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Greece agrees to bailout reforms compromise: EU sources

Brussels - Greece on Monday agreed to a compromise on new reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with its EU-IMF creditors and free up new bailout funds, EU sources said.

Germany expects continued IMF aid for Greece

Berlin - Germany said Sunday that it expects the International Monetary Fund to continue participating in the bailout for debt-stricken Greece, despite the lender's doubts on the issue.

Greek army denounces 'serious' Turkish navy violation

Atenas - A Turkish navy patrol boat on Friday fired shots in Greek waters in the southeast of the Aegean Sea, Greek military staff said, qualifying the incident as "serious".

Cyprus talks break up over decades-old vote

Nicosia - A round of UN-brokered peace talks between rival leaders of divided Cyprus broke up in acrimony Thursday over moves for schools to honour a decades-old referendum on union with Greece.

Cyprus talks break up over decades-old vote

Nicosia - A round of UN-brokered peace talks between rival leaders of divided Cyprus broke up in acrimony Thursday over moves for schools to honour a decades-old referendum on union with Greece.

Cyprus talks break up over decades-old vote

Nicosia - A round of UN-brokered peace talks between rival leaders of divided Cyprus broke up in acrimony Thursday over moves for schools to honour a decades-old referendum on union with Greece.

Five reasons the Greek debt crisis is back

Brussels - After Brexit stole the limelight last year, the spectre of Grexit is back.Greece, the eurozone and IMF are in a three-way Mexican stand-off over a review of the country's 86 billion bailout agreed in July 2015, its third since 2010.

Greek troops defuse WWII bomb after mass evacuation

Thessalon - Greek soldiers on Sunday successfully defused a World War II bomb in Thessaloniki, the country's second largest city, after evacuating tens of thousands of people from the area.

Tsipras warns IMF, Germany to stop 'playing with fire' over Greek debt

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday warned the International Monetary Fund and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to "stop playing with fire" in the handling of his country's debt.

70,000 being evacuated in Greece as WWII bomb defused

Thessalon - Greek authorities on Saturday began evacuating some 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki ahead of an operation to defuse a bomb from World War II.

Brussels talks fail to end Greece bailout impasse

Brussels - Talks between Greece and its creditors ended with no breakthrough Friday as months of feuding with the International Monetary Fund raised fears of a new debt crisis.

Tensions flare between uneasy allies Greece and Turkey

Istanbul - Turkey is once again facing off against historic foe-turned-ally Greece in one of their fiercest rows in years, though the war of words is unlikely to spill over into military confrontation.

Greece hopes migrant burden will turn into boon

Atenas - Two decades ago, an influx of half a million migrants boosted Greece's economy. Today, the government and some experts hope a new wave of migrants will do the same.

Greece relocates migrants after camp deaths

Atenas - Greek authorities on Tuesday relocated dozens of migrants from a congested camp on the island of Lesbos following three deaths attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

No reason for alarm over Greek debt: ESM

Brussels - There's no need for alarm over Greece's debt levels, a spokesman for the EU's rescue fund body told AFP Saturday, the day after a leaked IMF report described the problem as "explosive".

Greece's best-selling daily to cease publication due to debts

Atenas - Two historic Greek newspapers, including the country's best-selling daily, will cease publication, the debt-ridden Lambrakis Press Group announced on Saturday.

Turkey threatens migrant deal after Greek coup ruling

Ankara - Turkey on Friday threatened to abandon a key pillar of a deal with the EU to reduce the migrant flow after Greece blocked the extradition of alleged coup suspects.

Turkey to review impact of Greek court verdict on ties

Istanbul - Turkey said Thursday it would review its ties with Athens after the Greek Supreme Court refused to extradite eight suspects allegedly linked to the failed July coup.

Greece, Cyprus say peace deal must end Turkish troop presence

Nicosia - Cyprus and Greece on Thursday insisted that any peace deal for the divided island must provide for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and new security arrangements.

Greek prosecutor argues against Turkish officers' extradition

Atenas - A Greek supreme court prosecutor on Wednesday argued against extraditing two Turkish officers over July's failed coup, in the second of three such hearings this week.Prosecutor Haralambos Vourliotis said the officers "came (to Greece) as supplicants.

Slain Greek envoy's Brazilian widow denies guilt

Atenas - The widow of Greece's ambassador to Brazil, arrested as an alleged accomplice in his murder last month, denied guilt over his death in a letter published Wednesday.

Greek supreme court hears Turkish officers' extradition case

Atenas - Greece's supreme court on Tuesday opened a final appeal hearing for two Turkish officers fighting extradition to their homeland over July's failed coup.

Erdogan, UK PM say Geneva talks 'real opportunity' for Cyprus

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday agreed that key talks on Cyprus next week in Geneva were a "real opportunity" for a fair and lasting solution to the division of the island.

Greek justice minister vows speedy corruption inquiry

Atenas - Greece's justice minister on Tuesday promised a "swift and thorough" investigation into suspected corruption by civil servants and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by wife's cop lover: police

Rio De Janeiro - Greece's ambassador to Brazil was murdered in a plot hatched by his Brazilian wife and her police officer lover, who confessed to the crime, officials said.

Greek envoy feared killed in 'crime of passion' in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police suspect Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was killed in a "crime of passion," a source close to the investigation said Friday, as detectives interrogated his wife and a policeman who was reportedly her lover.

Body in burned Rio car raises fears for missing Greek ambassador

Rio De Janeiro - The discovery of a burned-out car in Rio state with a body inside has sparked fears that it might be that of the Greek ambassador to Brazil, missing since Monday.

Red faces in Athens over Ferris wheel that won't turn

Atenas - A senior Athens city official has resigned in an unprecedented fiasco over a Ferris wheel that was erected for Christmas but then dismantled over safety concerns before ever operating.

Turkish Cypriot leader says referendum possible in 2017

Nicosia - The president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot region of northern Cyprus said Tuesday that a referendum on reunifying the island could be held in the summer if talks next month went to plan.

Syrian chef serves up slice of home in Greek camp

- Before braving a 'trip of death' to escape Syria, Talal Rankoussi was a chef in a Damascus restaurant considered the largest in the world.
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