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Greek foreign minister confident on name deal with Macedonia

Sep. 20, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says he's confident a preliminary deal to rename neighboring Macedonia will be fully ratified despite opposition in both countries. Nikos Kotzias says he hopes and believes Macedonians will back the name change to "North Macedonia" in a Sept. 30 referendum....

Ukraine pushes ahead with plans to secure NATO membership

Sep. 20, 2018 7:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's president says the country needs to amend its constitution to make NATO membership its long-term goal. President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukrainians are finally convinced of the benefits of the alliance with NATO and said the Ukrainian army will meet the criteria...

Macedonian court rejects bids to scrap name referendum

Sep. 19, 2018 8:58 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's constitutional court has rejected two bids to declare illegal and unconstitutional the upcoming referendum on renaming the country "North Macedonia." The vote on Sept. 30 has been hailed by western officials as a major chance for the small Balkan country to launch the...

Fort Trump? Polish leader dangles offer to US president

Sep. 18, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poland's leader pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to consider creating a permanent American military base in Poland, offering a tempting incentive: The installation would be called "Fort Trump." Polish President Andrzej Duda extended the invitation during a one-on-one meeting with...

EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal

Sep. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday. Following talks with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the capital Skopje,...

Turkey, Russia agree on demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

Sep. 17, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces. The zone will be established by Oct. 15 and be 15-20...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

Sep. 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is "no...

Thousands march to promote vote for Macedonia name deal

Sep. 16, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Macedonia's capital Sunday to promote support for changing the country's name in an upcoming referendum that also could clear the way for NATO membership. The referendum scheduled for Sept 30 will seek voter approval of an agreement with Greece to...

EU's Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

Sep. 13, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic's NATO and EU accession. Speaking in the capital,...

Kosovo government prepares draft law on creating a new army

Sep. 13, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has prepared three draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army, though it is not clear whether it will get formal parliamentary approval. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that any step on army transformation "will...