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Kosovo woman repatriated from Syria accused of terror

Jan. 20, 2020 10:59 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Monday filed terrorism charges against an Albanian woman who allegedly joined a terror group in Syria. A statement said the defendant woman identified as V.B. left Kosovo in September 2014 together with her husband and two children. They went to neighboring...

EU official: North Macedonia ready for membership talks

Jan. 15, 2020 12:04 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union’s top enlargement official on Wednesday held out new hope that the block will start accession talks within months with North Macedonia and Albania, whose bids were frustrated last year. Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said the two countries...

Police in North Macedonia find 36 migrants packed in truck

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia found 36 migrants who are believed to have entered the country illegally from Greece packed in a truck during a routine check. The driver was arrested. Police said Wednesday that officers stopped the truck near the southern town of Strumitsa the...

Kosovo woman, man repatriated from Syria charged with terror

Jan. 14, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Tuesday filed terrorism charges against an Albanian woman and a man for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. A prosecutors' office statement said the defendant woman identified as V.K. and the man identified as F.D. left Kosovo in March 2015 to...

A Greek coastguard vessel approaches the port of Preveza, northwestern Greece, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Greece's coast guard says 12 migrants have been found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others have been rescued after their boat took in water and sank. Searchers are looking for more survivors. (Andriana Soldatou/mypreveza.gr via AP)

12 migrants dead, 21 rescued at sea off western Greece

Jan. 11, 2020 3:18 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard said 12 migrants were found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others were rescued after their boat took on water and sank Saturday. A search for more survivors was launched by air and sea. The dead and rescued migrants were found southwest of the Greek island of...

President of the European Council Charles Michel, right, is welcomed by Croatia's prime minister Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Croatia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on Jan. 1, 2020 from Finland, six and a half years after entering the European bloc. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

EU hopeful Albania, N. Macedonia membership talks in sight

Jan. 9, 2020 12:01 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — After years of setbacks and disappointment, two Balkan countries' hopes for launching European Union membership talks could be realized in coming weeks, according to the prime minister of Croatia, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on Jan. 1. Albania and North Macedonia...

Oliver Spasovski, the new prime minister of the caretaker government, greets the lawmakers after the parliament voted in favor on a session in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The prime minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation Friday, paving the way for a new caretaker Cabinet to be named in order to organize a snap election. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia’s PM resigns, caretaker government elected

Jan. 3, 2020 12:38 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's parliament on Friday approved a new caretaker government under the country's former interior minister, after Zoran Zaev resigned as prime minister ahead of previously agreed early elections on April 12. Under a deal made by major political parties, the...

Migrants, police officers injured in North Macedonia crash

Dec. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia said Sunday that two migrants and two police officers were injured when a people smuggler’s car smashed into a police jeep. Police said the collision happened on Saturday when the police jeep tried to stop the car carrying 10 migrants from...

Dirty air, emigration threaten North Macedonia, leader says

Dec. 19, 2019 6:54 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Rampant air pollution and the emigration of young, skilled professionals pose the most serious threats North Macedonia faces, the small Balkan country's president said. Stevo Pendarovski said Wednesday that he would call an urgent meeting of government officials and...

N. Macedonian sex workers protest attacks, seek legal status

Dec. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of sex workers and rights activists in North Macedonia, where prostitution is illegal, have marched through the capital of Skopje on Tuesday to protest alleged police brutality and indifference to their complaints of violence. The Sex Workers' Coalition human rights...