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Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO. The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a...

EU looks to African nations, border control to stop migrants

Oct. 18, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to pursue the cooperation of countries in North Africa and to beef up the bloc's external borders to stop large numbers of migrants from entering Europe. A statement from an EU summit in Brussels where the leaders of member countries discussed...

Greek far-left extremist seeks release on health grounds

Oct. 18, 2018 7:38 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawyer for a Greek far-left extremist convicted of terrorism and murder for killings by the defunct November 17 group says her client is seeking early release from prison on health grounds. Anny Paparoussou says Savvas Xiros, who is serving five life terms in a maximum-security...

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

Oct. 17, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign...

Greek foreign minister resigns after disagreement over Macedonia name change deal; prime minister to take over ministry

Oct. 17, 2018 8:41 AM EDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek foreign minister resigns after disagreement over Macedonia name change deal; prime minister to take over ministry.

US 'disappointed' by Macedonia opposition party stance

Oct. 17, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The United States' assistant secretary of state has written to Macedonia's main opposition party leader expressing disappointment in the party's refusal to back a name changing deal with neighboring Greece in exchange for NATO membership. Wess Mitchell urged VMRO-DPMNE leader...

Greece: Ancient wrecks, pottery found at ships' 'graveyard'

Oct. 16, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek-U.S. team of marine archaeologists has located three more ancient shipwrecks with pottery cargoes, including 1,900-year-old branded designer lamps, and two from much later times in a rich graveyard of ships in the eastern Aegean Sea, a project official said Tuesday. All were...

Ancient mariners: Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

Oct. 16, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For a NATO-member warship, Greece's Olympias is pretty unusual. It's got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an antiquated propulsion system. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the trireme, the sleek...

About 200 migrants wade across river into Greece from Turkey

Oct. 16, 2018 8:00 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities say about 200 migrants have crossed into Greece from the northeastern land border with Turkey, an unusually large number of arrivals in that area in a single morning. Police said the migrants were mostly families with children and were found early Tuesday after...

Greece: Molotov cocktails injure 4 police officers

Oct. 15, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say four police officers were injured when a police station in central Athens was attacked with Molotov cocktails. Police said about 30 people participated in the assault near Omonia Square that also damaged several vehicles outside the police station on Monday....