Nation Highway toll road protest turns violent, protesters clash with police

Nation Highway toll road protest turns violent, protesters clash with police

TIRANA, March 31 – The protest against the first toll road in the Nation Highway connecting Albania to Kosovo introduced by Prime Minister Edi Rama last week turned violent Saturday morning, with protesters clashing with police and setting the toll collection

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Albanian renowned tenor returns for Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus

Albanian renowned tenor returns for Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus

TIRANA, March 29 – The internationally known Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu will return to Tirana this week for the debut of Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus on March 31 at the Palace of Congresses. The special event is taking place

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The road rarely taken

The road rarely taken

By Sidonja Manushi  “Upon entering these mountains, I asked the first highlander I met: — what are you!? – Albanian, he answered. I had asked the same question in other places, and they’d replied ‘I am Catholic, I am Muslim,

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Shkodra’s annual floods, a driver in rural youth emigration

Shkodra’s annual floods, a driver in rural youth emigration

TIRANA, March 29 – As weather conditions improve, the Shkodra Lowlands flooding over the last three weeks due to hydropower plant water discharges are starting to resurface, but are still facing issues with drinkable water, providing food to their kettle

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Kotzias visit to Tirana paves the way for Greek PM Tsipras’ arrival

Kotzias visit to Tirana paves the way for Greek PM Tsipras’ arrival

TIRANA, March 29 – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias paid a short visit to Tirana and counterpart Ditmir Bushati on Thursday for a behind-close-doors meeting. Kotzia’s arrival to Tirana comes two weeks after President Ilir Meta authorized the progress of

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SMI councilors defect to SP as local elections approach

SMI councilors defect to SP as local elections approach

TIRANA, March 28 – The Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) saw an unexpected decline in party members this week, when seven SMI public office holders resigned to join the governing Socialist Party (SP). The first to resign through a public

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DP accuses PM Rama of property embezzlement in the country’s south

DP accuses PM Rama of property embezzlement in the country’s south

TIRANA, March 27 – The opposition’s Democratic Party (DP) published documents on Sunday allegedly proving Prime Minister Edi Rama’s involvement in the illegal embezzlement schemes of the country’s South coastline land. DP representative Enkelejd Alibeaj said the development and construction

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Syrians detained in Shkodra, five Albanians arrested on trafficking charges

Syrians detained in Shkodra, five Albanians arrested on trafficking charges

TIRANA, March 27 – Albanian police stopped 23 Syrian citizens near Shkodra from entering Montenegro and finally advancing towards Austria on Tuesday. While the Syrians were taken to the local police and are undergoing mandatory legal actions, the police is

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Police kill would-be robber, wound another

Police kill would-be robber, wound another

TIRANA, March 27 – A person was killed and another wounded on Thursday in the city of Fier after shooting a firearm in the direction of the police patrol. This happened when a group of at least four persons, local

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Italian authorities seize 500 kg of Albanian-originated cannabis

Italian authorities seize 500 kg of Albanian-originated cannabis

TIRANA, March 29 – Italian authorities confiscated more than 500 kg of cannabis coming from Albania to Puglia’s coastline, arresting the two Albanians driving the speedboat in the process. Two police officers from the Tri Port border crossing were also

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