Friday, 11 January 2019
Macedonia 23:04

Tug of war over Macedonia erupts among Wikipedia editors

The vote in the Macedonian Parliament to rename the country prompted a tug of war on Wikipedia, with Greek editors changing the name of the country into North Macedonia, and Macedonian ones changing it back. More than a dozen changes were registered today and for a while the country was listed as “Republic...

Macedonia 23:01

Durlovski: The body of Macedonia will now decay, but we’ll unite for the idea of Macedonia

Opera singer and protest leader Igor Durlovski, who rejected an amnesty offer from Zoran Zaev for the charges of “terrorism”, responded to the ramming through of the amendments to rename Macedonia by calling for unity in order to promote the idea of Macedonia. After this agony, death will...

Macedonia 22:55

Hunt, Kurz, Bushati and Kotzias also congratulate Zaev on the name change

After he pushed the amendments to rename Macedonia through the Parliament, Zoran Zaev also received congratulations from Sebastian Kurz, Jeremy Hunt, Nikos Kotzias and Ditmar Bushati. The Austrian Chancellor tweeted his hope that this will be a major step for “North Macedonia” toward the...

Macedonia 21:01

EU, NATO officials, US Ambassador congratulate Zaev

Several EU and NATO officials congratulated Zoran Zaev on pushing the amendments that rename the Republic of Macedonia into North Macedonia. European diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn told Zaev that the vote in the Parliament was “historic” and will allow...

Macedonia 20:51

Mitsotakis told Merkel his party will not vote for the Prespa treaty

Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Prespa treaty will only create more problems in the Balkans and that his New Democracy party will remain firm and will not vote to ratify it in the Greek Parliament. I explained our positions on the Prespa agreement...

Macedonia 20:46

VMRO-DPMNE rejects the renaming process, Mickoski calls for early spring elections

In response to the vote in the Parliament to amend the Constitution and rename Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that the process was unconstitutional and called for the Parliament to be dissolved and early general elections to be held along with the presidential elections next spring. The...

Macedonia 19:21

Parliament approves amendments that rename the country

In a series of rapid fire votes the Parliament approved the four constitutional amendments that rename the Republic of Macedonia into the Republic of North Macedonia with 81 votes in favor, just over the required two thirds majority. It was the ultimate goal of the years long international move to remove...

Macedonia 17:56

After Weber declares against he Prespa treaty, Juncker says he supports it

Outgoing European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker was asked about the Macedonain name deal between Zaev and Tsipras today, and he urged the two countries to complete it in the agreed timeline. It is rarely that someone carries such responsibility before history and I woud like this process to be...

Macedonia 17:41

Zaev’s Government confirms he reached a deal with BESA

The Government officially confirmed that Zoran Zaev reached an agreement with BESA party leader Bilal Kasami, and that the two members of Parliament who support Kasami will vote in favor of the amendments to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. Kasami objected to an article of the deal Zaev negotiated...

Macedonia 17:17

Bishop Agatangel cites the curse of Prlicev and Arseniy

Bishop Agatangel of Veles called on the members of Parliament to vote against the proposal to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia, saying that it will mean abandonment of the centuries old name of the country. The main task of those who deal with politics, and especially of the members of the Macedonian...

Sport 17:06

Macedonian handball team beats Japan 38:29

Macedonia beat Japan in its first game of the World handball championship in Munich. Coach Raul Gonzales’ team was confident throughout the game against fast Japanese players and Borko Ristoski was excellent on goal, helping the team to a 38:29 win. Captain Kiril Lazarov, pivot Stojance Stoilov...

Macedonia 16:38

Zaev’s judiciary is moving forward with additional charges against VMRO-DPMNE to secure him more votes in Parliament

VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev accused the Government of completely subverting the judiciary to its will and using it for political persecution after the Criminal Court in Skopje accepted the charges for alleged improper financing of the main opposition party, precisely as Prime Minister Zoran...

Macedonia 16:27

24TV reports Zaev reached a deal with BESA

The pro-Government 24TV reports that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has reached a deal with the small ethnic Albanian BESA party which was holding down the vote on the amendments to rename Macedonia into North Macedonia. BESA demanded that the position of the Macedonian nation in the constitutional law which...

Football 16:16

Las Vegas police seek Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA in rape investigation

Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer says U.S. investigators are seeking DNA from the soccer star in their investigation of a Nevada woman’s allegation he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009. Attorney Peter S. Christiansen in Las Vegas provided no additional detail on Thursday. He did...

Handball 15:36

Handball World Cup starts: Macedonia-Japan match LIVE STREAM (LINK)

The match between Macedonia and Japan, played today starting 15:30h in Munich opens Group B matches in the World Men’s Handball Championship. Macedonia opens the championship with this duel, and the match will be broadcast by the state-owned Macedonian Television. However, if you are not in Macedonia...

Life 15:15

Mum, 26, wakes up after doctors failed to detect a heartbeat for 72 hours

A young woman has been a miraculous recovery in hospital despite doctors failing to detect a heartbeat for 72 hours. The unnamed patient was taken to the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University in China’s eastern Fujian Province. Her husband carried the 26-year-old over his back for emergency...

Balkans 15:08

Kammenos: I am not an outgoing minister

Greek junior coalition partner and defense minister Panos Kammenos on Friday denied that he is an “outgoing minister” during a session of Parliament’s defense committee and ahead of a much-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during which the former’s anticipated...

Other sports 14:41

Spain arrests 15 people in tennis match-fixing investigation

Law enforcement officials in Spain have arrested 15 people in an investigation into tennis match-fixing by an Armenian criminal gang, the BBC reports. Spain’s Civil Guard said 83 people were implicated, among them 28 players from the ITF Futures and Challenger tours. One of those arrested is Spanish...

World 13:55

Vatican launches track team of Swiss Guards, nuns

The Vatican launched an official track team Thursday with the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee, AP reports. About 60 Holy See runners — Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists and even a 62-year-old professor who works...

Balkans 13:42

Croatian gov’t to annul decision on Israeli F-16 fighters

Croatia’s government stated on Thursday evening that it would cancel its decision on the purchase of F-16 Barak fighter jets for the national Air Force, after an Israeli delegation earlier in the day informed Zagreb that it had not managed to obtain the approval from the United States for the delivery...

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