Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Macedonian government submits deal on new name to parliament

Jun. 18, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government on Monday set in motion the process of ratifying an initial agreement with southern neighbor Greece, under which it will change its name to "North Macedonia" and hopefully end a bitter 27-year dispute. Macedonian government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said a...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 18, 2018 12:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Border lake backdrops sealing of Greece, Macedonia name deal

Jun. 17, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

PSARADES, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism. The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the...

Greek govt survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal

Jun. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-led coalition government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Saturday brought over a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia concerning the latter's name. But the government suffered a loss in its parliamentary majority after lawmaker...

Germany's Merkel is 'realistic' about NATO spending target

Jun. 15, 2018 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is committed to the NATO target of spending 2 percent of a country's gross domestic product on defense, but is realistic about reaching it. Merkel on Friday underlined Germany's plan to reach 1.5 percent by 2024. She said after meeting with NATO Secretary...

Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town

Jun. 14, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military said Thursday that Turkish and U.S. officials meeting in Germany have reached an agreement on the Syrian town of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the NATO allies. A U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force captured Manbij from the Islamic State group in...

Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries

Jun. 13, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia's president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country's name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries. President Gjorge Ivanov said...

The Latest: Greek PM predicts approval of Macedonia name

Jun. 13, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Greece's prime minister says he expects no trouble in getting the proposed name change deal with Macedonia approved by the Greek parliament. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has also ruled out...

White House announces visit by president of Portugal

Jun. 13, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Portugal will be visiting the White House later this month to meet with President Donald Trump. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will visit on June 27. She says the visit will mark "the culmination of a month-long celebration...

AP Explains: What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about

Jun. 13, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — "What's in a name?" asks Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. "That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet." Not in the ethnically jumbled Balkans region of Europe, where centuries-old collective memories still stir strong feelings. For 27 years, Greece and...