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Macedonian police break up criminal ring selling artifacts

Oct. 6, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say they have raided 16 sites in seven cities, busting up a criminal ring that illegally dealt in coins, jewelry and other precious artifacts stolen from archaeological sites across the country. The prosecutor's office said Saturday that 13 men were charged with...

Macedonia: 7 accused of aiding illegal entry to US, Canada

Oct. 5, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's interior minister says police have arrested seven people from an alleged criminal ring accused of providing fake travel documents to people attempting to travel to the United States and Canada via Mexico. Interior Minister Oliver Spasovki said Friday that the arrests...

Macedonia: Referendum deepens division over renaming country

Oct. 1, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government prepared for a political battle Monday to push through a deal with Greece that would ultimately pave the way for NATO membership, after the agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum but with low voter turnout. The European Union, NATO, U.N....

Macedonia: Referendum approves name change, but turnout low

Sep. 30, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A referendum on changing Macedonia's name as part of a deal that would pave the way for NATO membership won overwhelming support Sunday, but low voter turnout highlighted the hurdles that still remain for the Balkan country to join the alliance. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had hoped...

The Latest: Macedonian PM says vote shows will of people

Sep. 30, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has described a referendum on changing the small European country's name to North Macedonia and thereby pave the way to NATO membership as a...

AP Explains: Macedonia referendum: What's in a name?

Sep. 29, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — What's in a name? That's the question Macedonians will be called on to answer Sunday in a referendum on whether to change their country's name to North Macedonia, ending a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece and opening the door to NATO membership. Greece, a NATO and...

Macedonia or North Macedonia? Vote tests a nation's identity

Sep. 28, 2018 5:20 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonians have had a country to call their own for less than three decades. Now, the citizens of one of Europe's youngest countries are being asked to weigh matters of national identity and national interest as they decide a fundamental question: what their homeland will be...

Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote

Sep. 27, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The president of Macedonia strongly urged voters Thursday to abstain from a weekend referendum on changing the country's name to "North Macedonia" to clear its path toward NATO and European Union membership. President Gjorge Ivanov's comments at the U.N. General Assembly in New...

Macedonian court rejects bids to scrap name referendum

Sep. 19, 2018 8:58 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's constitutional court has rejected two bids to declare illegal and unconstitutional the upcoming referendum on renaming the country "North Macedonia." The vote on Sept. 30 has been hailed by western officials as a major chance for the small Balkan country to launch the...

EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal

Sep. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday. Following talks with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital Skopje,...