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U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim: three priorities in Albania

U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim: three priorities in Albania

(From Ambassador Kim's exclusive interview with Illyria, the New York-based, Albanian-American newspaper) By Ruben Avxhiu Only a few days after starting her term as the new US Ambassador to Albania, she traveled back to DC with a stopover in New

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The Last Curtain Fall – This was our National Theatre

The Last Curtain Fall – This was our National Theatre

By Oriel Besi Turdiu, M.A (TUM) Architecture I took the courage to write about the National Theatre of Tirana, since it was a building of which I have studied the original plans in search of my Master Thesis in Architecture.

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EIB and the EU remain committed to the Western Balkans

EIB and the EU remain committed to the Western Balkans

Inerview with Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Dario Scannapieco Firstly, I would like to thank you, Dario Scannapieco, for the opportunity to have your interview in Tirana Times. EU leaders announced a €3.3 billion financial package at the Zagreb

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Tirana's water deposits: a danger from above

Tirana's water deposits: a danger from above

The devastating earthquake that struck Albania in the early hours of November 26, claimed 51 lives and left hundreds of families homeless, all while bringing to light a major looming issue: the dangers of water deposits sitting on the rooftops

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Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

By Fatjona Mejdini* Labinot and Tirana, Albania – Sabire Plaku is suspicious of every stranger who sets foot in her remote village of Labinot in central Albania. If she sees a visitor, or hears of their presence, the 78-year-old halts whatever

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DO NOT LET YOUR SPIRIT FADE!

DO NOT LET YOUR SPIRIT FADE!

The Polish Embassy in Tirana commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II May 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Carol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II.  April this year, marked the 15th anniversary

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Coronavirus, Albania is in quarantine too

Coronavirus, Albania is in quarantine too

Courtesy of Balkans and Caucasus Observatory* That the spread of the new coronavirus would affect Albania was a certainty as soon as the first outbreaks were identified in Lombardy and Veneto. The 19 flights that connect the two countries everyday

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Kuwaiti artist Ebtisam Al-Houti returns with 'Golden Hands' exhibition for public

Kuwaiti artist Ebtisam Al-Houti returns with 'Golden Hands' exhibition for public

From February 18 to February 20, with her unconditional love and passion for art, artist Ebtisam AlHouti brought to the Albanian public her second exhibition titled "Golden Hands" at the Tirana International Hotel premises. Ebtisam Al-Houti is a Kuwaiti artist

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Swedish Ambassador:

Swedish Ambassador: "Albanians' drive is an asset towards EU accession"

By Sidonja Manushi   Located at Tirana's Student City, the Swedish Embassy would stand inconspicuous amid the area's similar two or three storey vilas if it wasn't for the blue and yellow flag hanging at its entrance.   Officially established

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Tirana enchanted by Russian ballet on ice

Tirana enchanted by Russian ballet on ice

By Alba Cela  The sense of wonder, passion and elegance emanating from the Palace of Congress this Saturday night was purely magical. 'Swan Lake' on the ice by the Saint Petersburg State Ballet can truly be called the most exceptional

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