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Macedonian citizens arrested with 9.3 kilos of drugs

The suspects were caught as they attempted to smuggle 9.3 kilograms of marijuana across Serbia's northern border with Hungary.

32-year-old I.M. and 37-year-old A.A. had hidden the drugs in the tanks of their Macedonian license plates cars.

They will be held in police custody for up to 48 hours and then charged and taken before a prosecutor in Subotica.

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Athens and Skopje urged to solve decades-long dispute

I want to highlight the urgency in solving this matter, Juncker told a special session of the Greek parliament on Thursday, which he attended after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

He also said that two Greek soldiers detained in Turkey in March must be released, Reuters is reporting.

Greece, Macedonia See Progress at Name Change Talks

The foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece say they have achieved progress in talks aimed at resolving a name dispute between the two countries by the end of June.

Nikola Dimitrov of Macedonia and Greece's Nikos Kotzias met Thursday at the lakeside resort of Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia as part of U.N.-assisted negotiations.

Macedonia Leaders 'Wasted Cash on Census', SJO Says

Macedonia's SJO on Wednesday said it suspects the leader of the largest ethnic Albanian party in Macedonia, the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, Ali Ahmeti, as well as former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, of spending 2.8 million euros on a census in 2011 which they later deliberately scrapped.

FYROM Passes Law Boosting Albanian Language Status

Macedonia's (FYROM) parliament has passed a law extending the official use of the Albanian language, despite protests from the right-wing opposition who say the decision will put the Balkan country's national unity in jeopardy.

Sixty-four lawmakers in the 120-member parliament voted to adopt the law on March 14, without a debate requested by the opposition.

US tipoff leads to arrest of 24-year-old on child porn charges

A 24-year-old man was arrested on charges of peddling child pornography over the internet. Police tracked him down to his home in central Macedonia, northern Greece, after being tipped off by the US Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Macedonia Language Law Draws Praise and Vitriol

Macedonia’s adoption of a law extending the use of the Albanian language has drawn praise from neighbouring Albania and Kosovo – but also fury from nationalists at home.

Macedonia Journalists Protest Against Politician's Threats

Journalists from almost all media outlets in Macedonia and NGO representatives protested on Monday in front of the government in Skopje, demanding tough sanctions for a politician who recently abused the head of the journalists' union, ZNM, Naser Selmani.

2/3 of Macedonians Support Zaev to Resolve the Name Dispute

The majority of citizens of the Republic of Macedonia support the efforts of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the government to resolve the name dispute with Greece. 63% of respondents support the government rate, only 11% were against and 26% are not sure. This is the data from the poll conducted by the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies in Ljubljana.

Protest In FYROM As PM Offers Greece Options For Name Change

Several thousand Macedonians have taken to the streets in the capital, Skopje, to protest against a possible change of their country's name, as required by Greece to end a long-running dispute.

Thousands protest in Skopje against Macedonia name change

According to Macedonian newspaper Vecer, 10,000 people rallied despite the bad weather.

MIA agency reported that the protest was organized by the civic initiative "For United Macedonia" with the aim of "defending the name of the state and the identity of the nation."

Emigration Damages Bosnia's Economic Growth Prospects

The Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska told BIRN that emigration was hitting economic development, after an International Monetary Fund report cut its growth forecast for 2018 due to the number of people leaving the country.

"We miss workers of all profiles and it is slowly becoming an obstacle to development," the Chamber of Commerce said.

Sex Abuse Claims Rock Macedonian Youth Centre

The head of "25 May" a centre for troubled youngsters in Skopje, Macedonia, resigned on Monday "for moral reasons" over a scandal involving the possible sexual abuse of a 13-year-old in the care of his institution.

This case hit the public last Thursday when an international Roma rights organization, the European Roma Rights Centre, ERRC urged the authorities to react.