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Short on doctors, Balkans brace for worst of coronavirus

Skopje - With hospitals lacking equipment and low on doctors who have been steadily moving abroad, Balkan countries fear the worst as they watch the new coronavirus ravage their far richer European neighbours.

Balkans leaders discuss common market after EU snub

Ohrid - Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia discussed setting up a common market at a summit Sunday, weeks after the European Union snubbed bids by Skopje and Tirana to open membership talks.

North Macedonia to hold snap polls in April

Skopje - North Macedonia's political leaders agreed on Sunday to hold early elections in April, after the EU blocked the start of membership talks.

N.Macedonia PM calls for snap election after EU snub

Skopje - North Macedonia's prime minister on Saturday proposed a snap election after the EU blocked the start of membership talks, scrambling what had been the key policy goal of his administration.

Pompeo warns of 'Russian bots' and 'Chinese bribes' in the Balkans

Ohrid - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against the "malign" influence of Russian trolls and Chinese investment during a brief tour through the Western Balkans on Friday.

N. Macedonia PM under fire over gay slur

Skopje - North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has apologised for using a gay slur while trying to defend his government against a corruption scandal that has ensnared justice officials.

Russian comedy duo pranks North Macedonia PM

Skopje - Two Russian pranksters famous for hoax phone calls have tricked North Macedonia's prime minister into seemingly agreeing to pay a bribe and accusing Russia of having "many spies" in the Balkans.

In North Macedonia, Pope urges Balkans to embrace diversity

Skopje - Pope Francis called on the Western Balkans to embrace its patchwork of faiths and ethnicities during a visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday, saying "respect for diversity" is key to the region's efforts to integrate with Europe.

North Macedonia, a country that changed its name

Skopje - Small and landlocked North Macedonia, which votes Sunday in a presidential election, recently made headlines when it changed its name to end a dispute with Greece.

North Macedonia's pro-West candidate claims presidential victory

Skopje - North Macedonia's pro-West candidate announced a victory over his nationalist-backed rival in a tight presidential run-off Sunday, giving a boost to a government that had divided the public by changing the country's name.

Skopje gears up for papal visit to Mother Teresa's hometown

Skopje - When he first heard Pope Francis would visit North Macedonia, the birthplace of the world's most famous Catholic nun Mother Teresa, Marinko Pinjuh thought it was "fake news".

Presidental poll threatens crisis for North Macedonia ruling party

Skopje - North Macedonia goes to the polls on Sunday in a presidential run-off vote that will be a litmus test for the pro-Western government, which has warned low turnout could invalidate the vote and trigger a general election.

North Macedonia president vote heads to runoff

Skopje - North Macedonia's centre-left presidential candidate held a razor-thin majority over his right-wing rival after the first round of polls, election results showed Monday, with low turnout spelling potential trouble for the runoff.

Low turnout dogs tight North Macedonia presidential vote

Skopje - Less than half the electorate of North Macedonia participated Sunday in the first round of the first presidential election since the European country changed its name.The turnout of 41 percent of the 1.

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.
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