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A protester throws a petrol bomb against riot police during clashes in Diavolorema near the area where the government plans to build a new migrant detention center, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Local authorities declared a 24-hour strike on two eastern Greek islands Wednesday to protest government plans to build new migrant detention camps there. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greek islanders attack riot police in migrant camp protests

Feb. 26, 2020 5:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government hoped to defuse tensions after protests over plans for new migrant camps on two of its islands Wednesday turned into violent clashes between police and local residents, some armed with Molotov cocktails and shotguns. Hundreds of residents attacked police officers...

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...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo, a Greek police officer closes the main gate of Moria camp as behind her refugees and migrants protest against the EU- Turkey deal about migration inside the entrance of Moria camp in the Greek island of Lesbos. Greece's government says on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 it is planning to use emergency legal powers to create detention centers for migrants on five Greece islands to try and speed up deportations back to Turkey. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greece: Emergency powers to build migrant detention camps

Feb. 10, 2020 8:04 AM EST

Greece is planning to use emergency legal powers to create detention centers for migrants on five islands to try and speed up deportations back to Turkey, officials said Monday. Areas have been earmarked to create the new facilities on Lesbos and four other islands in the eastern Aegean Sea to eventually replace...

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)...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019 file photo, refugee women walk with their children on a main street, in Ankara, Turkey.  Turkey currently host about four million Syrian refugees and faces a possible new refugee influx from Syria, where Russian and Syrian government forces have redoubled their offensive in Idlib, the last rebel-held province.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, FILE)

Migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast, 8 killed

Jan. 3, 2020 8:09 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast, killing eight people, Turkey's Interior Ministry said Friday. A search-and-rescue mission continued for about seven migrants thought to be missing. A ministry statement said a rubber boat with about 15 people on board went down...