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In Greece, artists’ strike closes theaters, music schools

Feb. 02, 2023 09:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Performing artists and art students ‒ some banging drums, playing trumpets and dressed in clown outfits ‒ gathered outside Greece’s parliament Thursday during a strike that closed theaters, halted TV shoots and disrupted art school classes. More than...

Greece: 2nd airman found dead after fighter jet crash

Feb. 01, 2023 08:55 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Air Force rescuers have located the body of a second airman missing in a deadly training accident in southwestern Greece, ending a two-day search at sea and on land, officials said Wednesday. The two-seater F-4E Phantom II crashed in the sea during a...

Greek opposition to boycott parliament over wiretap scandal

Jan. 31, 2023 12:57 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main opposition party said Tuesday that it won't participate in parliamentary votes until a general election is held later this year, in response to the alleged wiretapping of senior officials by the state intelligence service. “We will not...

Fitch ups Greece's rating to a notch below investment grade

Jan. 27, 2023 18:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit ratings company Fitch has raised Greece’s credit rating to one notch below investment grade. In a report issued Friday, Fitch estimates that Greece's deficit will shrink to 1.8% of its gross domestic product in 2024 from an estimated 3.8% last year. ...

Greek government survives no-confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 27, 2023 09:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government on Friday survived, as expected, a no-confidence vote following a motion by the country’s opposition leader over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right governing party in the run-up to elections. Of parliament’s 300...

Greek government faces no confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 25, 2023 11:04 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Greece’s main opposition party filed a no confidence motion against the government Wednesday over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right ruling party ahead of elections this year. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza...

Strong quake rattles Greek island of Rhodes, Turkish coast

Jan. 25, 2023 09:30 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Wednesday off the southeastern Greek island of Rhodes, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake rattled the nearby Turkish...

Ryanair flight lands safely in Athens after bomb scare

Jan. 22, 2023 15:13 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A scheduled flight from Katowice, Poland, arrived safely at Athens International Airport on Sunday after an alert was issued about a possible bomb onboard. The plane and the passengers were searched and no bomb was found, police said in a statement. ...

Greece expanding border wall, calls for EU help on migration

Jan. 21, 2023 15:59 PM EST

FERES, Greece (AP) — Greece prevented around 260,000 migrants from entering illegally in 2022 and arrested 1,500 traffickers, an official said Saturday. Citizens’ Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos was speaking to ambassadors from other European Union countries plus...

Minister: Cyprus exceeds renewable energy source targets

Jan. 17, 2023 12:56 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Electricity generated from renewable energy sources on Cyprus could eventually make up as much as half of all power conveyed to other countries through an electricity cable linking the east Mediterranean island nation's power grids to Israel and Greece, the Cypriot energy...