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Bulgaria, North Macedonia meet to boost ties, ease strains

Jan. 25, 2022 08:34 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The governments of Bulgaria and North Macedonia held a joint session Tuesday to improve relations, which have been locked in a historic row and further strained after Bulgaria blocked its Balkan neighbor's bid to join the European Union. The meeting of the...

Bulgarian PM visits North Macedonia to boost battered ties

Jan. 18, 2022 09:53 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The new prime ministers of North Macedonia and Bulgaria agreed Tuesday to redouble efforts to improve relations between the Balkan neighbors, which soured after Bulgaria blocked North Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union. Bulgarian Prime...

North Macedonia: Center-left government OK'd by parliament

Jan. 16, 2022 18:07 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament on Sunday approved a new coalition Cabinet led by the Social Democrats, with two ethnic Albanian parties as junior partners. The Cabinet won the confidence vote 62-46 in the 120-member legislature. It enjoys somewhat...

North Macedonia: New Social Democrat leader tapped for PM

Dec. 29, 2021 12:32 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s president Wednesday nominated Social Democrat party leader Dimitar Kovachevski to become the next prime minister. The move follows the formal resignation last week of the country’s center-left government to pave the way for new...

North Macedonia's prime minister formally steps down

Dec. 22, 2021 16:04 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev formally resigned Wednesday, in a move he had announced after his governing Social Democrat party's heavy defeat in October's local elections. Zaev is set to be replaced by a former deputy finance...

3 Western Balkan countries deepen economic ties at summit

Dec. 21, 2021 09:09 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia met Tuesday to discuss and agree on furthering their Open Balkan initiative to promote political and economic ties. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hosted the two-day meeting in the capital, Tirana, with...

Remains of bus crash victims returned to North Macedonia

Dec. 03, 2021 09:44 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Two Bulgarian military planes landed in North Macedonia Friday to return the remains of 45 people killed in a bus crash in Bulgaria last month to their families for burial. The bus had been carrying 52 people, mostly from North Macedonia...

Official: Human error likeliest cause of Bulgaria bus crash

Nov. 25, 2021 10:20 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Human error is believed to be the most likely cause of the fiery bus crash in Bulgaria that killed 44 people, including 12 children, early Tuesday, a Bulgarian official said Thursday. The bus, which officials said had 52 people on board, mostly...

Balkan neighbors mourn victims of bus fire in Bulgaria

Nov. 24, 2021 14:54 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and North Macedonia began periods of national mourning on Wednesday, a day after a bus traveling through Bulgaria carrying tourists to neighboring North Macedonia crashed and caught fire, killing 45 people. The bus with 52 people on board...

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Nov. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. DNA tests were being carried out to identify the victims. The bus...