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A man walks at a street full of debris following a storm at the village of Politika, on Evia island, northeast of Athens, on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Five people have been found dead and dozens have been trapped in their homes and cars from a storm that has hit the island of Evia, in central Greece, police say. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

5 dead, including baby, as storm hits Greek island

Aug. 9, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five people, including an en elderly couple and an 8-month-old baby, have been found dead as a storm hits the island of Evia in central Greece, authorities said Sunday. Two others are missing, and dozens have been trapped by flood waters in their homes and cars. Police say the couple,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, Olympiakos' head coach Pedro Martins smiles during a news conference in Piraeus port, near Athens. Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins heads to England for the Europa League meeting with Wolverhampton keen to manage in the Premier League one day. On the final night of action before the suspension of UEFA competitions, Olympiakos drew 1-1 with Wolves in Athens on March 12. Almost 150 days later, their Europa League last-16 second leg will finally be played on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020 in central England. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

AP Interview: Martins is Portugal's latest coaching success

Aug. 5, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

Fresh from winning the Greek league with Olympiakos, Pedro Martins looks around the world with pride at the achievements of his fellow Portuguese coaches. Lockdown provided a rare chance to catch up with many of them at length. “This pandemic creates something special with this problem — we have...

An offshore drilling rig is seen in the waters off Cyprus' coastal city of Limassol, Sunday, July 5, 2020 as a boat passes with a skier. Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to intercede with Turkey to try and ease rising tensions over its oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean waters that Cyprus claims as its own, the Cypriot government said Thursday, July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus: Putin 'to help ease' gas search tensions with Turkey

Jul. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to intercede with Turkey's leader to try to ease rising tensions over oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean waters that Cyprus claims as its own, the Cypriot government said Thursday. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

In this photo taken Monday, July 27, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey.  A top Turkish official said Tuesday that Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to

Turkey to suspend research in waters disputed with Greece

Jul. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean that abruptly raised military tensions with neighboring Greece, a top Turkish official said Tuesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to “put this on hold for some...

In this photo provided by Greek Prime Minister's Office, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitstotakis, second left, his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotaki, left, pose next to U.S. actor Tom Hanks , right, and his wife Rita Wilson holding up their new Greek passports, in the island of Antiparos, Greece on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Greece offered citizenship Hanks, Wilson, and their two children, in recognition of the family's help in assisting victims of a deadly wildfire near Athens in 2018. (Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Tom Hanks and wife get Greek citizenship for wildfire aid

Jul. 27, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A point of pride for Greece was touched by controversy Monday, as the country’s prime minister was criticized by an opposition party for using a military helicopter during a trip to celebrate with Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, on being granted Greek citizenship. In an...

Greece says tension easing in East Med dispute with Turkey

Jul. 27, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Turkey has reduced the number of navy vessels in an area of the East Mediterranean where it disputes Greek jurisdiction over oil-and-gas drilling rights, Greek authorities said Monday. Tensions in the long-standing dispute flared last week between the two NATO allies when Turkey...

Spectators listen a concert at Odeon of Herodes Atticus as the city of Athens is seen on the background on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The ancient theaters of Herodes Atticus in Athens and Epidaurus in the southern Peloponnese area have reopened for performances with strict seating limits and public health safety guidelines. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

AP PHOTOS: Ancient Greek theaters return to life in pandemic

Jul. 25, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

EPIDAURUS, Greece (AP) — Lights! Crickets. Birds. Bats. Action! The ancient theater of Epidaurus, renowned for its acoustics, has reopened for a limited number of open-air performances, with organizers planning a live-streamed event Saturday for the first time in the Greek monument's 2,300-year history....

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre, takes part in Friday prayers in Hagia Sophia, at the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Friday, July 24, 2020. Fulfilling a dream of his Islamic-oriented youth, Erdogan joined hundreds of worshipers for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a Muslim place of worship. The conversion of the edifice, has led to an international outcry. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

Jul. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Fulfilling a dream of his Islamic-oriented youth, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined hundreds of worshipers Friday for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia, the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom’s most significant cathedrals, a mosque...

A child looks out of a window of a plane as a group of migrant children with health issues board a plane to Germany, at Athens International Airport, Friday, July 24, 2020. German Foreign Heiko Maas, on a visit to Athens this week, said his country would follow through in its pledge to assist Greece with the relocation of unaccompanied minors and other children at refugee camps in Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece sends 18 migrant kids with medical needs to Germany

Jul. 24, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Greece transferred 18 children with medical needs and their close relatives who were living in overcrowded migrant camps to Germany on Friday, authorities said. A flight that arrived at Kassel airport in central Germany from Athens brought in 83 people in total, who were to be shared out...