EU urges N Macedonia to support proposed Bulgaria deal

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday urged North Macedonia to support a proposed compromise by France to end a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that is blocking a long-delayed European Union membership bid. Violent protests erupted in North Macedonia’s capital Skopje, where protesters tried to storm government buildings, after French President … Read more

Nicaraguan government takes over five opposition-held cities

MEXICO CITY — Four months before the scheduled municipal elections, Nicaragua’s riot police took over the mayors of five municipalities that were in the hands of an opposition party. Kitty Monterrey, president of Citizens for Liberty, a political party disallowed by the Nicaraguan government before last year’s presidential elections, confirmed police occupations in San Sebastian … Read more

With no fuel and no money, Sri Lanka keeps schools closed

Colombo, Sri Lanka — Cash-strapped Sri Lanka on Sunday extended school closures by a week because there is not enough fuel for teachers and parents to get children to classrooms, and the energy minister urged the country’s expatriates to send money home through banks. to finance new oil purchases. Huge foreign debt has left the … Read more

Macedonians protest French proposals over disagreement with Bulgaria

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Tens of thousands gathered outside government offices on Saturday night to protest a French proposal to resolve North Macedonia’s dispute with Bulgaria, which is blocking the country’s accession talks with the European Union. The North Macedonian government said the proposal was a “solid foundation”. But the main center-right opposition party VMRO-DPMNE … Read more

UN condemns attack by protesters on Libyan parliament

CAIRO — A top UN official for Libya on Saturday condemned the raid on the parliament’s headquarters in the oil-rich east of the country as part of protests in several cities the day before against the political class and deteriorating economic conditions. Hundreds of protesters marched in the streets of the capital, Tripoli and other … Read more

Thousands gather in Sudan a day after 9 killed during protests

CAIRO — Thousands took to the streets on Friday in the Sudanese capital, a day after nine people were killed in demonstrations against the country’s ruling generals. The United States and other members of the international community condemned the violence in this East African nation, which has been rocked by near-weekly protests since an October … Read more

Hong Kong leaders participate in raising the flag that marks Chinese rule

HONG KONG — Incoming and outgoing Hong Kong leaders attended a flag-raising ceremony on Friday, marking the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule, pulled in recent years under much tighter control by the Communist Party. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is making his first trip outside the mainland in two-and-a-half years, was … Read more

ASEAN special envoy begins second visit to Myanmar

BANGKOK — Cambodia’s foreign minister arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday on his second visit as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ special envoy to the country, which has been mired in violence and civil unrest since the military took power last year. State television MRTV reported that Prak Sokhonn and his party arrived in Yangon, … Read more

Angry farmers block Dutch highways to protest pollution plan

Farmers who drive tractors are blocking roads in the Netherlands in the latest protest sparked by a government pledge to curb pollution emissions, a move that will affect the country’s agricultural sector. THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Farmers who drive tractors blocked roads in the Netherlands on Monday in the latest protest sparked by a government … Read more

Ecuador president cuts gasoline prices amid indigenous strike

Quito, Ecuador — Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Sunday announced a cut in gasoline prices that appeared to fall short of the reduction demanded by indigenous leaders to end a strike that has paralyzed parts of the country for two weeks. The reduction reduces the price of gasoline by 10 cents per gallon. The Confederation … Read more