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25 Aug 16

Macedonia May Shut Gulen-Linked Turkish Schools

Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki hinted that the government might have agreed to Turkey's request to close schools and organisations with suspected links to alleged coup plot leader Fethullah Gulen.

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25 Aug 16

Greek FM on Trust-Building Mission to Macedonia

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is visiting Macedonia on a mission to improve ties between the two neighbours, which have long been frozen as a result of the ongoing 'name' dispute.

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24 Aug 16

Macedonia Police Accused of Ignoring Animal Cruelty

 

Macedonian police have been accused of ignoring an animal cruelty complaint after gruesome photos of what appeared to be a pregnant dog that had been hanged and stabbed shocked the public.

 

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22 Aug 16

Macedonian Special Prosecution Steps Up Probes

Macedonia’s Special Prosecution is intensifying its investigations into alleged high-level corruption and electoral fraud, summoning three more politicians to give statements.

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19 Aug 16

Macedonia Accused of Double Standards Over Detentions

Macedonian courts often keep ordinary people in pre-trial detention for more than a year over relatively minor crimes while failing to lock up the influential and well-connected, campaigners say.

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18 Aug 16

Mass Revamp of Skopje Facades Continues

Skopje’s modernist Paloma Bjanka business centre will be the latest in a series of buildings to be given a faux-baroque façade as part of the government-sponsored revamp of the Macedonian capital.

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17 Aug 16

Macedonia Resists Illegal Migrant Flow

Migrants have increased attempts to illegally cross Macedonia on their way to EU countries since the ‘Balkan route’ was closed in March.

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16 Aug 16

Macedonia Special Prosecution Probes “Attack on Mayor”

Andrej Zernovski, mayor of the Skopje Municipality of Centar, is set to testify on Tuesday before the Special Prosecution investigating allegations that former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski ordered an attack on him.

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13 Aug 16

Macedonia Plans Low-Key Anniversary of Ohrid Deal

Macedonia on Saturday is holding a modest event marking the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Ohrid Peace Accord, which ended a six-month ethnic Albanian insurgency.

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12 Aug 16

Macedonia Leaders Turn Flood Relief Into Photo Op

Ruling and opposition parties in Macedonia have been accused of turning the relief effort for victims of the recent floods into into a PR contest.

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11 Aug 16

Macedonia Electoral Roll Check Goes at Snail's Pace

Nine days before an August 19 deadline, less than 10 per cent of Macedonian voters who must confirm their data in order to remain on the electoral roll have done so.

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08 Aug 16

Macedonia Marks Karpalak Ambush Massacre Anniversary

Macedonian officials marked the 15th anniversary of the ambush and killing of ten soldiers on the Skopje-Tetovo highway near the end of the 2001 armed conflict with ethnic Albanian rebels.

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08 Aug 16

Macedonia Mourns 21 Killed in Freak Storm

Macedonia is holding a day of mourning for the 21 people killed during the storm that unleashed torrential rains and heavy winds around the capital Skopje on Saturday night.

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07 Aug 16

Freak Storm Kills 20 in Macedonian Capital

Torrential rain and heavy winds that hit the Macedonian capital Skopje on Saturday night left at least 20 dead, six missing and 22 people hospitalized, police confirmed.

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06 Aug 16

Serbia’s Jeremic Second in Poll for UN Top Job

While Portugal’s Antonio Guterres maintained his lead on Friday in the race to become UN Secretary General, Serbia's Vuk Jeremic came second.

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22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

10 Aug 16

Macedonians Trade Blame Over Storm Death Toll

01 Aug 16

Zoran Zaev: Macedonia’s Harbinger of Change

27 Jul 16

Peace and Justice Remain Elusive in Macedonia

Business

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22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

Culture and Lifestyle

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24 Aug 16

Secrets of Macedonia’s Colourful South

There is much more to Macedonia than Lake Ohrid. From the bustling casinos of Gevgelija to the calming blue waters of Lake Dojran, the area bordering Greece is a land of surprises.

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio

31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style