Electoral code reform expected

Minister Celibashi says the changes will go alongside the territorial reform which is expected to be complete until mid-2014. TIRANA, Dec. 01 – Ilirjan Celibashi, minister for the coordination of the work with the parliament at the Socialist-led government, said

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HIV cases on the rise

Authorities confirmed 96 new cases in Albania last year TIRANA, Dec. 1 – Authorities saidSundaythat there have been 96 new HIV-infected cases in the country this year. That takes the total official figure of the cases in post-communist Albania to

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Greek police catch the last three escaped convicts

All seven inmates who escaped from Drenove prison in southeastern Albania now back in custody THESSALONIKI, Greece, Nov. 29 – Greek authorities said they have arrested the last three of a group of convicted murderers who broke out of an

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Teenager shot dead at high school

Shocking crime draws wide condemnation and leads to political debate on gun laws and security in schools TIRANA, Dec. 4 – In a case that drew massive condemnation in Albania, a teenager was shot dead with an automatic weapon Wednesday

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South Korean bass singer wins Marie Kraja opera festival

Sang Ryu was awarded the first prize by an international jury headed by Brian Dickie, a former general director of the Chicago Opera Theatre TIRANA, Dec. 3 – A South Korean bass singer has been announced the winner of the

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Fishta’s magazine celebrates 100th anniversary

TIRANA, Dec. 4 – Hylli i Drites, a monthly magazine founded and edited by Father Gjergj Fishta, one of Albania’s greatest and most influential poets, soon after Albania declared its independence in 1912 has been digitized on its 100th anniversary.

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Onufri visual arts competition to focus on ‘Praise of doubt’ concept

This year’s edition is curated by Italian artist Claudio Cravero, who says that at a social level, especially in the last decade, doubt inevitably affects almost everyone TIRANA, Dec. 4 – “I think, therefore I am.” This philosophical statement famously

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Debts to business community twice lower than claimed

The identified debt figure at Euro 172 million is twice lower compared to what the new Albanian government claimed and twice higher compared to what the former government pretended TIRANA, Dec. 3 – The Albanian government owes the business community

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Shift to progressive tax angers high-income earners, businesses

Government says the official version on progressive taxation will be made public by mid-December after discussing it with the IMF TIRANA, Dec. 2 – Starting January 2014, the Socialist Party-led government will start applying progressive taxation, both on personal and

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EDITORIAL: Uprooting corruption will require societal shift

Albanians need to decide what country they want to live in: One where everything and everyone can be bought or a liberal democracy where rule of law reigns supreme TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Albania’s continued decline in the corruption perceptions index

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