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Berat castle ancient wall collapses sparking protection concerns

Berat castle ancient wall collapses sparking protection concerns

TIRANA, Dec. 15 – The surrounding walls of a 4th century castle in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Berat, southwestern Albania, have collapsed, raising the alarm over the protection of cultural heritage in treasured destinations such as Berat. The

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Bankers Petroleum announces sharp cut in 2016 investments, production

Bankers Petroleum announces sharp cut in 2016 investments, production

TIRANA, Dec. 15 – The country’s largest foreign investor, Canada-based Bankers Petroleum, has announced a sharp cut in investments and oil production fueled by record low international oil prices and an ongoing tax dispute with the Albanian government which is

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Mandarin cultivation gives new identity to southern villages

Mandarin cultivation gives new identity to southern villages

TIRANA, Dec. 16 – In 2006 there were just around 100 hectares of citrus planted in the Konispol region, in southernmost Albania just off the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Today, there are more than 724 hectares, which account

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Op-Ed: Marking 60 years of UN membership, Albania is demonstrating leadership in key areas

Op-Ed: Marking 60 years of UN membership, Albania is demonstrating leadership in key areas

By BRIAN J. WILLIAMS* UN Resident Coordinator in Albania It is an honor to be here today to mark the 60th anniversary of Albania’s membership to the UN. I have just arrived in the country last week, and this is

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Trickle of refugees continues at southern border

Trickle of refugees continues at southern border

TIRANA, Dec. 16 – Police officials at Albania's southern border with Greece say a trickle of refugees trying to transit to northern Europe from Greece through Albania has continued, but the feared large winter influx has not yet materialized. At

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Op-Ed: Honest judges and prosecutors must speak out in favor of the concept of judicial reform

Op-Ed: Honest judges and prosecutors must speak out in favor of the concept of judicial reform

By U.S. Ambassador DONALD  LU* Fifteen years ago an American judge from California visited China.   During a lunch with judges, a young, Chinese judge asked her American counterpart, “What do you do when a politician tries to tell you

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Euro 2016 draw: Albania to play hosts France, derby against Switzerland

Euro 2016 draw: Albania to play hosts France, derby against Switzerland

TIRANA, Dec. 13 – Albania will face France, Switzerland and Romania in Group A of the Euro 2016 in a bid to make another surprise campaign after a historic qualification as an outsider. Albania will make its first-ever appearance in

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Skenderbeu end debut Europa League campaign

Skenderbeu end debut Europa League campaign

TIRANA, Dec. 11 – Albania's Skenderbeu ended their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 home defeat against Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow, finishing  bottom in Group H, but making history as the first Albanian club to have made to the group stage

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Archbishop Rrok Mirdita, founding father of Albania's religious rebirth, dies at 76

Archbishop Rrok Mirdita, founding father of Albania's religious rebirth, dies at 76

TIRANA, Dec. 7 – Archbishop Rrok Mirdita, the ethnic Albanian priest from New York who became the first leader of Albanian Catholics after the fall of communism, has died at a Tirana hospital, where he was receiving treatment following a

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Food prices hit four-year high of 6%

Food prices hit four-year high of 6%

TIRANA, Dec. 9 – Food prices hit a four-year high of 6 percent in Nov. 2015 apparently fuelled by the nationwide campaign against informality which has sparked a moderate price increase due to increased costs following the formalization of thousands

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