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Cyprus, Greece, Egypt vow closer security cooperation in Mediterranean

Larnaca - Cyprus, Greece and Egypt on Thursday pledged closer cooperation on combatting terrorism and people trafficking, as they look to ratchet up maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean, their defence ministers said.

Turkey rescues dozens of migrants from Aegean rocks

Istanbul - Turkish coast guards on Thursday rescued dozens of migrants stranded on rocks off western Turkey when their Greece-bound vessel hit trouble.

Greece strikes against budget cuts, labour reforms

Atenas - Some 20,000 people demonstrated in Greece on Thursday as a general strike against new budget cuts and labour reform paralysed the civil service and disrupted transports.

Greece criticises EU chief over refugee quota comments

Atenas - Greece on Wednesday said EU President Donald Tusk's rejection of refugee quotas was "ill-timed" and had no hope of being accepted at a summit this week.

Greek court orders extradition of Russian Bitcoin suspect to US

Atenas - Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that a Russian accused of laundering $4 billion using bitcoin digital currency be extradited to the United States, a court source said.

Greece to speed up migrant transfer after Turkey deal

Atenas - Greece will speed up the relocation of thousands of migrants from its overcrowded islands to the mainland before the onset of winter after reaching a deal with Turkey, a key ally in helping to tackle Europe's migration crisis, government sources said M...

Turkish Cypriots 'joint owners', not minority: Erdogan

Atenas - Turkish Cypriots are "joint owners" of the divided island of Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview Sunday, insisting negotiations will fail if they are treated otherwise.

Turkey agrees to accept migrant returns from Greece: report

Atenas - Greece has persuaded Turkey to accept migrant returns from the mainland in order to reduce critical overcrowding in its refugee camps, a report said Saturday.

Erdogan calls for minority Muslims in Greece to be respected

Komotin - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the rights of the Turkish-speaking Muslim minority in Thrace, northeastern Greece to be respected during a visit on Friday.

Greece and Turkey agree to disagree during landmark Erdogan visit

Atenas - Greece and Turkey on Thursday agreed to work on confidence-boosting measures after a rocky start to a landmark two-day state visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan revives territorial disputes ahead of Greece visit

Atenas - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for territorial "improvements" in the Aegean Sea on the eve of a state visit to Greece, in comments that are likely to raise hackles in Athens.

Erdogan heads to uneasy ally Greece for historic visit

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins the first visit by a Turkish head of state to Greece in 65 years Thursday, with concerns over relations as Athens said it was "worried" by his comments perceived as reviving territorial friction.

Violence at Greek protests in memory of teen killed by police

Atenas - Masked youths clashed with police in Athens on Wednesday, throwing Molotov cocktails and stones on the margins of an annual protest in remembrance of a teenage boy killed by police in 2008.

Med nations sign MoU to build major gas pipeline

Nicosia - Mediterranean countries Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe.

Greek island mayors protest overcrowding in refugee camps

Atenas - Mayors and residents of Greece's Aegean islands, which are sheltering more than 15,000 refugees and migrants, on Tuesday called for the government to relocate people from overcrowded camps into centres on the mainland.

Greece reaches preliminary agreement with creditors

Atenas - Greece said Saturday it had reached a preliminary agreement with international creditors that it was meeting its commitments to unblock the latest tranche of a third bailout programme.

Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate

S - Although Ibrahim Hondeta's Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together.

Greece arrests nine suspected Turkish extremists

Atenas - Nine Turkish nationals suspected of belonging to leftwing extremist organisations were arrested Tuesday during an anti-terrorist operation in Athens, police said.

Macedonia targets 'grandiose' neo-classical monuments

Skopje - A massive urban makeover by Macedonia's former conservative government that covered the capital Skopje with neo-classical monuments will be reviewed by the country's new ruling party.

Greek government faces questions over botched Saudi arms sale

Atenas - The Greek government has come under fire over a planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia that fell through amid accusations of incompetence against the defence minister, a key ally of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Erdogan to make first Turkish presidential visit to Greece 'since 1952'

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will in the coming days visit Turkey's sometimes uneasy NATO ally Greece, a top official said Thursday, the first visit by a Turkish head of state to its neighbour in 65 years.

Greek flood death toll rises to 21

Atenas - The death toll from flash floods near Athens last week has risen to 21, with one more person still missing, officials said Tuesday.

Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

Atenas - On Greece's rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.

Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20

Atenas - Greece's government on Monday announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing.

Greek flooding toll reaches 19, as more bodies found

Atenas - Greek police and emergency workers rescued three bodies in flood-hit areas west of Athens on Saturday, bringing the death toll since Wednesday to 19.

Six missing after deadly Greek floods as stricken towns face shortages

M - Six people were still missing in Greece Friday after a flash flood killed 16 others near the capital, with local communities facing food and medicine shortages and the full scope of the damage still unclear."We need rapid solutions...

Greece in mourning as several still missing after deadly flood

M - Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 16 people near the capital, with more thunderstorms forecast until the weekend.

Greece in mourning, several still missing in deadly flood

Atenas - Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continued to fall.

State of mourning in Greece after deadly flood: PM

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday declared a state of mourning after a freak overnight downpour with the force of a "waterfall" flooded three towns near Athens, killing at least 15 people.

At least 13 die in Greece flash flood

Atenas - At least 13 people died on Wednesday and more were missing after a strong overnight downpour flooded three towns in Greece, officials said.
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