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Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Nov. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. DNA tests were being carried out to identify the victims. The bus...

North Macedonia's PM says will stay on in post temporarily

Nov. 10, 2021 10:17 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's prime minister, who announced his resignation on Oct. 31 following his leftist coalition's heavy defeat in local elections, has said he will stay on in the post temporarily to ensure the country's political situation stabilizes. ...

North Macedonia opposition leader wants to form new govt

Nov. 06, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The leader of North Macedonia's center-right opposition VMRO-DPMNE party says he has secured a majority in Parliament to submit a no confidence vote against the leftist cabinet, after a small ethnic Albanian party announced it has left the ruling coalition. ...

N.Macedonia opposition seeks election after local poll sweep

Nov. 01, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The leader of North Macedonia’s conservative opposition is calling for an early parliamentary election after scoring a sweeping victory in municipal polls that prompted the center-left prime minister to announce his resignation. ...

North Macedonia PM announces resignation after election loss

Oct. 31, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced his resignation late Sunday following the heavy defeat of his governing Social Democratic Union in North Macedonia’s local elections. “The responsibility for this outcome is mine and I’m resigning...

Germany's WPD to build wind farm in North Macedonia

Oct. 12, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — German renewable energy company WPD will build a 500 million-euro ($580 million) wind farm in the northeastern part of North Macedonia, the small Balkan country's said Tuesday. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the planned 415 megawatt...

EU leaders fail to give Balkan nations a membership timeline

Oct. 06, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — European Union leaders tried to reassure six Balkan countries they could eventually join the trading bloc if they met its standards, but the leaders failed to provide a credible signal Wednesday that the EU's enlargement process will be relaunched in the near...

North Macedonia: Overheated cable caused fatal hospital fire

Oct. 06, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A fire in a COVID-19 hospital in North Macedonia that killed 14 people last month was caused by the short-circuit of a cable connected to a defibrillator and spread fast due to the presence of stored oxygen for the patients, authorities said. ...

Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations

Oct. 05, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders gather for a summit on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc’s once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse. The European Commission made repeated promises that the future of six countries...

Doubt lingers in Balkans after years of broken EU promises

Oct. 04, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Twenty years ago, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had narrowly avoided a civil war and NATO was collecting weapons held by ethnic Albanian rebels under an internationally backed agreement meant to shore up peace. The tiny Balkans country was in...