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Greek fighter jets overfly North Macedonia under NATO tests

May. 21, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia says fighter jets from neighboring Greece have carried out NATO-linked test overflights of its territory as part of the country's process of joining the alliance. The defense ministry said Tuesday's two flights tested radar and communications coverage of North...

The Latest: Pope hears from married Eastern rite priest

May. 7, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 6 p.m. An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to North Macedonia that he is a better priest because he is married and has a family. The Rev. Goce Kostov, a member of the...

Pope makes historic first visit to North Macedonia

May. 7, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Pope Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday and sought to encourage its efforts to integrate into European institutions after its name change resolved a decades-long dispute with Greece. In a meeting with government authorities, Francis praised...

Government's candidate wins North Macedonia runoff

May. 5, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski, the presidential candidate backed by North Macedonia's center-left government, won the presidency Sunday in a runoff election with a conservative rival. State election commission chief Oliver Derkorski announced late Sunday that with nearly 99 percent of...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

May. 4, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet...

Runoff likely to have opposing views of Macedonia's new name

Apr. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election in North Macedonia that gave voters another chance to express an opinion on their country's new name will go to a runoff after turnout in the first round of voting Sunday was too low for a candidate to win outright, election officials said. The May 5...

Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Apr. 19, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. The name change from just...

North Macedonia declares measles epidemic

Apr. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the beginning of this year. Vladimir Mikic, an epidemiologist at the Health Ministry commission for infectious...

Nation's new name becomes North Macedonia election issue

Apr. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The renaming of Balkan country Macedonia this year has emerged as a hot issue in North Macedonia's upcoming presidential election. Center-left candidate Stevo Pendarovski defended the name change at a campaign rally in the capital of Skopje on Sunday. He reminded the rally...

Man is shot by sentry outside North Macedonian army barracks

Apr. 11, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's authorities say a man is in the hospital after being shot by a sentry while apparently trying to enter the country's main military base in the capital, Skopje. A defense ministry statement says the man was shot in the leg before dawn Thursday after ignoring...