Housing over a quarter of the country's population, Skopje is Macedonia's largest and most diverse city. With a long history marked by Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule, the region boasts a wealth of ancient sites and intriguing relics.
A "crisis summit" for NATO, many called it before the leaders met in Bucharest. So how was it on the night? Who were the winners and losers? The key figures were two last year presidents who won't be at the next meeting, Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Germany's foreign minister told parliament Wednesday the government had no prior knowledge of the CIA detention of a Lebanese German and was still awaiting answers from Washington on the matter. And he voiced concern the CIA flights of terror suspects via Europe could damage transatlantic relations.
Two Macedonian construction workers kidnapped south of Baghdad have been beheaded, and the group claiming responsibility accused the men of working as spies for U.S. forces in Iraq, the Arab television network Al-Jazeera has reported.
Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, who has died in a plane crash, was a moderate credited for helping to unite his ethnically divided country amid the bubbling, often bloody politics of the Balkans.