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Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Apr. 19, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. The name change from just...

Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship

Apr. 19, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece. The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs...

Greece: Anarchist group claims grenade at Russian Consulate

Apr. 18, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An anarchist group has claimed responsibility for a hand grenade that caused minor damage to the Russian Consulate in Athens. A group calling itself Revenge Plot, Mikhail Zhlobitsky Cell said the explosive was intended as "revenge" for a suicide bomb attack by a Russian teenager last...

Human rights groups highlight rise in Greek minority attacks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A report by human rights groups says the number of violent attacks on minorities in Greece increased in 2018, and the authors are expressing concern that divisive campaign rhetoric ahead of European and national elections this year could lead to a further rise. The Racist Violence...

Greece: Acropolis reopens after severe weather warning

Apr. 18, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece have reopened the ancient Acropolis to visitors after a temporary weather-related closure the day after a lightning strike injured four people. The Culture Ministry said the severe weather that had been forecast for Athens earlier Thursday failed to materialize...

Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

Apr. 17, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday his government "promptly" will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation. Alexis Tsipras said that now Greece has exited its bailout programs, in which Germany was a key...

Lightning hits Acropolis in Greece injuring 4, site intact

Apr. 17, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lightning bolt struck the Acropolis in Athens during a rainstorm Wednesday, lightly injuring two visitors and two guards but causing no damage to the country's most famous ancient site, Greek officials said. A culture ministry statement said the citadel's lightning conductor, which...

Greek court upholds award from fatal shooting by army camp

Apr. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has upheld a damage award of 800,000 euros ($900,000) for the family of a student who was fatally shot while riding a motorcycle past an army camp. The court's decision, made public on Tuesday, upheld a lower court ruling which the Greek government had appealed....

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Greece looks to repay IMF early as bond yields tumble

Apr. 15, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Monday said it is in talks with European bailout lenders to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund early as market borrowing rates have tumbled to their lowest level since 2005. And Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was determined to spare...