Latest Macedonia News

British, Ukrainian paragliders are killed in Macedonia

Aug. 18, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities say two paragliders have died in central Macedonia when their parachutes collided in the air. Police said in a statement Saturday that the accident occurred mid-day Friday near the central town of Krusevo. They say a 56-year-old Ukrainian citizen, identified...

European corruption watchdog calls Macedonia 'disappointing'

Aug. 10, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's performance on preventing corruption is "clearly disappointing," the Council of Europe's anti-corruption group has said, calling on authorities to take action. A compliance report by the GRECO group Thursday noted Macedonia "made no substantial progress" in implementing...

Greece lashes out at Russia's expulsion of Greek diplomats

Aug. 10, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece lashed out Friday at Russia's expulsion of Greek diplomats from Moscow this week, as a spat between the two traditionally friendly countries grew more acrimonious. The foreign ministry issued a statement describing the Russian move as "arbitrary and vengeful, and not based on...

NATO's top general visits candidate member Macedonia

Aug. 9, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO's top military officer is visiting Macedonia, which hopes to join the alliance once a landmark deal with neighboring Greece to rename itself North Macedonia has been fully implemented. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's supreme commander in Europe, congratulated...

Macedonia: 7 arrested for allegedly fighting in Syria, Iraq

Aug. 7, 2018 4:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say they have arrested seven people on suspicion of terrorism for allegedly participating as fighters in the wars in Syria and Iraq. The suspects, all Macedonian nationals aged between 23 and 41, were arrested in an overnight operation Monday to Tuesday on...

Russia expels Greek diplomats in retaliatory move

Aug. 6, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has responded quid pro quo to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Greece. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday that it summoned Greek Ambassador Andreas Friganas to announce Moscow's retaliatory response to the "unfriendly actions" by Athens. The...

Macedonia's leaders spar over name deal on national holiday

Aug. 2, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's national holiday hasn't given the prime minister and president a day off from disagreeing about a deal to rename the country North Macedonia. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev urged Macedonians on Thursday — the 115th anniversary of a failed rebellion against Ottoman...

US official urges Macedonians to take part in new name vote

Aug. 1, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official has urged Macedonians to participate in a September referendum on a deal meant to settle a festering name dispute with neighboring Greece. Visiting Macedonia on Wednesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer voiced support for the...

PM urges Macedonians to approve name deal in referendum

Jul. 31, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister is urging his countrymen to vote in an upcoming referendum in favor of a deal with neighboring Greece that changes his country's name to "North Macedonia." Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, speaking in the capital of Skopje on Tuesday, said the Sept. 30...

Macedonia to hold name-change referendum on Sept. 30

Jul. 30, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia have approved plans to hold a referendum on Sept. 30 on a proposed name change that would allow the former Yugoslav republic to overcome a longstanding dispute with Greece and join NATO. The two countries have been at odds for decades over the smaller...