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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...

Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

Spanish PM Sanchez opens Balkan tour with visit to Serbia

Jul. 29, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Friday kicked off a tour of the Western Balkans with a visit to Serbia, offering his country's support for the integration of the volatile region into the European Union. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez held talks with Serbia's...

Albania's ex-president takes over his old political party

Jul. 25, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s former President Ilir Meta on Monday took over the leadership of his old political party and pledged to fight government corruption through referendums. Meta, 53, who was replaced Sunday by new President Bajram Begaj, was elected Monday as leader...

Albania's newly sworn-in president urges political unity

Jul. 24, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s new president was sworn in on Sunday and urged the nation's political parties to cooperate on the country's future and consolidate the rule of law. President Bajram Begaj, 55, who won after getting 78 votes in the 140-seat Parliament, formally...

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...

Former Albanian leader Sali Berisha barred from entering UK

Jul. 22, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Friday that the United Kingdom has barred him from entering the country, citing his involvement with organized crime and corruption. The British Embassy in Tirana tweeted Thursday that “the U.K. has taken...

Albania asks human rights body to cancel stolen organ claims

Jul. 22, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament has asked Europe's top human rights body to rescind a 2011 resolution that cited since-unsubstantiated allegations of human organ harvesting during the 1990s war in Kosovo. The parliament voted 125-0 late Thursday in favor of a motion...

Albania resumes public online services, probes cyberattack

Jul. 21, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian government said Thursday that most public websites were working again while an investigation to find the source of a cyberattack that disrupted them continues. Prime Minister Edi Rama said the government suspects the attack was “an aggression...