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Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Turkey's top court convened Thursday to consider whether Istanbul's emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West.

Greece reopens islands to flights in bid to save tourism season

Corfu - Greece on Wednesday reopened flights to its flagship island destinations as it raced to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy.

Greece extends lockdown at migrant camps on World Refugee Day

Athens - Greece announced on Saturday another extension of the coronavirus lockdown on its teeming migrant camps, hours after some 2,000 people protested in central Athens to mark World Refugee Day and denounce the government’s treatment of migrants.

Greece culls migrant support groups in 'transparency' overhaul

Athens - Dozens of groups helping asylum seekers in Greece risk being edged out in a government move to tighten what it calls "opaque" rules overseeing charities, sparking concern that crucial support will be cut.

Balkan hoteliers hope for 'survival' as borders reopen

Hanioti - As the first Balkan travellers queued at the border with Bulgaria to cross into Greece this week, hotelier Yiannis Laspas was glued to his TV screen, eagerly awaiting potential guests.

Greece reopens for tourists, but UK flights barred for now

Athens - As Greece prepares to reopen for foreign visitors in a bid to get its crucial tourism sector back on its feet, the government said Friday that flights from coronavirus hotspots such as Britain would not be allowed in, at least for now.

Knife crime looms larger than virus in Greek refugee camp

Inside Greece's largest asylum-seeker camp on the island of Lesbos, the coronavirus is an oft-heard threat that has kept migrant facilities around the country under lockdown since March.But knife crime is the real killer.

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Piraeus - Abdelkader Rahmoun hasn't slept in days.The 44-year-old Syrian and his family are among thousands of recognised refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under Greece's asylum seeker housing scheme.

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Piraeus - Abdelkader Rahmoun hasn't slept in days.The 44-year-old Syrian and his family are among thousands of recognised refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under Greece's asylum seeker housing scheme.

Greek PM praises 'huge step' of European recovery bid

Washington - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday hailed a proposed EU coronavirus recovery package as a "huge step" and said that even skeptical European states would benefit.

Unease in Greece as restaurants, cafes reopen

Athens - Restaurants and cafes across Greece opened ahead of schedule Monday as the country prepared to launch a shortened tourism season vital to its economy.

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied border strip

Athens - Greece on Sunday dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

Coronavirus edges Greece closer to e-governance

Athens - The coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerise its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU's worst digital laggards, experts say.

Greece to restart tourism mid-June, international flights July 1

Athens - Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 and gradually restore international flights from July 1 to boost its economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday.

Acropolis in Athens reopens after virus shutdown

Athens - Greece reopened the Acropolis in Athens and all open-air archaeological sites under tight sanitary conditions to the public on Monday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Acropolis in Athens reopens after virus shutdown

Athens - Greece reopened the Acropolis in Athens and all open-air archaeological sites in the country to the public on Monday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Catching up with dance recording artist VASSY while quarantined Special

Multi-platinum dance recording artist VASSY chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos while quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greek migrant hotel ransacked in latest tensions over relocations

- When plans were leaked last week to move dozens of asylum seekers from an island camp to a hotel in the northern Greek village of Arnissa, there was a swift and violent response.

Greece remembers anti-austerity riot victims

Athens - Greece on Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of a deadly firebomb attack on a bank during anti-austerity riots, as a coronavirus lockdown raised fears of another recession.

Greece's 'invisible' artists call for help in virus squeeze

Athens - "For us, there is no return to normality."Despite being one of Greece's best-known folk singers, Natassa Bofiliou is among thousands of artists worried about the economic impact of coronavirus lockdowns that have only just begun to be eased.

A decade after debt crisis, Greece on verge of virus recession

Athens - Ten years after sinking into its worst economic crisis in living memory, Greece once again faces the spectre of a grave recession in the midst of a global coronavirus lockdown.

Canada says five missing in navy chopper crash believed dead

Ottawa - The five missing crew members of a Canadian navy helicopter that crashed during a NATO operation this week into the Mediterranean Sea are presumed dead, officials said Friday.

One Canadian dead, five missing after navy helicopter crash

Athens - A Canadian sailor's body has been found amid debris from a navy helicopter that crashed during a NATO operation in the sea between Greece and Italy, officials said Thursday.

Debris of missing Canadian NATO helicopter 'found off Greece'

Athens - Debris from a Canadian military helicopter that went missing during a NATO operation has been found in the sea between Greece and Italy, a Greek military officer and public television said Thursday.

Canadian NATO helicopter goes missing off Greece

Athens - A Canadian military helicopter operating as part of a NATO surveillance force has gone missing over the sea between Greece and Italy, officials said on Wednesday.

Chatting with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike: World's No. 1 DJs Special

Dimitri Vegas of the world-renowned electronic dance music (EDM) duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike chatted with Digital Journal about being named the No. 1 DJs in the world by DJ Magazine, and his latest endeavors, inspirations, and film career.

Death sparks unrest at major migrant camp in Greece

Athens - A fire ripped through one of Greece's largest migrant camps leaving widespread damage and many people homeless after the death of an Iraqi woman sparked unrest, officials said Sunday.

Orthodox Easter services hit by virus as many stay home

Moscow - More than 260 million Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday, with church leaders urging worshippers to stay at home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Greek health workers demonstrate over coronavirus conditions

Athens - Hundreds of Greek healthcare workers demonstrated on Tuesday to protest at working conditions and lack of manpower and equipment in public hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Nick Hard' and the soft-spoken professor keeping Greeks virus-safe

Athens - A hard-hitting ex-mayor with a penchant for upper body selfies and a soft-spoken health professor are the duo behind Greece's drive to keep the coronavirus cases to manageable numbers.
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Athens, Greece 12 February 2012. Greece debt crisis.
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A different view of Chania harbor, showing the one small mosque that has remained from the time when Crete was occupied by the Ottoman Turks. Today, it's a museum for modern art.
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Inside the museum. The extensive collection of artifacts is breathtaking. You could spend all day here!
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Homeless people in the streets of Athens, Greece
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An icon of Aegina's patron saint St. Nektarios of Aegina.
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Greek Strikes
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Another scene from the wharf: watching tourists and locals strolling by induces an incredibly innate peacefulness.
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A view from the upstairs monastery: the rolling mountains are a beauty not experienced everyday, a special treat.
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An amphitheater just below the Acropolis. Extraordinary engineering ingenuities such as this theater, would have housed the great poets like Homer, and speakers like Pericles.
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Photos for the photo-essay on Aegina
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Greek fishing boats - welcome to the real Greece!
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An unlucky column of the temple. Carved out of solid rock, the fact there's even a temple still standing, is incredible.
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