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Migrants killed in Macedonia train horror

Skopeia - At least 14 immigrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train, officials said on Friday.

Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Skopeia - Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU membership.

OSCE demands release of jailed journalist in Macedonia

Skopeia - The OSCE's media freedom representative on Saturday called for the immediate release of a journalist in Macedonia who was sentenced to prison for allegedly revealing the identity of a murder witness.

Pilot errors behind Macedonian president's plane crash death: Probe

Skopeia - A series of pilot errors caused the plane crash that killed Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski and eight other people in Bosnia in 2004, the results of an international probe showed Saturday.

Dying to escape crisis-hit Greece

Rent - Strapped to the underbelly of a train, 23-year-old Ali Arzin from Afghanistan had hoped to cross the border of crisis-hit Greece into Macedonia and eventually reach another EU country.

Macedonia holding presidential and parliamentary elections today

Skopje - This Sunday April 27 in a runoff election Macedonians will choose a president as well as members of parliament. Incumbent Gjorge Ivanov is leading over his challenger Stevo Pendarvoski.

Conservatives win Macedonia's polls, opposition cries foul

Skopje - Macedonia's ruling conservatives scored a double victory in snap legislative and presidential polls Sunday, officials said, as the opposition cried foul alleging vote fraud.The ruling VMRO-DPMNE party won 42.

Macedonians vote for president in test for ruling party

Skopje - Macedonians held presidential polls Sunday in a key test for the ruling party as it seeks to steer the Balkan country towards EU and NATO membership and resolve a long-running dispute over its name.

Macedonia holds presidential election

Skopje - Macedonians will vote for a new president Sunday, in a poll seen as a test for the ruling party ahead of general elections later this month in the EU candidate country.

European Court of Human Rights: CIA tortured, sodomized German

Strasbourg - Europe's highest human rights court has found that American and Macedonian agents tortured an innocent German citizen who was mistaken for an al-Qaeda operative.

Op-Ed: Alexander the Great — Murdered in Babylon, Resurrected in Skopje

Alexander the Great was clearly insane, even by the cultural standards of his time. A month before he mercifully died (or, more likely, was assassinated) his own generals invited Babylonian priests to exorcise the demons that may have possessed him.

Op-Ed: Can the Albanians in Macedonia be bought off?

The Albanians in Macedonia are economically better off than their kith and kin anywhere else in the Balkan. This, they claim, is no thanks to the state. Official unemployment amongst the young is intolerably high.

Boy, 9, reaches for his fifth Microsoft certification

Skopje - Marko Calasan was born with a passion for technology. Following four previous Microsoft certifications, this nine-year-old from Skopje, Macedonia is targeting the “Microsoft Certified Trainer” (MCT) certificate.

Active Criminal Journalism Gets A 'Whole New' Meaning

Macedonian crime journalist Vlado Tanesvski has been arrested on charges of committing a series of murders that he had reported.

Thieves go "a bridge too far"

Theives don't get caught stealing the bridge, they get caught trying to sell the bridge!

Germany Seeks Arrest of CIA 'Rendition' Agents

Arrest warrants have been issued for 13 people suspected of being CIA agents for their abduction of a man mistaken for a terrorist.

Expectations In The Balkans

The planned NATO mission to Macedonia has awakened a wide range of expectations before it has even begun. It is likely that at least some of these hopes will be disappointed. But the start of a new mission provides an opportunity for the international ...

Around the world: From Wire Reports

Macedonia: Factions agree on restructuring police forces Macedonia's rival factions made a breakthrough in peace efforts Sunday, agreeing on a plan to restructure the country's police forces, a top European Union official mediating the talks said...

Bush: Macedonian Options Open

WASHINGTON - President Bush defended his decision to bar some known ethnic Albanian rebels in Macedonia from entering the United States and took steps to stop the guerrillas from being financed by US citizens. In Berlin, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder..

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