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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...

Greece pays 1.5% to raise 1.5 billion euros in 10-year bond

Oct. 8, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's finance minister says the country has raised 1.5 billion euros ($1.65 billion) from investors by reopening a 10-year bond issue from earlier this year. Christos Staikouras says Tuesday's sale attracted "strong demand" and was "significantly oversubscribed." He said it carried...

Greece: EU to decide response to Turkey's Cyprus drilling

Oct. 7, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says top diplomats from European Union member states will decide next week on how to respond to Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has licensed European energy companies to conduct a hydrocarbons search. Nikos Dendias said Monday after...

After deadly fire, Greece to move migrants from packed camps

Sep. 30, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Signaling a shift in policy, Greece's government said Monday it would accelerate efforts to move thousands of refugees and migrants from Aegean Sea islands to the mainland following a deadly fire at the country's largest camp on the island of Lesbos. The decision was announced after...

At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight

Sep. 28, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Middle East. Trade tensions. Iran's nuclear program. Venezuela's power struggle. Civil wars in Syria and Yemen. Familiar flash points such as these got plenty of airtime at the U.N. General Assembly's big annual gathering this week. But some leaders used their time on the world...

The Latest: British PM questions Thomas Cook bosses' pay

Sep. 23, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook (all times local): 6 p.m. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a "huge effort" is underway to bring home British tourists and passengers stranded by the sudden financial collapse of travel company Thomas Cook. He adds Monday that...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

Sep. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President...

Greek schools to stop recording pupils' faith, nationality

Sep. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Education Ministry says it's agreed to remove all references to schoolchildren's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates. Tuesday's announcement complies with a ruling by the country's independent privacy authority that responded to a complaint by...

Greece seeks Europe's OK to repay part of IMF loans early

Sep. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has asked its European creditors to approve the early repayment of part of its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund, the country's finance minister said Monday. Christos Staikouras said paying off the IMF loans ahead of schedule would reduce debt servicing costs...