Update: Pope encourages North Macedonia’s EU integration

Europe 05/07/19, 02:57

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):9:55 a.m.Pope Francis is seeking to encourage North Macedonia's integration into Europe following the resolution of its conflict with Greece over its name, saying greater European participation will benefit ...

Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Europe 04/19/19, 08:53

The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece.The ...

North Macedonia: Bus crash death toll rises to 15

Europe 02/16/19, 07:12

Health authorities say the death toll from a bus crash in North Macedonia has risen to 15 after a man died early Saturday at a clinic in the capital, Skopje.Authorities are still trying to determine how the bus carrying 51 ...

Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14

Europe 02/13/19, 18:02

A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said.Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead ...

Macedonia raises NATO flag ahead of name change

Europe 02/12/19, 07:14

Macedonia has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the country's accession agreement.Prime minister Zoran Zaev, speaking at a ceremony in the capital Skopje Tuesday, said Macedonia had achieved a ...

Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs

Europe 02/11/19, 06:32

Authorities in Macedonia have begun removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for its new name: North Macedonia."Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building early Monday in the capital Skopje.The small ...

Macedonia removes government complex’s protective railings

Europe 02/07/19, 09:25

Workers are removing ornate metal railings protecting the Macedonian government building complex in Skopje, under the new administration's drive to boost openness and reconciliation.The dismantling that started Thursday had been a campaign promise by the left-led government, which took over ...

Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament

Europe 12/18/18, 13:37

Macedonian lawmakers have approved a law offering amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, seeking to boost reconciliation in a deeply polarized society.All 95 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament Tuesday backed a draft ...

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Europe 12/18/18, 10:56

A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, a joint winner of ...

Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year

Europe 12/13/18, 09:42

Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday.During the May 5-7 trip, Francis will visit the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Rakovski, ...

Macedonia pro-opposition rally staged against name deal

Europe 11/28/18, 15:59

Several thousand supporters of Macedonia's conservative opposition have marched through the capital Skopje to protest a proposed agreement with Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia.Hristijan Mickoski, center, the leader of the opposition conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, sings through ...

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Europe 11/13/18, 13:49

Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The Interior Ministry responded nearly five hours ...

Neighboring Macedonia and Greece restart direct flights

Europe 11/01/18, 15:30

Macedonia and Greece have restarted direct commercial flights after more than a decade following an agreement to try and end a long-standing dispute over the Balkan republic's name.Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani was on the Olympic Airlines flight to ...

Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote

Europe 09/27/18, 14:07

The president of Macedonia strongly urged voters Thursday to abstain from a weekend referendum on changing the country's name to "North Macedonia" to clear its path toward NATO and European Union membership.President Gjorge Ivanov's comments at the U.N. General Assembly ...

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