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Hate Crimes Spike Alarms Macedonia Rights Committee

Macedonia's Helsinki Committee registered 70 hate crimes last year, which was a rise of 60 per cent on the year before. However, the authorities raised criminal indictments in only 17 cases, the committee noted.

4km Queue Of Carco Vehicles at Kapitan Andreevo Border Checkpoint

On the Bulgarian-Turkish border, there is a 4km queue of cargo vehicles at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint and a 2.5km queue at Lesovo, Chief Directorate Border Police said, citing data by 06:00.

At Dunav Most-Ruse and Dunav Most-Vidin, 1.5km queues of cargo vehicles are waiting to leave the country.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister is on a Working visit in Serbia

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva begins today a visit to Serbia and will also visit Albania, reported '24 chasa' Newspaper.

During her talks she is going to present the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2018 which will prioritize among other things, the European future of the Balkan states.

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Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos to participate in the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting of EU economy and finance ministers in Brussels.

Labor and Social Security Minister Efi Achtsioglou will tour Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, including a visit to Komotini.

European, US officials see window of opportunity for Greece and FYROM

Next year could be pivotal for the resolution of a longstanding dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) regarding the Balkan state's official name, diplomatic sources have indicated to Kathimerini.

Athens focuses on Cyprus and FYROM during Mogherini visit

Turkey, Cyprus and the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) were the key issues that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini discussed with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Athens Friday.

Greek authorities say quake victims were tourists from Turkey and Sweden

Greek authorities have said that the confirmed victims of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Aegean island of Kos on Friday morning were tourists from Turkey and Sweden aged 39 and 22.

Meanwhile, the Athens-Macedonia news agency reports that five people, three of whom in serious condition, were rushed by a Chinook helicopter to the University Hospital of Iraklio on Crete.

Macedonia Lifts Lid on Ex-Officials' Lavish Tastes

Restaurant bills and invoices that some Macedonian ministries provided to BIRN since the change of government in May show that some former ministers and top officials spared nothing when it came to buying food and drinks at taxpayers' expense.

4km Queue Of Carco Vehicles on the Bulgarian-Romanian Border

On the Bulgarian-Romanian border, there are 4 km of cargo vehicles waiting to leave the country at Dunav Most-Vidin checkpoint, while at Dunav Most-Ruse the queue at entrance to the country stretches 3 km.

The information was provided by Chief Directorate Border Police.

St. Elijah's Day Marked Today

Bulgaria marks on July 20 Ilinden - the Day of St. Elijah or Iliya and the Name Day of Iliya, Iliyan and Iliyana.

Elijah or Iliya was a prophet in Israel in the 9th century BC. According to the Books of Kings, Elijah raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and ascended into heaven in a chariot.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister: 'The Treaty Between Bulgaria and Macedonia Opens a New Page'

''The Neighborhood Treaty between Bulgaria and Macedonia is an important page in the relations between the two countries, but after signing it, much remains to be done.'' This is what Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told bTV.

She stressed that the government is based on the 1999 declaration, which is a good basis for signing this treaty.

FYROM Rejects Suggested Name Change Because "Sounds Like Klingon"

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FYROM (Macedonia) on July 18 rejected suggestions it could end a dispute with Greece over its name by adopting an acronym instead, saying it sounded like the "Klingon" language from the Star Trek series, RFE/RL reports.

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