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Macedonia Social Democrats name leader as PM candidate

Skopje - Macedonia's Social Democrats on Saturday officially nominated their leader Zoran Zaev as candidate for prime minister, after gathering enough support to form a new government.

Macedonia has 'no time to waste' in forming govt: EU

Skopje - The European Union urged Macedonia on Thursday to form a new government as soon as possible, with the Balkan country mired in political stalemate following an inconclusive early election in December.

Macedonia has 'no time to waste' in forming govt: EU

Skopje - The European Union urged Macedonia on Thursday to form a new government as soon as possible, with the Balkan country mired in political stalemate following an inconclusive early election in December.

Macedonia has 'no time to waste' in forming govt: EU

Skopje - The European Union urged Macedonia on Thursday to form a new government as soon as possible, with the Balkan country mired in political stalemate following an inconclusive early election in December.

Crisis drags on as Macedonia fails to form government

Skopje - Macedonia's president on Monday resumed the search for a new prime minister after the former premier failed to form a government, despite his party's narrow election victory.

Macedonians send out SOS from Europe's oldest lake

Ohrid - A fishing boat glides across the shimmering surface of Europe's oldest lake, a haven of biodiversity and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- one that conservationists warn faces multiple development threats.

A 2016 love story: the Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

Kumanovo - The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard.

Partial re-vote challenges Macedonia conservatives' victory

Skopje - A Macedonian court ordered Tuesday that parliamentary elections be repeated at one polling station due to irregularities, in a development that could challenge the narrow victory of ruling conservatives.

Narrow win for Macedonia conservatives but uncertainty lingers

Skopje - Macedonia's ruling conservatives edged a narrow victory against the opposition in a weekend election aimed at ending the Balkan country's instability, results showed on Monday.

Ruling party, opposition both claim victory in Macedonia polls

Skopje - Macedonia's ruling conservatives and the opposition Social Democrats both claimed victory in snap elections held in the hope of solving a two-year long deep political crisis.

Ruling party, opposition both claim victory in Macedonia polls

Skopje - Macedonia's ruling conservatives and the opposition Social Democrats both claimed victory in snap elections held in the hope of solving a two-year long deep political crisis.

Ruling party, opposition both claim victory in Macedonia polls

Skopje - Macedonia's ruling conservatives and the opposition Social Democrats both claimed victory in snap elections held in the hope of solving a two-year long deep political crisis.

Macedonia votes hoping to end political crisis

Skopje - Macedonians voted Sunday in the hope of electing a government capable of returning stability to the small Balkan country that has been shaken by a deep political crisis.

Macedonia votes hoping to end political crisis

Skopje - Macedonians voted Sunday in the hope of electing a government capable of returning stability to the small Balkan country that has been shaken by a deep political crisis.

Macedonia votes hoping to end political crisis

Skopje - Macedonians voted Sunday in the hope of electing a government capable of returning stability to the small Balkan country that has been shaken by a deep political crisis.

Macedonia charges 10 spies in wiretapping scandal

Skopje - Ten Macedonian intelligence officers, including senior spies, have been charged with wiretapping thousands of people in a scandal that plunged the country into political crisis last year, prosecutors said Friday.

Macedonian police say Islamist attacks foiled

Skopje - Macedonian police said Thursday that Islamist terror attacks had been foiled in the Balkan country as they announced the arrest of two citizens in a wider regional crackdown.

Macedonia calls snap election for December 11

Skopje - Macedonia on Tuesday officially called for a snap parliamentary election on December 11 to try to end a seething political crisis, after the vote was delayed twice this year.

Thousands march against government in Macedonia

Skopje - Several thousand people marched Tuesday along the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje protesting against the rule of conservative leader Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party ahead of December snap elections.

UN rights chief slams Macedonia for migrant detentions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Friday voiced deep concern over Macedonia's "systematic policy" of detaining and expelling migrants, criticising especially the widespread detention of migrant children.

Series of quakes hit Macedonia capital causing panic

Skopje - A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake, preceded by two and followed by several tremors, struck the Macedonian capital Skopje on Sunday, causing panic but only minor damage, officials said.

Balkan countries contest Saint Teresa's heritage

Skopje - When Pope Francis canonises Mother Teresa on Sunday, two Balkan countries will be celebrating the sainthood of a woman they both fiercely claim as their own.

Macedonia's twice delayed poll to be held in December

Skopje - Political leaders of crisis-hit Macedonia agreed late on Wednesday to hold elections in December that have already been delayed twice following international pressure to ensure a free and fair vote.

Macedonia storm death toll hits 22 as boy found dead

Skopje - Macedonian police said Tuesday that a 12-year-old boy had been found dead, bringing the death toll from a freak storm that battered the capital Skopje to 22.

Macedonia mourns after storms kill 21

Skopje - Macedonia held a day of mourning Monday after at least 21 people were killed in flooding and violent winds as a freak storm battered the capital Skopje.

Macedonia storms kill at least 21

Skopje - Fierce storms packing strong winds and torrential rains overnight killed at least 21 people in Macedonia's capital of Skopje, the health minister said Sunday.

Migrants end hunger strike at Serbia-Hungary border

Belgrade - Around 90 migrants on Friday ended a days-long hunger strike they had staged at Serbia's border with Hungary in a bid to be allowed to continue their journey across the closed frontier, the UN refuge agency said.

Macedonian president revokes pardons for politicians

Skopje - Macedonia's president on Friday revoked the pardons he had granted to 22 politicians implicated in a wiretapping scandal, after the move sparked outrage inside and outside the troubled Balkan country.

Smuggling rife as refugees cross closed Balkan route

Llojan - Mohamad Jomaa breathlessly recounts his covert journey from Greece to Macedonia: a 10-day trek through the mountains, getting robbed by local "mafia" and handing over costly bribes to police.

Macedonia postpones June polls under EU pressure

Skopje - Crisis-hit Macedonia on Wednesday postponed elections due next month, after the European Union called on Skopje to delay the polls to ensure they could take place freely and fairly.
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Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.