Travelex forced to takes offline websites after cyber attack

Travelex forced to takes offline websites after cyber attack

The foreign currency specialist Travelex has been forced to take its websites offline following a cyber-attack. The group said it immediately took down its online systems to protect data and prevent the software virus spreading after discovering the attack on New Year’s Eve. It added that its investigations so far suggested no personal or customer data had been compromised. The incident comes just as many people are preparing to head off for an early new-year getaway. Some observers pointed out on Twitter that, prior to news of the virus emerging,…

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EU welcomes EastMed deal but stresses need for further cost-benefit analysis

EU welcomes EastMed deal but stresses need for further cost-benefit analysis

The European Commission has said the EastMed natural gas pipeline deal signed by Cyprus, Greece and Israel yesterday (2 January) is a “welcome development,” but insisted on exploring further cost-benefits of different options. “The agreement is a welcome development. The pipeline should be seen as one option of tapping EastMed gas supplies for the EU alongside shipping it to the EU by tankers in the form of LNG. It’s important to explore further the costs and benefits of both main options,” an EU spokesperson told Greek One TV channel yesterday….

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Brussels court suspended extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

Brussels court suspended extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

A Brussels court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said on Thursday (2 January). Paul Beckaert told Reuters that the Belgian judge in charge of the case had ruled in favour of Puigdemont and Toni Comin, another former member of the Catalan government, citing their immunity as members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office was not immediately available for comment. The pair are wanted in Spain on charges of sedition after organising a failed Catalan independence referendum in 2017…

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Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zaev leaves before April polls

Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zaev leaves before April polls

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev resigned Friday (3 January) ahead of a vote in April called after the EU blocked the start of membership talks with Skopje, the key policy goal of his cabinet. European Union leaders in October failed to agree on opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, mostly because of opposition from France. The issue is now on hold until spring. Skopje’s leader agreed in October to hold early elections on 12 April. Zaev, who earlier labelled the EU’s decision a “historic mistake”, tendered his…

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EU warns of escalation in Iraq after US kills chief Iranian commander

EU warns of escalation in Iraq after US kills chief Iranian commander

The president of the European Council warned on Friday (3 January) against further escalation in Iraq after US forces killed an Iranian general, triggering fears of a wider conflict. “The cycle of violence, provocations and retaliations which we have witnessed In Iraq over the past few weeks has to stop,” former Belgian premier Charles Michel said. “Further escalation must be avoided at all cost,” he added, hours after a US strike killed Iranian covert force commander Major-General Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad airport. The United States killed Soleimani, head of the…

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