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Opposition supporters in Albania protest alleged corruption in Cabinet

Feb. 20, 2024 21:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Albania’s opposition held a protest Tuesday accusing the Cabinet of corruption. Protesters threw stones and flares at police officers, and some pulled down an iron fence around the main government building in Tirana, but the...

Ex-FBI official sentenced to over 2 years in prison for concealing payment from Albanian businessman

Feb. 16, 2024 17:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official was sentenced on Friday to more than two years in prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a businessman with ties to the Albanian government — and trying to conceal their corrupt financial...

US secretary of state assures Western Balkans of support for path toward European Union integration

Feb. 15, 2024 14:54 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Albania on Thursday to reaffirm relations with a key partner in the region and assure Western Balkan countries of Washington’s support for their integration into the European Union. Blinken met with top...

Albanian authorities accuse Iranian-backed hackers of cyberattack on Institute of Statistics

Feb. 14, 2024 01:09 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s cybersecurity authorities have accused a hacker group “sponsored” by the Iranian government of attacking the country’s Institute of Statistics earlier this month. On Feb. 1, the institute reported becoming a target of a “sophisticated...

Albania's Institute of Statistics suffers cyberattack, some systems affected

Feb. 01, 2024 07:23 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Institute of Statistics reported Thursday it has suffered a cyberattack which affected some of its systems. A statement said Institute of Statistics, or INSTAT, systems were “a target of a sophisticated cyberattack” on Wednesday. ...

Albania's Constitutional Court says migration deal with Italy can go ahead if approved

Jan. 29, 2024 11:17 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Constitutional Court on Monday said a deal can go ahead with Italy under which thousands of migrants rescued at sea by Italian authorities would be sent to Albania while their asylum applications are processed. Thirty Albanian lawmakers attempted...

Italy's lower chamber of parliament OKs deal with Albania to house migrants during asylum processing

Jan. 24, 2024 10:54 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s lower chamber of parliament on Wednesday approved a novel government deal with Albania to house migrants during the processing of their asylum requests, a cornerstone of Premier Giorgia Meloni’s efforts to share the migration burden with the rest of Europe. ...

Albania's ex-Prime Minister Berisha put under house arrest while investigated for corruption

Dec. 30, 2023 12:15 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A court in Albania on Saturday ordered house arrest for former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who leads the opposition Democratic Party and is being investigated for possible corruption. Judge Irena Gjoka of the First Instance Special Court on Corruption and...

A cyberattack targets Albanian Parliament's data system, halting its work

Dec. 26, 2023 19:48 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Parliament said on Tuesday that it had suffered a cyberattack with hackers trying to get into its data system, resulting in a temporary halt in its services. A statement said Monday's cyberattack had not “touched the data of the system,”...

Albania's parliament lifts the legal immunity of former prime minister Sali Berisha

Dec. 22, 2023 13:33 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s parliament voted Thursday to lift the legal immunity of former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who leads the opposition Democratic Party and is being probed for possible corruption. Opposition lawmakers inside the hall boycotted the vote and tried to...