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EU wins deal to end Macedonia political crisis

Skopje - EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn brokered a deal between the Macedonian government and opposition early Wednesday to end a political crisis which had paralysed the country for months.

Greece, Macedonia work to solve name row

Skopje - Greece and Macedonia on Wednesday agreed a set of measures to build trust between the two countries, in a bid to solve a 20-year long name dispute that has blocked Macedonian EU and NATO membership.

Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU.

Thousands protest in Macedonia demanding PM's resignation

Skopje - Several thousand people protested in Macedonia's capital Skopje on Saturday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, AFP reporters said, with negotiations over the country's deep political crisis in a deadlock.

EU 'disappointed' in failed Macedonia crisis talks

Brussels - EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said he was "very disappointed" with the attitude of certain parties to resolve a deep crisis in Macedonia after political talks in Brussels ended without a deal.

Macedonia to hold polls in 2016 to end political crisis: EU

Skopeia - Macedonia's political leaders agreed Tuesday to hold elections in early 2016 in order to overcome a deep political crisis, EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said.

Kosovans mourn rebels killed in Macedonia shootout

Pristina - Several thousand people attended the funeral Tuesday of eight ethnic Albanian gunmen killed in clashes with security forces in Macedonia earlier this month.

Macedonian PM plane makes emergency landing in Zurich

Skopeia - A jet carrying Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski made an emergency landing in Zurich on Thursday due to technical problems but no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman said.

Albania threatens to veto Macedonia's NATO bid

Tirana - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened on Wednesday that his country would veto Macedonia's NATO candidacy, arguing it did not respect the rights of its ethnic Albanian minority.

Macedonia crisis talks yield no breakthroughs

Skopeia - Talks between Macedonia's embattled premier and the opposition failed to yield any breakthroughs Wednesday toward ending the political crisis that has paralysed the small Balkan country.

Fresh Macedonia protests as leaders to meet on crisis

Skopeia - Rival political camps in Macedonia staged a third day of protests Tuesday as the embattled prime minister and the opposition leader prepared to hold talks to try to end the crisis.

Tens of thousands rally for Macedonia PM as opposition digs in

Skopeia - Tens of thousands of supporters of embattled Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski took to the streets of the capital in a show of strength on Monday, a day after a huge opposition protest called on him to resign.

Tens of thousands rally for Macedonia PM as opposition digs in

Skopeia - Tens of thousands of supporters of embattled Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski took to the streets of the capital in a show of strength on Monday, a day after a huge opposition protest called on him to resign.

Macedonia PM rallies supporters as protesters dig in

Skopeia - Macedonian opposition supporters set up a protest camp outside the offices of embattled Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski as thousands of his supporters were expected to turn out for a counter rally on Monday night.

Protesters vow to force out Macedonia PM as crisis deepens

Skopeia - Macedonia's opposition vowed to continue street protests after 20,000 people marched through the capital Skopje on Sunday demanding that the country's embattled Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski step down.

Over 20,000 call for Macedonian government to step down

Skopeia - More than 20,000 people rallied in Macedonia's capital on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's government which is grappling with a deep political crisis and an outbreak of violence.

Macedonian PM defiant ahead of major opposition rally

Skopeia - Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski insisted Saturday that he would not step down, on the eve of a major anti-government rally calling for his resignation.

Russia voices worry over Macedonian violence

Belgrade - Russia's foreign minister said Friday that Moscow was worried about the stability of Macedonia and the whole Balkans region after a recent eruption of deadly violence there."The latest events in Macedonia are very worrying...

Macedonian party leaders meet under global pressure

Skopeia - Macedonia's prime minister held talks Thursday with opposition and ethnic Albanian party leaders, under international pressure to resolve a political crisis in the troubled Balkan country.

Macedonia ministers, intelligence chief resign after violence

Skopeia - Macedonia's interior and transport ministers as well as the country's intelligence chief resigned Tuesday after deadly violence that pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a government spokesman said.

Albanian PM postpones visit to Macedonia over deadly shooting

Tirana - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama postponed a visit to Macedonia due this week after deadly violence pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

Kumanovo - Thirty alleged gunmen were charged Monday with terror offences after a bloody shootout with Macedonian police left 22 dead, including eight police officers, and dozens of homes destroyed in a town close to the border with Kosovo.

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

Skopeia - NATO and the EU called for a return to calm in Macedonia Sunday after clashes between police and an armed group left at least 22 people dead, raising concerns about presumed ethnic-Albanian unrest in the Balkan region.

Five Macedonia police killed in gunfight near Kosovo border

Skopeia - Macedonia, hit by a deep political crisis, was further shaken Saturday when five police officers were killed in clashes with unidentified gunmen among whom an unknown number also died.

At least 19 injured in Macedonia anti-government protest

Skopeia - At least 19 people were injured Tuesday, including 15 police officers and a photographer, when an anti-government protest in Macedonian capital turned violent.

Macedonian opposition leader charged in wiretapping scandal

Skopeia - Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev and four other people were Friday charged over a wiretapping scandal that has seriously shaken the rule of conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

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.
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