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Ismail Kadare’s house reopens as a museum

Ismail Kadare’s house reopens as a museum

By  JUXHINA MALAJ TIRANA, Jan. 13 – The Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Gjirokastra signed an agreement on the revitalization of the Ismail Kadare House on January 7, 2016. “Kadare’s House is not only a revitalization project of

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Military tunnels to be awarded for mushroom cultivation

Military tunnels to be awarded for mushroom cultivation

TIRANA, Jan. 12 – The Albanian government has announced a tender to rent some former military tunnels outside Tirana for mushroom cultivation following successful commercial farming in several areas in Albania. In an announcement published on the latest Public Procurement

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Kadare promoted to Commander in French Legion of Honour

Kadare promoted to Commander in French Legion of Honour

TIRANA, Jan. 4 – Albania's internationally renowned writer Ismail Kadare has been promoted to the rank of Commander in  the Legion of Honour, France's highest decoration, as a reward for outstanding merit in a civilian capacity in the country where

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Euro 2016: Swiss international says it will be tough not only against brother but also Albania

Euro 2016: Swiss international says it will be tough not only against brother but also Albania

TIRANA, Dec. 29 – Swiss international of Kosovo roots Granit Xhaka says the Euro 2016 fixture against Albania and his elder brother will be tough and something he had hoped to avoid. Xhaka, who plays as midfielder for German club

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Eneda Tarifa to represent Albania in 2016 Eurovison song contest

Eneda Tarifa to represent Albania in 2016 Eurovison song contest

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – Favorite Eneda Tarifa will represent Albania in the 2016 Eurovision in Sweden after winning the national competition serving as the selection for the Eurovision song contest. Tarifa, 33, beat 21 other finalists in the three-day event

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Tirana public transport companies threaten to suspend service over bus fare dispute

Tirana public transport companies threaten to suspend service over bus fare dispute

TIRANA, Dec. 23 – Urban public transport companies in Tirana have threatened with a strike starting January 1, 2016 unless the municipality gives a solution to their continuous request for an increase in bus fares. Speaking after failed negotiations with

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Ombudsman slams lack of state safety net after homeless infant freezes to death

Ombudsman slams lack of state safety net after homeless infant freezes to death

DURRES, Dec. 21 – December's chilly  temperatures have claimed the life of a one-month-old baby girl in the port city of Durres, as she and her homeless teenage mother were sleeping under a bridge near Durres Beach's Dajlani Overpass over

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Parliament approves decriminalization law in near-unanimous vote

Parliament approves decriminalization law in near-unanimous vote

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – In a rare show of political consensus, Albanian lawmakers have approved a law banning people with criminal convictions from holding elected and other high public offices. The bill, better known as “the decriminalization law,” received a

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Better instruments needed to fight religious extremism, AIIS study notes

Better instruments needed to fight religious extremism, AIIS study notes

TIRANA, Dec. 16 – Albania needs better instruments to fight the growth of religious extremism, including taking the proper institutional and social-economic measures to protect the most vulnerable communities in which such extremism can find fertile ground, according to a

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Rama apologizes for decorating communist regime's 'torturer' prosecutor

TIRANA, Dec. 17 – In a rare public apology, Prime Minister Edi Rama has expressed regret for decorating an infamous political prosecutor of the communist regime who had violently interrogated two leading dissidents. “I feel obligated today ask for forgiveness

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