The EU calls on the president and party leaders to respect the results of recent elections
The EU made new diplomatic efforts last week to help the Macedonian parties to resolve the government crisis, but hopes for the outcome are not great. Street demonstrations against the so-called "Albanian Platform" continue. President Gjorge Ivanov has not made any new steps to overcoming the crisis after he refused to hand over the Social democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and Albanian coalition partners the mandate to form a government.
The US urges coalition partners to keep the financial pledges
Defeating ISIS is the United States number one goal in the Middle East, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last Wednesday, addressing at the State Department in Washington top diplomats of the 68-nation anti Islamic State coalition.
 
Norway has claimed the top spot as the happiest country on Earth, the World Happiness Report found. According to it, Norway has invested its considerable revenues from oil money in the future rather than spending them in the present, thereby avoiding “the boom and bust cycle of resource-rich economies.”
 
China backs 'two state solution'
Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 21 March that peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians would be good for both sides.
Ukraine munitions blasts prompt mass evacuations
Some 20,000 people are being evacuated after a series of explosions at a massive arms depot in eastern Ukraine described by officials as sabotage.
Ankara protests as Norway grants asylum to officers
Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the Norwegian ambassador in Ankara on 22 March to protest against the political asylum Norway had reportedly granted to Turkish military officers allegedly involved in last year's failed coup.
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