Latest North Macedonia News

US, North Macedonia, and Kosovo sign 5G deal

Oct. 23, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia and Kosovo signed an agreement Friday with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. The agreement to join the so-called “5G Clean Network Security” nations was signed at ceremonies...

10 arrested in North Macedonia migrant smuggling bust

Oct. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten men were arrested in North Macedonia on Thursday, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants from neighboring Greece. The Macedonian nationals, including a father and son who police say were the ringleaders, allegedly brought at least 100 migrants from...

EU official touts extra billions for Western Balkans

Oct. 7, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union’s enlargement commissioner said Wednesday that the bloc is seeking to secure another 20 billion euros ($24 billion) of investment to help the Western Balkans catch up economically with the rest of Europe. While in Skopje on the first leg of his...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, Nikola Gruevski, Macedonia's former prime minister, looks on in parliament in the capital, Skopje. A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced  former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013, it was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.  (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, File)

North Macedonia: Former PM sentenced to 1½ years in prison

Sep. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013. Gruevski, who was granted political...

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...

N Macedonia party leader appears in Kosovo war crimes probe

Sep. 2, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The leader of a junior party in North Macedonia’s governing coalition was questioned Wednesday by prosecutors from a special international court who are investigating possible war crimes committed during and after the war that led to Kosovo’s independence from Serbia....

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...