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The majority of the human rights violations within Macedonia occurred within the prison and detention centers.1 Violence is reportedly prevalent between prisoners and between prisoners and guards.2

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1 http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2013/eur/220304.htm
2 Ibid
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Macedonia News

Washington Post 
SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local):. 7:55 p.m.. Germany's foreign minister says the storming of Macedonia's parliament can't be reconciled with “what we expect of a European Union accession candidate.”. See more..
The Japan News 
The Associated Press SKOPJE (AP) — Macedonia's night of violence that saw protesters storm parliament and attack lawmakers elicited diametrically opposed reactions from world powers Friday, with Russia blaming the West for meddling in the Balkan ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Chaos in Macedonia after demonstrators stormed the parliament building and attacked politicians to protest against the election an Albanian as speaker. [Georgi Licovski/EPA]. A Kashmiri student throws a stone at Indian police during a protest in Srinagar. See more..
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The Hill (blog) 
Judicial Watch wants to learn why the Macedonia organization, part of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, received nearly $5 million from USAID from 2012 to 2016. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial ... See more..
New York Times 
... • Our journalists spent months in Germany reporting how hundreds of Syrian refugees are adapting to life in the storied city of Weimar, and how residents are ... See more..
The Sun 
How was Jana Burčeska chosen to represent Macedonia? Jana Burčeska was selected using an internal process to represent Macedonia in this year's Eurovision. She was announced as the Macedonian contestant by Macedonian Radio Television on ... See more..
The Daily Progress 
People pass along the scattered protective fence in front of the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Friday, April 28, 2017. Above 100 people were injured Thursday evening including protestors, policemen and lawmakers, after protesters broke ... See more..
Charlotte Observer 
Macedonia has been without a government since December, when former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's conservative party won elections, but without enough votes to form a government. Coalition talks broke down over ethnic Albanian demands that ... See more..
Washington Post 
April 27, 2017 5:52 PM EDT - Nationalist protesters descended on Macedonia's parliament, April 27, attacking lawmakers after they voted to elect a new speaker. They left Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev with a bloodied face. (Radio Free Europe/Radio ... See more..
NewsOK.com 
Protestors enter into the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Scores of protesters have broken through a police cordon and entered Macedonian parliament to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long ... See more..
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Geography

Southeastern Europe, north of Greece
Area

Total 25,713 sq km
Land 25,433 sq km
Water 280 sq km

Climate

warm, dry summers and autumns; relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall
Natural Resources

low-grade iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, manganese, nickel, tungsten, gold, silver, asbestos, gypsum, timber, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

high seismic risks
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from metallurgical plants

Demographics

Nationality
Macedonian
Population
2,087,171 (July 2013 est.)
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Macedonia is vulnerable to economic developments in Europe - due to strong trade ties - and dependent on regional integration and progress toward EU membership for continued economic growth. At independence in September 1991, Macedonia was the least developed of the Yugoslav republics, producing a mere 5% of the total federal output of goods and services. The collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ended transfer payments from the central government and eliminated advantages from inclusion in a de facto free trade area. An absence of infrastructure, UN sanctions on the downsized Yugoslavia, and a Greek economic embargo over ...See More a dispute about the country's constitutional name and flag hindered economic growth until 1996. Since then, Macedonia has maintained macroeconomic stability with low inflation, but it has so far lagged the region in attracting foreign investment and creating jobs, despite making extensive fiscal and business sector reforms. Official unemployment has remained consistently high at more than 31% since 2008, but may be overstated based on the existence of an extensive gray market, estimated to be between 20% and 45% of GDP, that is not captured by official statistics. In the wake of the global economic downturn, Macedonia has experienced decreased foreign direct investment and a large trade deficit. However, as a result of conservative fiscal policies and a sound financial system, in 2010 the country credit rating improved slightly to BB+ and was kept at that level in 2011-12. However, macroeconomic stability has been maintained by a prudent monetary policy, which keeps the domestic currency pegged against the euro. As a result, GDP growth was modest, but positive at about 3% both in 2010 and 2011, and inflation was under control. The government loosened fiscal policy in 2012 and the budget deficit expanded to 3.5% of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$22.22 billion (2012 est.); $22.28 billion (2011 est.); $21.66 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

24.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 24.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 23.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grapes, tobacco, vegetables, fruits; milk, eggs
Industries

food processing, beverages, textiles, chemicals, iron, steel, cement, energy, pharmaceuticals