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Macedonia seeks help in catching safe deposit box thefts

Jan. 18, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities are seeking cross-border help to gather evidence on a 1.7-million euro ($1.9 million) theft from bank safe deposit boxes by an international gang in 2017. Macedonia's prosecution office says four Ukrainians and three people from the U.S., Kazakhstan and...

Greece prepares massive print run on deal with Macedonia

Jan. 17, 2019 10:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is to print tens of thousands of copies of an agreement to normalize relations with Macedonia, to inform the public ahead of a parliamentary debate on ratifying the deal. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said Thursday the document will be distributed with...

Greek PM survives confidence vote after coalition collapse

Jan. 16, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing prime minister narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament late Wednesday days after the governing coalition he leads collapsed over an agreement to end a long-running dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name. Lawmakers voted 151-148 on a motion called by Prime...

The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote

Jan. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Greece's left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed. Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat...

Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Jan. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president. Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001. A fountain on...

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,...

Albanian designated Macedonia's 2nd official language

Jan. 15, 2019 7:57 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Albanian has been designated the second official language in Macedonia, which has a substantial, and restive, ethnic Albanian minority. The move ends a months-long standoff between the left-led government and Macedonia's conservative President Gjorge Ivanov, who had refused to sign...

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...

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....