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The closed Serbian embassy in Skopje,   Macedonia. Serbia has abruptly recalled its diplomats from Macedonia and accused it of “offensive activity”. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Serbia has abruptly recalled its diplomats from Macedonia and accused it of “offensive activity”, in apparent anger at its neighbour’s improving relat(...)

Manchester United’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho. Photograph:  Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has said he will “fight” for Gareth Bale’s signature if Real Madrid do not want him, with the Portuguese predicting that the forward’s i(...)

A Mercer survey found Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone  for employees working abroad. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone behind Paris for employees working abroad, according to a survey by consultancy firm Mercer.(...)

Protesters storm the Macedonian parliament in Skopje on Thursday after ethnic Albanian  Talat Xhaferi was elected speaker. Photograph: Maja Zlatecska/EPA

Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament and the leader of the Social Democrats was injured in a fistfight on Thursday after his party and ethni(...)

Supporters of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia carry a  banner saying ‘For united Macedonia’ at a protest in Skopje. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

The white stone of Skopje’s Macedonia Square is dazzling in the spring sunshine, but locals remember well a very different city by the Vardar river. “(...)

Indian Nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa from Rome, at the Mother House in Kolkata. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On a hot morning in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonised one of the most iconic figures in recent Catholic Church history, Mother Teresa of Calcu(...)

The village of Stajkovci, near Skopje: the storm caused flash floods and landslides. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia has declared a state of emergency in parts of the capital hit by torrential rain and floods that left at least 21 people dead. Police and a(...)

People drive cars through a flooded street in Skopje, Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

At least 15 people have died after Macedonia was hit by torrential rain and floods. Six others are missing and another 22 injured in the storms that (...)

A protester uses an improvised slingshot to throw paint-filled balloons towards the parliament building during an anti-government protest in Skopje. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia has again postponed early parliamentary elections, in a move that was welcomed by the European Union but seen by many others as a sign of de(...)

A  child holds a portrait of his father during a funeral ceremony for eight Albanians killed during fighting with Macedonian police in Kumanovo, on May 26th, 2015. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

It is not uncommon for visitors to Skopje to feel like they are being watched. They know Macedonia’s current crisis stems from a vast eavesdropping o(...)

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