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Albania polling station shootout leaves one dead, another injured

Police cordon off a street in Lac where according to police, opposition activist Gjon Pjeter Gjoni was killed in a shootout near a polling station. Photo: EPA

An Albanian political candidate was shot and a supporter of a rival party killed in an exchange of gunfire near a polling station, police said Sunday.

Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 6:57pm

How Mao put Tirana on the world map

One evening in 1964 Vergil Berger, a Reuters correspondent in Beijing, was asked by his cook to point out Albania on a globe sitting on his desk. With difficulty, Berger found a speck of red in southeast Europe and showed it to the cook. 'Albania cannot be so small,' he said. 'Mr Berger, I thought you were an honest man. You must be lying.'

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Life and tomes of a man for all seasons

Ismail Kadare is born on January 28, 1936, in museum city of Gjirokastra, Albania.

Studies languages and literature at the University of Tirana. Graduates in 1956 with a teacher's diploma.

Continues his studies at the Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow until relations between Albania and the Soviet Union sour in 1960.

24 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The odd couple: Mao and Hoxha's unusual alliance

1958: Albania sides with China in opposing Moscow's policies of de-Stalinisation and support for Yugoslavia's 'separate road to socialism'.

1960: Sino-Soviet relations break down. Albania backs China and the Soviet Union responds by organising an unsuccessful campaign to oust Hoxha. China starts supplying aid to Albania.

10 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

2 killed in raid on hijacked bus

ELBASAN, Albania: Special forces stormed a hijacked Greek bus, shooting dead the Albanian hijacker and a Greek hostage, witnesses said.

30 May 1999 - 12:00am

DHL takes off in Albania

The air-express industry in Albania is picking up, and DHL Albania says this is a good indication of a business revival as Western companies seek to re-invest following civil unrest.

DHL said it had a market share of more than 90 per cent in Albania, and expected its business to grow more than 20 per cent in the next year despite the unrest in neighbouring Kosovo.

29 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Bitter dividend

Balkan-watchers who have monitored the deteriorating situation in Albania over the past two years insist that the present turmoil was always destined to happen. They accuse Western powers of failing to heed warnings that the government was deeply involved in organised crime, and behind the failed pyramid schemes which left investors destitute and on the edge of open rebellion.

4 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Albania to issue drilling tenders

ALBANIA is set to issue tenders shortly for drilling operations in the Ionian Sea to explore for oil and natural gas. The tenders are to be issued in London through the international oil company Hamilton which has already carried out seismic studies in Albania's continental shelf in the Ionian sea at a cost of US$4.5 million.

16 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Greece protests

ATHENS: The Greek Government announced it was recalling its ambassador in Albania and would protest against the convictions to the United Nations and European Union of five ethnic Greeks convicted by a Tirana court of spying for Greece. They were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail.

9 Sep 1994 - 12:00am