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The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

Sep. 24, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran's exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by...

EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal

Sep. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday. Following talks with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital Skopje,...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

Sep. 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is "no...

Western leaders line up to visit Macedonia before referendum

Sep. 12, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Western leaders have scheduled more visits to Macedonia ahead of an upcoming referendum that would change the country's name and get it fast-tracked for NATO membership. European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and...

Macedonia launches campaigning on name change referendum

Sep. 10, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Campaigning officially began in Macedonia on Monday for a Sept. 30 referendum on changing the country's name, a move which would allow the Balkan country to qualify for NATO membership and also pave its way toward the European Union. Macedonians will vote on a proposal to change...

Merkel in Macedonia to back 'yes' vote on referendum

Sep. 8, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Macedonia Saturday, the third western leader to do so this week in a show of support for the government ahead of an upcoming referendum to change the country's name and qualify for NATO membership. Macedonians vote Sept. 30 on a proposal to...

NATO Macedonia: Name change a must for membership

Sep. 6, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Macedonia's political leaders Thursday that the Balkan country can only join the military alliance if voters back a name change that will placate concerns within neighboring Greece. Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to...

NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change

Sep. 5, 2018 2:25 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Macedonia before a referendum planned in the country on whether to change its name and resolve a long-standing dispute with alliance member Greece. Stoltenberg landed in the capital on Wednesday and is due to meet with Prime...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi Annan

Aug. 18, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Reactions to the death of Kofi Annan, the first black African to become U.N. secretary-general and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died early Saturday at age 80 after a short illness: ___ "In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world's loss, becomes even...