NEW EUROPE: Clashes in Macedonia Overshadow EU Migrant Summit


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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SKOPJE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Dozens of people are recovering from injuries after clashes between Macedonian security forces and refugees in the latest Balkan tensions that ave overshadowed a European Union summit with Turkey. The tensions are rising as several countries have closed their borders to refugees who are not from war torn countries such as Syria. Migrants fleeing war and poverty could be seen attacking police with stones. They are enraged by the sight of Macedonian soldiers erecting a fence along the border with Greece, and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man.

NEWS WATCH: Macedonia Mourns 14 Migrants Killed By Train


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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SKOPJE, MACEDONIA (BosNewsLife)-- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is planning to bury 14 undocumented migrants from Africa and Asia who died Thursday after they were hit by an overnight passenger train. Investigations are ongoing into the latest deadly tragedy involving young people on the Balkan route to Western Europe.

NEWS WATCH: Macedonia Jails Journalist Amid Wider Crackdown


By BosNewsLife News Center
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SKOPJE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has condemned a court decision by Macedonia to sentence investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski to four and a half years imprisonment amid wider concerns over a reported crackdown on press freedom and religion in the Balkan nation.

BREAKING NEWS: Macedonia Frees Nuns, Monks but ‘Confiscates Passports’ (Update)


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

BUDAPEST/BELGRADE/SKOPJE (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Macedonia released all 19 Serbian Orthodox monks, nuns and other believers who were detained on tax evasion charges, but confiscated their passports to prevent them from leaving the country, representatives confirmed to BosNewsLife Friday, May 25.

BREAKING NEWS: Macedonia Police Detain 17 Monks, Nuns, Believers


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

SKOPJE/BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Macedonian security forces have detained 17 monks, nuns and other believers on tax evasion charges as part of a fresh crackdown on the Serbian Orthodox Church in Macedonia, representatives and investigators told BosNewsLife Tuesday, May 22.

NEWS WATCH: Macedonia Votes Amid Hopes for NATO, EU Embrace


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ap-macedonia-elections-capital-skopje-eng-210-5apr091SKOPJE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The people of Macedonia voted Sunday, April 5, in the final round of presidential and local elections that are seen as key for the country's efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union. A right-leaning candidate was expected to win.