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Greek PM urges Macedonia to ratify name deal after FM resigns

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Macedonian lawmakers to ratify the two countries' landmark name deal after a cabinet spat in Athens prompted the shock resignation of his foreign minister.

Macedonia parliament finishes first day of debate on name change

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament finished its first day of a debate on Monday without reaching a decision on whether to approve a deal to change the country's name, pushing talks aimed at settling a long-running row with Greece into a second day.

Macedonia lawmakers to vote on name change deal with Greece

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country's name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe's longest running disputes.

Greek 'migrant-smuggling' car crash kills 11

Thessalon - Eleven people died on Saturday in northern Greece when a car thought to be carrying migrants crashed head-on with a truck and burst into flames, police said.

Top Greek court orders inquiry into handling of EU funds

Atenas - Greece's Supreme Court on Monday ordered an inquiry into the handling of European funds paid to Athens to help the country cope with the migration crisis of 2015-16.

Macedonia president slams 'unfair' EU after referendum

Prague - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov slammed the EU as "unfair" on Thursday after a referendum to change the country's name, which had been a condition for its EU and NATO entry.

UN chief urges Macedonia to implement name change

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Macedonia to move forward with a name change after more than 90 percent of voters backed renaming the Balkan country North Macedonia.

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Skopje - Macedonia's government vowed Monday to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout in a referendum on the move made it illegitimate.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - With Sunday's referendum proposing the new name "Republic of North Macedonia", the country hopes to resolve a row poisoning relations with Greece and blocking efforts to join the EU and NATO.

Macedonian referendum backs new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Macedonian voters on Sunday supported a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long spat with Greece and unlocking a path to NATO and EU membership, although the referendum was marred by low turnout.

Jorgos and friends to perform biggest ever magic event in Greece Special

Athens - World renowned magician Jorgos chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming magic event, featuring special friends and guests, at The Christmas Theater in Athens, Greece.

Macedonia to vote on new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Voters across the Balkan state of Macedonia will decide Sunday whether to re-name their country North Macedonia, an emotional vote that could end a bitter row with Greece and unlock a path to NATO and the EU.

Macedonia president urges boycott of name referendum

New York - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called on Thursday for voters to boycott this weekend's referendum on a name change, saying the country was being asked to commit "historical suicide.

'Everyone is for yes': name vote brings hope to Macedonia's Albanians

Skopje - From the brink of war to decades of discrimination and poverty, it has not been an easy ride for the Albanian minority wedged into Macedonia's northwest corner.

Why is Macedonia voting to change its name?

Skopje - Macedonians are casting ballots on Sunday on whether to add "North" to their country's official name.- Why?

Greece begins migrant transfers from overcrowded island camps

Greece has begun transferring hundreds of migrants from chronically overcrowded camps on islands in the Aegean Sea after NGOs highlighted poor conditions, sources said Friday.

Greek NGO founder arrested in migration probe

The founder of a Greek NGO facing charges for allegedly helping migrants illegally enter the country was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Greece vows to improve conditions on island migrant camps

Atenas - Greece's migration minister on Tuesday pledged to improve living conditions for migrants in camps on islands in the Aegean Sea, where he said arrivals had doubled this summer.

Ukrainian Church to become independent of Russia: envoy

Kiev - An envoy of Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, told Ukraine's leader Monday that his country's church would soon be declared independent of Russia, a move set to infuriate Moscow.

'Suicide attempts' on Greek migrant island as arrivals spike

Atenas - Dismal conditions in one of Europe's largest migrant camps on the Greek island of Lesbos are leading to suicide attempts, a charity said Monday, as arrivals continued to increase.

Turkey will increase troop numbers in Cyprus: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that Ankara will increase rather than reduce its troops numbers in Cyprus, a move that could further set back attempts to reunify the divided Mediterranean island.

Turkey court rejects plea to open Hagia Sophia for Islamic prayer

Istanbul - Turkey's top court on Thursday turned down a plea to open the Hagia Sofia, an Istanbul landmark that is now a museum after serving as both a church and a mosque over its long history, for Muslim worshipping.

Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

Atenas - Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.

Greek PM vows not to repeat past economic mistakes

Strasbourg - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Tuesday not to repeat the "mistakes and behaviour of the past" that led his country to the brink of financial collapse.

Shaggy talks 'The 44/876 Tour' with Sting, album and longevity Special

New York - Global music star Shaggy chatted with Digital Journal about "The 44/876 Tour" with Sting, their upcoming show in New York, and their collaborative album. He also discussed his longevity and the impact of technology on the music business.

Greece's Tsipras to chart post-bailout strategy in keynote speech

Thessalon - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to unveil his government's post-bailout economic strategy in a keynote speech on Saturday as thousands protested against a controversial planned name deal with neighbouring Macedonia.

Greek migrant camp workers strike to protest overcrowding

Mytilene - Workers at a camp for migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos said Friday they will go on strike to protest overcrowding, as the government conceded conditions were "near impossible".

Tourists stranded as seamen extend Greek ferry strike

Atenas - Tourists and locals in Greece were left stranded Monday as ferry workers halted inter-island transport and voted to extend a paralysing strike by 24 hours, union and industry officials said.

Greek ferries laid up as sailors strike for more pay

Atenas - Greek ferries will stay in port Monday, bringing inter-island links to a halt after the powerful federation of Greek seamen called a 24-hour strike over pay demands.

Russian, Orthodox patriarchs meet in Istanbul for crunch Ukraine talks

Istanbul - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Friday hosted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Istanbul for hugely unusual talks focused on whether Ukraine will get an independent church, a move strongly opposed by Moscow.
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