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Next Eurogroup meeting on Greece to take place May 9: Athens

Atenas - The next meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss Greece's massive bailout will be held in Brussels on May 9, Athens said Thursday.

Greek PM seeks EU help to break creditor deadlock

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.

Brazil to get Rio flame on 100-day countdown

Atenas - Greece on Wednesday will hand over to Brazilian officials the Olympic flame of the Rio Games as the 100-day countdown to the August 5 opening ceremony begins.

Greece sends another 49 migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.

Jordan queen calls for 'legal' refugee path to Europe

Kallon - Jordan's Queen Rania on Monday called for "legal" paths into Europe for refugees, criticising the EU's controversial deal with Turkey which she said endangers lives."The deep concern is that many of the refugees...

Syria-born Greek mayor takes charge of 'lucky' refugees

Rent - On a long beach framed by a golden Ionian Sea sunset, a group of Syrian boys shout for joy as they race across the sand, the horrors of war and exile they have witnessed briefly forgotten.

Syrian to carry Olympic flame through Greek refugee camp

Atenas - A Syrian athlete who lost his leg in a bombing and who found refuge from war in Greece will carry the Olympic flame through an Athens refugee camp, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Survivors recount mayhem of Mediterranean migrant shipwreck

Atenas - For three days, they were abandoned by their traffickers at sea, without food or water, after what may have been one of the worst tragedies of Europe's migrant crisis, survivors said Thursday.

Olympic flame lit for troubled Rio Games

Rent - The Olympic flame was lit Thursday in an ancient temple in one country in crisis and solemnly sent off carrying international hopes that Brazil's political paralysis will not taint the Rio Games that start in barely 100 days.

Migrant camp near Athens poses public health risk: Greek mayors

Atenas - Five mayors of Athens' coastal suburbs warned Wednesday of the "enormous" health risks posed by a nearby camp housing over 4,000 migrants and refugees.

Crisis-hit Greeks, Brazilians, ready for Olympic flame

Atenas - Greece, beset by economic difficulties and a migration crisis, will hold a traditional ceremony Thursday for the Rio Olympics as Brazil battles its own political woes.

Greece starts letting migrants leave island camps

Atenas - Greek island officials on Tuesday began letting migrants leave detention centres where they have been held, as Human Rights Watch heaped criticism on a wave of EU-sanctioned deportations to ease the crisis.

'You are not alone', Pope tells refugees on Lesbos

Kallon - Pope Francis on Saturday told refugees trapped on the Greek island of Lesbos that they are "not alone" in their plight, and called on the world to respond with "common humanity" to the migrant crisis."You are not alone...

Pope wants to bring back refugees from Lesbos visit: Official

Kallon - Pope Francis wants to take back to the Vatican a number of refugees after his landmark visit Saturday to the island of Lesbos, an official of Greece's state refugee coordination agency said.

Pope begins Greek island visit to highlight refugee plight

Kallon - Pope Francis on Saturday arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos for a high-profile visit that will again turn the spotlight on a controversial EU deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis.

Pope, Patriarch's Greek island visit to highlight refugee plight

Mytilene - Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew fly to Lesbos on Saturday for a visit that will again turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis.

Migrant row fuels Greece-Macedonia discord

Atenas - Scenes of desperate migrants being teargassed at the Greece-Macedonia border are straining an already testy relationship between the two neighbours, as Skopje also grapples with a political crisis that has seen protesters ransack the president's office...

War games in Greece near Macedonia, Turkey amid migration row

Atenas - The Greek army on Thursday staged a double military exercise on its border with Macedonia and an island cluster near Turkey, officials said, amid tension with Skopje over the refugee crisis.

Lesbos island: From tourist spot to migrant and VIP hotspot

Atenas - The Greek tourist island of Lesbos was once known to Greeks mainly for its potent ouzo, and to the rest of world as the homeland of Sappho, the seventh century poet who immortalised love for women.

Greece, Portugal make common cause against austerity, refugee crisis

Atenas - Left-leaning Greece and Portugal on Monday said they were determined to push for "alternatives" to European austerity and join forces to tackle the refugee crisis.
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