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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.

Greek police evacuate 1,000 more migrants from squalid camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Wednesday moved another 1,000 migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the second day of an operation likely to last a week.

Greece in debt relief breakthrough with eurozone, IMF

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers reached a vital deal with Greece on Wednesday to start debt relief for Athens as demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and to unlock 10.3 billion euros ($12 billion) in bailout cash.

Hundreds of migrants relocated from squalid Greek border camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Tuesday moved hundreds of migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty had lived for months.

Greece to intensify evacuation of squalid migrant border camp

Gevgelija - Greece said Monday it will step up efforts to clear the squalid camp of Idomeni where over 8,400 migrants remain on the border with Macedonia after braving a winter in vain hope of being allowed through to Europe.

Greece 'eyes evacuation of Idomeni border camp Tuesday'

Atenas - Greece is planning a police operation early Tuesday to evacuate the squalid migrant camp of Idomeni on its border with Macedonia, a report said Monday.

Greece to adopt more cuts, tax hikes for bailout cash

Atenas - Greece on Sunday was set to adopt fresh cuts and tax hikes ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that is expected to unlock desperately-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation.

Greek jets scrambled to US plane after EgyptAir crash: source

Atenas - Greece scrambled fighter jets to monitor a US passenger plane that failed to identify itself when entering Greek airspace this week, an official said Saturday, confirming media reports.

Body part, seats, luggage found in EgyptAir search: Greek minister

Atenas - A body part, seats and one or more items of luggage were found Friday by crews searching for the wreckage of an EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed in the Mediterranean, Greece's defence minister said.

Greek air safety authorities deny EgyptAir wreckage found

Atenas - The head of the Greek air safety authority on Thursday told AFP that wreckage found in the Mediterranean close to where an EgyptAir passenger jet is thought to have crashed "does not come from a plane".

'No problem' mentioned by EgyptAir pilot in last contact: Greek official

Atenas - The pilot of an EgyptAir flight that vanished over the eastern Mediterranean early Thursday with 66 people on board, had "not mentioned a problem" in his final contact, the Greek civil aviation said.

EgyptAir plane fell 22,000 feet, swerved sharply: Greek minister

Atenas - An EgyptAir flight lost early Thursday over the eastern Mediterranean with 66 people on board fell 22,000 feet and swerved sharply in Egyptian airspace before it disappeared from radar screens, Greece's defence minister said.

UN urges Greece to address migrant detention woes

Atenas - Greece must regulate and improve conditions for thousands of migrants -- many of them children -- detained in camps for weeks as they wait for asylum under a sketchy EU-Turkey deal, a UN human rights official said Monday.

Austria, Greece bury the hatchet after migrant spat

Vienna - Austria and Greece's foreign ministers said Wednesday that they have buried the hatchet after differences over Europe's migrant crisis prompted a chill in relations."Our ambassador has returned...

Tired of Greece, migrants try to swim back to Turkey

Atenas - Six migrants who were fed up with being stuck on the Greek Island of Chios tried to make their way back to Turkey -- by swimming, Greek harbour police said on Wednesday.

Council of Europe concerned over Macedonia treatment of migrants

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe on Wednesday offered its help in training Macedonian border police, after allegations that officers are maltreating migrants as they try to enter the country on their way north.

Greece creditor agreement 'in coming days': EU commissioner

Brussels - Greece and its EU-IMF creditors will reach a deal to release the next tranche of its 86-billion-euro bailout "in the coming days", said a senior EU official on Monday after talks in Brussels.

Eurozone hopes for Greece debt deal in late May

Atenas - Eurozone finance ministers on Monday gave themselves until May 24 to reach a divisive deal on debt relief for Greece after lawmakers in Athens adopted tough reforms demanded as part of the country's bailout.

Crunch Eurozone talks on Greece debt deal

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers hold an emergency meeting on Monday to try to thrash out a difficult deal on fresh reforms for Greece as fears grow of a repeat of last year's chaotic bailout negotiations.

Greek police fire tear gas as thousands protest over reform vote

Atenas - Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse petrol bomb-throwing protesters in Athens Sunday as thousands took to the streets in anti-austerity demos ahead of a vote by lawmakers on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul.

Greece paralysed by strike over pension, tax reforms

Atenas - Greece's public transport networks ground to a halt Friday after trade unions called for a 48-hour strike to protest controversial government plans to overhaul pensions and increase taxes, as demanded by international creditors.

Next Eurogroup meeting on Greece to take place May 9: Athens

Atenas - The next meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss Greece's massive bailout will be held in Brussels on May 9, Athens said Thursday.

New Eurogroup Greece meeting within next two weeks: Dijsselbloem

Paris - Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday said the next Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss debt-crippled Greece could take place within the next two weeks."I don't have a deadline.

Greek PM seeks EU help to break creditor deadlock

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.

Greece sends another 49 migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou
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Another picture of the fabulous Parthenon: proudly watching over the extensive city. The mountain the Acropolis sits on has been inhabited since the fifth millennium BC. The term 'Acropolis' comes from the Greek 'ἄκρον' (akron: edge, extremity) and 'πόλις' (polis: city-state).
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Storm clouds over sea, Greece
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A Modern Athenian Horizon.
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Consul General of Greece Dimitris Azemopoulos
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The Aegean Sea ferry crossing takes 45 minutes.
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A still from a debate on Iranian television. Amir Tahouri is in the chair; Alexander Baron and Bob Ayers give their views on the bailout of the banksters. This was recorded live from 5pm at the Acton, West London studio of IRIB on Good Friday, April 6, 2012 - the first day of the tax year. The surgical collar is because every time I think of the banksters I get a pain in the neck.
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Photos for the photo-essay on Aegina
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Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada.
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Kalamitsi beach in Lefkada, Greece
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The beautiful wharf-front cafe. The fresh, salty Greek sea breeze revitalises the senses and eases the soul.
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An icon of Aegina's patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.