US Secretary of State John Kerry stopped off in Albania on Sunday to encourage its leaders to complete anti-corruption measures that could improve its chances of joining the European Union.

His visit jordan 11 win like 82 clearance , planned at little more than four hours notice, was shown live on television and crowds lined his route through the capital.

Kerry met Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama as well as opposition leaders. The Balkan country is a close NATO ally, but has struggled to halt the intertwining of political and criminal power.

The parliament in Tirana is weighing reforms, backed by the West jordan 11 win like 82 mens for sale , that include a new anti-corruption unit modeled after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The evidence is absolutely clear, and Albanians should be very pleased with the fact that your country is moving in the right direction. You're on the right track," Kerry said at an appearance with Rama after their meeting. "I know that it's tough to take on those who have become happy with a process of avoiding their shared responsibility," Kerry said jordan 11 win like 82 378037-123 , referring to corrupt individuals.

The secretary of state's aides said he would push Albania's leaders to quickly complete the legislative reform package.

Rama noted this year's 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Washington and told reporters, "Our joint goal, bearing in mind the direct implications the reform has for joining the European Union, is to vote the package of constitutional changes in parliament in March ... I'm fully confident that we shall succeed."

In December jordan 11 win like 82 mens shoes , Albania's parliament voted to kick anyone with a criminal record out of politics and the state administration.

Albania has received sustained US economic assistance, including $20 million thus far to reform its judiciary and law enforcement. Tirana, in return, has frequently helped Washington with its foreign policy goals.

Albania has given 15 cheap jordan 11 win like 82 ,000 tons of excess, Soviet-era ammunition to Kurdish fighters and Iraqi Security Forces battling Islamic State (IS), a senior State Department official said.

It has also contributed a small number of troops to Afghanistan, where Rama said they would remain "as long as it is deemed necessary."

Kerry and Rama also planned to discuss efforts to deter people from leaving the Balkans to join IS in Iraq and Syria. US officials said Albania has cracked down on the flow jordan 11 retro win like 82 mens , reporting 140 citizens who left to fight in the Middle East in 2013-2014, compared with none in recent months.

(Source: CGTN)

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LUSAKA, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Zambia joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day here Thursday with new figures showing that the country has recorded a decline in HIV prevalence rates.

According to results of the Zambia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment conducted between March and August this year, HIV prevalence rate among adults aged 15 to 49 was recorded at 11.6 percent, down from 13.3 percent in 20132014, while the rate among children aged between 0 and 14 stood at 1.3 percent.

The survey further established that the country was recording 46,000 new HIV cases every year, a significant reduction from projections in 2009 where new infections were pegged at 72,000 per year.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said during the commemoration that the results show significant accomplishments in efforts aimed at eliminating HIV by 2030.

"However, a lot still has to be done ... We will pursue stronger partnership with all our key allies to ensure that we accelerate the fight against HIVAIDS," he said.

The Zambian minister said the government will roll out vigorous campaign for HIV prevention in the coming months to all parts of the country.

Joint United Nations Program on HIVAIDS (UNAIDS) Representative Medhin Tsehaiu said Zambia was on the right path in its efforts to end the HIVAIDS epidemic by 2030.

She said the UN systems in Zambia will work closely with the government to ensure that the country continue its efforts to prevent new HIV infections through various interventions.

Zambia, she said, was among 13 countries in the world which are on the UN fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Enditem

COPENHAGEN, March 31 (Xinhua) -- The French team claimed silver medal after beating host Denmark 4-2 at the IIHF ice hockey women's World Championship DIV I Group A tournament which concluded in Aalborg jordan 11 win like 82 mens , Denmark on Thursday.

Denmark scored the first goal 6:48 minutes after the game began, but the French soon tied the game 1-1 as Passard Emmanuelle scored her first goal at 10:31 of the first period. Then she went on to put France up by 2-1 at 13:52.

Though the Danes levelled the score at 2-2 at 33:05 in the second period, France' s Allemoz Marion scored two goals in the third period to make it 4-2, sealing the game in the French team's favor.

Germany won the gold medal and earned promotion back to the top division for the 2017 World Championship in Plymouth , while Slovakia were relegated to Division I Group B with a 4-3 defeat by Norway.

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