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 the entire region while showing respect for Macedonians' diversity.Pope Francis ...

Renamed nation has 1st presidential vote as North Macedonia

Europe 04/21/19, 10:19

Voters in North Macedonia had another chance to give an opinion on their country's new name as they cast ballots in a presidential election Sunday that was seen as a key test for the center-left government that negotiated the name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece.Three university ...

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 name change from just "Macedonia," which paves the way for ...

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 passengers drove off a highway embankment and overturned west of ...

North Macedonia probes cause of bus crash that killed 14

Europe 02/15/19, 11:41

Ten victims from a bus crash that killed 14 people in North Macedonia have been buried in the western city of Gostivar, as authorities are still trying to determine the causes of the accident.Prosecutors say tests showed the driver of the bus that drove off a highway embankment and overturned ...

North Macedonia declares mourning after bus crash kills 14

World 02/14/19, 05:32

North Macedonia has declared two days of national mourning following a bus crash that killed 14 people and left 30 others injured.The bus carrying workers from the capital Skopje back to the central town of Gostivar plunged into a ravine late Wednesday. Health Minister Venko Filipchev, who visited a hospital ...

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 at the scene and the rest died after being taken ...

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 "historic goal" in being accepted into NATO under its new ...

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 Balkan country will change its name to North Macedonia after ...

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 in 2016 after a decade of conservative rule.The recently erected ...

Macedonia’s name change – what does the country have to do?

Europe 01/28/19, 06:39

Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia in return for Greece dropping its objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO to settle a nearly three-decade dispute. But what does a country have to do, practically, when it changes its name?Greece's parliament ratified the deal on Friday, in one of ...

Macedonian PM: Greece’s turn to make history with name deal

Europe 01/12/19, 11:57

Macedonia's prime minister says he expects Greece's parliament to do its part and ratify the deal changing his country's name to North Macedonia so it can soon join NATO.Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters in the capital of Skopje on Saturday that he expects neighboring Greece to be the first ...

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 amnesty law over the April 2017 incident. But the amnesty ...

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 the 2015 prize, announced her intention to nominate Macedonia's Zoran ...

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, followed by a stop in the Macedonian capital Skopje en ...

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 a megaphone a patriotic song, while marching during an anti-government ...

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 after Gruevski announced he was in Budapest in a Facebook ...

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 the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Thursday after talks in ...

What’s in a name? Macedonians to decide that in referendum

Europe 09/29/18, 03:38

What's in a name? That's the question Macedonians will be called on to answer Sunday in a referendum on whether to change their country's name to North Macedonia, ending a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece and opening the door to NATO membership.Greece, a NATO and European Union member, has long ...

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 in New York, made hours before the end of campaigning ...

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