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NATO to Help North Macedonia Combat Fake News About Virus

The US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, on Tuesday in Washington said North Macedonia, which joined the alliance this year, will receive similar assistance to other member countries in dealing with fake news from Russia, North Macedonia's state-owned MIA news agency reported.

Final offer by Belterra for Porto Carras

The next few days will likely reveal the future of the Porto Carras holiday resort at Halkidiki in Central Macedonia, as the new and improved offer by Ivan Savvidis' Belterra Investments is expected to speed up discussions on the matter.

Halkidiki gold mine sees output 
jump by more than 50 percent

Hellas Gold recorded its best quarterly production in a year-and-a-half at Halkidiki in central Macedonia in the January-March 2020 period, according to provisional figures released by parent company Eldorado Gold last week.
The Canadian group's subsidiary in Greece produced 15,181 ounces of gold at the Olympiada gold mines, up 53 percent from about 9,900 a year earlier.

Thousands more violations recorded

Inspections by the Hellenic Police (ELAS) on compliance with restrictions introduced by the government last month to curb the spread of the coronavirus continued on Saturday, with thousands more violations recorded, though authorities say that the majority of the population is abiding by the measures.

Turkish agency sends aid to countries amid coronavirus

A Turkish state-run aid agency sent aid packages to North Macedonia, Lebanon and Tunisia amid novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
In North Macedonia, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) distributed 2,500 packages of food, cleaning and hygiene products with the help of a local non-governmental organization.

Police hand out 2,286 fines for curfew violations

The Greek Police (ELAS) on Thursday reported 2,286 citations for violating the curfew imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Greece, as well as four arrests for the illegal operation of shops and other businesses.

Police record 2,104 public movement violations

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) recorded a total of 2,104 violations of a government lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday, ELAS said Thursday.

The majority of the violations (793) were recorded in Attica, with 274 in Thessaloniki, 170 in Central Macedonia and 157 in Western Greece, ELAS said.

Official: Bulgaria Closed its Borders

From midnight Bulgaria officially closed its borders to third countries at all border checkpoints, no matter what the vehicles are.

The measure effectively applies to our borders with Turkey, Northern Macedonia and Serbia and will remain in force until April 17th. An important clarification is that this ban does not affect nationals of EU Member States and their families.

Lockdown lifted for two villages in northern Greece

Greek authorities lifted on Monday the strict restrictions on movement for two mountainous villages in western Macedonia which had been placed on lockdown since March 16 due to a cluster of coronavirus deaths and infections.

Warning of wild dog attacks in Seich Sou forest

Authorities in the northern port city of Thessaloniki have warned the public to be wary of dangerous dog packs roaming the Seich Sou forest, a popular area among locals, after a recent string of attacks.

NATO welcomes North Macedonia as 30th ally

NATO foreign ministers welcomed North Macedonia as the alliance's newest member on Thursday, ending a long process that included a change to the country's name.

"We welcome North Macedonia as NATO's 30th ally," NATO foreign ministers said in a statement following a video conference, which North Macedonia's minister was part of as a full member.

Hundreds of social distancing violations recorded in one day

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) recorded more than 1,900 violations of social distancing measures in just one day, it said on Thursday.
During nationwide inspections on Wednesday on individuals flouting regulations for stemming public circulation amid the coronavirus epidemic, ELAS officers reported a total of 1,916 violations.

The Border Checkpoints through which the “Green Corridors” Border for Supply of Goods will Pass are now Clear

The Council of Ministers has defined the border points on Bulgarian territory through which unobstructed passage of commodities will be ensured. The plan for securing "green corridors" along the European road network has been proposed by the Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications. It complies with the guidelines of the European Commission of 16 March 2020.

Roma: Europe’s Neglected Coronavirus Victims

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From the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia to Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Serbia, Roma are often confined to overcrowded neighbourhoods with limited access to infrastructure including clean water and sewage.