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Svetlana and Miraman Nela with their awarded Hove-based Balcony Teas

Albanian teas win top British awards

The Great Taste Awards that are the food industry equivalent to the BAFTAs, this year have received more than 10,000 ...

Svetlana and Miraman Nela with their awarded Hove-based Balcony Teas

Albanian teas win top British awards

The Great Taste Awards that are the food industry equivalent to the BAFTAs, this year have received more than 10,000 entries. Food producers have seen off competition from tens of thousands across the country to win coveted Great Taste awards. An elite few were awarded prestigious three-star gold awards in the world’s largest and most [...]

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Shkopeti Dam and hydropower plant

Albania is seeking bids to rehabilitate and modernize 11 dams

Albania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration seeks bids for civil construction to rehabilitate and modernize 11 dams in Albania’s Drin-Buna and Semani river basins. Bids are due September 9.The ministry recruited consultants in June to supervise rehabilitation and modernization of the 11 dams, located in Kukes, Berat, Fier, Korca and Murriz Thana. [...]

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Spectators watch as a diver Sali Riza Grancina, performs the winning jump from the Ura e Shenjte bridge, Kosovo.

Kosovo diving competition among AP’s 10 things to see

Among pictures of the gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, is also the traditional annual high diving competition, near the town of Gjakova, 100 kilometers south of Kosovo’s capital Pristina. This Associated Press collection also includes a man watching as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters in Ferguson, [...]

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Albanian WWII great escape story, Americans rescued by anti-Nazi partisans

Albanian WWII great escape story, Americans rescued by anti-Nazi partisans

An Army nurse from Utah crash-landed in Albania in World War II, along with a dozen other nurses. They lived by their wits behind Nazi lines for several months, aided and hidden by anti-Nazi partisans. Helen Porter was usually away on military duty, but she often sent packages. Porter was involved in one of the [...]

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AN old submarine tunnel in Porto Palermo is seen some 235 km south of the Albanian capital Tirana. Porto Palermo, its castle and its deep blue waters are one of the country’s top tourist attractions, featured on European newspaper and Internet lists of places to visit for those with a taste of adventure.—Reuters

Another reason to visit Albania: Bay of Porto Palermo

In 1984, when Albania was an isolated communist state in the same mould as today’s North Korea, a Mercedes in a convoy carrying a visiting German official overheated on Mt Llogara, overlooking a bay on Albania’s rugged Ionian coastline. Emerging from his car, Franz Josef Strauss, then minister-president of Bavaria and one of the rare [...]

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As well as film screenings, there are also movie debates and talks to enjoy. Photograph: Samir Karahoda

A reason to visit Kosovo: DokuFest film festival, 16-24 August 2014

DokuFest is an annual documentary film festival in the pretty medieval town of Prizren, at the base of the Sharr mountains. The festival is now in its 13th year, and will see 10,000 tickets sold for 250 films shown in nine venues over one hot week. Its growing reputation attracts filmmakers from all over the [...]

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