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Greece claims neighboring North Macedonia broke historic name deal, warns its EU hopes may suffer

Jun. 24, 2024 12:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday accused neighboring North Macedonia’s new center-right government of breaking a historic deal on the country’s name, warning that this could harm its hopes of one day joining the European Union. Athens was responding a day after North...

A predawn operation has rescued 77 migrants from a crippled yacht off Greece's Aegean Sea islands

Jun. 24, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

A group of 77 migrants were rescued off a crippled sailing yacht after a large overnight operation in the southern Aegean Sea, Greek authorities said Monday. Nobody was reported missing or injured following the rescue between the islands of Amorgos and Astypalaia, Greece's coast...

Motor yacht crew face criminal charges over Greek island fire allegedly started by firework display

Jun. 23, 2024 13:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor on Sunday brought criminal charges against the captain and crew of a chartered yacht suspected of triggering a forest fire on a resort island in the Aegean Sea during a firework display. Greece has been plagued in recent days by scores of...

A fire that spread through settlements in Turkey killed 11. Greece evacuates villages for safety

Jun. 21, 2024 12:20 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A fire that apparently started in crop stubble spread through settlements in southeast Turkey overnight, killing 11 people and leaving dozens of others requiring medical treatment, officials and news reports said Friday. In neighboring Greece, authorities...

Summer wildfires plague Greece and Turkey. The worst ones have been contained

Jun. 19, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scores of Greek firefighters and water-bombing aircraft succeeded late Wednesday in taming a large wildfire on the fringes of Athens that forced authorities to evacuate two nearby settlements. Summer wildfires also plagued Greece's Mediterranean neighbor...

Greece denies new report of brutality to migrants, including claim dozens were left to die at sea

Jun. 17, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday denied a new report that accused its coast guard of brutally preventing migrants from reaching Greek shores, which also alleged that the practice had resulted in dozens of deaths. A BBC report said it had been ascertained that 43 migrants...

American tourist found dead on small Greek island west of Corfu. 3 other tourists are missing

Jun. 16, 2024 14:55 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A missing American tourist has been found dead on a beach on a small Greek island west of Corfu, local media reported. The body of the man was found Sunday on a rocky, fairly remote beach on the island of Mathraki by another tourist. He had been reported...

Dutch tourist found dead on Greek island and 4 other foreign tourists are missing on 3 islands

Jun. 15, 2024 12:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A missing Dutch tourist was found dead early Saturday on the eastern Greek island of Samos, local media reported, the latest in a string of recent cases in which tourists in the Greek islands have died or gone missing. Some, if not all, had set out on hikes in blistering hot...

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

Jun. 14, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The United Nations' refugee and migration agencies on Friday criticized Greece's failure over the past year to shed light on one of the worst migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea that left hundreds dead. UNHCR and IOM stressed the “critical"...

Greece's prime minister tweaks his government to focus on cost of living and labor

Jun. 14, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweaked his Cabinet on Friday with a focus on cost-of-living and labor policies after his center-right party's victory in Europe's parliamentary elections. Despite a recent dip in inflation, polls consistently show most...