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...
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?
Macedonia extends school break because of air pollution
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to Jan. 23 because of extremely high levels of toxic particles in the air in many cities throughout the country.
The government said in a statement Sunday that the measure is to "shorten the time of exposure of students to air pollution and to protect their health."
Macedonia seeks help in catching safe deposit box thefts
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities are seeking cross-border help to gather evidence on a 1.7-million euro ($1.9 million) theft from bank safe deposit boxes by an international gang in 2017.
Macedonia's prosecution office says four Ukrainians and three people from the U.S., Kazakhstan and Moldova are suspected in the heist.
The theft was discovered after two clients of two banks in Skopje reported that their safe deposit boxes had been emptied of jewelry, cash and other valuables.
Macedonian PM: Greece’s turn to make history with name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he expects Greece's parliament to do its part and ratify the deal changing his country's name to North Macedonia so it can soon join NATO.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters in the capital of Skopje on Saturday that he expects neighboring Greece to be the first country to sign the accession protocol for Macedonia to become NATO's 30th member.
The Latest: NATO, EU support Macedonia’s vote to change name
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's change of name (all times local):
The chief of NATO and the European Union's foreign policy chief have congratulated Macedonia for approving constitutional changes to rename itself North Macedonia under a deal with Greece.
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg says NATO strongly supports the full implementation of the agreement, under which Greece will drop its objections to Macedonia joining the military alliance and the EU.
Macedonian PM struggles to secure majority for name change
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister was struggling Thursday to get the required number of lawmakers to finalize constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia and allow its NATO accession under a deal with neighboring Greece.
Zoran Zaev told reporters in Skopje that he has not yet secured support from the required two-thirds of the 120-seat parliament, or 80 lawmakers. A planned parliamentary session on the matter Friday was postponed.
Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian lawmakers have approved a law offering amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, seeking to boost reconciliation in a deeply polarized society.
All 95 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament Tuesday backed a draft amnesty law over the April 2017 incident. But the amnesty won't cover organizers of the intrusion and protesters who committed physical violence.
Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.
Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the pope's May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year
Macedonia pro-opposition rally staged against name deal
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Several thousand supporters of Macedonia's conservative opposition have marched through the capital Skopje to protest a proposed agreement with Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia.
The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which governed between 2006 and 2016, renewed a demand Wednesday for an early election, arguing that the 18-month-old Social Democrat government was unable to deal with crises facing the country.
Macedonia files new charges against fugitive ex-premier
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian special prosecutor has filed additional criminal charges against the country's former prime minister, who has fled to Hungary seeking political asylum.
The charges brought Thursday against Nikola Gruevski are for alleged unlawful funding of his conservative VMRO-DPMNE party and abuse of power during construction of the party headquarters in the capital, Skopje.
Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski, his bitter political rival.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said it considers Gruevski's asylum request "solely a legal issue" and views Macedonia as "an important ally."
Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.
The Interior Ministry responded nearly five hours after Gruevski announced he was in Budapest in a Facebook post, as police continued searches in the capital Skopje to try and locate him.
Macedonian ex-prime minister loses appeal over prison term
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Macedonian prime minister on Friday lost his final appeal against serving a two-year prison sentence over corruption-related charges.
A panel of judges at the Skopje criminal court said in a statement that they rejected Nikola Gruevski's appeal after "reviewing all the facts and evidence" in the case.
It was not immediately clear whether Gruevski intended to hand himself in to authorities to serve the sentence.
NATO hopeful Macedonia displays military to alliance
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Senior NATO officials are in Macedonia to attend military demonstrations and meet top defense officials in the former Yugoslav republic that is hoping to become the 30th member of the alliance next year.
The visiting delegation is headed by U.S. Lt. Gen. Steven Shepro, deputy chairman of NATO's Military Committee, who held talks Wednesday while on a two-day visit to Macedonia. He was to attend a demonstration by Macedonian special forces in the capital, Skopje.
Macedonia pledges action after girl drowns fleeing dog pack
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has pledged to revise legislation on stray animals after a teenage girl drowned in a river while trying to escape a pack of feral dogs.
Police say the dogs went after the girl on Monday in a public park in the city of Gostivar. The 17-year-old's body was found downstream several hours later.
Neighboring Macedonia and Greece restart direct flights
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia and Greece have restarted direct commercial flights after more than a decade following an agreement to try and end a long-standing dispute over the Balkan republic's name.
Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani was on the Olympic Airlines flight to the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Thursday after talks in Athens. Passengers were handed cookies upon their arrival.
Court orders freeze on Macedonia opposition party’s property
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's criminal court on Thursday ordered the temporary freezing of property belonging to the main conservative opposition party as part of an investigation into allegations of unlawful political financing.
The court said the order was made following a request from the special prosecution office dealing with cases related to a wiretapping scandal that broke in 2015.
Amid thaw, Macedonia and Greece to restart direct flights
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Direct flights between Macedonia and Greece are set to resume after more than a decade, amid a thaw in relations following a deal to rename Macedonia "North Macedonia."
Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani plans to be on the first flight from Athens to Macedonia's capital of Skopje on Thursday evening. Osmani plans to be in Athens for talks with Greek officials, his office said Wednesday.
Macedonia opposition seeks pardons for 33 protesters
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's main conservative opposition party is demanding a full pardon for 33 people currently on trial for their alleged role in a violent invasion into parliament last year.
The VMRO-DPMNE party made the formal request Monday to parliament.
Macedonian court orders former PM to serve jail sentence
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's criminal court has ordered a former conservative prime minister to appear at the capital's jail by Nov. 8 to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for influencing officials to buy a luxury car.
Skopje's criminal court said Friday it had notified Nikola Gruevski, prime minister from 2006-2016, during a court appearance for a different issue, after an attempt to deliver the summons to his home was unsuccessful.