Anti-government protesters  wave Macedonian and Albanian flags  in Skopje. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia have pledged to continue street demonstrations until the government steps down, after tens of thousands of pe(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister, Nikola Gruevski: has accepted the resignation of two ministers and the state security chief but refuses to step down. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Western-brokered crisis talks in Macedonia have raised hopes of a peaceful resolution to the country’s turmoil, despite declarations from bitter polit(...)

Bloody crackdown

The weekend siege and gun battle in Macedonia which left 22 dead has uncanny and deeply worrying echoes of the Balkans’ bloody ethnic conflicts of the(...)

Relatives of killed policeman Sasho Samoilovski carry his coffin covered in Macedonian flag before his funeral in Tetovo, Macedonia, today. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The European Union has expressed concern over the stability of Macedonia, after a battle between police and gunmen killed at least 22 people and drama(...)

Irish Military War Museum founder and curator William Sullivan  in the museum in Collon, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Exhibits at the Irish Military War Museum near Collon, Co Meath, explain the “complex political background” to the involvement of Irish men in two Wor(...)

Jojo Hynes: ‘If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of peers, friends, family and my community, I don’t think there is any way I would still be an artist.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Galway artist Jojo Hynes and several accomplices were caught trying to break into the Bank of England for a crowdfunding video, the security offi(...)

Kosovo police officers fire tear gas during clashes at a demonstration in Pristina, Kosovo on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/STRINGER

Riot police and protesters fought running battles in Kosovo’s capital Pristina on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations erupted into the worst unr(...)

Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forces have released their statistics for 2014, which show that army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs than in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs this year than in 2013, in an otherwise busy year for Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forc(...)

Kosovo police bomb squad and forensic unit members inspect the material found in a car in the capital, Pristina, on Christmas Day. Photograph: Visar Kryeziu/AP Photo

Kosovo police have arrested a Serbian national suspected of planning a terrorist attack, the interior minister said yesterday.The suspect, from Belgra(...)

Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanovic won’t visit Belgrade after a UN war crimes tribunal released a Serbian suspect. Photograph: EPA/Filip Singer

Croatia’s prime minster has cancelled a trip to Serbia after a UN tribunal released a Serbian nationalist on trial for alleged war crimes.Zoran Milano(...)