Greece, Macedonia Settle Long-Simmering Name Feud
Greece and Macedonia reached a historic settlement Tuesday to their long-simmering dispute over the name Macedonia — shared by the former Yugoslav republic and an ancient region of northern Greece.
Under the deal between the two prime ministers, the country will now be called The Republic of North Macedonia.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the deal ends any claim he believes Macedonia may have had on Greek territory.
Greece will also stop blocking Macedonia's efforts to join NATO and the European Union.
European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated both sides. “Thanks to you, the impossible is becoming possible,” he tweeted.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the deal and Macedonia’s possible membership “will help to consolidate peace and stability across the wider Western Balkans.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the deal will bolster regional security and prosperity and that the United States congratulates both prime ministers for their "vision, courage and persistence."
UN Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Chemical Weapons 'Likely Used' in Attacks in Syria
A global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday it has confirmed the banned nerve agent sarin and chlorine were "very likely" used in an attack in northern Syria last year.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a new report that sarin was probably used south of the city of Ltamenah on March 24, 2017. The watchdog also concluded that chlorine was likely used as a weapon the next day at Ltamenah Hospital and in the surrounding area.
The organization said its conclusions were based on witness testimony and sample analyses.
The OPCW's fact-finding team was created in 2014 in response to numerous allegations of chemical attacks in Syria with a mandate to "establish facts surrounding the allegations." The team was not mandated to assign blame for the chemical attacks.