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Record number hit by seasonal flu, doctors urge caution

TIRANA – Seasonal flu has reached a record number of Albanian residents this year, doctors say. With more than 16,000 being reported so far, family physicians in Tirana are urging caution against neglecting influenza symptoms because they can lead to

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Gent Sejko expected to get consensual vote as new central bank governor

Gent Sejko expected to get consensual vote as new central bank governor

TIRANA, Feb. 3 – Gent Sejko is expected to be voted as the new governor of the country's central bank, replacing Ardian Fullani who was sacked last September after a Euro 5 million theft scandal. Sejko, 45, is an experienced

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Sharp cut in oil prices forces Bankers Petroleum to reduce investments, production

Sharp cut in oil prices forces Bankers Petroleum to reduce investments, production

TIRANA – Citing a sharp drop in international oil prices, Canada-based Bankers Petroleum which operates the Patos-Marinza heavy oilfield in south-western Albania, has revised downward its 2015 program of investments and production. Bankers Petroleum, which is the country's largest foreign investor

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Albania under water, as floods continue

Albania under water, as floods continue

FIER – Unrelenting rain and flooding continue in southern Albania, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of people and massive damage to homes and businesses. There have been no victims, officials said, but several people had to be evacuated by army

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Albanian Institute for International Studies ranked again among world's best think   tanks

Albanian Institute for International Studies ranked again among world's best think tanks

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – The Albanian Institute for International Studies has been ranked among the world's best think tanks by the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report authored by James G. McGann, director of the Think Tanks and

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Vibrant photo exhibitions for art followers in Tirana

Vibrant photo exhibitions for art followers in Tirana

Two new exhibitions in Tirana deserve your attention, By ALBA ÇELA In memoriam 23 January 2005-2015:   Team Albania Tsunami Assistance in Banda Aceh “After dinner we went to see the places most hit by the tsunami. A real horror. Houses, hotels,

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Commemorating 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation

Commemorating 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation

Set up by the Germans in mid-1940 at the town of Oswiecim, in the lands which had been incorporated into the German Reich, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp has become a global symbol of genocide. Commemorations of its liberation will bring together

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France, Germany and the strength of European values

France, Germany and the strength of European values

Freedom, democracy and a cosmopolitan, tolerant society are stronger than terror and senseless violence, the French and German ambassadors to Tirana write in a joint op-ed article. By BERNARD FITOUSSI and HELLMUT HOFFMANN* Today, 22 January, German and French people

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Albania condemns attack on French magazine

Albania condemns attack on French magazine

TIRANA, Jan. 8 – Albanian political, civic and religious leaders have condemned the attack on a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences to French President Francois Hollande, pointing out that the Albanian people near the

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Year in Review: Economy in 2014

Year in Review: Economy in 2014

January  Tax burden increases The shift to progressive taxation on corporate and personal income starting January 2014 made Albania less competitive to other regional countries as far as the tax burden is concerned. Data show the increase of the corporate

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