Police arrest two Rinas border police officers, part of human trafficking ring

Police arrest two Rinas border police officers, part of human trafficking ring

TIRANA, Sept. 30 – Two border police officers at the Mother Teresa Airport were arrested on Saturday, while authorities also issued arrest warrants for five Macedonian citizens and another Albanian employee of an airport security company during the operation against a group

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Forensic expertise unveils signs of violence on Xhisiela Maloku’s body

Forensic expertise unveils signs of violence on Xhisiela Maloku’s body

TIRANA, Sept. 29 – The forensic expertise of Xhisiela Maloku, the girl who had denounced the violence towards her of Rexhep Rraja, son of Socialist MP Rrahman Rrahja, has found that she had indeed been burnt and kicked with strong

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“The Balkans begin at the Rennweg”

“The Balkans begin at the Rennweg”

By Johann Sattler “The Balkans begin at the Rennweg (street in the center of Vienna)” – there is hardly any Austrian that doesn’t know this phrase, which is attributed to former Austrian Chancellor Metternich in the 19th century. Since then,

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Editorial: Reversing demographic decline takes more than baby rewards

Editorial: Reversing demographic decline takes more than baby rewards

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL After commenting for a long time that massive migration is normal and natural and even circular, the Albanian government seems to have caught up with the demographic decline and its potential destructive impact, proposing this week baby

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Opposition wants anti-mafia law to strike economy’s oligarchs too

Opposition wants anti-mafia law to strike economy’s oligarchs too

TIRANA, Sept. 25 – Albania’s opposition Democratic Party presented on Monday its project aiming to extend the measures provided for the anti-mafia law to include the economic sector, to private persons and public officials involved in corrupt affairs, from Private

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Former police officer says Socialist government MPs held him at gunpoint

Former police officer says Socialist government MPs held him at gunpoint

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Albania’s opposition Democratic Party published on Wednesday a video-testimony of former police officer in the Fushe-Kruje Police Department Emiljano Nuhu saying he was held at gunpoint by Socialist MPs Taulant Balla and Rrahman Rraja and Kruja’s Mayor

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Rehabilitated staircases ease access to Albania’s southern gem

Rehabilitated staircases ease access to Albania’s southern gem

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Albania’s southernmost travel destination of Saranda is having its landmark staircases reconstructed as part of a facelift blending modernity with tradition thanks to a World Bank project supporting urban and tourism development in the country. Situated

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Moody’s warns of energy, PPP risks to Albania’s credit rating

Moody’s warns of energy, PPP risks to Albania’s credit rating

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Bond-rating giant Moody’s expects the Albanian economy to grow at around 4 percent over 2018-19, but warns of risks related to the country’s hydro-dependent electricity sector and public private partnerships. In an announcement made this week,

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Albania offers baby bonus hikes to fight sharp decline in birth rates

Albania offers baby bonus hikes to fight sharp decline in birth rates

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – With birth rates having hit a historic low and the population rapidly growing older due to drastic changes in lifestyle and massive migration following the collapse of the hardline communist regime in the early 1990s, the

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Mid-priced Hilton brand hotel opens doors in Tirana

Mid-priced Hilton brand hotel opens doors in Tirana

TIRANA, Sept. 27 – Hilton Garden Inn, a mid-priced brand owned by Hilton Worldwide, has launched its first Albania hotel, an Albanian investment in partnership with the prestigious US-based hospitality chain. Located in downtown Tirana, Hilton Garden Inn, is a

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