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New choir brings 'Joy of singing' to blind singers

New choir brings 'Joy of singing' to blind singers

"This is one of the most heartfelt concerts I have given in all my life. It's a small choir composed of blind people. You can't imagine their joy when singing," says conductor Suzana Turku TIRANA, May 11 – Amateur and

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As incomes decline and living costs rise, households struggle to pay off debt

As incomes decline and living costs rise, households struggle to pay off debt

Three-quarters of Albanian households in debt report having an income of less than 351 euros per month  TIRANA, May 4 –  Albanian households are having trouble paying off debts due to a decline in income and an increase in the

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Albania's democracy at 25: Challenges and opportunities

Albania's democracy at 25: Challenges and opportunities

By ELEZ BIBERAJ* Twenty-five years after the demise of communism it is appropriate to consider Albania's democratic trajectory and to highlight its successes and challenges.  I will attempt to review Albania's accomplishments in the past quarter-century, as well as current

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Q&A: New Investment Council aims to increase dialogue, improve business climate

Q&A: New Investment Council aims to increase dialogue, improve business climate

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania officially helped launch Albania's Investment Council this week. The head of the EBRD office in Tirana, Christoph Denk, says the Investment Council

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Albania complains of UEFA double standards

Albania complains of UEFA double standards

TIRANA, April 15 – The Albanian Football Federation has accused UEFA of double standards over its decision to award Serbia a forfeit victory in a European championship qualifier last year, after UEFA made an opposite ruling over another abandoned game

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Kurum steelmaker suspended over environmental pollution

Kurum steelmaker suspended over environmental pollution

The State Inspectorate for Environment says it has fined Kurum 1 million lek (Euro 7,000) and left the company a 40-day deadline until May 20 to meet its environmental requirements over waste management TIRANA, April – Turkey's Kurum has had

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Op-Ed: The Netherlands remains critical, but fully supports Albania's European integration efforts

Op-Ed: The Netherlands remains critical, but fully supports Albania's European integration efforts

By DEWI VAN DE WEERD Dewi van de Weerd, the Kingdom of the Netherlands' ambassador to Albania, made these remarks at the Albanian Institute for International Studies' European Forum, focusing on current developments within the EU, the upcoming Dutch EU

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Authorities suspend Bankers Petroleum's activity following well blast that forced village evacuation

Authorities suspend Bankers Petroleum's activity following well blast that forced village evacuation

The Fier Prosecutor's Office has launched a probe into Bankers Petroleum after the national inspectorate announced it had suspended the company's environmental permit a month ago and the company had illegally continued its activity TIRANA, April 1 – Canada-based Bankers

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Coalitions shift as parties gear up for municipal elections

Coalitions shift as parties gear up for municipal elections

Basha makes it official he won't seek reelection; Socialists and Democrats prepare candidate lists; Socialists enlarge coalition with Cham party TIRANA, April 2 – The upcoming municipal elections are quickly moving to the top of the country's political agenda, with

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Albania claim historic victory to keep their Euro qualifying hopes alive

Albania claim historic victory to keep their Euro qualifying hopes alive

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, March 30 – Albania kept alive their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes after a spectacular win home to Armenia as they came from behind an early goal to claim a 2-1 victory. It all started badly for

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