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Greek protesters clash with police after defying virus ban

Athens - Greek police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in Athens on Tuesday to break up a demonstration to commemorate a 1973 student uprising against the military junta that was banned because of the pandemic.

Moment of truth in trial of Greece's neo-Nazis

Athens - An Athens criminal court is set to hand down verdicts Wednesday on the top leaders and dozens of members of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group after one of the country's biggest trials in decades.

Greece warms to EU asylum pact but refugee groups rage

Athens - Greece's government has cautiously welcomed a plan from Brussels to reform the EU's shaky asylum system, but charity groups working with refugees on the ground have blasted a continued "outrageous containment policy".

13,000 chairs outside German parliament in Greek migrant camps protest

Berlin - Campaigners placed 13,000 chairs outside the German parliament building in Berlin on Monday, in a symbolic protest calling for the overcrowded migrants camps in Greek islands to be shut down.

Migrants return to 'Balkan route' to chase European dream

- The first rays of the morning sun reveal entire families lying on the railway line or in abandoned wagons but when Greek police patrols appear, they evaporate into nearby fields.

Greece is 'ready to welcome tourists', says prime minister

Th - From the emblematic island of Santorini, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday that Greece is "ready to welcome tourists" in complete safety after the coronavirus lockdown, whose impact on tourism will be "significant".

In Greek migrant camp, women endure hardship and fear

Ch - Mired in the mud, living under a plastic tarpaulin next to overflowing bins, 18-year-old Afghan Merziyeh Eskandari knows she faces another hard day in the migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios.

Greek police free Lebanese man due to mistaken identity

Athens - Greek authorities have released a Lebanese man who was arrested last week accused of involvement in a 1985 plane hijacking, after concluding they had the wrong person, police said.

Thousands of dead fish wash up on drought-stricken Greek lake

Thessalon - Thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of Lake Koroneia in northern Greece on Thursday as a result of high temperatures and declining water levels, authorities said.

Greek police fire teargas as child migrants protest conditions in camps

Thessalon - Greek police fired tear gas at hundreds of children who protested in a packed migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, the state news agency ANA reported.

Hundreds of migrants moved from 'hell' of overcrowded Greek island

M - Greek officials and UN workers evacuated the first group of what will be hundreds of migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, where overcrowding and sweltering heat have made conditions unbearable.

Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants: agency

Athens - Greek police arrested around 100 people, mainly migrants, in dawn raids on Athens squats Monday, part of a major police crackdown, state news agency ANA reported.

One year on, deadly Greek wildfire haunts survivors

Athens - Twelve months on, you can still see it in the faces of the survivors: the deadly wildfires that killed 102 people in the Greek coastal town of Mati has left its mark on local people.

Trump confirms considering pardons in US war crimes cases

Washington - President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is considering pardons for several military servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes, in what critics say would be an abuse of the powers afforded him under the US Constitution.

Greek city remembers first train that sent its Jews to Auschwitz

Thessalon - Two thousand people held a silent march in Greece's second city Thessaloniki on Sunday, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to the Auschwitz death camp.

Manslaughter charges for Greek politicians, fire chiefs over wildfire

Atenas - Athens prosecutors have laid charges, including for manslaughter, against local politicians and fire chiefs over last summer's wildfire at a coastal resort that killed 100 people, a legal source said Tuesday.

Macedonia PM salutes courage of Greek deputies

Veles - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday paid tribute to the courage of Greek lawmakers after their vote to approve the renaming of his country to settle a decades-old dispute.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Friday approved the new name "Republic of North Macedonia" for its northern neighbour, two weeks after a similar vote by Macedonian lawmakers.

Athens blanketed with unaccustomed snow

Atenas - The Greek capital Athens was blanketed Tuesday with a layer of snow, two days after officials said three people had died as stormy weather and freezing temperatures gripped most of the country.

Fiery protests in Greece in memory of teenager killed by police

Atenas - Petrol bombs and fireworks exploded in Athens on Thursday at demonstrations marking the 10th anniversary of the fatal shooting by police of a 15-year-old boy, which had triggered weeks of youth protests.

Syrian refugee volunteer accused of helping migrants freed on bail: lawyer

Atenas - A Greek court has agreed to release Syrian refugee Sarah Mardini, once lauded for helping to save people in a sinking dinghy at sea, who was detained in August accused of helping illicit migrant networks, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Migrants brace for winter in packed Greek island camps

M - Thousands of migrants packed into overcrowded camps on the Greek islands are bracing for winter in conditions that have already driven some there to attempt suicide.

Power cut, water shortage on Greek holiday isle Hydra

Atenas - The Greek holiday island of Hydra was without electricity on Sunday, leading to water shortages as the authorities and energy company Dedie scrambled to resume the power supply.

'Zorba' composer Mikis Theodorakis in hospital after heart attack

Atenas - Renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote the music for the 1964 classic film "Zorba the Greek", has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, the state agency ANA reported Sunday.

Greek asylum official blames EU tensions for migrant family separations

Atenas - A top Greek asylum official blamed tensions over the EU's migrant policy on Thursday for separating young migrants from their parents in other European countries, as an NGO revealed around 2,500 unaccompanied migrant children in Greece are in a "perilo...

Rights groups press Greek government on migrant ruling

Atenas - Rights groups on Thursday pressed the Greek government to comply with a court ruling to allow migrants to move freely within Greece instead of being confined to six Aegean islands.

Greek bishop to be retried under homophobia law

Atenas - A Greek bishop will be retried after being controversially acquitted on charges of inciting violence against homosexuals, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Israeli president visits Greek site of future Holocaust museum

Thessalon - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday announced the northern port city of Thessaloniki is to host a Holocaust museum, during a visit to the site with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Turkey rages after 'coup' officer granted asylum in Greece

Atenas - The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday slammed a decision in Greece to grant asylum to a Turkish helicopter co-pilot, who fled the country after last year's failed coup, as "politically motivated" and warned of a negative impact on bilateral relation...

Three dead after boat sinks crossing from Turkey to Greece

Atenas - At least three people drowned on Friday after their wooden boat sank in the narrow stretch of water separating Turkey from the Greek island of Kalymnos, Greek port police said.
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