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N. Macedonia: 2 policemen suspended over Roma man's beating

Sep. 25, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s interior minister said two police officers were suspended Friday over the beating of a Roma man, a form of brutality that rights groups said is a disturbingly frequent occurrence. Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said one of the officers was also...

North Macedonia opposition protests over power bill hike

Sep. 9, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Several thousand people gathered in North Macedonia's capital Wednesday to protest a planned hike in electricity bills, in a demonstration organized by the country's center-right main opposition party. The peaceful gathering was part of a series of anti-government protests...

North Macedonia: Police arrest 3 on suspicion of terrorism

Sep. 1, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested three men on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the country and have seized a large quantity of weapons in raids in five locations in the country’s north. Police said on Tuesday the three men, one aged 22 and...

In this photo provided by  thePress Service of the Parliament of North Macedonia, lawmakers and candidates for ministers wearing face masks and social distancing to protect themselves from the coronavirus, attend the session of the Parliament dedicated for election of the new government, in a dome hall at the parliament building in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. North Macedonia’s parliament continued its debate on a vote of confidence for a new left-wing coalition government after the Social Democrats and their ethnic Albanian partners secured a majority in parliament in July's general election. (Press Service of the Parliament of North Macedonia via AP)

North Macedonia government wins confidence vote

Aug. 30, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament approved a new left-wing coalition government late on Sunday. The Social Democrat-led government is to eventually be headed by the country’s first ethnic Albanian prime minister, according to its coalition agreement. After two days...

N. Macedonia: Pro-Western party secures coalition deal

Aug. 18, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s pro-Western Social Democratic Party said Tuesday it has struck a power-sharing deal with a smaller ethnic Albanian party that will pave the way for forming a coalition government. The agreement came a month after a national election in which the...

Tunisian Interior and Prime Minister designate Hichem Mechichi, right, greets Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese at Tunis Carthage airport in Tunis, Monday, Aug, 17, 2020. Top Italian and EU officials are holding talks in Tunisia on Monday to try to stem the growing numbers of migrants crossing from this North African country to Europe. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)

Italy, EU pledge support for Tunisian jobs to slow migration

Aug. 17, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As growing numbers of migrants cross from Tunisia to Europe, top Italian and European Union officials promised Monday to support Tunisian development efforts to create jobs and keep young people from trying to flee the North African country. During a visit to Tunisia, Italian Foreign...

North Macedonia police find 80 migrants, arrest truck driver

Aug. 16, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia said Sunday they have found 80 migrants during a routine check in the central part of the country and arrested a truck driver for suspected migrant smuggling. Police said in a statement that 79 Pakistanis and an Eritrean were found Saturday in the...

North Macedonia: Police find 148 migrants in trucks

Aug. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered 148 migrants crammed into trucks in two separate operations in central and northern parts of the country, and have arrested two men on suspicion of trafficking migrants. Police said their patrol stopped a truck and...

North Macedonia police find 94 migrants hidden in truck

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have found 94 migrants packed into a truck in a the country’s southeast. A police patrol stopped the truck with Macedonian national license plates late Saturday near the town of Radovish, 110 kilometers (68 miles) southeast of the...