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Serbia on course for EU by 2025, top EU official says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Serbia and Montenegro are likely be the next countries to join the European Union, possibly by 2025, the bloc's official in charge of membership bids said in an interview. The European Union is launching a diplomatic effort to accelerate steps to bring six countries in the West


Macedonia told to resolve Greece dispute and implement reforms to join NATO

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Macedonia's must resolve a decades-long dispute over its name, implement judicial reform and build good relations with neighboring countries to join NATO, the Western military alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. The country's efforts to join NATO and


NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, talks for the media during a news conference with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, right, following their meeting at the Government building in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. NATO's secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to sol


AP Explains: Macedonia-Greece name dispute goes back in time

The term "Macedonia" is a source of such nationalist fervor on both sides that the dispute has left the Balkan country without a universally recognized name and unable to join international institutions such as NATO. The country emerged from the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, and was recognized by t


Greece, FYR Macedonia May Agree on Name by June, UN Envoy Says

(Bloomberg) -- The Republic of Macedonia and Greece continued UN-mediated talks seeking to resolve a long-lasting dispute on the former Yugoslav state's official name, which may help bring progress on its European Union and NATO membership bids. Officials from both countries met United Nations Speci


Slain Kosovo Serb leader Ivanovic given big funeral in Belgrade

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners came to Belgrade's central cemetery on Thursday to attend the funeral of a Kosovo Serb leader whose killing stoked tensions between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo. Oliver Ivanovic, 64, was shot six times on Tuesday as he arrived at his party offic


NATO's chief in Macedonia to discuss accession bid

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - NATO's secretary general is meeting Macedonian officials to discuss the country's renewed accession bid, a decade after a dispute with neighboring Greece halted an initial effort to join the alliance. Jens Stoltenberg met Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov, as well as the mi


Macedonia president vetoes Albanian language bill

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Macedonia's president on Wednesday vetoed a law making Albanian the country's second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional. Macedonian lawmakers approved the bill last week in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the main opposition p


Macedonia hold Germany, Denmark beat Spain at Euros

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany continued to serve up late drama at the European handball championship after they were held 25-25 by Macedonia on Wednesday for their second successive draw against unfancied rivals. The Germans also ground out a 25-25 draw with Slovenia on Monday when they were a


UN presents new proposals on Greece-Macedonia name dispute

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A U.N. mediator says he presented new proposals to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the Balkan nation's name and should know within two months whether progress can be made. Matthew Nimetz told reporter after meeting with negotiators from both coun


UN envoy 'very hopeful' about solving Macedonia name dispute

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A UN envoy declared Wednesday he was "very hopeful" that a solution was within reach to end a 27-year dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name. During talks at the United Nations, UN envoy Matthew Nimetz presented a proposal


Macedonia: the decades-long quarrel over its name

Provided by AFP Macedonians protested in 2008 against changing the constiutional name of their country, as demanded by Greece The name chosen by the small eastern European country of Macedonia at its independence 27 years ago has been steadfastly rejected by its neighbour Greece. The bitter disput


Handball: Sweden stun hosts Croatia to advance into main round at Euros

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Sweden will carry a maximum four points into the European handball championship main round after a 35-31 win over hosts Croatia who also advanced on Tuesday. The result helped Serbia progress from preliminary pool A as they beat Iceland 29-26 in the early fixture but would have b


Germany and Denmark stunned in Euro handball thrillers

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany scraped a controversial 25-25 draw against Slovenia and Olympic champions Denmark suffered a shock 28-27 defeat by the Czech Republic in a pair of European handball championship classics on Monday. The Germans booked a main round berth along with Spain and Macedon


Macedonia backs amnesty to deal with overcrowded prisons

Macedonian parliament has adopted an amnesty bill to ease overcrowding in the country's prisons, which have faced acute criticism for their inhumane conditions. According to the law passed Monday, about 670 convicts serving sentences of up to six months will be released from prison. More than 3,000


Macedonia ratifies friendship pact with neighbor Bulgaria

SKOPJE, Macedonia - Macedonia's parliament on Monday ratified a landmark friendship pact with Balkan neighbor Bulgaria designed to dampen a historic rivalry in a region beset by old ethnic and territorial disputes. Under the treaty, both countries have renounced territorial claims against each other


U.N. mediator says 'positive momentum' in Macedonia name row

ATHENS (Reuters) - A United Nations mediator said on Monday there was "positive momentum" towards settling a 27-year dispute between Athens and Skopje over the ex-Yugoslav republic's name. The row over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as it is formally known, has held


Second ice jam prompts emergency response meeting in Kent

Dozens of representatives attended an emergency response meeting in Kent on Sunday evening to determine how to best handle the flooding concerns in low-lying areas as a second ice jam, farther north than the first, is making its way south along the Housatonic River. A second ice jam has formed near


Macedonia police reports

Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by local law enforcement agencies. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. - Macedonia - Drug offenses Contraband found at jail: A Garfield Heights woman, 26, was charged with two counts of third-degree felony illegal conveyance after police


Crews check in with residents living along rising waters in Kent

Firefighters in Kent encouraged residents living along the Housatonic River to consider self-evacuating as a massive ice dam impeded the river's flow and caused water to rise. As the ice buildup began to melt on Saturday and the days prior, large chunks of ice began collecting into an 'ice dam' whic