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Orthodox chiefs warn over Middle East, science dangers

Atenas - Orthodox church leaders from around the world on Sunday called for the protection of religious minorities in the war-torn Middle East at a rare global meeting that also warned against the "moral dilemmas" of rapid scientific progress.

Greek people smuggler given 103-year jail term: Media

Atenas - A Greek people smuggler was sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe, local media reported Sunday.

Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

Atenas - Orthodox church leaders from around the world met in Greece Sunday for the first such gathering in a millennium, but the absence of several branches of the communion threatened to mar the event.

UN chief urges end of migrant 'detention' in Greece

Kallon - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Saturday that the "detention" of migrants who have arrived in Greece since March should cease immediately, as he visited the frontline of the migration crisis engulfing Europe.

Remains of ancient naval base found underwater near Athens

Danish and Greek archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery, finding one of the largest building complexes of the ancient world, a naval base where the Greeks stored their enormous fleet 2,500 years ago.

Tsipras critics seek to harness Greek bailout anger

Atenas - Thousands of Greeks angry over new cuts imposed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gathered in central Athens Wednesday to call on his leftist government to quit.

Greek TV stations face sign-off in licensing row

Atenas - Greece is in the grip of a row over television, with the government under attack for plans to slash the number of private channels in a sector that was hit hard by the financial crisis.

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

Atenas - Athens is to store away dozens of outdoor sculptures after five brass busts went missing last month and a marble statue was vandalised, officials have said.

Detained Chinese lawyer wins Ludovic Trarieux rights prize

Atenas - Chinese lawyer Wang Yu, facing a possible life sentence in China, was on Saturday awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rights, organisers announced in Athens on Saturday.

Nine dead in migrant boat sinking off Greece: Coastguard

Atenas - Greece's coastguard on Friday said the death toll from the sinking of a migrant boat had risen to nine, amid fears that hundreds more could be missing.

Gay Syrian fails to block Greece deportation

Atenas - A gay Syrian man fighting against deportation from Greece to Turkey was told by the European Court of Human Rights that his request to immediately block the process has been denied, court staff said Friday.

Migrants hurt in fresh camp brawl on Greek island

Atenas - Six migrants were injured Thursday after clashes erupted at a detention camp on the Greek island of Samos, police said, a day after similar violence hit a camp on Lesbos where tents were set on fire.

Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit

Rent - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites, on the last leg of a two-day visit to Greece.

Greek archaeologist claims to have found Aristotle's tomb

Greek media reported on Thursday that the tomb of Aristotle has been found in the ancient city of Stagira. The discovery is the culmination of 20 years of digging in Aristotle's birthplace in northern Greece.

Putin in Greek trip as EU sanctions talks loom

Atenas - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several economic deals with Athens on Friday during a visit to Greece aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West.

After mud and misery, migrants find new hardship in Greek camps

Thessalon - Hours after leaving the mud and misery of the Greek border camp of Idomeni, Juan from Syria is dismayed to find his new home -- a warehouse turned into a shelter -- is hardly an improvement.

Symbolic Greek migrant camp cleared as more die crossing Med

Atenas - The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean.

Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage

Atenas - Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared for his first visit to the bloc this year.

Greece 'eyes evacuation of Idomeni border camp Tuesday'

Atenas - Greece is planning a police operation early Tuesday to evacuate the squalid migrant camp of Idomeni on its border with Macedonia, a report said Monday.

Greece to adopt more cuts, tax hikes for bailout cash

Atenas - Greece on Sunday was set to adopt fresh cuts and tax hikes ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that is expected to unlock desperately-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation.
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