Curfew culture: Skopje musicians entertain fans from the street | AFP

Musicians in North Macedonia are giving outdoor concerts as part of a city initiative to bring culture to the people, while helping struggling artists who have lost work due to the coronavirus lockdown. The small Balkan country, where some 90 people have died from coronavirus, has issued some of the tightest restrictions in the region to stem the spread of the virus, including several weekend curfews.

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Frustration mounts as toxic smog shrouds the Balkans | AFP

Winter brings its annual toxic smog to the Balkans, where the pollution is fuelled in large part by the coal and wood fires that many poorer residents rely on for heating. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals including Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje and Pristina have been ranked among the world’s top 10 most polluted major cities, according to the monitoring application AirVisual. There have been a spate of protests in cities around the region as citizens demand clean air and from governments that have been slow to react to the crisis.

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Pope Francis visits North Macedonia, home of Mother Teresa

Pope Francis continues his three-day Balkan tour in North Macedonia where he is to attend a commemoration of Mother Teresa, the most famous native of the Macedonian capital Skopje. IMAGES of the welcoming ceremony

Greek PM Tsipras visits North Macedonia

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev welcomes Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Skopje on his first visit after resolving a 27-year row over North Macedonia’s name. It is the first official visit by a Greek prime minister since the former Yugoslav republic declared independence in 1991, kicking off the name row that roiled diplomatic ties for nearly three decades as the neighbours tussled for ownership of the name Macedonia and its cultural heritage. IMAGES of Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras

N.Macedonia to see economic benefits from name-change deal: PM

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says his country is welcoming “big (Greek) companies with billions in annual revenues” after its name-change deal with Greece, on the eve of a landmark visit from his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Skopje.

Stones, torches & tear gas: Macedonians protest country’s name change

Police fired tear gas to prevent protesters from reaching the parliament building in Skopje on Sunday night, following the signing of an agreement calling for Greece’s northern neighbour to be renamed North Macedonia.

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Macedonia changes name of highway over dispute with Greece

Workers remove a sign with the former name of the highway leading to the Greek border, “Alexander of Macedonia”, newly renamed “Friendship Highway”, near Skopje. The government decided to change the name of the highway, along with the name of the Skopje airport, following the name dispute with Greece. Athens has long objected to Macedonia’s name, arguing it suggests Skopje has claims to the territory and heritage of Greece’s historic northern region of the same name. IMAGES

National question: Tensions rise as Macedonians protest new parliamentary coalition

Mass rallies have engulfed the Macedonian capital against EU-backed plans for a new parliamentary coalition. Thousands of people gathered in Skopje to voice their support for the president.

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‘Colors of revolution’: Protesters fire paint-bombs at government building in Macedonia

Thousands of people marched through the Macedonian capital Skopje and threw paint bombs at a government building. The protesters are demanding the government’s resignation.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May,22 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Russia will sentence five men for the 2006 murder of a journalist, Human Rights Watch releases report on a Philippines ‘death squad’, riots hit the Macedonian capital over the stabbing death of a teenager, and JPMorgan Chase says it will invest $100 million in Detroit.

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RUSSIA
Five Convicted in 2006 Murder of Prominent Journalist
Court begins sentencing for men convicted of killing Anna Politkovskaya.

PHILIPPINES
Human Rights Watch Urges ‘Death Squad’ Probe
Nearly 300 people were allegedly killed over a six-year period on the southern island of Mindanao.

MACEDONIA
Protests Hit the Capital After Teenager’s Fatal Stabbing
Riots began in Skopje on Monday over the ethnicity of the suspect taken into custody.

U.S.A.
JP Morgan Chase to Invest $100 Million in Detroit
The funds will be spent mostly on city revitalization efforts.

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