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Greek farmer blockades pile pressure on government

Thessalon - Greek farmers protesting against pension reforms heightened highway and border protests around the country on Saturday, piling pressure on the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Greek emergency services workers march for better pension deal

Atenas - More than 2,000 police, coastguards and firefighters took to the streets of cash-strapped Athens on Friday in protest at pension reforms as the country reeled from a paralysing general strike, according to AFP.

Skirmishes in Athens as general strike sweeps Greece

Atenas - Thousands marched in Greece on Thursday as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.

Greek island gives migrant life jackets for Ai Weiwei artwork: Mayor

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will create an artwork in Germany from 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants arriving on Greece's Lesbos island, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Over 500,000 signatures back Greek islanders for Nobel peace prize

Atenas - More than half a million people have put their names to an online petition calling for Greek islanders on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis to be awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Greece's Golden Dawn rallies for Imia crisis anniversary

Atenas - Two thousand people joined a rally in Athens Saturday organised by the far-right Golden Dawn Party to mark the anniversary of the 1996 Imia crisis that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war.

Greek footballers stage pitch sit-in over migrant deaths

Atenas - Second-division football players in Greece held a sit-in protest at the start of a game over the spiralling death toll among migrants trying to reach the European country by sea.

Keeping migrants in Greece not a solution: HRW

Atenas - Forcing Greece to become a "warehouse" for migrants is no solution to Europe's crisis, Human Rights Watch said Friday, adding that it would be wrong to send asylum seekers back to Turkey.

Refugee team to compete at Rio Olympic Games

Atenas - A cross-nation team of refugees will participate in this year's Rio Olympics to send a "message of hope", International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said on Thursday.

25 dead, including 10 children, in Greek migrant boat sinking: coastguard

Atenas - The bodies of 25 migrants, including 10 children, were discovered off the Greek island of Samos Thursday after their boat capsized, the Greek coastguard said.

Greece seeks answers to migration crisis after EU ultimatum

Atenas - Under fire over its handling of the EU's migration surge, Greece cannot hope to manage the influx unless Brussels and neighbouring Turkey keep their side of the bargain, experts say.

Op-Ed: Future of Europe's Schengen Agreement in question

As Europeans increasingly guard against a Trojan Horse attack in the form of legions of African and Middle Eastern Muslims presently storming EU borders, European leaders on Monday proposed effectively sealing off Western Europe from Greece.

Migrant killed on Greek-Macedonian border as EU vows tighter security

Thessalon - A Pakistani man was stabbed to death on the Greek-Macedonian border on Monday as the European Commission pledged to increase security at a key point for migrants on their route from Greece to northern Europe.

Greece's Tsipras vows to implement pension reform at anniversary rally

Atenas - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, at a rally Sunday to mark a year in power, stood by a vow to overhaul the country's pension system despite fierce opposition.

Protesters march against Greece-Turkey border fence

Atenas - Hundreds of people protested in north-east Greece Sunday against the security fence along the Turkish border, demanding the opening of safe routes for migrants, two days after 45 died making the risky Aegean Sea crossing.

Greece wants EU help sending migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece wants EU border agency Frontex to help send back to Turkey migrants deemed ineligible for asylum in Europe, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told reporters Saturday.

Key dates in Tsipras's first year

Atenas - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to mark one year in office Monday, still dogged by the country's chronic debt crisis.Here are key dates since Greek voters first placed their destiny in his hands.

Greece's Tsipras set to promise that Greek upturn is near

Atenas - He came to power vowing a debt revolution, but after a rollercoaster year of economic meltdown forcing him to abandon his election promises, a less bouncy but still charismatic Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing the music.

45 migrants drown as Turkey vows to stop flow to Europe

Atenas - Forty-five people drowned when three refugee boats sank Friday off Greece, as Turkey pledged to "do everything" to stop record numbers of migrants heading to Europe.

At least 21 migrants dead as boats sink off Greece

Atenas - At least 21 people including eight children died after their boats sank off the Greek islands of Farmakonisi and Kalolimnos early Friday, with dozens of other migrants reported missing, the coastguard said.
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