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North Macedonia leaders agree on April 12 election date

Oct. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's political leaders agreed Sunday that an early election will be held next year, following the European Union's decision not to begin membership talks. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said late Sunday after a meeting with President Stevo Pendarovski that the leaders...

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

Greece: 12 detained in Turkey protest

Oct. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have detained 12 people who evaded security and staged a protest against Turkey's attacks in Syria at the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. The protesters entered the grounds of the Ataturk Museum in the northern city of...

AP PHOTOS: Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

Oct. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SKALA, Greece (AP) — Greece's eastern islands are struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers that has undermined efforts to ease severe overcrowding at refugee camps. The number of people reaching Lesbos, Samos and other Greeks islands in the eastern Aegean Sea is the...

Greek authorities evacuate island migrant camp after fire

Oct. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are evacuating an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, where a large fire broke out following clashes between residents. Police said no injuries have been reported from Monday's fire at the Vathy camp, where more than 4,000...

Norway ends Spain's perfect record; Italy at Euro 2020

Oct. 12, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

Sergio Ramos was seconds away from celebrating his record for most appearances for Spain with a victory that would have ensured his country a spot at next year's European Championship. But Norway's last-gasp push for an equalizer paid off in their evenly fought qualifier on Saturday which finished 1-1. That ended...

Man accused of letting slave girl die extradited to Germany

Oct. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Iraqi husband of a German woman who is being tried on charges that the couple allowed a 5-year-old Yazidi girl they kept as a slave to die of thirst in the hot sun has been extradited from Greece to Germany. Federal prosecutors said that the man, identified only as Taha A.J. in line with...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

Man admits selling deadly drugs to billionaire's son

Oct. 10, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has pleaded guilty to selling a deadly mixture of drugs to the son of a Greek billionaire who died of an overdose while visiting the city. Terry Lee Christian pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug distribution charge. Authorities say he sold 34-year-old Sokratis S. Kokkalis a...

Vehicle crammed with migrants crashes in Greece, 3 dead

Oct. 9, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say three people have been killed in northern Greece and another 12 were injured when a vehicle crammed with migrants crashed into an oncoming car and fell off a cliff. The collision took place late Wednesday near the village of Areti, some 40 kilometers northeast...