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Former president Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Obama panel celebrates off-court work of NBA stars

Feb. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is passionate about helping children in Greece and Africa. Kevin Love is trying to shine the brightest light he can on mental health by sharing his own struggles. Chris Paul is aiming to ensure that technology comes to schools where it hasn’t been affordable....

Oliver Spasovski, center front, the new prime minister of the caretaker government, and the members of the Cabinet pose for the media after the parliament voted in favor on a session in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The prime minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation Friday, paving the way for a new caretaker Cabinet to be named in order to organize a snap election. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

N Macedonia minister who stood by nation's old name removed

Feb. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament voted to dismiss a government minister Saturday after she appeared at two news conferences in front of a large wall sign bearing the country’s old name, Republic of Macedonia, and refused to change it. Prime Minister Oliver...

Greek island of Karpathos hit by 4.8-magnitude quake

Feb. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook Greece's southeastern Aegean Sea islands Friday, officials said. No damage or injuries were reported. The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake had an epicenter 39 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of...

North Macedonia finds 53 migrants crammed into a truck

Feb. 13, 2020 9:40 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia have found 53 migrants crammed into a truck in a southeastern border region and arrested the driver on suspicion of belonging to a trafficking gang, officials said Thursday. A police statement said the vehicle was stopped during a routine check late...

A protester holds a Greek flag during a demonstration outside the Interior Ministry in central Athens, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Regional government officials and residents from Lesbos and four other Aegean Sea islands oppose government plans to build new sites for migrants and refugees, and are demanding that thousands of asylum seekers at overcrowded camps on the islands be moved to the Greek mainland. The Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos currently has more than 20,000 people at a facility built for just 3,000 people. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek islands step up protests at migrant detention plan

Feb. 13, 2020 7:59 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Mayors and residents of Greek islands hardest hit by the country's refugee crisis have protested in central Athens against government plans to build a network of detention camps. The officials called off a meeting that had been planned Thursday with the government and staged the...

The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek 10-year bond yield makes historic dip below 1%

Feb. 12, 2020 2:53 PM EST

Greece's 10-year government bond yield fell below 1% Wednesday for the first time, bolstering the country's effort to ease strict budget conditions set by bailout lenders. The yield dropped to 0.957% but remains among the highest borrowing rates in the 19-country eurozone and roughly level with Italy —...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

At All-Star Game, Africa's potential will be showcased

Feb. 12, 2020 2:11 PM EST

The moment was not lost on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The NBA's reigning MVP, a Greek of Nigerian descent who is now starring in Milwaukee, was about to make his first two selections of this year's All-Star Game draft and understood how significant his words would be when they resonated across the world's...

Lawmakers, party leaders and guests attend the session of the parliament to ratify the NATO accession agreement, in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. North Macedonia's parliament is to pass the law on ratification of NATO treaty on Tuesday, the last step this small Balkan nation to become the 30-th full-flagged member of Western military alliance.(AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia parliament backs NATO accession

Feb. 11, 2020 12:13 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia unanimously ratified an agreement Tuesday to make the landlocked country in southern Europe the 30th member of the NATO military alliance. All 114 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament voted in favor of ratification. A NATO flag was raised...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo, a Greek police officer closes the main gate of Moria camp as behind her refugees and migrants protest against the EU- Turkey deal about migration inside the entrance of Moria camp in the Greek island of Lesbos. Greece's government says on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 it is planning to use emergency legal powers to create detention centers for migrants on five Greece islands to try and speed up deportations back to Turkey. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greece: Emergency powers to build migrant detention camps

Feb. 10, 2020 8:04 AM EST

Greece is planning to use emergency legal powers to create detention centers for migrants on five islands to try and speed up deportations back to Turkey, officials said Monday. Areas have been earmarked to create the new facilities on Lesbos and four other islands in the eastern Aegean Sea to eventually replace...

Cyprus president: Gas drilling won't stop for Turkey dispute

Feb. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus won't put its exploratory gas drilling plans on hold despite Turkey's attempt to force the east Mediterranean island nation to halt its activities by conducting its own gas search in Cypriot waters, the president of Cyprus said Sunday. President Nicos Anastasiades said...