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Fears of low turnout mar North Macedonia vote

Skopje - North Macedonians voted for a new president Sunday in the country's first election since changing its name, but there were fears that low turnout would render the poll invalid.

New name, old worries: North Macedonia holds presidential vote

Skopje - North Macedonia holds the first round of its presidential election on Sunday, the country's first vote under a new name as it struggles with enduring economic problems, cronyism and corruption.

Greek PM hails new ties during landmark N. Macedonia visit

Skopje - Greece's prime minister was greeted with hugs and selfies on Tuesday during his landmark visit to newly renamed North Macedonia, where the neighbours celebrated a new start after resolving their decades-long identity row.

Greek PM to visit N. Macedonia in afterglow of name deal

Skopje - Greece's prime minister will on Tuesday pay a historic visit to newly renamed North Macedonia to join in marking the end of a decades-long identity row between the two countries.

North Macedonia jails 16 over violent storming of parliament

Skopje - A former North Macedonia interior minister was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday for his part in orchestrating a mob attack on parliament in 2017, one of 16 people given jail terms over the violence.

Five ex-top officials probed for 2017 Skopje violence

Skopje - Five former senior officials, including an ex-premier and ministers, have been investigated for allegedly having plotted the 2017 attack on parliament in Skopje, judicial sources said Wednesday.

13 killed in bus accident in North Macedonia: minister

Skopje - At least 13 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a passenger bus overturned on a highway in North Macedonia on Wednesday, health minister said.

Ex-Macedonian PM says death threat forced him to flee

Skopje - Macedonia's fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski said Saturday he fled to Hungary despite being sentenced for abuse of power after he received a threat that he would be killed in jail.

Hospitals filling up in Europe's most polluted capital

Skopje - Children are missing school and hospitals are running out of beds as a noxious smog smothers Skopje, earning the small Macedonian city the grim distinction of being Europe's most polluted capital.

Macedonia PM salutes courage of Greek deputies

Veles - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday paid tribute to the courage of Greek lawmakers after their vote to approve the renaming of his country to settle a decades-old dispute.

'History on our side,' Macedonia FM says of name change

Skopje - Supporters of Macedonia's name-change deal with Greece are "on the right side of history" and their critics will eventually agree, Macedonia's foreign minister told AFP as the accord approaches the final step of ratification.

Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal

Skopje - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations' decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian lawmakers approved the agreement late Friday.

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Skopje - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end their nations' decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country "The Republic of North Macedonia".

MPs agree historic name change for Macedonia

Skopje - Macedonian politicians voted on Friday to change the country's name to "Republic of North Macedonia", settling a decades-long row with Greece and paving the way for NATO and EU membership.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament voted on Friday constitutional changes adopting the new name "Republic of North Macedonia" to end a row that has long poisoned relations with neighbouring Greece.

Macedonia kicks off fraught name change debate

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Wednesday began debating a motion to change their country's name, to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership.

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers gather from Wednesday to vote on changing their country's name to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece and open the way to NATO and EU membership.

Tunisian winner nominates Macedonian, Greek PMs for Nobel peace prize

Skopje - A Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize winner on Tuesday nominated Macedonia and Greece's premiers for the award for the landmark name-deal they struck earlier this year which still faces several major hurdles before it can be finalised.

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Skopje - Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.

Thousands rally against Macedonia's government

Skopje - Several thousand protesters from Macedonia's right-wing opposition marched through the capital Skopje Wednesday in a protest against Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who is pushing through a deal to change the country's name.
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