An Albanian composer in UK

An Albanian composer in UK

TIRANA, Feb. 20- Young Thomas Simaku would take his utensils and use them as drumsticks at the dinner table. His mother thought it was his signal of hunger, but his uncle noticed a musical talent in him. Simaku was born

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Albanian MEFA takes blame over theft of 100 passports in Greece

Albanian MEFA takes blame over theft of 100 passports in Greece

TIRANA, Feb. 23 – The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said that 100 Albanian passports were stolen in Greece from the car of the Albanian Consul in Janina Pervin Gjikuria, on Feb. 13. According to the MEFA, the passports were

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“Albanica” journal returns after 83 years

“Albanica” journal returns after 83 years

TIRANA, Feb. 18- The League of Albanians in Romania (ALAR in Romanian) decided to republish the scientific and cultural magazine Albanica, originally established by Dr. Anton B.I. Balota in 1936. The ALAR is the Albanian ethnics minority representative party in

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Voices and Traces: a life’s display by Ahmet Yesil

Voices and Traces: a life’s display by Ahmet Yesil

By Sonja Methoxha   “With the belief that creating is a rebellion against life, leaving my life traces into unknown spaces within infinity, I try to augment by creating my own reality,” is written in the curatorial text prepared by

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No Church in the Wild – The Peak of Laç

No Church in the Wild – The Peak of Laç

By Christopher Tushaj Kisha of Laçit was one of the most cherished of sites within Albania. But after the Communist struggle, all that was left was an old abandoned hillside with a rock showing signs of a once holy site. With

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Editorial: Negative stability is a step into the dark

Editorial: Negative stability is a step into the dark

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The latest political developments in Albania, including the decision of opposition parties MPs to give relinquish their mandates and therefore be no longer representatives in the Parliament as well as the ongoing protests, have started a new

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VAT changes put agribusinesses in difficulty

VAT changes put agribusinesses in difficulty

TIRANA, Feb. 21 – Legal changes applying a two-tier value added tax on agricultural products starting January 2019 have placed Albania’s agribusiness industry into difficulty and made the country’s exports uncompetitive due to increased costs. Business representatives say the situation

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Olives, watermelon and nuts identified as top agricultural exports

Olives, watermelon and nuts identified as top agricultural exports

TIRANA, Feb. 21 – Olives, watermelon and nuts are the top three agricultural products that Albania can decently compete with to tap export markets despite a series of obstacles in place preventing the competitiveness of Albania’s agriculture, according to a

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€30 mln seized in suspected money laundering

€30 mln seized in suspected money laundering

TIRANA, Feb. 21 – Albanian authorities say they seized more than €30 million in suspected criminal proceeds in 2018 in assets that include real estate, bank savings and cash. The findings are unveiled in a government report on Albania’s 2018

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Opposition gives up mandates, only gov’t remains in parliament

Opposition gives up mandates, only gov’t remains in parliament

TIRANA, Feb. 21 – Parliament Speaker Gramoz Ruci cancelled Thursday’s parliamentary session on Wednesday, saying he was allowing the opposition to reflect on its decision to give up its mandates, but also due to police hints the opposition’s protest would

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