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North Macedonia mourns 14 people killed in bus crash

Feb. 14, 2019 10:40 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia observed the first of two days of national mourning Thursday after a bus drove an embankment and overturned, a crash that killed 14 people and left 30 others injured. The bus was carrying mostly students and office workers from Skopje to the western city of...

Road signs replaced to reflect North Macedonia name change

Feb. 13, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — It's official: The Republic of North Macedonia has replaced Republic of Macedonia as part of a historic deal with Greece. The government gazette formally published the name deal Wednesday, opening the way for the renamed country's accession to NATO and eventually the European...

Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14

Feb. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said. Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead at the...

Call me by my new name: Balkan nation is North Macedonia now

Feb. 12, 2019 4:43 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Enter North Macedonia. The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and secures its entry into NATO. A government press release said the young country now...

Macedonia raises NATO flag ahead of name change

Feb. 12, 2019 7:14 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the country's accession agreement. Prime minister Zoran Zaev, speaking at a ceremony in the capital Skopje Tuesday, said Macedonia had achieved a "historic goal" in...

Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs

Feb. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities began Monday removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia. "Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building in the capital Skopje. Macedonian...

Macedonia takes big NATO membership step as key text signed

Feb. 6, 2019 6:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The small Balkan country of Macedonia took a big step Wednesday toward becoming the 30th member of NATO, the world's biggest military alliance. In a move that marked the end of a long dispute with Greece over Macedonia's name, and less than two decades after NATO deployed troops to the...

Macedonia's leader hopes EU membership talks start in June

Feb. 4, 2019 4:02 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he hopes his country can launch membership talks with the European Union in June now that an agreement to end a dispute with Greece has been ratified. Zoran Zaev negotiated a deal with his Greek counterpart last year that called for Macedonia to be...

The Latest: UN's 20-year envoy on name dispute cheers vote

Jan. 25, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on ratification of an agreement to resolve the place name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local): 10:00 p.m. The man who spent 20 years as the U.N.'s mediator in a name dispute between Greece and Macedonia says the Greek parliament's ratification of a...

Greek lawmakers ratify Macedonia name-change deal

Jan. 25, 2019 3:35 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement Friday to end a nearly three decade-long dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name, in a landmark vote that will see the small country renamed North Macedonia and clear its path to NATO membership. The deal passed with 153 votes in the 300-member...