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On Greek islands, children of war hungry for school

Ch - Standing with a group of children outside a refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios, little Roza can't wait to get an early start to her day."Good school, good school!" she beams, her backpack on and pigtails bobbing.

Missing UK toddler Ben Needham 'likely killed' in 1991 accident

Kos - A UK police team probing the more than two-decade old disappearance of a British toddler on the Greek island of Kos said Monday the boy was likely killed in an accident.

Greek PM bolsters grip on party in congress vote

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was reconfirmed as leader of his leftist Syriza party on Sunday, boosting his approval rates amongst grassroots members in the process.Tsipras renewed his tenure with 93.

Far-left militants claim Athens bomb blast

Atenas - A far-left militant group claimed responsibility Thursday for a small bomb that exploded in the heart of Athens, saying it had targeted the home of a "vindictive" prosecutor.

Turkish officers cry foul over failed asylum bids in Greece

Atenas - Turkish military officers who fled to Greece following the failed July coup claimed Tuesday to be the victims of politics after Greek authorities turned down their initial requests for asylum.

Greece needs a year to properly shelter migrant children

Atenas - Greece will need a year to provide adequate shelter for 2,200 unaccompanied migrant children on its soil, even if it has improved its response, the country's migration minister said Tuesday.

Greek police escort refugee children to school

Thessalon - Police in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school Monday, as local parents protested the launch of a national programme to educate migrant youngsters, an AFP reporter saw.

Greek air traffic controllers suspend strikes: union

Atenas - Greek air traffic controllers announced on Saturday an eleventh hour suspension of a series of one-day strikes as hundreds of flights were cancelled and concerns raised to avert a tourism crisis.

After six-month lull, Greek islanders fear new refugee wave

Kallon - A little let-down after missing out on the Nobel Peace Prize this week, the Greek islanders of Lesbos who helped rescue refugees worry that the boats will resume after a six-month lull.

Greek police bust 'antiquities smuggling ring'

Patras - Greek police on Tuesday arrested 26 people suspected of trafficking in antiquities, a police source in the southwestern port of Patras said following a nationwide raid.

Greek police pepper spray protesting pensioners

Atenas - Greek police on Monday fired pepper spray at pensioners protesting against cuts in their state income.

Germany wants migrants sent back to Greece, Turkey

Atenas - Germany called Sunday for asylum seekers who entered the European Union via Greece to be forced to return there, while also urging Athens to send more migrants back to Turkey.

Ancient graves found in search for British toddler Ben Needham

Atenas - Ancient graves have been unearthed on the Greek Aegean island of Kos in a new search for a British toddler who went missing over two decades ago, police said Friday.

Pakistani boy gang-raped in Greek migrant camp: police

Atenas - Four Pakistani minors have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 16-year-old Pakistani boy in a Greek migrant camp, police said Wednesday."The four minors, aged 16 to 17, will appear before a prosecutor today," a police source told AFP.

Greek lawmakers pass fresh reforms sought by creditors

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Tuesday adopted fresh austerity measures sought by its international creditors, including expediting privatisation of utility companies.

Interview with Niki Bakogianni: 1996 Olympic silver medalist Special

1996 Olympic silver medalist and Greek high jumper Niki Bakogianni chatted with me about her latest endeavors, and her silver medal win for Greece.

Tax crackdown on Greek isles pays dividend for state

Atenas - Cash-strapped Greece, under pressure from creditors to improve chronically poor tax collection, has landed a surprising windfall from a cluster of high-end tourist islands, revenue officials said Thursday.

Greece rejects asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer: lawyer

Atenas - Greece has rejected the asylum claim of a Turkish military officer who fled after the failed coup of July 15, his lawyer said Thursday, vowing to appeal the decision.

Greece finds shelter for Lesbos migrants after fire

Kallon - Greece on Wednesday managed to find shelter for some 5,000 migrants on the island of Lesbos two days after a fire ravaged part of the main asylum seekers' camp, officials said.

Greek migrant camp torched as UN warns of deadly year

Atenas - Greek police arrested nine migrants after clashes and a huge fire at an asylum seekers' camp, as the UN warned Tuesday that 2016 could be the deadliest year yet for refugees trying to reach Europe.
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