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NATO's team in Albania to help on Iran-alleged cyberattack

Sep. 21, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — NATO sent a senior-level delegation to Albania on Wednesday to help the tiny Western Balkan country cope with the consequences of recent cyberattack that the government blamed on Iran. NATO said James Appathurai, the alliance's deputy assistant secretary...

Albanian police force open Iranian Embassy after expulsions

Sep. 08, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian special forces police forced the door of the Iranian Embassy in Tirana on Thursday and officers surrounded the compound in which it stands, shortly after the last staff members left the building following the government's order to expel them. The...

The last staff have left the Iranian embassy in Tirana after Albania expelled them over a cyberattack it blames on Iran

Sep. 08, 2022 05:29 AM EDT
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The last staff have left the Iranian embassy in Tirana after Albania expelled them over a cyberattack it blames on Iran.

Albania cuts diplomatic ties with Iran over July cyberattack

Sep. 07, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled the country's embassy staff over a major cyberattack nearly two months ago that was allegedly carried out by Tehran on Albanian government websites, the prime minister said Wednesday. The move by NATO member...

2 Russians, 1 Ukrainian face espionage charges in Albania

Aug. 24, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court on Wednesday ordered two Russians and a Ukrainian to remain in custody while authorities conduct an espionage investigation into the suspects' activities at a former military weapons manufacturing plant. Judge Pajtime Fetahu ruled in favor...

In sign of support, US bombers fly over Dubrovnik, Balkans

Aug. 22, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — A pair of U.S. Air Force B52 strategic bombers on Monday flew low over the Croatian resort of Dubrovnik and three other NATO-member states in the region as a sign of support amid the Russian aggression in Ukraine. In addition to the walled Croatian tourist...

2 Russians, 1 Ukrainian arrested as alleged spies in Albania

Aug. 20, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two Russians and a Ukrainian were arrested for alleged espionage at a military plant in southern Albania, the Albanian Defense Ministry said late Saturday. The Russian man identified only as M.Z., 24, was detained after entering the plant’s grounds in...

US firm: Likely Iranian threat actor in Albania cyberattack

Aug. 04, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A cyberattack that temporarily shut down numerous Albanian government digital services and websites in mid-July was likely the work of pro-Iranian hackers seeking to disrupt an Iranian opposition group's conference in Albania, a leading U.S. cybersecurity firm said...

Spain fully backs Western Balkan integration into EU

Aug. 01, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

The Western Balkans are an integral part of the European Union and Spain fully backs the region's integration into the 27-member bloc, Spain's prime minister said Monday. Pedro Sanchez was in Albania's capital Tirana Monday in the first-ever trip by a Spanish prime minister to the...

Terror threat cancels Iranian opposition's summit in Albania

Jul. 22, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday said they had canceled a summit following warnings from local authorities of a possible terrorist threat. Some 3,000 Iranian dissidents from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, best known as MEK, live at Ashraf 3 camp in Manez, 30...