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Topic - Sali Berisha
Albania's National Museum opened a new wing Monday on the abuses of the former communist regime, timing the dedication to the 21st anniversary of the toppling of former communist dictator Enver Hoxha's monument.
Tens of thousands of Albanians holding flowers and candles marched silently through Albania's capital Friday in a peaceful anti-government demonstration to honor three opposition supporters shot dead during a protest last week.
Three people were killed and dozens were injured in extensive anti-government clashes outside the prime minister's office in the Albanian capital Friday, in the worst violence to erupt in the volatile Balkan country in more than a decade.
Calcutta celebrates the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa, the Nobel Prize-winning Catholic nun who made the city her home.
Devoted volunteers from around the world head for this lane, the home of Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart), the home for the dying set up 58 years ago by Mother Teresa, the late Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun who was born 100 years ago Thursday.
President Bush yesterday kept the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin, making the first stop by a U.S. president in Albania and bluntly declaring that the Kosovo province should be allowed to break away from Serbia, a Kremlin ally.
"Europe has known many dictators and dictatorships in its history. But it has registered in its memory two of the cruelest dictators of all the times _ Adolph Hitler and Enver Hoxha," Prime Minister Sali Berisha said at the opening ceremony.
The Albanian government is expected to declare a state of emergency in the north and south of the country, Prime Minister Sali Berisha said.