Two MPs, Kavaja Mayor become first decriminalization victims

Two MPs, Kavaja Mayor become first decriminalization victims

TIRANA, Dec. 29 – Albania’s Central Election Commission has ruled to strip three elected officials of their mandates over hiding their criminal past in declarations made earlier  in 2016 as part of a decriminalization law scanning all public office holders

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Mavraj moves to Hamburger in mission to save club from first-ever relegation

Mavraj moves to Hamburger in mission to save club from first-ever relegation

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – Albania’s international center back Mergim Mavraj has moved to Hamburger from Cologne on a two-and-a-half-year deal for a €1.8 million fee in a surprise move as the defender was playing one of his best seasons, having

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Village residents go on hunger strike over damage from alleged earthquake-like drilling explosions

Village residents go on hunger strike over damage from alleged earthquake-like drilling explosions

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Ten residents of the Zharrez village in the southwestern district of Fier, have been staging a huger strike since the evening of Dec. 20 protesting what they say dangerous drilling operations involving underground explosions that have

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Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – U.S.-based Kosovo singer Linda Halimi has been voted to represent Albania at the 2017 Ukraine Eurovision song contest. The 27-year-old singer, a 2016 American Idol contestant, had been placed a favorite to win this year’s national

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Partizani beats Skenderbeu to keep alive decades-long title hopes

Partizani beats Skenderbeu to keep alive decades-long title hopes

TIRANA, Dec. 23 – Partizani came from behind to beat reigning champions Skenderbeu 2-1 in a priceless victory to keep their title hopes alive and narrow their gap with Superliga leaders Kukes who were held to a draw by newly

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Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Italian 20th century masterpieces will be featured in Tirana next January at a special exhibition from the collection of Rome’s Modern Art Gallery. “The exhibition, curated by Arianna Angelelli, Maria Catalano and Federica Pirani presents the

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Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – More than forty Albanian and international artists are participating in this year’s traditional Onufri exhibition, Albania’s most important traditional visual art event in the past two decades, which this edition has been dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli,

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New York-based dancer nominated for Clive Barnes Awards

New York-based dancer nominated for Clive Barnes Awards

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania-born, New York-raised ballet dancer Spartak Hoxha has been nominated for the prestigious Clive Barnes Awards handed each year to talented young dance and theatre professionals. The 25-year-old Albanian dancer, who has been a member of

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Migrant turned actor in Germany returns as festival host

Migrant turned actor in Germany returns as festival host

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – In 1990 when Albania’s communist regime was collapsing, then-22-year old Kasem Hoxha was one of the hundreds of Albanians who entered the facilities of the German embassy to escape the country’s authorities. More than two decades

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Albania to select Eurovision representative

Albania to select Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania will select on Friday its Eurovision representative for next year’s Ukraine song contest. Twenty-four entries by mostly emerging singers are competing in this year’s 55th edition of the national song competition, serving as a platform

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