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Countdown clock for Paris Olympics hits 100-day mark on same day Olympic Torch is lit

Apr. 16, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Olympic Torch is lit and the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics is 100 days away. The countdown clock in Paris hit the 100-day mark Tuesday. That came on the same day the torch was lit at the birthplace of the sporting competition in Ancient Olympia, Greece. ...

Greece plans 2 marine protected areas. But rival Turkey and environmental groups aren't impressed

Apr. 16, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece aims to create two large marine parks as part of a 780-million-euro ($830 million) program to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems that includes banning bottom trawling and tackling plastic and microplastic pollution, the prime minister announced during an...

Greece names a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority as candidate in EU election

Apr. 16, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s governing conservative party added a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority to its list of candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election, adding to the already existing tension between the two countries. Fredi Beleris...

Torch and sandals: What to know about the flame-lighting ceremony in Greece for the Paris Olympics

Apr. 16, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — A priestess prays to a dead sun god in front of a fallen Greek temple. If the sky is clear, a flame spurts that will burn in Paris throughout the world’s top sporting event. Speeches ensue. On Tuesday, the flame for this summer’s Paris Olympics...

The French connection: Paris flame to make first stop in Greece at heart of modern games' founder

Apr. 14, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — Just outside the site of the ancient Olympic Games, hooting owls break the nighttime silence at a white marble monument containing what’s left of a singular Frenchman’s heart. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the driving force behind the modern...

3 girls found dead and 16 rescued after a boat carrying migrants is lost near a Greek island

Apr. 11, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescuers on the eastern Greek island of Chios on Wednesday recovered the bodies of three girls who died after a boat carrying migrants from nearby Turkey hit rocks, officials said. Fourteen people, including eight other children, were rescued by the coast...

Eid prayers held in a historic former mosque in northern Greece for the first time in 100 years

Apr. 10, 2024 06:42 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Stars of David adorning the balconies along the top of the building catch the first glimmers of the dawn light as worshipers pass through the gates of the historic Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, for morning prayers. Wednesday marked the first time since...

Greece will set up a national shelter network in response to woman's slaying outside police station

Apr. 08, 2024 08:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s minister in charge of police announced plans Monday to set up a nationwide network of domestic violence shelters, days after the fatal stabbing of a woman outside a police station. The April 2 killing of 28-year Kyriaki Griva occurred as she was...

As fire season fast approaches, Greece’s planners look for an edge in response time

Apr. 04, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

GLYKA NERA, Greece (AP) — In a drill at a 12th century monastery near Athens, a fast-approaching wildfire threatens to trap clergy and a group of people attending a baptism. Volunteers and firefighters race to pull them to safety through clouds of red smoke, as a drone buzzing...

A woman was killed just after asking police for protection from an ex-partner. Greece is asking why

Apr. 02, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday ordered an urgent investigation into a woman's fatal stabbing outside an Athens police precinct where she had just requested protection from an ex-boyfriend. The 28-year-old's death triggered new calls by left-wing opposition...