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Extreme heat to grip Albania this summer, meteorologists predict

Extreme heat to grip Albania this summer, meteorologists predict

TIRANA, June 3 – Albania's residents might have enjoyed a cool late spring, but sustained heatwaves with no rain in sight are ahead, according to meteorologists. Following a very wet winter and spring, change is on the way for the

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Op-Ed: The importance of women in politics

Op-Ed: The importance of women in politics

By Ambassador Dewi van de Weerd The Netherlands Embassy in Albania in cooperation with the Albanian Institute for International Studies hosted a lecture at the European Information Center in Shkodra on women in politics. Ambassador Dewi van de Weerd stressed

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Tourist season ready to kick into gear

Tourist season ready to kick into gear

TIRANA, May 25 – Albanian tourist operators are getting ready for the start of the busy season, as worries mount that a combination of bad weather and local elections will hurt profit margins. Scorching temperatures are expected this summer following

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Passenger rail service gets closer to city center, but problems remain

Passenger rail service gets closer to city center, but problems remain

TIRANA, May 28 – Almost two years after the closure of the communist-era downtown train station to pave the way to the construction of a new boulevard, authorities have set up a new new temporary station to serve the capital. The

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Actress Eliza Dushku launches 'Dear Albania' documentary

Actress Eliza Dushku launches 'Dear Albania' documentary

TIRANA, May 28 – Hollywood actress of Albanian origin Eliza Dushku travelled to Albania this week to promote her completed "Dear Albania" documentary featuring her journey in 15 Albanian towns, including Kosovo's capital Prishtina and Macedonia's Tetovo as promotional guide

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Special report: Religious radicalism and extremism as a security threat

Special report: Religious radicalism and extremism as a security threat

This conference report has been prepared by the Albanian Institute for International Studies, a Tirana Times partner organization. On May 27, the Albanian Institute for International Studies held its annual security conference, focusing on the new and concerning reality of

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Dutch-Albanian joint venture starts raspberry farm

Dutch-Albanian joint venture starts raspberry farm

TIRANA, May 20 – A Dutch and Albanian joint venture has introduced modern berry cultivation techniques in Albania such as the cold treatment of plants to postpone harvesting. Under a Dutch government funded project, Superberry Albania is already cultivating raspberry,

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PM hints at NATO veto for Skopje

PM hints at NATO veto for Skopje

TIRANA, May 21 – Prime Minister Edi Rama said at a security conference on Thursday that if Macedonia wants to join NATO in the future, it should fully protect the rights of its ethnic Albanian population. “Macedonia cannot be part of NATO,

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LGBT activists seek more rights at annual bicycle rally

LGBT activists seek more rights at annual bicycle rally

TIRANA, May 17 – Activists from Albania’s gay and lesbian community rode through Tirana’s main boulevard in bicycles on Sunday, carrying the community’s rainbow flag and other symbols, seeking greater acceptance by the society at large and better measures by

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First Albania-born player to compete in U.S. professional football league

First Albania-born player to compete in U.S. professional football league

TIRANA, May 14 – Kristjan Sokoli, who became this month the first Albania-born player to be drafted by a National Football League team, the Seattle Seahawks, said in an interview he is proud of his Albanian roots. Sokoli, who moved

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