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The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a Parliament debate in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers in Greece are set to approve legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. (Giorgos Zachos/InTime News via AP)

After vote, Greece to double reach of western coastal waters

Jan. 20, 2021 3:14 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. In the 284-0 vote, representatives of four opposition parties backed the center-right government, while members of...

Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou arrives at the prosecutor's office in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd act” after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss team preparations in 1998. Multiple claims by other female athletes of sexual misconduct from sporting administrators followed over the weekend. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Olympic champion's abuse claim triggers debate in Greece

Jan. 20, 2021 12:36 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou appeared before a public prosecutor in Athens Wednesday in relation to sexual assault accusations she made that have ignited a nationwide debate on misconduct and encouraged multiple victims to make their claims public. Bekatorou, who won...

UN chief intends to invite Cyprus rivals to meet soon

Jan. 19, 2021 10:06 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he intends to invite the rival leaders on Cyprus to an informal meeting “as soon as practicable,” but he warns that this meeting must be different and help clarify “the true extent" of their common vision “and...

Search for 2 children forcibly abducted from foster home

Jan. 19, 2021 11:08 AM EST

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — A pair of men in ski masks broke through a window of a suburban Rochester home, duct-taped a woman and two of her foster children and then fled with two other children: a 5-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister, police said Tuesday. Police issued an Amber Alert for Dimitri Cash Jr. and...

1 dead, 27 migrants found on Greek island of Lesbos

Jan. 19, 2021 6:23 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says three men reported missing after a group of migrants were rescued in a remote part of the Aegean island of Lesbos have been found alive and well. A search and rescue operation was launched Tuesday morning after 24 people were found on the southern part of the...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right greets Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties as tensions ease

Jan. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union as Turkey and neighboring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute. Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between NATO allies...

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomes Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, left, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Bekatorou has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (Alkis Konstantinidis /Pool via AP)

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim

Jan. 18, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's first female president met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou on Monday to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week...

A nurse prepares a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the national launch of the vaccination of hospital staff at the Etterbeek-Ixelles site of the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussel​s, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary

Jan. 18, 2021 11:10 AM EST

The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination certificates to help reopen tourism across the 27-nation bloc. The European Commission has been weighing a...

Brothers jailed for attacking subway stationmaster in Greece

Jan. 17, 2021 3:48 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two brothers, aged 17 and 15, who attacked an Athens subway stationmaster because he told them to wear masks on a subway train, will appear before a magistrate Tuesday for depositions. The two were jailed Saturday, charged with premeditated aggravated assault, a felony, as well as...