British 29-year-old scuba instructor dies on Albanian dive

A diving instructor has been arrested after a young British woman died in a diving accident off the coast of Albania. The 29-year-old victim drowned during a diving trip off Saranda, a resort on the southern coast of Albania, not far from the Greek island of Corfu. A video published on an Albanian news website … Read more

Secret UK and Albania talks on illegal migrants exposed by Iranian hack

The internal documents published on the Telegram channel include email correspondence in February 2022 between Gledis Nano, Albania’s then director of police, and Alastair King-Smith, the UK ambassador to Albania. It is among a cache of 1,400 hacked and leaked emails involving Mr Nano. In one email, the police chief thanks Mr King-Smith for his … Read more

Albania blames Iran for second cyberattack since July

CNN — Albania blamed the Iranian government Saturday for a cyberattack against computer systems used by Albanian state police — just days after the White House condemned Tehran for a hack that disrupted Albanian government services in July. The latest hack forced Albanian officials to temporarily take offline its Total Information Management System (TIMS), a … Read more

Suspected Kremlin spies arrested in Albania after assault at military base – POLITICO

Three suspected Kremlin spies have been arrested in Albania after an attack on two guards at a military base with what is believed to be a chemical agent. Two Russians and one Ukrainian citizen were taken into custody on Saturday, while the two Albanian soldiers are receiving hospital treatment, according to local media reports. One … Read more

Western Balkans leaders fume after summit fails to unblock EU bids – POLITICO

EU leaders failed on Thursday to overcome Bulgaria’s objection to North Macedonia joining the bloc, leaving several Western Balkans leaders fuming at how the entire region’s EU aspirations have been stymied as a result. “I will be straightforward,” a furious North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski said as he addressed reporters following the meeting. “What … Read more

What does EU candidate status actually mean for Ukraine? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Even as it fights Russia’s invasion, Ukraine is on track to be granted the status of a candidate for EU membership. The European Commission on Friday recommended conferring the coveted status on both Ukraine and Moldova, “on the understanding” that they would carry out reforms to bolster the … Read more