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21 May 15

Kosovo Families Seek Slain Gunmen’s Bodies in Macedonia

The families of Kosovo Albanian gunmen killed in recent clashes with security forces in Kumanovo have left for Macedonia with the goal of identifying and bringing home the bodies.

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21 May 15

Germany Backs Probe Into Macedonia Bloodshed

The German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said he supports Albania's call for an international inquiry into the fatal clashes in the Macedonian town of Kumanovo.

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21 May 15

UN Human Rights Chief Visits Crisis-Torn Macedonia

The UN's Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights on Thursday began a visit to Macedonia that comes amid a deep political crisis and follows the bloody shoot-out in the town of Kumanovo.

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20 May 15

Families of Kumanovo Gunmen Rally in Kosovo

The families of those killed and arrested in Macedonia rallied in Kosovo on Monday along with supporters, to protest about the lack of information about the fate of their relatives.

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20 May 15

No End to Macedonia Crisis After Strasbourg Talks

Ten hours of EU-mediated talks in Strasbourg between Macedonia's Prime Minister and opposition leader ended without a breakthrough - although they did agree to meet again.

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18 May 15

Macedonian PM Rallies Supporters With Defiant Speech

One day after a large anti-government rally, tens of thousands of supporters of the ruling party on Monday in Skopje heard Prime Minister Gruevski say he is not stepping down.

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18 May 15

Macedonia Opposition Establishes Protest Tent Camp

Opposition supporters spent the night in their tent camp outside the government building after a huge protest on Sunday, but a planned ruling party counter-rally raised fears of clashes.

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17 May 15

Macedonians Stage Mass Protest for PM’s Resignation

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Skopje for the resignation of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski amid a political crisis sparked by a mass surveillance scandal.

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16 May 15

Macedonia Opposition Tapes Challenge PM’s Patriotism Claims

Macedonia’s opposition released alleged wiretapped recordings which it said showed the prime minister was ready to make compromises with Greece to settle the dispute over the country’s name.

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15 May 15

Macedonia Opposition Promises Non-Stop Protest Camp

After Sunday’s anti-government rally, thousands of opposition activists will camp out in front of the government HQ in Skopje until Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski resigns, the opposition said.

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15 May 15

Kosovo, Macedonia Exchange Information on Kumanovo

The Kosovo and Macedonian governments appear to be cooperating in identifying those killed and arrested in Kumanovo, Macedonia - the scene of last weekend's shootout.

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15 May 15

Ahmeti Tried to Negotiate End to Macedonian Carnage

Macedonian Albanian leader Ali Ahmeti reveals he maintained telephone contact with the Kumanovo gunmen who shot dead eight police last weekend, trying to convince them to surrender.

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14 May 15

Opposition: Tapes Show Macedonian Ruling Party Ran Rackets

Newly released conversations allegedly show how top officials were involved in schemes to pump cash out of companies for the ruling party- and how the PM secretly bought a luxury limo for almost 600,000 euro.

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13 May 15

New Ministers Fail to Quell Unrest in Macedonia

Macedonia's parliament on Wednesday quickly approved two new ministers after the interior and transport minister suddenly resigned - but the atmosphere of political turmoil continues.

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13 May 15

Ministers Quit as Macedonia's Turmoil Deepens

Gruevski's embattled government is heading for a mini-reshuffle after the Interior and Transport ministers and the head of the secret police - all heavily implicated in the illegal surveillance scandal - quit on Tuesday.

Business

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27 Apr 15

Macedonia Slammed for Failing to Liberalize Energy

Macedonia has breached its EU commitments to liberalize its energy market, the Energy Community has said, giving it only two months to rectify this failure.

Culture and Lifestyle

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19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.