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Comedian appears headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared poised to reprise the role in real life when an exit poll showed him winning Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday in a landslide. Results from the exit poll after voting stations closed showed...

Renamed nation has 1st presidential vote as North Macedonia

Apr. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election Sunday gave voters in North Macedonia another chance to give an opinion on their country's new name and tested the center-left government that negotiated the name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. Polls closed, as expected,...

US gives 3 Black Hawk helicopters to Albania military

Apr. 20, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says the United States has provided three Black Hawk helicopters to bolster its military capacities. A statement Saturday said Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, who is visiting the United States, signed the deal at the New Jersey National Guard. Helicopters are...

3 candidates vie for North Macedonia presidency

Apr. 20, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Three candidates are vying for the presidency in North Macedonia, where voters go to the polls on Sunday for the first round of elections. The post is largely ceremonial, but the election is seen as a key test of the government following deep polarization after the country...

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...

Turkey says Russian system no threat to F-35s, seeks panel

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says the United States has yet to respond to a proposal to set up a technical committee to review possible security threats that Russia's S-400 missile defense system could pose to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program. Turkey's decision to purchase the advanced...

Ukraine's presidential candidate pledges NATO referendum

Apr. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The comedian who is odds-on favorite in Ukraine's presidential election promised Thursday to hold a nationwide referendum on joining NATO only after building a national consensus on the issue. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comic actor who's leading in the polls far ahead of President...

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...

Widow of Serbian strongman Milosevic dies in Russia

Apr. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who was often dubbed Lady Macbeth of the Balkans because of the huge influence she had on her husband, died Sunday in Russia at the age of 76, friends and party associates said. Serbian state television said Mirjana Markovic...

Nation's new name becomes North Macedonia election issue

Apr. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The renaming of Balkan country Macedonia this year has emerged as a hot issue in North Macedonia's upcoming presidential election. Center-left candidate Stevo Pendarovski defended the name change at a campaign rally in the capital of Skopje on Sunday. He reminded the rally...