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21 Nov 14

Macedonia Police Arrest Ex-Mayor of Ohrid

Macedonian police arrested the former mayor of Ohrid on suspicion of leading an organized crime ring, stealing money through municipal public procurements.

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21 Nov 14

Macedonian Clerics Mull Lustration Checkups

Top Macedonian Orthodox Church clerics are thinking of voluntarily taking a lustration test, so as to remove any suspicions that priests and bishops once acted as spies for the former Communist-era secret police.

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20 Nov 14

Macedonia Students Defy State-Run Exams

Macedonian students say they will stage more mass protests if the education ministry does not scrap plans for graduates to take external state-supervised exams.

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18 Nov 14

Regional Truth Commision One Step Closer To Establishment

The coalition of groups working to establish a fact-finding commission into the Yugoslav wars, known as RECOM, amended its statute ahead of the hoped-for formation of the commission next year.

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14 Nov 14

Macedonia Police Foil Bid to Rig Eurovision Vote

Macedonian police are questioning four people suspected of attempting to fix the televoting for the selection of the country's representative in next year's Eurovision song contest.

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13 Nov 14

Triple Murder Highlights Macedonian Veterans’ Traumas

After a veteran of Macedonia’s 2001 conflict was accused of a triple murder, veterans’ associations said ex-servicemen are not given any help to deal with their war traumas.

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11 Nov 14

Macedonia Starts Revoking Opposition MPs' Seats

Macedonia's crisis stepped up a notch as parliament started the process of revoking the mandates of absentee opposition MPs.

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10 Nov 14

Firefighters Tackle Macedonia Government HQ Blaze

Firefighters managed to extinguish a small fire that broke out in the cellar and on the outer wall of the Macedonian government headquarters in Skopje.

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07 Nov 14

'Liberation Army' Claims it Shelled Macedonian Govt

A mysterious movement calling itself the National Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the recent shelling of the Macedonian government building, which hit the roof and walls.

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07 Nov 14

Russian Deal 'No Risk' to Macedonia's EU Funds

The EU has dismissed concerns that Macedonia’s involvement with the Russian-led South Stream pipeline project might jeopardize its access to EU development funds.

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06 Nov 14

Macedonia Mulls Separate Jail for Paedophiles

After toughening sentences for sex crimes against minors, Macedonian prison chiefs are pondering a separate facility for convicted paedophiles - partly for their own safety.

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03 Nov 14

Macedonia NGOs Slate Maternity Payment Changes

Women's rights advocates say planned changes to the system of maternity leave payments will deter companies from employing women of child-bearing age.

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29 Oct 14

‘Projectiles’ Hit HQ of Macedonian Government

Two projectiles, most probably grenades, hit the roof and walls of the government building in Skopje at around 10pm on Tuesday night, the police said.

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29 Oct 14

Macedonia Parliament to Revoke Opposition MPs' Seats

Macedonia's parliament will soon start a procedure to revoke the mandates of opposition MPs who have boycotted parliament for the last six months.

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27 Oct 14

Macedonia PM Won’t Call FBI into Terror Case

The Macedonian prime minister said it was not his decision whether to ask the US FBI to oversee a possible new probe of the controversial terrorism convictions of six Albanians.

Premium

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19 Nov 14

City Revamp Overshadows Skopje’s WW2 Memorials

Old World War Two memorials lie forgotten in the Macedonian capital, overshadowed by new taller ones that form part of the government-funded makeover called ‘Skopje 2014’.

Business

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18 Nov 14

Turks May Help Macedonia Form National Airline

Turkish Airlines has indicated that it is willing to assist Macedonia set up its own national airline, following the demise of Macedonian Airlines several years ago.

Culture and Lifestyle

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11 Oct 14

Junkyard Art Holds Message for the Planet

Vlado Kostov’s sculptures, all made from scrap metal, are not just interesting artworks; they tell of the need to save planet Earth.