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Macedonian lawmakers gear up for vote to amend constitution

Oct. 19, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament is resuming a debate on proposed constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia, changes that would allow it to join NATO following a deal with neighboring Greece. It is unclear whether the left-led government will secure the two-thirds majority...

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.

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...

Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

Oct. 15, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led...

Greece: Strike closes Acropolis, main museums

Oct. 11, 2018 4:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The ancient Acropolis in Athens and most of Greece's archaeological sites and publicly-run museums are closed to the public because of a 24-hour strike called by a union of Culture Ministry employees. Scores of tourists gathered Thursday outside the Acropolis, initially unaware of the...

Macedonia: Debate on constitutional changes begins

Oct. 10, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian parliamentary committee on Wednesday began debating constitutional amendments required under a deal with neighboring Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia, in exchange for NATO membership. The move comes after a Sept. 30 referendum on the deal with...

Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration

Oct. 10, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot...

Drunken driver chase ends in Greek parliament courtyard

Oct. 8, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police says they have arrested a drunken driver who led officers on a pre-dawn high-speed car chase through Athens before smashing through a barrier into the courtyard of parliament. Police said Monday that the 59-year-old Greek man was hospitalized with minor injuries after the...

Bronze swords, other items found in plundered Greek cemetery

Oct. 4, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry says archaeologists have found an undisturbed grave with pottery, weapons and jewelry at a heavily plundered cemetery that is more than 3,500-years old. The ministry said in a statement on Thursday the discovery was made at the Mycenaean-era cemetery near the...