Jan 25, 2019

Greek parliament approves Macedonia's controversial name change

Photo: Protesters with Greek flags throw flares near riot police outside Greek Parliament. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greece’s parliament narrowly approved a deal Friday — 153 votes to 146 — to officially change Macedonia’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia, settling a 27-year long dispute that brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets this week, BBC reports.

The big picture: Ever since Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Greece had used its veto power to block the country’s admission to NATO and the European Union. Its grievances stemmed from the use of the name "Macedonia," which the country claimed "implied territorial claims by to a Greek province of the same name," per Reuters. 60% of Greeks dislike the deal and believe the Greek government caved to NATO and EU pressures.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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