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Tsipras draws line under diplomat spat on Moscow visit

Moscow - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday drew a line under a row in the summer that saw Athens expel Russian diplomats, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin."We need to look forward...

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Skopje - Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.

Schoolchildren hold rival protests in Greece over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in rival protests in Greece on Thursday over the country's name deal with Macedonia aimed at ending a three-decade dispute but which has sparked controversy.

Greece's Varoufakis to stand for European election in Germany

Berlin - Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will stand for next year's European election in Germany, a country he once locked horns with during the Greek debt crisis, the political movement he launched has announced.

Holy row erupts over Greek PM's church salary reform bid

Atenas - A holy row has erupted in Greece after an attempt by atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to overhaul historically close links between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church.

Greece marks anniversary of anti-junta uprising

Atenas - At least 12,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Saturday to mark the 45th anniversary of a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta, police said.

Albania bans 52 Greeks after 'extremism' at funeral

Tirana - Tirana has banned 52 Greek nationals from entering the country over what it labelled their "extremist" behaviour at the funeral of an ethnic Greek man killed by Albanian police, an official said late Friday.

Crowds flock to funeral of ethnic Greek man slain in Albania

- Hundreds attended a funeral in southern Albania on Thursday for an ethnic Greek man who was killed by police there last month, inflaming tensions between Athens and Tirana.

Greek PM claims breakthrough in tangled church-state relations

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a tentative breakthrough in talks to soften ties between Greece and its powerful Orthodox Church, a decades-old debate affecting valuable church lands and clerical salaries.

Poroshenko, Orthodox patriarch sign accord on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and the Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Saturday signed an accord that paves the way for the recognition of an independent Ukrainian church, provoking new fury in Moscow.

Netanyahu hits out at 'hostile' EU ahead of Bulgaria trip

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised the EU's "hypocritical and hostile attitude" on Thursday as he left for talks with four eastern European leaders in Bulgaria.

6.8 magnitude quake causes Greek island damage, no injuries

Atenas - A powerful 6.8-magnitude undersea earthquake struck early Friday off the Ionian Sea island of Zante, causing structural damage but no injuries, officials said."We have no reports of injuries, or of someone being trapped under rubble...

Strong 6.8 magnitude quake strikes off Greece

Atenas - A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Greece on Friday and was felt strongly in the tourist hotspot island of Zante, monitoring agencies said.

World's 'oldest intact shipwreck' found in Black Sea

London - An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, researchers said on Tuesday.

Macedonia MPs vote to start name change process

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Friday voted to start the process of renaming the country North Macedonia, a major step towards ending a decades-long stalemate with Greece and opening a door to NATO and the EU.

Greek PM urges Macedonia to ratify name deal after FM resigns

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Macedonian lawmakers to ratify the two countries' landmark name deal after a cabinet spat in Athens prompted the shock resignation of his foreign minister.

Macedonia parliament finishes first day of debate on name change

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament finished its first day of a debate on Monday without reaching a decision on whether to approve a deal to change the country's name, pushing talks aimed at settling a long-running row with Greece into a second day.

Macedonia lawmakers to vote on name change deal with Greece

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country's name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe's longest running disputes.

Greek 'migrant-smuggling' car crash kills 11

Thessalon - Eleven people died on Saturday in northern Greece when a car thought to be carrying migrants crashed head-on with a truck and burst into flames, police said.

Top Greek court orders inquiry into handling of EU funds

Atenas - Greece's Supreme Court on Monday ordered an inquiry into the handling of European funds paid to Athens to help the country cope with the migration crisis of 2015-16.

Macedonia president slams 'unfair' EU after referendum

Prague - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov slammed the EU as "unfair" on Thursday after a referendum to change the country's name, which had been a condition for its EU and NATO entry.

UN chief urges Macedonia to implement name change

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Macedonia to move forward with a name change after more than 90 percent of voters backed renaming the Balkan country North Macedonia.

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Skopje - Macedonia's government vowed Monday to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout in a referendum on the move made it illegitimate.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - With Sunday's referendum proposing the new name "Republic of North Macedonia", the country hopes to resolve a row poisoning relations with Greece and blocking efforts to join the EU and NATO.

Macedonian referendum backs new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Macedonian voters on Sunday supported a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long spat with Greece and unlocking a path to NATO and EU membership, although the referendum was marred by low turnout.

Jorgos and friends to perform biggest ever magic event in Greece Special

Athens - World renowned magician Jorgos chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming magic event, featuring special friends and guests, at The Christmas Theater in Athens, Greece.

Macedonia to vote on new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Voters across the Balkan state of Macedonia will decide Sunday whether to re-name their country North Macedonia, an emotional vote that could end a bitter row with Greece and unlock a path to NATO and the EU.

Macedonia president urges boycott of name referendum

New York - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called on Thursday for voters to boycott this weekend's referendum on a name change, saying the country was being asked to commit "historical suicide.

'Everyone is for yes': name vote brings hope to Macedonia's Albanians

Skopje - From the brink of war to decades of discrimination and poverty, it has not been an easy ride for the Albanian minority wedged into Macedonia's northwest corner.

Why is Macedonia voting to change its name?

Skopje - Macedonians are casting ballots on Sunday on whether to add "North" to their country's official name.- Why?
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