North Macedonia doctors, nurses protest hospital assaults
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of doctors and nurses from North Macedonia's public hospitals have rallied in the capital to demand better security after a series of assaults on hospital...
EU’s Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with...
German wanted for drug trade arrested in North Macedonia
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested a German national wanted by Interpol for allegedly procuring 700 kilograms of cocaine from an unnamed South American...
North Macedonia van crash kills migrant; 12 others injured
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say a 20-year old migrant from Bangladesh was killed and 12 others injured when a van packed with migrants collided with a truck on the main...
N. Macedonia: Corruption prosecutor held over graft scandal
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A special prosecutor in North Macedonia tasked with investigating corruption in high places has been detained for 30 days after being named as a suspect in a...
Vandals react as North Macedonia changes historical plaques
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Efforts by North Macedonia's government to re-label public statues of historic figures, under a deal with neighboring Greece, have gotten off to a rocky...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has rejected a Serbian extradition request for an ethnic Albanian former militant from Kosovo who was arrested under an international...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official has voiced backing for North Macedonia's bid to open accession talks with the European Union, but urged the country to...
EU official urges N. Macedonia to stick with reform effort
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's enlargement commissioner urged North Macedonia Thursday to redouble efforts to reform its judicial system and deliver results in fighting...
Skopje zoo’s chimp returns after recovering from depression
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first Gay Pride march through Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, has taken place in a festive and incident-free atmosphere despite a countermarch organized...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Czech prime minister is urging the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say 223 Polish soccer fans were arrested in the capital of Skopje late Friday for public disturbances ahead of a 2020 European Championship...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has upgraded its diplomatic mission to North Macedonia's capital of Skopje to an embassy, following a deal to normalize relations with its neighbor — which renamed...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia says fighter jets from neighboring Greece have carried out NATO-linked test overflights of its territory as part of the country's process of joining...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):
An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to...
Pope makes historic first visit to North Macedonia
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Pope Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday and sought to encourage its efforts to integrate into European institutions after its name...
Government’s candidate wins North Macedonia runoff
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski, the presidential candidate backed by North Macedonia's center-left government, won the presidency Sunday in a runoff election with a conservative...
Runoff likely to have opposing views of Macedonia’s new name
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election in North Macedonia that gave voters another chance to express an opinion on their country's new name will go to a runoff after turnout in the...
Name change at heart of North Macedonia election
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by...
North Macedonia declares measles epidemic
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the...
Nation’s new name becomes North Macedonia election issue
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The renaming of Balkan country Macedonia this year has emerged as a hot issue in North Macedonia's upcoming presidential election.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's authorities say a man is in the hospital after being shot by a sentry while apparently trying to enter the country's main military base in the...
Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A leading human rights group in North Macedonia has called on the country's authorities to prosecute the head of the country's Muslim community for alleged hate...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia say a small private plane has crashed into a mountain in a central region of the country and all four Bulgarian nationals on board are...
Selfie diplomacy: North Macedonia, Greek leaders break ice
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia broke the ice and engaged in selfie diplomacy Tuesday during the first ever official visit by a Greek leader to the...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Officials in North Macedonia say seven of the country's nationals have pleaded guilty to joining the Islamic State group and fighting with it in Syria and...
North Macedonia: 6 detained over deadly bus crash
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A public prosecutor's office in North Macedonia says six people have been detained following a preliminary investigation into a bus crash that killed 15 people and...
N. Macedonia marks destruction of its Jewish community
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia is commemorating the deportation of almost the country's entire Jewish community to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with a ceremony in the capital,...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's left-wing ruling party has nominated the country's coordinator for NATO membership as its candidate in an April 21 presidential...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A delegation of European Union lawmakers is visiting North Macedonia to urge its political leadership and opposition to work together on the country's goal to join...
North Macedonia: Ex-minister attacked in prison to stay home
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has ordered that a former government minister who was assaulted in a prison yard by other inmates be detained at home instead.
NMacedonian prison chief fired after ex-ministers assaulted
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of North Macedonia's main prison in the capital of Skopje has been fires after two former government ministers being held in pre-trial detention were...
North Macedonia police report breaking up firearms ring
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that converted flare guns into lethal weapons and sold them on the black market.
The arrests followed a series of raids Monday at 13 locations in the capital of Skopje, the western town of Tetovo and the northern town of Kumanovo.
A police news release said the suspects allegedly had a workshop in Skopje and sold the reconfigured weapons for up to 400 euros ($450) each.
North Macedonia police break up migrant smugglers ring
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they've broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking.
Police said Saturday they raided 20 locations in four cities, including the capital, Skopje, detained 17 people and seized several cellphones, weapons and travel documents, as well as significant amounts of drugs and money. Three men are on the run and one is already in jail on another charge.
North Macedonia: Bus crash death toll rises to 15
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Health authorities say the death toll from a bus crash in North Macedonia has risen to 15 after a man died early Saturday at a clinic in the capital, Skopje.
Authorities are still trying to determine how the bus carrying 51 passengers drove off a highway embankment and overturned west of Skopje on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said that tests showed the driver had not been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
North Macedonia says potential terrorist attack thwarted
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonian officials said Friday they have carried out a series of raids in an operation against suspected radical Islamic terrorists.
The Interior Ministry said that searches were conducted at several locations in the country targeting suspects. It said police confiscated "objects and devices related to the possible attack."
North Macedonia: potential terrorist attack stopped
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonian officials say they have carried out a series of raids in an operation against suspected radical Islamic terrorists.
The Interior Ministry said late Friday that searches were conducted at several locations in the country targeting suspects. It said police confiscated "objects and devices related to the possible attack."
North Macedonia probes cause of bus crash that killed 14
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten victims from a bus crash that killed 14 people in North Macedonia have been buried in the western city of Gostivar, as authorities are still trying to determine the causes of the accident.
Prosecutors say tests showed the driver of the bus that drove off a highway embankment and overturned Wednesday had not been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
North Macedonia mourns 14 people killed in bus crash
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia observed the first of two days of national mourning Thursday after a bus drove an embankment and overturned, a crash that killed 14 people and left 30 others injured.
The bus was carrying mostly students and office workers from Skopje to the western city of Gostivar on Wednesday night when it went down the 5-meter (16-foot) embankment and rolled into a field 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) west of the capital.
Road signs replaced to reflect North Macedonia name change
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — It's official: The Republic of North Macedonia has replaced Republic of Macedonia as part of a historic deal with Greece.
The government gazette formally published the name deal Wednesday, opening the way for the renamed country's accession to NATO and eventually the European Union. The United Nations announced late Wednesday that it had been officially notified that the North Macedonia name agreement with Greece had gone into effect.
The Latest: UN officially notified of North Macedonia change
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The latest on the change of name that has created North Macedonia (all times local):
The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received official notification that an agreement has taken effect giving the new name Republic of North Macedonia to the former Republic of Macedonia, which at the United Nations was called "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia."
Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 14
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said.
Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and the rest died after being taken to a hospital. Six of those injured had life-threatening conditions.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev declared two days of national mourning.
Call me by my new name: Balkan nation is North Macedonia now
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Enter North Macedonia.
The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and secures its entry into NATO.
Macedonia raises NATO flag ahead of name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the country's accession agreement.
Prime minister Zoran Zaev, speaking at a ceremony in the capital Skopje Tuesday, said Macedonia had achieved a "historic goal" in being accepted into NATO under its new name, North Macedonia. The country is expected to formally adopt the name later this week.
Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities began Monday removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia.
"Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building in the capital Skopje. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is scheduled to speak at ceremony Tuesday at the site, where organizers said the NATO flag is due to be raised.
Macedonia removes government complex’s protective railings
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Workers are removing ornate metal railings protecting the Macedonian government building complex in Skopje, under the new administration's drive to boost openness and reconciliation.
The dismantling that started Thursday had been a campaign promise by the left-led government, which took over in 2016 after a decade of conservative rule.
Macedonia: 4 former top officials under investigation
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's organized crime and corruption prosecutor has requested three former agriculture ministers and a deputy minister be jailed while they are investigated for abuse of power over the lease of farmland.
Macedonia’s name change - what does the country have to do?
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia in return for Greece dropping its objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO to settle a nearly three-decade dispute. But what does a country have to do, practically, when it changes its name?