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Helicopters take part in a military drill in Litochoro, northern Greece, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Army aviation forces from Greece and the United States are taking part in a live-fire exercise with attack helicopters, marking deepening defense ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece, US hold live-fire drill following military base deal

Feb. 19, 2020 11:23 AM EST

LITOCHORO, Greece (AP) — Army aviation forces from Greece and the United States took part in a live-fire training exercise Wednesday at the foot of Mount Olympus, marking deepening defense ties between the two countries. Greece is ramping up its military cooperation with the U.S. and France — and...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

Feb. 18, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not...

Amid tension, Greece, Turkey hold military-to-military talks

Feb. 17, 2020 7:09 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A delegation of Turkish military officials is due in Athens to resume confidence-building talks amid tension between the two NATO members over maritime oil-and-gas drilling rights. The talks are due to start in Athens later Monday and last several days, taking place as the East...

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...

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...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, speaks with the European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gentiloni will have a series of meetings with Greek top officials in the context of the European Semester, the EU's cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination among member states. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

EU signals willingness to ease Greek budget targets

Feb. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's new economy commissioner says Greece's bailout lenders are willing to discuss a request by Athens to ease strict budget targets that would help speed up the country's recovery. While visiting Athens Thursday, Paolo Gentiloni sai d discussions could begin as soon...

Earthquake strikes central Greece, no damage or injuries

Feb. 6, 2020 5:42 AM EST

ATHENS (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck central Greece on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 11:24 local time (0924 GMT) around 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of the capital, Athens, and...

Greece set to ratify new military deal with United States

Jan. 30, 2020 11:15 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament is set to ratify an agreement with the United States for a major expansion of military cooperation as it faces an escalation of tensions with neighboring Turkey. Lawmakers from the governing center-right party said they would vote later Thursday to ratify the...

Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes off Greek island of Karpathos

Jan. 28, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An undersea earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 occurred Tuesday off the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos, Greek authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 5:38 p.m. (1538 GMT)...

Migrants stand outside their makeshift tents outside the perimeter of the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Greece has been the first point of entry into the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty at home, with most arriving on eastern Aegean islands from nearby Turkey. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Europe's asylum agency signs deal on boosting Greek presence

Jan. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's asylum agency signed a deal with Greece Tuesday that will help expand its operations in the country, which is struggling to process asylum requests amid high migrant arrivals and overcrowding in island camps. The European Asylum Support Office said in a statement that the...