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Crew on migrant freighter charged by Greek authorities

Ier - Seven crew members from a freighter found drifting early this week with nearly 600 migrants on board have been charged with people smuggling, Greek authorities said on Saturday.

Woman threatens staff at Greek tax office with meat cleaver

A woman caused panic in the tax office in the Greek town of Chania on the Island of Crete, when she brandished a meat cleaver, threatening employees.

11-year-old boy stabbed by Dutch hotel employee Crete

Heraklion - An 11-year-old child is critically ill with multiple stab wounds whilst on holiday in the Greek island of Crete. A 20-year-old Dutch hotel employee has allegedly confessed to the attack.

Walking through history: The many incarnations of ancient Aptera Special

A lesser known archeology site on the island of Crete is Ancient Aptera, a town with a long history. The site features a Greek theater and temples, Roman cisterns and bathhouses, a Turkish castle and a Christian monastery: Cretan history all in one place.

Photo Essay: Walking through the old city of Chania, Crete Special

Chania is the second largest city on the island of Crete. I've often visited, especially during the 5 years I've lived in the countryside close by. It is a tourist destination, but the old city is still rather enchanting. Let me walk you through it.

Greek islands feature in world's top destinations

Two stunningly beautiful Greek islands, Santorini and Crete, have featured in three top ten lists of best travel destinations to enjoy.

Golden Dawn MP threatens policemen and antifascists on camera

Crete, Greece: All visual and acoustic data containing threats aired by Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris against both police officers and antifascist demonstrators during a Golden Dawn gathering in the Greek island Crete are in the hands of justice.

UFO photographed by German tourists over Greek Island of Crete

News of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sited over the Greek Island of Crete on August 19 has reached the Greek press.

Bulgarian baby sellers arrested in Greece

Heraklion - Six people were arrested on Friday for alleged involvement in the sale of a 25-day-old baby for 12,000 euros, on the Greek Island of Crete. The illegal adoption involved the sale of a Bulgarian baby arranged by Bulgarian intermediaries.

Gold-covered female skeleton found on Crete is 2,700 years old

A grave dating to the 7th century BC has been discovered on the Greek island of Crete. Unique in the Greek world, one of two female skeletons was completely covered with 3,000 pieces of gold foil

Human ancestors crossed oceans more than 100,000 years ago

We all know about nifty sea-faring peoples like the Phoenicians who used ships to trade, explore and build an empire, but it now seems that even Homo erectus, ancestor to Homo sapiens, crossed the oceans to emerge out of Africa.

British Man Set on Fire in Greek Bar

A 26-year-old Greek woman from the island of Crete has become something of a national heroine after setting fire to an English man she claims was harassing her and generally behaving in an offensive manner.
 

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Chania: Health food store on a main street with bustling traffic. The vertical sign in Greek announc...
Chania: Health food store on a main street with bustling traffic. The vertical sign in Greek announces: Ecological Products.
Eleutherna  Arkadi  Crete  Greece
Eleutherna, Arkadi, Crete, Greece
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Another view of the large Roman cisterns
Another view of the large Roman cisterns
A wall dividing the city of Aptera from the extensive Necropolis (city of the dead) outside
A wall dividing the city of Aptera from the extensive Necropolis (city of the dead) outside
All dried up
All dried up
At the site of Ancient Aptera  archeologists have discovered an old Greek theater -- as of now close...
At the site of Ancient Aptera, archeologists have discovered an old Greek theater -- as of now closed to the public.
The Turkish fort at the Northern end of the hill.
The Turkish fort at the Northern end of the hill.
A cat is hiding among the ruins of a Roman villa. Ancient Aptera  Western Crete
A cat is hiding among the ruins of a Roman villa. Ancient Aptera, Western Crete
The cisterns of Aptera still collect rain water every year  but they are rarely cleaned and the wate...
The cisterns of Aptera still collect rain water every year, but they are rarely cleaned and the water is stale and not used
Many Cretans are avid readers of news. Here  a couple can be seen in the morning while the harbor is...
Many Cretans are avid readers of news. Here, a couple can be seen in the morning while the harbor is still quiet and empty of tourists
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Beach, Crete, Greece
Different brands of Retsina
Different brands of Retsina
View of the Chania harbor-front with its many taverna s  cafes and hotels.
View of the Chania harbor-front with its many taverna's, cafes and hotels.
Chania: A beautiful old house near the Venetian port.
Chania: A beautiful old house near the Venetian port.
Popular Saturday market in Chania where the Cretans go shopping.
Popular Saturday market in Chania where the Cretans go shopping.
Ta Aptera
Ta Aptera
Taverna Ta Aptera, on FaceBook
A view from ancient Aptera towards the present day village
A view from ancient Aptera towards the present day village
To the right  old and now unused market halls  in the background apartment buildings of the modern t...
To the right, old and now unused market halls, in the background apartment buildings of the modern town.
A street is closed while archeologists dig below the asphalt. There seems to be complete Minoan pala...
A street is closed while archeologists dig below the asphalt. There seems to be complete Minoan palace below modern Chania, but to unveil it would destroy the whole city. Thus, one looks at it street by street, makes maps and takes photographs before it's all covered again and returned to traffic.

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