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Tirana Book Fair to hold 18th edition amid concern over drastic decline in sales

Tirana Book Fair to hold 18th edition amid concern over drastic decline in sales

TIRANA, Oct. 28 – A hundred publishers will participate in the 18th edition of the Tirana Book Fair, the largest event bringing together Albanian publishers who have expressed rising concern over a sharp drop in sales this year. Albania's Association

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Central bank survey shows businesses, households face tough times

Central bank survey shows businesses, households face tough times

TIRANA, Oct. 26 – While the Albanian economy recovered to moderate growth rate of 2.65 percent in the first half of this year, the business community continues facing tough times with lower sales affecting their profits, the country's central bank

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Albanians want better relations with Serbia, survey finds

Albanians want better relations with Serbia, survey finds

Two leading think tanks in Tirana and Belgrade have joined forces to create the Center on Albania-Serbia Relations TIRANA, Oct. 27 – A plurality of residents of Albania believe relations between this country and Serbia are normal and likely to

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SpaৠPrison,  ‘A sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and against tyranny’

SpaৠPrison,  ‘A sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and against tyranny’

By Donald Lu* My colleagues and I visited Spaৠtoday and were struck by the irony of the story of human brutality at this prison juxtaposed against the beauty of the rugged mountain landscape of this area. A visit to

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Tirana municipality to use concrete manhole covers to address metal theft

Tirana municipality to use concrete manhole covers to address metal theft

TIRANA, Oct. 22 – Tirana's local government will switch to using concrete-composite manhole covers starting next year to address rampant theft of metal covers which are then sold for scrap metal, Mayor Erion Veliaj said this week. The new covers

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Dealing with domestic violence: The culture of silence must end

By Robert Wilton* Domestic violence is not just physical abuse – hitting or kicking – but also includes insults, threats of physical harm, rape and a range of controlling behaviours. Women are the primary – but not the only –

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Put on a plis, we're going to Paris

Put on a plis, we're going to Paris

An underdog national team achieving its first-ever major tournament qualifications shows how a united people can be successful in Europe TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL If you live in Albania or anywhere where there are a lot of Albanians you have probably

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Albania claim historic qualification for Euro 2016

Albania claim historic qualification for Euro 2016

TIRANA, Oct. 11 – Albania's dream of a first ever qualification in a major football competition has finally come true after more than eight decades of attempts. Albania beat Armenia 3-0 on Sunday night to claim direct qualification in the

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Op-Ed: Why meaningful justice sector reform is vital

By Robert Wilton* Justice systems, like justice careers, are a journey. In my country, the UK, we have just celebrated the 800 year anniversary of one of our greatest justice system milestones. And we’re still reforming. So if Albania’s justice

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Op-Ed: ‘A good day for Europe and a good day for Albania’

By Hellmut Hoffmann* Twenty five years ago today, on 3 October 1990, after nearly half a century of division, the reunification of Germany took place. After the fall of the wall in Berlin on 9 November 1989 this was not

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