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Greek PM Tsipras faces midnight confidence vote in his govt

Jan. 16, 2019 1:28 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers geared up Wednesday night for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority after its coalition partner walked out to protest a deal normalizing relations with neighboring Macedonia. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to...

Greek tugboat found packed with cannabis, stimulants

Jan. 15, 2019 12:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have seized 6.5 tons of cannabis and a large quantity of pills containing the banned stimulant Fenethylline hidden in a tug boat on the south coast of the island of Crete. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the cannabis and an estimated 258,000 stimulant...

Greek PM defends Macedonia deal ahead of confidence vote

Jan. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister on Tuesday defended his deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia ahead of a confidence vote in parliament after his governing coalition collapsed over the agreement. Alexis Tsipras said he chose to end the 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name,...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

Jan. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval...

Macedonian lawmakers weigh request for new name referendum

Jan. 14, 2019 11:18 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament is weighing a diaspora group's request for a new referendum on the deal to change the country's name to North Macedonia in return for NATO, and potentially European Union, membership. A parliamentary committee gave preliminary approval on Monday to the...

Greek govt faces confidence vote after coalition collapses

Jan. 14, 2019 11:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament has scheduled a confidence vote for late Wednesday following the collapse of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' governing coalition over a proposed deal to end a decades-old dispute with Macedonia. The nationalist Independent Greeks party ended its four-year...

Protesting Greek teachers clash with riot police, again

Jan. 14, 2019 10:46 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek riot police have used tear gas to disperse state schoolteachers protesting violently in Athens, days after the country's public order minister accused officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar circumstances. The new violence came during a protest by about 2,000...

The Latest: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Jan. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect....

Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits

Jan. 13, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defense minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and...

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

Jan. 12, 2019 11:58 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — 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...