Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Macedonia 05.08.20 | 20:52

SDSM abused the state of emergency to influence the elections, Mickoski says

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that SDSM abused the changes to the electoral code, which it unilaterally adopted before the elections, to gain unfair advantage during the July 15 elections. SDSM spent a billion EUR from the budget in vote buying, unlawfully blocked the property of my party...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 20:25

Gay rights activist beaten in Tetovo

Gay rights activist Bekim Asani was attacked close to his own office in Tetovo. Asani said that the attackers derisively asked him “are you that ‘faggot?'” and then began punching him. The attack on the ethnic Albanian LGBT activist was perpetrated by two men. It’s not the first...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 20:05

Journalist association demands apology from Zaev after he attacked a critical news outlet

The Macedonian Association of Journalists (MAN) strongly condemned the way in which SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev attacked the Infomax news site yesterday, alleging political motives behind their string of critical reporting on Zaev’s involvement in corruption and racketeering. At one point Zaev...

Balkans 05.08.20 | 19:19

Borisov says he’s prepared to resign, will not form a coalition with the ethnic minority DPS party

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that he is prepared to resign to avoid an escalation of the protests that have been going on for weeks. Borisov accused the opposition Socialist Party and President Rumen Radev of stoking the protests and insisted that he will not join the DPS party, which...

World 05.08.20 | 19:12

V4 to help rescue operations in Lebanon with medicine and specialists

On Tuesday evening the premiers and ministers of the Visegrad countries expressed their condolences to the Lebanese people and offered to send medical aid and rescue teams with dogs to help those injured in a recent blast in Lebanon. Russia is to set up a mobile hospital in Beirut, Russia’s Ministry...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 18:55

Pendarovski won’t apologize to the former SPO staff for saying that their institution was a huge disappointment

President Stevo Pendarovski refused to apologize to the former employees of the disgraced Special Prosecutor’s Office. During his Ilinden speech Pendarovski, who was a great supporter of the SPO and its chief prosecutor Katica Janeva during the Colored Revolution, noted how the institution disappointed...

Sport 05.08.20 | 18:42

Kire Lazarov contracted the coronavirus, remains asymptomatic in isolation in Germany

Macedonian handball great Kire Lazarov tested positive to the coronavirus. The best Macedonian handball player of all times is in isolation in Germany, where he plays for Ratingen. Lazarov believes that he was infected on a flight from Macedonia to Germany. He has no symptoms of the illness.

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 18:39

Man from Stip who was considered cured tested positive to the coronavirus again

A man from Stip, who was once already diagnosed with the coronavirus and was considered clear, has contracted the virus again. The 46 year old man was first diagnosed a month and a half ago, but doctors have since declared him cured. This week he tested positive again. Epidemiologists are now trying...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 16:51

Zaev met with the Alliance of Albanians to discuss possible coalition terms

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev met today with the top officials of the Alliance of Albanians, party leader Ziadin Sela and his deputy Arben Taravari. The meeting was reported by Alsat-M TV, who said that there is no word if Sela’s coalition partner Afrim Gashi from the party Alternative also joined the...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 16:47

No company dares apply to demolish the mysterious illegal build in the center of the city

Not a single company applied to the open contract to demolish a brazen illegal build in Skopje’s downtown. Unknown developer hsa been building on top of the terrace of a cafe that was recently burnt down, prompting speculation that the cafe was targeted with arson. The build is right on a busy...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 16:39

Mickoski: Our first move in Parliament will be to investigate the origin of the property owned by politicians and public officials

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that the first action of the party in the new Parliament will be to propose a law to examine the property of politicians. All politicians who will be found to have amassed wealth whose origin they can’t explain will be taxed by up to 70 percent. Regardless...

Health 05.08.20 | 15:28

88 new COVID-19 cases, 6 patients die

There were 1,507 tests performed over the past 24 hours, with 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 113 patients have recovered, while 6 passed away, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday. New cases were reported in Skopje-23, Kumanovo-8, Debar-2, Stip- 10, Prlipe- 3, Tetovo – 2, Struga-11, Veles-...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 14:48

Foreign Ministry: So far no information of affected Macedonian nationals in Lebanon

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday it has so far not received any information of possibly affected Macedonian nationals in Tuesday’s deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The Foreign Ministry is taking all necessary measures and activities to obtain relevant information regarding Macedonian...

Economy 05.08.20 | 14:32

Mickoski: With the higher price of electricity, a private company will get richer, and the citizens will become poorer, the government is committing robbery

The increase in the price of electricity is something that this government did not promise but realized. The price increase in conditions when we have a severe economic and health crisis is a serious blow to the standard of the state and is practically a robbery of citizens. Such a step, which was obviously...

Life 05.08.20 | 14:10

New Lonely Planet video promotes active tourism in Macedonia

A two-minute promotional video featured on Lonely Planet’s travel advice website ranks Macedonia as one of the world’s top active tourism destinations. The video premiered earlier this week, as part of the “Daydream During Covid” series set to inspire global audiences to visit different destinations,...

World 05.08.20 | 13:57

Rescue efforts continue as Beirut blast death toll rises to 100

Rescue workers continued their search on Wednesday for people missing under the rubble of collapsed buildings, a day after a massive blast at the port of Beirut killed 100 people and injured thousands. Lebanon woke up to scenes of overwhelming destruction at Beirut’s port and nearby areas in the centre...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 13:27

Mickoski: We will try to secure a parliamentary majority, but not at any cost

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski says that they will have meetings with other parties and the public will be informed about the outcome. He emphasizes that regardless if they continue to act as government or opposition, the first issue they will raise in Parliament is a law on inspecting the...

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 12:15

Defense Ministry offers condolences for victims of Beirut blast, Macedonian peacekeepers in UNIFIL mission in Lebanon safe

The Ministry of Defense extends deepest condolences for the victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut. The Мinistry adds that Macedonian peacekeepers in the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon are safe. The Ministry of Defense extends deepest condolences for the victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon....

Macedonia 05.08.20 | 11:32

340 people caught without face masks in past 24 hours

In the past 24 hours, 340 people were caught without personal protective equipment, i.e. face masks, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday. The Ministry urges citizens to comply with the Government measures and protocols on protection against COVID-19, reads the press release.

Economy 05.08.20 | 11:07

Citizens who scan their fiscal receipts will receive VAT refund at beginning of August

The citizens who scan their fiscal receipts with MyVat mobile app at the beginning of August, will receive VAT refund for the second quarter of 2020, Public Revenue Office (PRO) said Wednesday. According to PRO data, a total of 41,650,814 fiscal receipts amounting to MKD 21,414 billion were scanned by...