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Greece to school migrant children from September

Atenas - Greece will hire hundreds of extra teachers to help thousands of migrant children join its public schools in the autumn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday.

Turkish coup suspects in Greece win asylum case delay

Atenas - Eight Turkish military officers who fled the failed coup to Greece have been given more time to press their asylum claims, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy'

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said the constitution should be revised to give Greeks "direct democracy", a say in electing the president and the right to hold referendums on laws."It is time to set aside fear of the people's judgment......

Greek court hands suspended sentence to Turkish officers who fled coup

Alexandro - A Greek court on Thursday sentenced eight Turkish military officers who fled last week's failed coup to suspended two-month prison terms, an AFP reporter said.

Turkey denies coastguard boats 'hijacked', F16s return to base

Istanbul - Turkish jets scrambled Wednesday in search of two coastguard vessels reportedly hijacked and headed for Greek waters, but later called off the hunt after an apparent false alarm.

Turkish envoy urges swift return of coup asylum seekers from Greece

Atenas - Turkey's ambassador on Tuesday urged Greece to swiftly return eight military officers who fled across the border after last week's failed coup, warning the affair could harm bilateral relations.

Turkish coup plotters 'request asylum' in Greece

Alexandro - A Turkish military helicopter landed in Greece Saturday carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid, Greek police said.

Greek no to austerity a 'sublime act of resistance': PM

Atenas - Debt-laden Greece's rejection exactly a year ago of austerity measures proposed by international lenders was a "sublime act of resistance," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted on Tuesday.

No summer break for migrant schoolchildren in Greek camp

Rent - "B for book, C for car..." repeat a dozen six and seven-year-olds in an English class taught by two refugee volunteers in a makeshift classroom at a Greek migrant camp.

Emergency measure that feeds Greek crisis

Atenas - Call it the law of unintended consequences -- a measure to save Greece from the abyss of a default and crashing out of the eurozone now holds its economy in a stranglehold preventing its recovery.

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.

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

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.

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.

Researchers closer to deciphering the world's oldest computer

We are closer than ever to deciphering what has been called the world's first computer. The device known as the Antikythera Mechanism has been puzzling scientists for more than a century ever since it was discovered in an ancient Greek shipwreck in 1901.

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.

UN chief to meet refugees in Lesbos

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos next week to meet with refugees and draw global attention to their plight.

Greece shipwreck survivors arrive in Egypt

Cairo - Thirty-one migrants who survived when their boat sank off Crete last week arrived in Egypt on Monday along with the bodies of nine people who died, police told AFP.

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.

Mexican authorities rescue kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

- Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early Monday he was "very well" despite the ordeal.

Footballer Alan Pulido kidnapped in Mexican hometown: Police

Nuevo Laredo - Mexican footballer Alan Pulido, a striker on Greece's Olympiakos team, was kidnapped Sunday in his home state of Tamaulipas, law enforcement officials said.

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.

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.

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.
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