Albanian poll set for June

Sali Berisha, the Albanian President, was quoted as saying that parliamentary elections in the crisis-torn Balkan state would go ahead, as planned, in June. "But," he told the Austrian daily Die Presse, "... there is no real progress because the [rebel] committees are still functioning."

A small advance unit of Italian troops will arrive in the port of Durres today to pave the way for the deployment of a multinational security force in Albania, the Italian news agency Ansa reported. Reuters - Vienna