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North Macedonia: 6 detained over deadly bus crash

Mar. 14, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A public prosecutor's office in North Macedonia says six people have been detained following a preliminary investigation into a bus crash that killed 15 people and seriously injured 39 others. The office said Thursday that the suspects include the bus driver and the owner of...

Albania, N. Macedonia hope Europe launches accession talks

Mar. 13, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of both Albania and North Macedonia say they believe that the European Union will decide in June to open membership talks with them. North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who on Wednesday was in Tirana to meet with his counterpart Edi Rama, said they expect "the EU...

N. Macedonia marks destruction of its Jewish community

Mar. 11, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia is commemorating the deportation of almost the country's entire Jewish community to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with a ceremony in the capital, Skopje. The Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje unveiled its permanent exhibit Monday, 76 years since 98...

North Macedonia to rename state-funded bodies, keep anthem

Mar. 6, 2019 11:49 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Newly renamed North Macedonia's government says 136 state-funded institutions will adjust their names in the next four months under a historic deal the country formerly known as Macedonia struck with neighboring Greece last year. But the national anthem will remain unchanged,...

North Macedonia's ruling party names presidential candidate

Mar. 3, 2019 5:28 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's left-wing ruling party has nominated the country's coordinator for NATO membership as its candidate in an April 21 presidential election. Stevo Pendarovski was announced as the Social Democratic Union's presidential candidate during a party congress in the...

EU envoy urges North Macedonia factions to work together

Mar. 1, 2019 9:44 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A delegation of European Union lawmakers is visiting North Macedonia to urge its political leadership and opposition to work together on the country's goal to join the bloc. The seven-member delegation from the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee was in the...

North Macedonia: Ex-minister attacked in prison to stay home

Feb. 23, 2019 2:52 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has ordered that a former government minister who was assaulted in a prison yard by other inmates be detained at home instead. The court in the capital of Skopje decided late Friday that former construction minister Mile Janakieski should serve his...

NMacedonian prison chief fired after ex-ministers assaulted

Feb. 22, 2019 9:18 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of North Macedonia's main prison in the capital of Skopje has been fires after two former government ministers being held in pre-trial detention were assaulted in the prison yard by other inmates. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev demanded the resignation of Gjoko Kotevski...

North Macedonia police report breaking up firearms ring

Feb. 18, 2019 11:49 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that converted flare guns into lethal weapons and sold them on the black market. The arrests followed a series of raids Monday at 13 locations in the capital of Skopje, the western town...

North Macedonia police break up migrant smugglers ring

Feb. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they've broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking. Police said Saturday they raided 20 locations in four cities, including the capital, Skopje, detained...