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Ancient graves found in search for British toddler Ben Needham

Atenas - Ancient graves have been unearthed on the Greek Aegean island of Kos in a new search for a British toddler who went missing over two decades ago, police said Friday.

EU hopes to move 30,000 refugees from Greece by end of 2017

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it hoped to relocate 30,000 refugees from Greece by the end of next year, insisting it was making "significant progress" on tackling the migrant crisis.

Pakistani boy gang-raped in Greek migrant camp: police

Atenas - Four Pakistani minors have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 16-year-old Pakistani boy in a Greek migrant camp, police said Wednesday."The four minors, aged 16 to 17, will appear before a prosecutor today," a police source told AFP.

Greek lawmakers pass fresh reforms sought by creditors

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Tuesday adopted fresh austerity measures sought by its international creditors, including expediting privatisation of utility companies.

Tax crackdown on Greek isles pays dividend for state

Atenas - Cash-strapped Greece, under pressure from creditors to improve chronically poor tax collection, has landed a surprising windfall from a cluster of high-end tourist islands, revenue officials said Thursday.

Greece rejects asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer: lawyer

Atenas - Greece has rejected the asylum claim of a Turkish military officer who fled after the failed coup of July 15, his lawyer said Thursday, vowing to appeal the decision.

Greece finds shelter for Lesbos migrants after fire

Kallon - Greece on Wednesday managed to find shelter for some 5,000 migrants on the island of Lesbos two days after a fire ravaged part of the main asylum seekers' camp, officials said.

Greek migrant camp torched as UN warns of deadly year

Atenas - Greek police arrested nine migrants after clashes and a huge fire at an asylum seekers' camp, as the UN warned Tuesday that 2016 could be the deadliest year yet for refugees trying to reach Europe.

Fire damages Greek camp as migrants flee: police

Atenas - One of Greece's main migrant camps on the island of Lesbos Monday suffered extensive damage in a fire apparently set on purpose, with thousands forced to flee to safety, police said.

Greek central banker denies rift with government

Atenas - Greece's central banker on Saturday denied that the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras was seeking to squeeze him out as he probes the loans of a politically sensitive bank.

Greece says adopting new credit measures for EU, IMF

Atenas - Cash-strapped Greece will adopt before month's end a new package of measures designed to mollify EU and IMF creditors, Athens' finance ministry said Friday.

Greece must improve shelter for migrant children: EU

Atenas - Greece must find shelter for 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children, many of whom are held in squalid conditions according to rights groups, a top EU official said Monday.

Greece says EU-IMF rift stalling Greek debt solution

Thessalon - A rift between the EU and the International Monetary Fund on the way to tackle the Greek debt crisis is delaying its solution, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday.

EU ups Greece refugee aid after damning report

Thessalon - The European Commission announced 115 million euros in extra funding Saturday to help Greece deal with migrants, a day after a damning report into conditions migrants face.

Southern EU nations call for growth, burden-sharing on migration

Atenas - Southern EU leaders on Friday called for revised asylum rules to fight the ongoing migration crisis, and appealed for unity ahead of a showdown on the post-Brexit future of the bloc.

Greek volunteers share UN refugee award

Geneva - More than 2,000 sea rescue volunteers, who last year saved thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, have won the annual Nansen prize, the UN refugee agency announced Tuesday.

Greece raises 246 million in grueling TV tender

Atenas - Greece raised 246 million euros ($274 million) on Friday by auctioning four private TV licenses in a marathon bid dominated by shipowners, including the boss of the country's top football club."For the first time in the history of the land...

Greece must shield refugees from winter, crime: UN

Atenas - Greece must step up efforts to protect thousands of refugees and migrants from the coming winter and boost security in its camps, the UN's top refugee official said Thursday.

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Kallon - Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

Greece says at least 41,000 asylum seekers on its territory

Atenas - Greece has at least 41,000 refugees and migrants who are seeking asylum, mostly Syrians eligible to relocate within the EU, the migration minister said on Tuesday.

Bosnian pine is Europe's oldest living thing at 1.075 years old

It may not be the oldest tree in the world, but a Bosnian Pine found in the highlands of northern Greece can claim to be the oldest tree on the continent. Scientists who examined the elderly pine say it is 1,075 years of age.

Greece wins six Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro, three are gold

Rio De Janeiro - The 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro have come to a close, and Greek athletes have earned three medals for their motherland, Greece.

100 migrants rescued after being stranded off Greece

Atenas - Around 100 migrants were rescued after their boats ran aground Friday off the coast of Greece, police said, while two Syrian girls, one of them a baby, drowned off the Libyan coast.

Greece hears asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer

Atenas - Greece on Friday heard the asylum claim of the first of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country after the failed coup on July 15, the asylum service said.

Turkey asks for coup suspects' extradition: Greece

Atenas - Turkey has officially requested the extradition of eight military officers who fled the country after July's failed coup, Greek officials said Thursday."The demand was received yesterday and sent to the justice ministry," a diplomatic source told AFP.

Four killed in Greek tourist boat collision

Atenas - Four people were killed on Tuesday when a speedboat sliced into a wooden tourist vessel near a popular Greek holiday island, the coastguard said.Those dead include the tourist vessel's captain and a nine-year-old girl, a coastguard spokeswoman said.

Tsipras vows to keep up pressure for German war payments

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Tuesday to do "whatever is necessary" -- including taking legal action -- to get Germany to pay damages for the wartime atrocities of Nazi troops.

Eleftherios Petrounias wins gold: Greece's 'Lord of the Rings'

Eleftherios Petrounias is Greece's golden child, and the newest "Lord of the Rings." He won the gold medal in still rings at the Olympic Games.

EU anti-terror police to track extremists at Greece camps

Atenas - Anti-terror experts from European police agency Europol will travel to Greece in an effort to track would-be jihadists amongst the migrants stuck in the country's camps, a Greek police source said Saturday.

Turkey attaches in Greece 'fled to Italy' after coup

Istanbul - Two Turkish military attaches posted in Greece fled to Italy at the weekend following last month's failed coup, Turkey's top diplomat said Thursday, saying Ankara was working to track them down.
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