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Albanians mourn two Czech victims, police arrest confessed killer

Albanians mourn two Czech victims, police arrest confessed killer

TIRANA, July 5 – Hundreds of Albanians have held vigils in Shkodra and Tirana to honor two Czech visitors who were killed in rural northern Albania last week. Michal Svatoš, 27, and Anna Kosinová, 36, were visiting the mountainous Dukagjin

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Visegrad Group – A model for regional cooperation

Visegrad Group – A model for regional cooperation

By Bronislava Tomášová Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Tirana It is my hope that nobody in this room is surprised that the Czech Ambassador chose as a subject of her lecture a topic related to the Visegrad Group, an

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Greek crisis escalation won't affect Albania's banking system, central bank says

Greek crisis escalation won't affect Albania's banking system, central bank says

TIRANA, June 29 – As the Greek debt crisis escalates and a possible exit from the eurozone is closer than ever, Albania's central bank has assured a potential Greek default would not affect Albania or the country's banking system, where

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Socialists' Erion Veliaj elected Tirana mayor

Socialists' Erion Veliaj elected Tirana mayor

TIRANA, June 24 – Erion Veliaj of the governing Socialist Party has been elected Tirana's new mayor by a comfortable margin in Sunday's election, official results show. Veliaj's victory in Tirana, where nearly one in three Albanians live, was the

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Eurostat: Albania's price levels for consumer goods and services among the region's lowest

Eurostat: Albania's price levels for consumer goods and services among the region's lowest

TIRANA, June 19 – Albania's price levels for consumer goods and services are among Europe's lowest although the country's GDP per capita and consumption stand far below the EU and regional average, according to a report published on Friday by

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CHwB Albania says hammam restoration preserved authenticity, restored functionality

CHwB Albania says hammam restoration preserved authenticity, restored functionality

TIRANA, June 25 – Sweden-based Cultural Heritage without Borders has reacted to criticism over the preservation of originality following the restoration of 15th century Ottoman public bath known as hammam in the historic town of Kruja, arguing the changes with

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'Not just a building, an investment in the future'

'Not just a building, an investment in the future'

By VINCE LITTLE* KUÇOVA, Albania – As a parent and educator, Vjollca Kllapi knows all about "28 Nentori." Her eldest son attended several years ago, and she once taught at the local nine-year school, which serves nearly 600 children ages

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Gunmen kill police officer, wound two others in Lazarat

Gunmen kill police officer, wound two others in Lazarat

[Updated] Deadly violence returns to notorious marijuana-growing rebel village pacified by police a year ago. GJIROKASTER, June 24 – A member of Albania's RENEA elite police forces has been killed and two others have been wounded in Lazarat, marking a

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Leftist coalition sweeps to victory in Albania's municipal elections

Leftist coalition sweeps to victory in Albania's municipal elections

TIRANA, June 23 – Albania's ruling leftist coalition has won the majority of the municipal races across the country, including all major cities except one, official results showed Tuesday with nearly all votes counted. The Socialist-led coalition has won mayoral

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The Honored Guest

The Honored Guest

Twenty four years ago, on June 22, 1991, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker visited Tirana, becoming the first American high official to visit the country, as Albania opened up after decades of communist isolation. Fred C. Abrahams, the author

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