Year in Review: Culture in 2014

Year in Review: Culture in 2014

January  Albania ranked on the top four global destinations  The New York Times ranked Albania as one of the top four global destinations to go to for 2014, placing the Balkan country as the single European destination on top of

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Five arrested in asylum migration scheme

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Police in the southeastern city of Vlora arrested five people for allegedly trying to set up an illegal human trafficking system by convincing would-be immigrants to travel from Albanian to Germany under promises they would be

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Rule of law efforts led the news in 2014

Rule of law efforts led the news in 2014

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – As 2014 ends, Tirana Times looks at the top stories of the year, dominated by the authorities’ efforts to establish strong rule of law, EU integration successes, the Bank of Albania scandal and several other stories.

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Albania to select Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 25 – The Albanian public broadcaster, RTSH, is making its last preparations for the traditional year-end national song contest which serves to pick Albania’s Eurovision representative.  Some 26 songs have been selected to compete. Elhaida Dani, who in

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‘Return to the museum of gods’

TIRANA, Dec. 24 – The Zeta art gallery in Tirana is closing its 2014 series of events with the “Return to the museum of gods” exhibition by painter and photographer Edmond Gjikopulli. “With an extensive and rich artistic activity and

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‘Awakening of humanity’ ballet closes season

TIRANA, Dec. 25 – “The Awakening of humanity” a classical ballet with music by Stravinsky, Smetana and Enescu is coming as a premiere at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana for the year-end holidays. The show is

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The Missal displayed at President’s office

TIRANA, Dec. 25 – A special copy of the 16th century first book written and published in Albanian brought as present by Pope Francis in his visit to Albania last September was displayed at the President’s office this week in

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Less talk, better work in the New Year

Less talk, better work in the New Year

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL As Albania leaves behind another year, 2015 could be easily welcomed by that old axiom: Less talk, more work. The reality is that when it comes to the country’s government, there was a lot of work done

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Albania, Russia working to lift vegetable ban

TIRANA, Dec. 25 – Albania could soon resume vegetable exports to Russia after a ban imposed by the Russians over the authenticity of Albanian products after it was identified that Albania was used as a cover for imports from the

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FinMin to borrow without Parliament’s okay

TIRANA, Dec. 24 – The ruling Socialist Party-led majority approved this week a controversial law which allows the Finance Minister to borrow without prior approval by Parliament within the limits set by the budget. Government argues the changes are aimed

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