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STILL RECOVERING FROM COMMUNISM: The fall of the Iron Curtain revealed devastated economies in much of the Balkans. Albania's economy is among Europe's weakest, especially after the collapse of fraudulent investment schemes that led to anarchy and armed rebellion in 1997. Here, men and women in Vlore, the second-largest port city, gather to draw monthly pensions of about $30.
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]