Macedonia to Change Name of Airport to Help Settle Name Dispute with Greece
Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev took a big step Wednesday in resolving the long dispute with neighboring Greece over the name Macedonia. Zaev said his country is changing the name of the capital's Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.
Alexander the Great was the ancient Greek king who ruled the northern Greek territory also named Macedonia. Another country using his name is a major irritant for many Greeks.
Greece and Macedonia have been feuding over who gets to use the name since Macedonia became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Many Greeks say allowing the neighboring country to use the name insults Greek history and implies a claim on Greek territory.
Greece has blocked Macedonian efforts to join the European Union and NATO because of the name dispute.
The United Nations has been struggling to negotiate a settlement for more than 20 years. Lead negotiator Matthew Nimetz said last week he is "very hopeful" a settlement is near.
The country of Macedonia is officially known at the U.N. as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
State Dept.: 4 Americans Among Those Killed in Afghanistan Hotel Attack
The U.S. State Department has confirmed that four Americans were among those killed in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, over the weekend. Two other U.S. citizens were injured.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, but she did not identify the victims.
A spokesman for Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official indicted in the Russia investigation, was killed during the bombing and siege of the hotel, which catered to foreigners.
Glenn Selig was in Kabul on business related to his Florida public relations firm when he became one of at least 22 people killed during a 14-hour attack that began Saturday night and stretched into Sunday, his company reported in a statement.
The siege began when gunmen wearing army uniforms and suicide vests stormed the hotel kitchen. They then moved into conference halls and other floors of the building, while shooting at guests.
An Afghan Interior Ministry statement claimed the Taliban-allied Haqqani network of terrorists plotted the violence.