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French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks

Atenas - Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.

Anarchists disrupt Golden Dawn trial

Atenas - The trial of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was interrupted Friday by a noisy incursion by anarchists, prompting an adjournment to June 4.

Greece raids emergency account to repay debt

Atenas - Greece admitted Tuesday it tapped into an emergency account to pay 750 million euros ($845 million) due to the International Monetary Fund, adding pressure to reach a deal to avoid crashing out of the eurozone.

Greek FM says Cyprus talks are 'opportunity' for settlement

Ankara - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday said the resumption of UN-brokered peace talks present a "window of opportunity" to reunify the divided island of Cyprus.

Greece avoids default with IMF payment but warns of imminent crisis

Brussels - Greece narrowly averted a default Tuesday that could have seen it crashing out of the euro, but warned it faced another cash crunch within two weeks without a bailout deal with its EU financiers.

Greece makes progress but warns of cash crunch

Brussels - Greece won limited support from the eurozone Monday for the progress it has made in difficult bailout talks, but warned that Athens faced a cash crunch within two weeks without a deal.

New delays possible for Greek Golden Dawn trial

Atenas - The long-awaited trial of leaders of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was facing potential new delays after Greek authorities revealed Monday the case will change venues in September.

Greece says it is paying 750 mn euros due Tuesday to IMF

Atenas - Greece has begun the transfer of 750 million euros ($836 million) to the International Monetary Fund one day before the payment is due, the finance ministry said on Monday.

Greece to repay IMF but eurozone deal far off

Brussels - Greece said on Monday it would meet a huge IMF payment deadline to avoid a catastrophic default but despite some progress in talks with its eurozone partners a bailout deal still seemed far out of reach.

Athens metro screens films demanding German WWII reparations

Atenas - Screens across Athens' metro, usually reserved for weather forecasts, have shown more controversial subject matter this month with the broadcast of a government-backed film demanding German reparations for World War II.

Golden Dawn leaders snub trial for second time

Atenas - The trial of leaders of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn was adjourned for a second time Thursday as they again refused to appear before judges in an Athens prison, calling into question how the historic case will be run.

Britain to stay in EU: Top European diplomat Mogherini

Bejing - Britain will stay in the European Union, the 28-nation group's top diplomat predicted Wednesday, a day ahead of an election in which incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on membership.

Syriza's 100 days: A slow reckoning with financial reality

Atenas - It promised to turn the page on five years of austerity that brought Greece to its knees, but the first 100 days of the radical government of Alexis Tsipras has seen that hope disappear into the yawning gulf between it and the country's creditors.

Two dead, 21 injured in Athens prison fighting

Atenas - Two inmates were killed and 21 others injured during fighting that broke out in an Athens prison on Sunday, the justice ministry said.

Wife shields Greece's Varoufakis in restaurant standoff with anarchists

Atenas - Greece's combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was shielded by his wife Danae after being pelted with glass objects by anarchists at a restaurant in a working-class Athens neighbourhood, the finance ministry said Wednesday.

Greek minister raises possibility of fresh election

Atenas - The interior minister of cash-strapped Greece has raised the possibility of fresh elections to give Greeks the last word on the government's economic policy."Those who imagine that the current government is an interlude ...

Europe pushes Greece in bogged down debt talks

Riga - European ministers heaped pressure on Greece to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks.

2015 may be the year Cyprus is reunified, say Turkey, U.S.

Washington - Turkey and the United States voiced hopes Tuesday that 2015 could be the year when a long-elusive diplomatic solution is finally found to the decades-old division of Cyprus.

US blacklists two Greek 'terrorists' in row over new law

Washington - The United States blacklisted two Greek extremists Tuesday amid anger over a new law which could see a bombmaker from a radical group accused of killing Americans released early from prison.

Child among migrants drowned off Greece in new tragedy

Atenas - At least three people, including a child, died when a boat carrying more than 90 migrants sank off the Greek island of Rhodes on Monday, police said.

Rising tide of illegal immigrants swamp Greek islands

Mytilene - The Greek island of Lesbos is being flooded by a rising tide of people seeking to illegally migrate to Europe from the nearby Turkish coast on just about anything that will float.

Greek Golden Dawn trial opens with top defendants absent

Atenas - The trial of 69 members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn on charges of running a criminal organisation began Monday in the absence of the party leader and other main defendants.

Greece uneasy as trial opens for neo-Nazi Golden Dawn

Atenas - Dozens of people linked to Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party go on trial Monday on charges ranging from murder to participation in a criminal organisation, as officials brace for trouble among rival protesters at the scene.

Greece set for trial of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party

Atenas - Greece begins one of its most publicised trials in decades on Monday, with dozens of people linked to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party facing charges including murder and participation in a criminal organisation.

Greece told to move 'urgently' on detailed debt plan

Washington - Greece was told to urgently deliver a detailed fiscal and debt plan to official lenders as the IMF-World Bank spring meetings wound up amid escalating worries of a looming default.

Standard and Poor downgrades Greece's credit rating further

Athens - Greece's credit grade is already in junk status but on April 15 rating agency Standard and Poor downgraded the status of Greek credit even further.

6.1 magnitude quake strikes off Greek island of Crete, no injuries

Atenas - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck under the Mediterranean seabed east of the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, but local authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia sees first Koran reading in 85 years

Istanbul - A Muslim cleric has for the first time in 85 years recited the Koran in the Hagia Sophia, the world famous landmark of Istanbul which is now a museum after serving as a church and a mosque, reports said Saturday.

In the shadow of Greek prison, locals dread Golden Dawn trial

Atenas - They have learned to live with over 2,000 prisoners on their doorstep, some of them notorious extremists and hardened killers.
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