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About Armando
Armando Babani is an esteemed photojournalist with a rich career spanning over 30 years, specializing in a diverse array of subjects including news, sports, and politics. With a keen eye for capturing pivotal moments, Babani has dedicated 26 years to an international news agency as a stringer, followed by a tenure of 5 years as a staff photojournalist based in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. His work has taken him across Europe, where he has reported on significant political events and figures, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, and has provided insightful coverage on topics ranging from energy policy to international relations.

Babani's versatility extends to the sports arena, capturing incidents such as Mohamed Salah's injury in the Champions League final. Moreover, Babani has adeptly covered President Donald Trump's visit to NATO headquarters, shedding light on key issues like defense spending and counter-terrorism.

Now based in Tirana, Albania, Babani operates as a freelancer, which allows him to cover the entire region with greater flexibility. His work continues to reflect a profound understanding of the intricacies of global politics, economic trends, and social issues. For those interested in his portfolio, Babani's photography can be explored on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram under the name Armando Babani, where he shares snapshots of his professional journey and the stories he captures through his lens.
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Merkel seeks alternatives to Russian gas

23 Aug 2023  |  EURACTIV.com
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Azerbaijan to discuss the development of a southern pipeline, the Southern Gas Corridor, which aims to transport gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, bypassing Russia. This move is part of the EU's strategy to diversify its gas sources. The Shah Deniz II project in Azerbaijan is expected to start supplying gas to Europe by 2020. Merkel's visit also indicates her commitment to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russia, despite criticism from US President Donald Trump, who has accused Germany of being too dependent on Russian gas. Merkel is also looking to protect Ukraine's gas transit revenues amidst the Nord Stream 2 project development. Her trip includes visits to Georgia and Armenia and discussions with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.

Germany edges Algeria in extra-time to reach World Cup quarter-finals

30 Jun 2023  |  MaltaToday.com.mt
Germany advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals after defeating Algeria 2-1 in extra-time. Andre Schuerrle scored with a backheel flick early in extra-time, and Mesut Oezil secured the win in the 120th minute, despite Algeria's late consolation goal by Abdelmoumene Djabou. The match was a tense affair with Algeria putting up a strong fight and Germany not displaying their best form. Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made several key clearances, and Joachim Loew's tactical changes during the game helped improve Germany's performance. Germany will face France in the quarter-finals, a team they have a historic rivalry with in the World Cup.

What’s Going On in This Picture?

01 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The New York Times is offering free digital access to U.S. high school students until September 1, 2021. The article encourages students to engage with a featured image by contemplating three questions aimed at fostering critical thinking and visual literacy. Students are invited to join an online conversation by commenting on the image, and they are encouraged to interact with each other's posts. Visual Thinking Strategies, a collaborator with The New York Times, facilitates these discussions every Monday, helping to deepen students' understanding. On Thursdays, the newspaper provides additional context about the photo, enhancing the readers' perception of the image.





Black Monday: Investors withdraw due to virus

18 Dec 2020  |  der-farang.com
Global financial markets experienced a significant downturn on February 24 due to the coronavirus crisis, with investors fearing a global economic crisis. Oil prices also plummeted after failed negotiations among leading oil-producing countries. The German DAX index dropped sharply, reflecting investor sentiment that has fallen to its lowest since April 2013. The spread of the virus has impacted various sectors, with travel restrictions affecting airlines and tourism, and supply chain disruptions for industries reliant on Chinese manufacturing. Governments and central banks are responding with measures to support the economy, including potential interest rate cuts by the European Central Bank and economic relief packages in the US and Germany.

Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt postponed

28 Feb 2020  |  www.spiegel.de
The Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt has been postponed with no new date set yet. The decision was made due to Eintracht Frankfurt's Europa League match in Salzburg being moved to Friday, leaving insufficient recovery time before the originally scheduled Sunday game. The Deutsche Fußball Liga aims to ensure at least two full days of rest for teams after Europa League matches. Werder Bremen's management expressed their disagreement with the postponement, while Frankfurt's sports director Fredi Bobic supported the decision for a fair competition. The rescheduling depends on Frankfurt's progress in the Europa League, with the latest possible date in calendar week 20.

Prodigal son Gonçalo Paciência leads Eintracht revenge mission

21 Oct 2019  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses Eintracht Frankfurt's recovery and performance in a recent Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen, following a previous heavy defeat. Eintracht Frankfurt showed a strong start with Gonçalo Paciência scoring early and later from the penalty spot, and Bas Dost sealing the win with a third goal. The article highlights the departure of Eintracht's previous forward trio and how the new forwards, including Paciência, Silva, and Dost, are stepping up. It also touches on other Bundesliga news, such as Borussia Mönchengladbach's position at the top despite a loss to Dortmund, and Bayern Munich's draw with Augsburg, which included an injury to Niklas Süle.

Angela Merkel in Frankfurt: The potential failure of Brexit negotiations

05 Sep 2018  |  www.spiegel.de
German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the commitment to enhance Frankfurt as a financial hub post-Brexit, including easing employment termination laws for high earners in banks. She acknowledged the potential for Frankfurt in Euro-Clearing, currently dominated by London, and stressed the importance of Brexit negotiations, which were facing challenges at the time. Merkel highlighted that non-EU members cannot have the same rights as EU members, while expressing hope for a successful negotiation outcome but not ruling out the possibility of failure.

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos: Salah grabbed my arm first

05 Jun 2018  |  Al Jazeera
Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid centre-back, addressed the incident with Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final in Kiev, where Real Madrid won their 13th title. Ramos suggested that Salah was the one who held on to him first, leading to the injury which was widely discussed. He mentioned that the play has been blown out of proportion and that similar actions by other players might not have received as much attention. Despite Liverpool's strong start, Real Madrid won 3-1, with Salah leaving the game due to his injury. Ramos also noted that he had communicated with Salah, who is expected to recover in time for the World Cup with Egypt.

UNICEF says 1,800 minors in hardship conditions in Greece

30 Oct 2017  |  InfoMigrants
UNICEF has reported that 1,800 minor migrants are living in difficult conditions in Greece, with only one-third receiving adequate shelter and assistance. The overcrowding in reception centres on the Greek islands has been exacerbated by a recent increase in migrant arrivals. The situation is particularly dire for unaccompanied minors, who now number 2,850, up from 2,300 at the end of June. These children are vulnerable, especially at night, and face long wait times for transfer to the mainland, which adds to their mental and psychological stress. UNICEF's coordinator for the refugee and migrant response in Greece, Laurent Chapuis, is advocating for immediate transfers to shelters on the mainland, funding for shelters that meet standards, more foster families, and supervised housing. The agency is also calling for legal and political reforms to enhance community-based assistance in Greece.

Germany and France - Signal of Political Cohesion

11 Oct 2017  |  EURACTIV.de
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, both pro-Europeans, have differing approaches to EU development, with Macron seeking a 're-founding' of the EU and Merkel focusing on pragmatic adjustments. Macron's party, La République en Marche, has reshaped the French political landscape, while Merkel's CDU has lost support. Macron's ambitious EU reform proposals include a Eurozone budget, which contrasts with Merkel's preference for a European Monetary Fund. The article also touches on the challenges of right-wing populism and the future of EU policies, including migration and security.

Trump pushes NATO allies to increase defense spending at Brussels summit

25 May 2017  |  UPI
During his visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, President Donald Trump emphasized the need for NATO members to increase their defense spending, pointing out that many are not meeting the 2 percent GDP target. He did not reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO's Article 5, which has caused concern among European leaders. White House spokesman Sean Spicer later stated that Trump is fully committed to collective defense. Discussions at the summit also covered counter-terrorism, foreign policy, security, climate, and trade relations. Trump met with European Council President Donald Tusk, who expressed agreement on counter-terrorism but noted differences on climate and trade. Trump also met with Belgium's royal family and French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing the Paris climate agreement. The day concluded with a working dinner and a ceremony at the new NATO headquarters, before Trump's departure to Italy for a G7 summit.

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