First Division, the Second Division, the Third Division, the Albanian Cup and Supercup. Albania women's national football team, Albanian women's football championship, and the Albanian Women's Cup are also overseen. The association also coordinates the activities of the Albania national football team and the Albania national youth football teams such as Under-21, Under-20, Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15.
José Marcelo Ferreira, commonly known as Zé Maria, is a retired Brazilian footballer and was manager of Portuguesa de Desportos.
Hekurudha Shqiptare or HSH(Albanian Railways) is the state-owned operator of the Albanian railway system. The system's main passenger terminal is Durrës railway station in the port city of Durrës.
The worst ethnic violence in Kosovo since the end of the 1999 conflict erupted in the partitioned town of Mitrovica, leaving hundreds wounded and at least 14 people dead. UN peacekeepers and Nato troops scrambled to contain a raging gun battle between Serbs and ethnic Albanians. In Serbia the events were also called the March Pogrom.
Albanian Americans are Americans of full or partial Albanian ancestry and heritage in the United States. They trace their ancestry to the territories with a large Albanian population in the Balkans among others to Albania, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. They are adherents of different religions and are predominantly Muslims, Christians as well as Irreligious.
Acquaformosa is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of Italy. Since the Middle Ages it is home to an Arbëresh minority, which is reflected in the presence of Skanderbeg's heraldic eagle in the comune's coat of arms. The town is also the seat of the Arberesh Orthodox Church.
The Republic of Albania has been an official candidate for accession to the European Union (EU) since June 2014 and is on the current agenda for future enlargement of the EU. Albania is currently receiving € 1.2bn of developmental aid until 2020 from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, a funding mechanism for EU candidate countries.
TV Klan is a private television channel with national coverage based in Tirana, Albania.
Migjen Xhevat Basha is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Greek club Aris Thessaloniki and the Albania national team.
Since its declaration of independence from Serbia, enacted on 17 February 2008, international recognition of Kosovo has been mixed, and the international community continues to be divided on the issue.
The Albanian diaspora are the ethnic Albanians and their descendants living outside of Albania, Kosovo, Southeast Montenegro, West North Macedonia, Southeast Serbia and Northwest Greece.
Harry Hodgkinson, born Kirkham, Lancashire, was a British writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer and expert on the Balkans. He was appointed from 1985 to be a chairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association.
Smoking in Albania is prevalent as about 40% of Albanians smoke regularly. In Europe, only Turkey has a higher smoking rate than Albania. Albanians annually spend more than €300 million on tobacco products. Albania adopted tough anti-smoking laws in 2007, but they are not strictly enforced. Smoking prevalence is increasing, especially among females ages 13 to 15. The smoking rate for teens between the ages of 13 and 15 is currently 15%.
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