President Ivanov bowed to international pressure five months after parliamentary elections
Macedonia's President Gjorge Iva­nov, bowing to strong international pressure, asked last Wed­nes­day the long-time opposition Social Democratic party (SDSM) to form a government, news wires reported. He handed the mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who has formed a parliamentary majority by winning the support of ethnic Albanian parties. The new majority has the support of 67 of the 120 MPs. Zaev said he will try to form a government by the end of the month.
The US President asked then-FBI Director Comey to shut down a probe; shared the nation's top secrets during Sergei Lavrov visit
Another series of revelations on the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey has been brought to light by the New York Times. The publication claims that the fired FBI head documented his meetings with Trump and reveals the content of one particular memo.
 
Albania's political parties reached a compromise on next month's parliamentary election following intensive talks mediated by a senior US official. PM Edi Rama of the governing Socialist Party and Lulzim Basha of the main opposition Democratic Party told reporters they had reached a deal.
 
Erdogan's visit: tension over YPG
Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 16 May promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish leader's stern warning about Washington's arming of a Kurdish militia.
Roadmap for new Syria's constitution launched
The sixth round of the Geneva peace talks on Syria started last Tuesday by surprise with a paper, presented by the UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura on mapping a way to a new constitution.
Maduro deploys troops to stop riots and looting
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered last Wednesday the deployment of 2,000 soldiers in the western Tachira state, rocked by looting and attacks against security installations during a wave of anti-government protests.
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