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Lebanon turns to neighbours for help fighting forest fires

Beirut - Lebanon has turned to its neighbours for help battling forest fires that have ravaged homes and killed a volunteer firefighter in the Mediterranean country, its premier said on Tuesday.

First crematorium opens in Greece over Church objections

- Greece has acquired its first crematorium, organisers said Thursday, capping decades of efforts blocked by the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, which believes cremation disrespects the human body.

From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Kipariss - Freed from its eggshell by a volunteer, the tiny turtle hatchling clambers across a pebble-strewn sandy Greek beach in a race to the sea, the start of a hazardous journey that only one in 1,000 will survive.

Greece can be 'pillar' for regional stability: Pompeo

Athens - Shrugging off anti-US demonstrations on a visit Saturday to Athens, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Greece can be a pillar of stability in a troubled region.

EU commissioner says 'urgent need' to prevent migrant departures from Turkey

Ankara - EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday there was an "urgent need" to stop illegal departures from Turkey as Greece struggles to cope with a sharp increase in the refugee arrivals.

Greece struggles to cope as migrant arrivals soar

St - The hulking Greek coastguard officer gazed intently as another group of migrants, the fifth of the day, boarded a minibus after landing on a beach on the island of Lesbos.

'It's up to Turkey', say Lesbos locals of migration surge

St - Fisherman Christos Halkiotis in the village of Skala on the Greek island of Lesbos gives short shrift to a promised Greek government crackdown to curb rising migration flows.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around a thousand migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday in Europe's largest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, two days after a deadly fire at the vastly overcrowded facility.

Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos

M - Around 400 migrants staged a fresh protest Tuesday against conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, police said, two days after a deadly fire at the overcrowded migrant camp there.

Review: Katerina Stefanidi wins bronze for Greece at World Championships Special

Doha - On September 29, Greek pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi took home the bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Pompeo to combat Russian influence on Balkans trip

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to counter Russian influence during his visit next week to Montenegro and North Macedonia, the latest and the next members of NATO, officials said Friday.

Greek PM calls for new EU aid to Turkey to stop migrants

New York - Greece's new conservative leader on Thursday called for the European Union to commit more money to support Turkey to stem the rising flow of migrants.

Greek, Turkish leaders discuss curbing migrants

New York - Greece's new conservative prime minister met Wednesday with Turkey's leader for the first time and asked for cooperation in stemming an uptick in migrant arrivals.

Greek police evict over 200 migrants from Athens squats

Athens - Police in Athens on Thursday removed over 200 migrants, including dozens of children, from two squats in the city centre as part of a clean up drive by the new conservative government.

Greece requests early IMF repayment: PM

Athens - Greece on Monday officially requested to repay part of its IMF loans beforethe maturity date, the prime minister said, in a bid to save interest rate costs.

Anti-establishment demo in Athens against squat evacuations

Athens - Thousands of anti-establishment protesters marched in Athens on Saturday in a demonstration against a recent police crackdown on squats.The police put the participants at around 2,000. Organisers said the turnout was closer to 5,000.

Row over Greek police raids in bohemian Athens district

Athens - Greece's new conservative government has stirred controversy by mounting police operations in the bohemian Athens district of Exarchia, considered by officials a "lawless" haven for drug smugglers.

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

St - In Skala Sykamineas, a small fishing village at the north end of the Greek island of Lesbos, locals fear the arrival of 500 migrants on Thursday may signal a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis.

New arrivals push Greek island refugee camp to bursting point

Mytilene - The olive grove next to the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is filled with makeshift tents and wooden and cardboard huts, after the sudden arrival of hundreds of migrants.

UN urges Greece to protect migrant youths after death at camp

Athens - The UN refugee agency on Sunday called on Greece's government to urgently transfer migrant youths to safe areas after a fatal brawl at the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.

New Athens mayor pledges revamp of crisis-hit capital

Athens - Newly-elected Athens mayor Costas Bakoyannis, scion of one of Greece's most powerful political families, took his oath of office Sunday pledging to turn the crisis-battered capital into "a safe, clean and bright" European metropolis.

Iran tanker too big to dock at Greek port: minister

Athens - An Iranian tanker that has sparked a diplomatic row pitting Tehran against Washington and London is too big to dock in Greece, the country's junior foreign minister said Wednesday."This is a very large crude carrier, it is over 130,000 tonnes...

'No request' from Iran tanker to dock in Greece: minister

Athens - Athens has received no request from the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya to dock in Greece, Merchant Marine Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis said Tuesday after a maritime tracker gave the ship's "reported destination" as the Greek port of Kalamata.

Greek fire crews make progress on island blaze

Athens - Firefighters in Greece on Friday made progress against a four-day wildfire on the island of Evia that has burned through a pine forest and threatened villages, officials said.

EU water bombers join Greek firemen to douse island wildfire

Athens - Greece deployed Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU firebombers to try to put out a massive wildfire on the island of Evia burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day.

EU water bombers join Greek firemen to douse island wildfire

Athens - Greece deployed Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU firebombers to try to put out a massive wildfire on the island of Evia burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day.

Ecological disaster on Greek island as fire burns on

Firefighters on the Greek island of Evia were still battling Wednesday to contain a fire that has caused massive damage to a pristine mountain wildlife habitat after threatening four communities.

Ecological disaster on Greek island as fire burns on

Firefighters on the Greek island of Evia were still battling Wednesday to contain a fire that has caused massive damage to a pristine mountain wildlife habitat after threatening four communities.

Greek PM cancels holiday as major island fire prompts evacuations

Athens - Hundreds of villagers were evacuated Tuesday and the Greek prime minister cancelled a vacation as scores of firefighters battled a major wildfire on the country's second-largest island of Evia, authorities said.

Greek PM cancels holiday as major island fire prompts evacuations

Athens - Hundreds of villagers were evacuated Tuesday and the Greek Prime Minister cancelled a vacation as firefighters battled a major wildfire on the country's second-largest island of Evia, authorities said.
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STOP: Barbed wire and abandoned buildings mark the dividing line between Cyprus and Turkish forces that invaded the island nation in 1974 and never left.
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Consul General of Greece Dimitris Azemopoulos
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Harbour at Agios Nikolaos, Greek mainland
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Ancient naval base found in Piraeus, Greece believed to be almost 2,500 years old. (Pictured - Olympias trireme reconstruction).
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Inside Kastania cave
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