Latest North Macedonia News

Skopje zoo's chimp returns after recovering from depression

Jul. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says. Koko was reunited with his keeper, Dragan Trajkovski, on Thursday, who said he was overjoyed to see the chimp again. "It...

Decree puts new North Macedonia name on army uniforms

Jul. 4, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's president says he has signed a decree renaming the army to correspond with the new name the country took in February to end a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece. President Stevo Pendarovski said Thursday the decree specifies that army uniforms will...

Tens of thousands join gay pride parades around the world

Jun. 29, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of people turned out for gay pride celebrations around the world on Saturday, including a boisterous party in Mexico and the first pride march in North Macedonia's capital. Rainbow flags and umbrellas swayed and music pounded as the march along Mexico City's Paseo de la...

Hungarian court rejects extradition of Macedonia ex-leader

Jun. 27, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court on Thursday rejected an extradition request from North Macedonia for its former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski fled in November to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption and was later granted asylum by Hungary. North Macedonia is seeking Gruevski's...

EU set to delay membership talks with Albania, N Macedonia

Jun. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders appear set to push back the start of membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite warnings that further delays could undermine pro-democratic reform efforts and stability in the volatile Balkans region. The prospect of EU membership has been a powerful...

Czech Republic urges EU to start talks with North Macedonia

Jun. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Czech prime minister is urging the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be members of the bloc. Andrej Babish says EU leaders should "keep their word" in starting negotiations with the...

NMacedonia: Parliament strips former PM of lawmaker status

Jun. 11, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's parliament has formally stripped former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski of his lawmaker status, after he fled the country last year to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence in a corruption scandal. Parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi said Tuesday...

223 Polish soccer fans arrested after clashes in Skopje

Jun. 8, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say 223 Polish soccer fans were arrested in the capital of Skopje late Friday for public disturbances ahead of a 2020 European Championship qualifier between Poland and North Macedonia. Police said in a statement that a large group of Polish fans fought...

North Macedonia prime minister hints at early elections

Jun. 6, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's prime minister says he could call early elections if his country fails to get a date for the start of European Union accession talks, addressing domestic frustration with the slow pace of progress in joining the bloc. Zoran Zaev said Thursday that several...

Greece, North Macedonia open embassies after name deal

May. 31, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has upgraded its diplomatic mission to North Macedonia's capital of Skopje to an embassy, following a deal to normalize relations with its neighbor — which renamed itself from Macedonia. A foreign ministry statement says Greece is also upgrading its representation in...