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Name Change Ends 27-Year Dispute Between 2 Countries

Macedonia agrees to become Republic of North Macedonia

(Newser) - Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced. Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran Zaev said the former Yugoslav republic'... More »

Protesters Storm Macedonia Parliament, Beat Lawmakers

Party leaders were hospitalized

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters forced their way into Macedonia's Parliament Thursday and attacked several leading lawmakers, leaving Social-Democratic Union party leader Zoran Zaev with blood pouring down his face. The protesters, supporters of the conservative VMRO party, were enraged by the election of a new Parliament speaker by a coalition... More »

'Emblem' of Refugee Failure Is Being Dismantled

Greek riot police begin clearing Idomeni, peacefully so far

(Newser) - An "emblem of Europe's failure to manage the refugee crisis," as the Guardian puts it, will soon be no more. At daybreak Tuesday, roughly one Greek riot cop for every 20 residents entered Idomeni, the refugee camp on the Greece-Macedonia border, and began clearing out inhabitants. That... More »

Swan Dies for Tourist's Selfie

Bird was dragged from a Macedonia lake

(Newser) - Another reason humans really suck sometimes: A woman from Bulgaria, part of a large tourist group, dragged a swan from a lake in Macedonia to snap a selfie with it and ended up killing the animal, per the New York Daily News . Photos obtained by Metro show the woman smiling... More »

Migrants Storm Border Police, Get Into Macedonia

Authorities couldn't do much to stop them

(Newser) - Thousands of migrants rushed past baton-wielding Macedonian police who were attempting to block them from entering Macedonia from Greece today. Police fired stun grenades, and several people were injured in the border clashes. The tumult started when police decided to allow a small group of migrants with young children to... More »

Euro Court Slams CIA for Sodomy, Torture of Innocent

Meanwhile, Senate committee OKs report on CIA's interrogation program

(Newser) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday against Macedonia for allowing the torture of an innocent German man of Lebanese origins by the CIA in 2004—but the real brunt of the ruling hit the CIA's post-9/11 "war on terror" strategies, with the court explicitly calling them... More »

India Won't Hand Over Mother Teresa's Remains

Nuns from her charity call Albanian request 'absurd'

(Newser) - Mother Teresa isn’t going anywhere, say Indian authorities. Teresa’s parents were from Albania, and the country had requested her remains. Macedonia, where Teresa grew up, may also want the body ahead of the 100th anniversary of her birth next year. “Mother Teresa was an Indian citizen and... More »

Team Digs Up Ancient Chariot

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old chariot in good condition at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria. The team found the four-wheel chariot during excavations near the village of Borisovo, around 180 miles east of the capital, Sofia. It's rare to find a chariot of this age in one... More »

Writer Charged in Murders He Reported

Macedonian nailed after revealing secret details

(Newser) - Getting the scoop proved costly for a Macedonian journalist who has been charged with the murder of two elderly women after reporting on their deaths in his newspaper. Police began to suspect Vlado Tanevski after realizing his articles about the murders contained details that hadn't been revealed to the public.... More »

NATO Bars Former Soviet States in Blow to US

Ukraine, Georgia, Macedonia blocked

(Newser) - In a blow to the US, a divided NATO has refused to permit membership bids by former Soviet states Georgia and the Ukraine. The decision is an indication that Europe is wary of antagonizing an increasingly belligerant Russia, Bloomberg reports. Germany and France led the opposition to membership. In another... More »

Supremes Won’t Hear CIA Torture Suit

Earlier dismissals rested on concerns about national security

(Newser) - The Supreme Court declined today without comment to hear the case of a German citizen who claims he was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA. Lower courts had dismissed Khaled el-Masri's case on the grounds that a trial would expose state secrets. German authorities have said the US acknowledged abducting... More »

Euro Heat Wave Kills Hundreds

Most victims are elderly; Hungary hit hardest

(Newser) - More than 500 people have died in the last week in the heat wave gripping central Europe. Most of the victims lived in Hungary, with some casualties reported in nearby Romania, the BBC reports. The elderly have been hardest hit. Temperatures in some areas have reached 107 degrees; the intense... More »

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