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3 of 4 men kidnapped from oil tanker off Africa released

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd. said in a statement that the three...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

UN: Greece still in violation of some norms for detention

Dec. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of United Nations experts on arbitrary detention said Friday that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention presented a preliminary report...

Greece: Lawmakers back plan to ax massive bad-loan backlog

Dec. 12, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece on Thursday approved a state guarantee system aimed reducing a massive volume of non-performing and troubled loans at private banks that built up during the country's extended financial crisis. Parliament approved the so-called Hercules asset protection system that...

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 1:19 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

Concerned EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Brussels (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that some EU countries are concerned over Turkey's controversial maritime border agreement with Libya but that the bloc will continue studying the deal before deciding whether to take action. The maritime deal, endorsed by the Turkish...

Greece: Clashes at rally to mark police shooting anniversary

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out in Athens and the port city of Patras late Friday, leaving at least two people injured, following protests held to mark the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager that sparked major riots 11 years ago. In Athens, scores of youths set fire to trash...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire

Dec. 6, 2019 10:20 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said Friday that arson is suspected in a fire at a luxury hotel in Athens that left three people hospitalized and had the fire department scrambling to evacuate guests and staff. Both police and fire department investigators suspect the fire the Athenaeum Palace...