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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.

Greek road trip: N.Macedonia deal 'last straw' for angry voters

Thessalon - Five months after angry rallies in major cities against Greece's controversial name agreement with North Macedonia, the issue barely registers in the July 7 election campaign.

Greek road trip: N.Macedonia deal 'last straw' for angry voters

Thessalon - Five months after angry rallies in major cities against Greece's controversial name agreement with North Macedonia, the issue barely registers in the July 7 election campaign.

EU delays decision on North Macedonia, Albania membership bids

Luxembourg - The European Union on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia until October, dealing a fresh blow to the Balkan states' hopes.

EU tells Tirana, Skopje membership will have to wait

Apo - EU Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday the bloc should start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, but warned there would be no quick decision, with several member states opposed.

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.

Pope asks Bulgarians to 'open hearts' to migrants

Sofia - Pope Francis urged Bulgarians to open their hearts and doors to refugees as he began a visit to the European Union's poorest country, where the main Orthodox Church snubbed holding joint prayers with the pontiff.

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".

Wary welcome expected for Pope Francis on Balkan visit

Vatican City - Pope Francis begins a Balkan visit on Sunday in Bulgaria, a country with a tiny Catholic community where the Orthodox Church has rejected the idea of holding joint prayers with the pontiff.

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.

Greeks see trade threat in name-change deal with North Macedonia

Thessalon - In northern Greece, shop windows show off packets of juicy green peppers, bottles of local red wine and the classic aniseed-flavoured aperitif ouzo, all of them made in Greece but also labelled Macedonian -- "Makedoniko" in Greek.

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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