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Eurozone bailout rescues Greece's top bank

Luxembourg - The eurozone's bailout fund rescued Greece's largest bank on Tuesday, launching a recapitalisation process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan programme in five years.The European Stability Mechanism unlocked 2.72 billion euros ($2.

Turkey PM scolds Tsipras after Twitter broadside

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday urged Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to focus on a "positive agenda" after he lashed out at Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian warplane in a series of tweets.

Macedonia finishes fence at Greek border

Skopje - Macedonia on Sunday finished building a fence on its frontier with Greece becoming the latest country in Europe to build a border barrier aimed at checking the flow of migrants.Some three-kilometre (1.

Clashes at Greece border as Macedonia builds fence to stem migrant flow

Skopje - A group of migrants trying to enter Macedonia pelted the police with stones on Saturday, injuring several officers as the small Balkan country became the latest to build a border fence aimed at checking the flow of newcomers.

Migrants try to break through Greece-Macedonia border: AFP

Gevgelija - Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences to cross from Greece into Macedonia, which imposed new border restrictions last week, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.

Greek conservative chief quits in party election fiasco

Atenas - The acting head of Greece's conservative New Democracy party, and head of the opposition, quit Tuesday after a weekend fiasco that saw the party fail to elect a new leader."To de-escalate the tension...

Blast outside Greek industry association, no injuries: Source

Atenas - A bomb exploded early Tuesday outside the offices of Greece's industry association in Athens, causing damage but no injuries, a police source said.

Migrants sew lips together in protest at Greece-Macedonia border

Gevgelija - At least five migrants stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border on Monday sewed their lips in protest at not being allowed to continue their journey to Europe, AFP reporters said.

Macedonia warns of 'security risk' over migrant bottleneck

Skopje - Macedonia warned Sunday of the risk of incidents on its border with Greece where hundreds of migrants are stuck after new restrictions were imposed limiting passage to those fleeing conflict zones.

Greek PM seeks 'national dialogue' on retirement reforms

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday called for dialogue with the country's top powers on retirement reforms days after the ruling coalition was weakened by a dwindling majority.

Blocked migrants protest at Greek-Macedonia border

Gevgelija - Migrants who have been blocked at the Greek-Macedonian border for three days, protested Saturday against being prevented from entering Macedonia after new restrictions were imposed, an AFP journalist said.

'Nearly impossible' to find jihadists among migrants, Greeks warn

Kallon - As the hunt for jihadists widens after last week's Paris attacks, authorities in Greece warn it was virtually impossible to pick out dangerous extremists among arriving migrants, without prior intelligence.

A second suicide bomber in Paris attacks went through Greece: Prosecutors

Paris - Two of the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up near the Stade de France stadium in the Paris attacks a week ago had passed through Greece posing as migrants fleeing the Syrian war, prosecutors said Friday.

Athens denies Paris attacks ringleader came through Greece

Atenas - Greece on Friday denied a claim by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve that the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, had been in the country.

Honduras to charge Syrians using false documents to get to US

Tegucigalpa - Honduras moved Thursday to charge five Syrian men for using falsified Greek passports to try to get to the United States, while Costa Rica arrested a Syrian woman also using a suspect Greek passport.

Greek government lawmakers break ranks ahead of reforms vote

Atenas - Greece's leftist government suffered a double blow on Thursday shortly before a bailout reform vote, with one lawmaker resigning and a second pledging to reject the bill.

Honduras arrests five Syrians headed to US with stolen passports

Tegucigalpa - Honduran authorities have arrested five Syrians intending to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday in the wake of the Paris attacks launched by Syria-linked jihadists.

Greek PM in Turkey to discuss migrant crisis

Istanbul - Greece and its neighbour Turkey on Wednesday agreed to "urgently" unite efforts to tackle the flow of refugees entering the European Union member state from Turkish territory.

Thousands rally in Greece to commemorate 1973 student uprising

Atenas - Thousands took to the streets in major Greek cities on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student revolt that was brutally crushed by the country's junta at the time.

Nine dead as migrant boat capzises off Greece: coastguard

Atenas - Nine people including four children drowned when a boat carrying migrants from Turkey sank off the Greek island of Kos, the coastguard said Tuesday.

Greece names man whose Syrian passport was found at Paris attacks

Atenas - A Syrian passport found by police at the scene of one of the Paris attacks was issued to Ahmad alMohammad, an asylum seeker who had taken the migrants' route through the Balkans, Greece's migration minister said on Sunday.

At least one man linked to Paris attacks registered as refugee in Greece: Police

Atenas - Greek police on Saturday said at least one man with a possible connection to the Paris attacks had registered as a refugee with Greek authorities earlier this year.

Syrian passport at Paris attack scene belonged to asylum seeker: Greek minister

Atenas - A Syrian passport found by police at the scene of the mass shooting in a Paris concert hall belonged to an asylum seeker who registered on a Greek island in October, a Greek minister said Saturday.

Refugee children die in Greece in boat, train accidents: Officials

Atenas - Two refugee children died in Greece in separate boat and train accidents as families continue to risk their lives to find safety in Europe, officials said on Saturday.

Greece's leftist govt hit by first general strike

Atenas - Over 20,000 people demonstrated in Athens against fresh spending cuts Thursday, with sporadic outbreaks of violence, in the first general strike against the leftist government which swept to power on an anti-austerity ticket.

Creditors begin Greek reforms review ahead of strike

Atenas - Greece's international creditors on Wednesday begin a review of reforms pledged under the country's bailout, a day ahead of a general strike to protest the measures.

Over 300 refugees found hidden in yacht: Greek coastguard

Atenas - The Greek coastguard on Monday said it had discovered over 300 refugees hidden in a yacht that ran aground near the island of Lesbos.

Migrant tragedies leave Lesbos fishermen fearing for the future

St - Their livelihood depends on the deep blue Aegean waters they have navigated since childhood but the fishermen of Lesbos today dread what they will find in their nets.

Germany to speed up repatriations as migrants near million mark

Atenas - Germany said Thursday it would speed up the repatriation of rejected asylum-seekers as new figures showed the country inching closer to the million-migrant mark and EU forecasts showed even more people seeking refuge in Europe next year.

Two migrant children drown as UN predicts Greece arrival spike

Atenas - The cold Aegean Sea claimed the lives of two more migrant children early Thursday, sparking protests in Greece as the UN warned another 600,000 people could arrive by February.
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