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Greek defense minister to visit Turkey as tension wanes

Mar. 30, 2023 12:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s defense minister announced Thursday that he will travel to neighboring Turkey next week as part of an effort to ease tension between the two NATO members, which have long-standing and often volatile disputes. Nikos Panagiotopoulos told reporters in...

Biden celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House

Mar. 29, 2023 18:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden — surrounded by Greek-American politicians and community leaders — marked Greek Independence Day at the White House on Wednesday. One of the featured guests included the actress Rita Wilson, who is of Greek descent and performed four songs at the...

Greek prime minister calls general election for May 21

Mar. 28, 2023 20:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s center-right prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called a May 21 general election Tuesday as his party’s long-standing lead in opinion polls has declined in the aftermath of the country’s worst train disaster. A Feb. 28 collision between a...

Israel's Netanyahu: Mossad helped Greece uncover terror plot

Mar. 28, 2023 16:06 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday said his country's intelligence agency Mossad helped Greece prevent a terrorist attack planned against at least one Jewish site in Athens. Greek authorities said earlier that two men described as being of...

Greek police say they've arrested 2 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Greece

Mar. 28, 2023 10:52 AM EDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they've arrested 2 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Greece.

EU deal to move migrant children from Greece officially ends

Mar. 28, 2023 10:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A voluntary scheme by European Union member states to accept unaccompanied migrant children from Greece officially ended Tuesday, raising concern over delays still facing the bloc in hammering out a comprehensive new migration agreement. Fifteen minors from...

With eye on British Museum, Greece welcomes back ancient art

Mar. 24, 2023 16:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday welcomed the return of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis, furthering a campaign to press the British Museum to hand back a collection of sculptures taken from the ancient site in Athens more than 200 years ago. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni...

After Greek rail disaster, trains gradually restart

Mar. 22, 2023 05:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Train services in Greece resumed Wednesday for the first time since a deadly rail disaster three weeks ago, and just a day after the embattled conservative prime minister announced an early election for May. The Feb. 28 head-on collision, the deadliest in the...

Greek city marks 80th anniversary of Auschwitz train convoy

Mar. 19, 2023 15:33 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, commemorated on Sunday the 80th anniversary of the departure of the first train convoy for the Auschwitz camp. Officials, led by President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, marched from Eleftherias ("Freedom")...

Greece raises minimum wage to pre-bailout levels

Mar. 17, 2023 14:49 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece announced on Friday an increase in the minimum wage that will restore pay to levels existing before sweeping cuts were imposed more than a decade ago during an international bailout. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the gross minimum monthly...