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Oxfam urges EU action on Greek migrant rights 'violations'

Athens - Oxafm on Thursday urged the European Commission to sanction Greece for what it termed violations of migrants' rights after the government voted to suspend asylum procedures for one month owing to the coronavirus.

Greece calls for health volunteers to combat virus

Athens - Greece on Monday put out a call for health volunteers to help combat the spread of the coronavirus as the health minister said hundreds of additional medical staff had been deployed.

Greece battling virus with austerity-hit health system

Athens - Greece is battling hard to control the novel coronavirus but experts warn that its public health system has been drastically weakened by a decade of dwindling spending and staff cuts.

Greece unveils new virus restrictions in migrant camps

Athens - Greece's migration ministry on Wednesday announced new restrictions to the movement of asylum-seekers in island camps to keep out the new coronavirus, and accelerated work on new closed facilities.

Greece to restrict migrant camp movements in virus measure

Athens - Greece has said it is placing migrant camps across the country on a two-week shutdown to visitors to ward off the new coronavirus.

Meet Kristian Gkolomeev: World silver medalist, Greek swimmer Special

2019 world silver medalist swimmer Kristian Gkolomeev chatted with Digital Journal about his swimming career, proud moments and competing in the International Swimming League (ISL).

Greece's first woman president vows to defend borders, rights, warns on virus

Athens - Greece's first woman president began her term on Friday with a pledge to protect the country's borders and defend human rights, whilst warning Greeks to follow health rules as the country grapples with over 100 coronavirus cases.

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Athens - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Greece to reverse its "draconian policy" towards over 450 migrants detained on a navy ship docked in Mytilene port in Lesbos.

Hospitality gives way to hostility for migrants to Greece

Athens - Five years ago, Greece offered hospitality to a huge wave of migrants at the height of the Syrian civil war -- but today, hostility greets those seeking a new life.

Greek islanders block migrant boat from landing

St - A group of local people on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday stopped around 50 migrants, including children, from landing their boat after several hours at sea, AFP photographers witnessed.

Samos villagers up in arms over new refugee camp plan

S - For many of those who live on the Greek Aegean island of Samos it is absolutely clear -- they want no more refugees, no new camps and to be left alone as they were before the migrant crisis broke in 2015.

Thousands protest in Greece against pension overhaul

Athens - Thousands protested in Greece on Tuesday against a new pension reform as a 24-hour strike paralysed transport and services.Some 10,000 people demonstrated in the capital against the reform, which encourages a longer stay in the workforce, police said.

Under-pressure Greece toughens migration stance

Athens - Facing overwhelming migration pressure on the Aegean with island camps on the brink of asphyxiation, the conservative Greek government has hardened its asylum policy with increased repatriations, new detention centres and plans for a sea barrier.

Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens

Athens - Greek officials and residents from islands hosting thousands of asylum-seekers staged a protest in Athens on Thursday against plans to build new camps.

Greek asylum to refugees 'not indefinite' and reversible: minister

Athens - Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday.

Greece aims to outflank Turkey in Mediterranean

Athens - Greece has sought to bolster its Mediterranean presence in recent weeks in response to heightened tension with Turkey, ramping up its meanoeuvres but sparking accusations of adventurism at home.

In Greece, children of the Holocaust speak out at last

Athens - "I celebrated my seventh birthday inside the camp of Bergen-Belsen with a piece of bread and sticks for candles," recalls 83-year-old Lola Angel, one of the few Greek Jews left to remember the horror of Nazi concentration camps.

Greece elects first woman president for 'new era'

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with no party-political allegiance.

Greece elects first woman president

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

Parliament to elect Greece's first woman president

Athens - A trailblazing judge with particular expertise in environmental law and the constitution will become Greece's first female president on Wednesday.
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