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October 19, 2018 11:15 PM Macedonia’s Parliament Approves Name-Change Agreement With Greece

Vote is first step in lengthy constitutional revision process; change would unlock membership in NATO, EU Macedonia’s parliament approved a constitutional revision bringing a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece one step closer to a resolution that would unblock the country’s membership to the West’s most powerful clubs. The vote took place late Friday 44

October 19, 2018 9:09 PM Macedonian parliament approves country's name change

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia’s parliament on Friday approved a proposal to change the country’s name, bringing a decades-old dispute with Greece one step closer to being resolved. A total of 80 deputies in the 120-seat parliament voted in favour of renaming the Balkan country Republic of North Macedonia - just reaching the two-thirds majority needed 66

October 13, 2018 3:41 PM Trump thanks Turkey for Brunson's release, denies cutting a deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump thanked Turkey on Saturday for freeing American pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in custody and said it would help improve strained relations, but Trump denied cutting a deal for Brunson’s release. “I don’t make deals for hostages. There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States 90

October 13, 2018 2:48 PM Trump to meet with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson in Oval Office

President Trump will meet with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson in the Oval Office Saturday afternoon -- and insisted that there was “no deal” made with Turkey for Brunson’s release. Brunson was imprisoned in October 2016 due to his alleged ties to an outlawed group as part of a crackdown on a failed coup in Turkey against President Recep Erdogan’s 102

October 2, 2018 5:58 PM U.S. Envoy Threatens Russia Over Missiles

Ambassador warns Washington could ‘take out’ Moscow’s new weapons if Kremlin doesn’t comply with treaty The U.S. ambassador to NATO said Washington could choose to “take out” new Russian missiles that Western allies say violate a nuclear-arms ban, if Moscow fails to comply with the Cold War-era treaty. “They are on notice,” U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey 49

September 22, 2018 9:38 AM Pope arrives in Lithuania to start solidarity tour of Baltic states

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Lithuania on Saturday to begin a four-day visit to the Baltic states, carrying a message of solidarity as they look warily toward a newly aggressive Russia nearly 30 years after they broke away from the then-Soviet Union. The pontiff will spend two days in predominantly Catholic Lithuania before moving on to Latvia 225

September 11, 2018 5:05 PM Kosovo official says Serbia deal must include recognition

BLED, Slovenia – A senior Kosovo official said on Tuesday any agreement on normalizing relations with Serbia must include the country's recognition by Belgrade and its admission to the United Nations. Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said during a conference in Slovenia that a "very complex process" lies ahead in the European Union-mediated negotiations 53

September 9, 2018 7:37 PM Serbia's Vucic says long road ahead in talks with Kosovo

(This version of the Sep. 8 story corrects paragraph 11 to say that Russia and five EU countries are among those that do not recognize Kosovo, not among those that do) GAZIVODA LAKE, Kosovo (Reuters) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pledged to continue talks with Kosovo officials to resolve differences but warned it would take a long time to reach 52

September 3, 2018 3:59 PM US military chief visits Greece amid strain with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece – The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has begun a two-day visit to Greece, starting off a week of high-level contacts between the two countries amid increased strain between the United States and Turkey. Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived Monday and is scheduled to meet his Greek counterpart Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis in Athens Tuesday 69

August 24, 2018 11:45 AM Bolton says U.S. will not get involved in Serbia-Kosovo wrangling

KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said on Friday that Washington would not weigh in on an idea to swap territory between Serbia and Kosovo. Belgrade has raised the idea of settling a dispute that has hindered both Serbia’s and Kosovo’s ambitions to join the European Union by redrawing the border between 48