Kosovo writer wins Kadare award

Kosovo writer wins Kadare award

TIRANA, May 31 – Kosovo writer Musa Ramadani has been announced the winner of this year’s Kadare award named after Albania’s internationally renowned writer Ismail Kadare, a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ramadani, a 73 year-old Kosovo-based

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Albania’s top two richest men diversify investments in insurance market

Albania’s top two richest men diversify investments in insurance market

TIRANA, May 31 – Two of the country’s biggest and richest entrepreneurs have diversified their investments in the insurance market by acquiring the life insurance segment of the newly privatized INSIG insurer. Samir Mane, the owner of Balfin Group, one

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Race for controversial Bechetti abandoned HPP reopens amid concerns over Europe’s last wild river

Race for controversial Bechetti abandoned HPP reopens amid concerns over Europe’s last wild river

TIRANA, May 31 – A decision by the Albanian government to recall a tender on an abandoned hydropower plant along the Vjosa River has angered Albanian and European environmentalists seeking to protect one of Europe’s last wild waterways which they

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Credit contracts amid lower pre-electoral investor confidence

Credit contracts amid lower pre-electoral investor confidence

TIRANA, May 30 – Credit returned to negative growth last April following eight months of sluggish growth, apparently hit by the tense political climate preceding the June 25 general elections undermining business confidence. Central bank data shows lending registered a

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Albania’s opposition leader faces own party rebellion ahead of elections

Albania’s opposition leader faces own party rebellion ahead of elections

TIRANA, May 30 – Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party is facing internal turmoil a month ahead of general elections as two senior figures have publicly called for the sacking of the party’s leader, Lulzim Basha. Jozefina Topalli, a former deputy

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Kreshnik Spahiu, nationalist party leader, withdraws from politics

Kreshnik Spahiu, nationalist party leader, withdraws from politics

TIRANA, May 28 – Kreshnik Spahiu, the founding leader of the nationalist Red and Black Alliance party, has announced he is leaving politics after the opposition leader, Lulzim Basha, broke a promise to sign him and other alliance candidates up

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Three-month-old bear cub rescued after advertised for €1,100 sale

Three-month-old bear cub rescued after advertised for €1,100 sale

TIRANA, May 29 – A three-month-old bear cub that had been trapped in mountain village outside Tirana has been rescued from captivity after being illegally advertised for sale at a popular portal for €1,100. Forest authorities say they acted to

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Proposed billion dollar mass tourism resort threatens national park, Dalmatian pelican, environmentalists warn

Proposed billion dollar mass tourism resort threatens national park, Dalmatian pelican, environmentalists warn

TIRANA, May 29 – Environmental NGOs have come together again to renew their calls opposing plans to develop a luxury tourist resort in a protected national park and lagoon along the Adriatic as a Kosovo company progresses with public hearings

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Albania’s most successful club relegated after a century in top flight

Albania’s most successful club relegated after a century in top flight

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, May 29 – Albania’s historically most successful club, FK Tirana, have been relegated after almost a century in the top flight of Albania’s national football, irritating dozens of thousands of fans and club legends over the

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Albania opposition rally hit with unknown eye, face irritant, 76 seek medical attention

Albania opposition rally hit with unknown eye, face irritant, 76 seek medical attention

TIRANA, May 28 – More than 70 people have sought medical attention after suffering eye and skin irritation following their attendance of the opening electoral campaign rally of Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party. Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha was among those

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