Gov’t arbitrariness costs Albanian taxpayers dear

Gov’t arbitrariness costs Albanian taxpayers dear

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – A January 11 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights has once again unveiled the ongoing arbitrariness governments in the past quarter of a century of Albania’s transition to democracy and a market economy display

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Democratic Party says it gave prosecutors new evidence in Tahiri-Habilaj investigation

Democratic Party says it gave prosecutors new evidence in Tahiri-Habilaj investigation

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Democratic Party MP Enkelejd Alibeaj says the party “has provided prosecutors evidence” that the opposition says proves the ties between former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri and the criminal Habilaj gang. The documents were given to the

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Key Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated in north Mitrovica

Key Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated in north Mitrovica

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Oliver Ivanovic, a top Kosovo Serb politician, was shot dead Tuesday morning outside his party headquarters in the north of Mitrovica, a Serb-run area. Several bullets were fired at Ivanovic from a moving vehicle, according to

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Cut in ministries fails to make public administration smaller

Cut in ministries fails to make public administration smaller

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – The drastic cut in the number of ministries after a new Socialist Party-led government took over in September 2017 has not been accompanied with the expected slash in the number of central government employees. Prime Minister

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American-Albanian exposed as senior ISIS commander by US media

American-Albanian exposed as senior ISIS commander by US media

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Zulfi Hoxha, son of American-Albanian pizza-shop owner in New Jersey, has been identified as one of the few leading Americans in the ranks of ISIS according to a long report published this week by The Atlantic.

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Albania gears up to open new military bases to tourists

Albania gears up to open new military bases to tourists

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – Albania is planning to open up more military units, some of which secretive military bases under communism, in a bid to attract more tourists and diversify the sites that can be visited in the country. The

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Editorial: IRTC-ARMO: A criminal story of corruption

Editorial: IRTC-ARMO: A criminal story of corruption

During the first seven months of 2017, three special tax investigative teams visited one of the capital’s bookstores. In a surprise visit, the special tax investigation team, composed of five members — all men — found that a member of

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Eliza Dushku speaks out about sexual harassment when she was 12 years old

Eliza Dushku speaks out about sexual harassment when she was 12 years old

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – Eliza Dushku, the American actress of Albanian origin, joined the ranks of women speaking out about sexual harassment in Hollywood this week after sharing her story of assault by Joel Kramer, leading stunt coordinator, when she

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Explosive attack in Shkodra wounds eight people

Explosive attack in Shkodra wounds eight people

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – An explosion at Shkodra’s Rus neighborhood injured eight people on Saturday, among who Lulzim Kulla, 42 years old and alleged target of the crime. Kulla is currently heavily wounded at the hospital and has not yet

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Court decision holds back controversial ‘Veliera’ project fate in Durres

Court decision holds back controversial ‘Veliera’ project fate in Durres

TIRANA, Jan. 15 – One year after a court ordered the partial suspension of works at a controversial revitalization project in Durres following the discovery of some ancient Roman and Ottoman-era ruins, the local municipality has agreed to change its

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