World IN BRIEF : ITALY : 1,000 Albanians Allowed to Stay
Italy has relented and allowed the last 1,000 of about 18,000 Albanian “boat people” to stay in the country while their cases are examined, officials said. Several hundred Albanians who had refused to leave a pier and a soccer stadium in the Adriatic port city of Bari were being transferred to cities around Italy. The decision marked the end of Italy’s latest drama involving thousands of Albanians crossing the Adriatic Sea seeking jobs. Italy says most are seeking to flee economic, not political, conditions in what was Europe’s last hard-line Communist state.