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June 25, 1995 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly three decades, Iftijime Hazizi had waited, hoping that one day he would again hear the bell of St. Martin's Church ring across the meager farms of this remote village. But when it finally pealed one recent morning, signaling the beginning of the first Orthodox service here in 29 years, Hazizi was overcome. "I was the bell ringer, before," the elderly man said, tears slipping down his weathered face. "But for so long, the bell did not ring."
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June 26, 1995 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this time-stood-still land, where oxen still power many plows and donkey carts jostle with automobiles on the pitted roadways, progress is measured in tiny steps. For blacksmith Tomorr Halili and this impoverished mountain community, it is the newly opened forge where Halili uses a primitive furnace, a sledgehammer, an anvil and other simple tools to repair his neighbors' farm equipment.
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December 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania's new opposition Democrats took their drive against communism to the provinces Tuesday as the country's leadership prepared to jettison four decades of Stalinist policies. Thousands of Albanian Christians freely celebrated their first Christmas Mass in 23 years, now that a ban imposed on religion by the late Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha has been lifted.
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June 25, 1995 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly three decades, Iftijime Hazizi had waited, hoping that one day he would again hear the bell of St. Martin's Church ring across the meager farms of this remote village. But when it finally pealed one recent morning, signaling the beginning of the first Orthodox service here in 29 years, Hazizi was overcome. "I was the bell ringer, before," the elderly man said, tears slipping down his weathered face. "But for so long, the bell did not ring."
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January 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
Muslims were allowed to pray at a mosque in the Albanian capital of Tirana Friday for the first time in more than 20 years and, in another sign of reform, Albania proposed legalizing strikes. Albania, which had been the last haven for hard-line communists in Eastern Europe, began introducing gradual changes last year. A ban on religion was lifted in November.
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January 12, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania, the last bastion of Stalinist communism in Eastern Europe, celebrated its national day Thursday, declaring that it has no need of Gorbachev-style reforms and denying reports of a crackdown on unrest. The Albanian Communist Party newspaper, which Wednesday accused Albanian exiles of trying to foment a popular uprising and restore the monarchy, dismissed the perestroika reforms of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
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June 26, 1995 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this time-stood-still land, where oxen still power many plows and donkey carts jostle with automobiles on the pitted roadways, progress is measured in tiny steps. For blacksmith Tomorr Halili and this impoverished mountain community, it is the newly opened forge where Halili uses a primitive furnace, a sledgehammer, an anvil and other simple tools to repair his neighbors' farm equipment.
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April 11, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Enver Hoxha, whose 42 years as Albania's Communist Party chief made him the world's longest-ruling communist leader, died today at age 76, the Albanian state-run ATA news agency reported. Under Hoxha, Albania spurned both the Soviet Union and China, and became a virtual hermit nation, cut off from the rest of the world. The Maryland-sized country remained the last bastion of Stalinism in Europe, and Hoxha claimed that only Albania had kept to the path shown by Marx, Lenin and Stalin.
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April 12, 1985 | HARRY TRIMBORN, Times Staff Writer
Enver Hoxha of Albania, whose 41 1/2-year reign over Europe's isolated Marxist nation made him the world's longest-ruling Communist leader, died Thursday at age 76. The Albanian government news agency ATA, in a communique monitored in Vienna, said he died of heart failure brought on by diabetes. The news agency, which did not disclose where Hoxha died, said a "funeral meeting" will be held Monday.
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January 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
Muslims were allowed to pray at a mosque in the Albanian capital of Tirana Friday for the first time in more than 20 years and, in another sign of reform, Albania proposed legalizing strikes. Albania, which had been the last haven for hard-line communists in Eastern Europe, began introducing gradual changes last year. A ban on religion was lifted in November.
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December 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania's new opposition Democrats took their drive against communism to the provinces Tuesday as the country's leadership prepared to jettison four decades of Stalinist policies. Thousands of Albanian Christians freely celebrated their first Christmas Mass in 23 years, now that a ban imposed on religion by the late Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha has been lifted.
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January 12, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania, the last bastion of Stalinist communism in Eastern Europe, celebrated its national day Thursday, declaring that it has no need of Gorbachev-style reforms and denying reports of a crackdown on unrest. The Albanian Communist Party newspaper, which Wednesday accused Albanian exiles of trying to foment a popular uprising and restore the monarchy, dismissed the perestroika reforms of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
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