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Rival factions call off Gaza meeting

Israel seizes two activists in first raid into Gaza Strip since withdrawal GAZA CITY (AFP) — A planned meeting between rival Palestinian factions was cancelled at the last minute on Saturday at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, an official said.

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Another Fresh Start for Albania

There have been lots of new beginnings for tiny Albania. In 1992, the Democratic Party of Sali Berisha swept to power in a wave of anticommunism. Optimism for fast change and willing sacrifice came with Berisha’s victory. Despite some achievements, Berisha’s government collapsed in 1997 amid the failure of catastrophic …

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