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Greece formally requests to buy F-35 fighter jets from US

Jun. 30, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent a letter of request to the United States to buy a squadron of F-35 fighter jets, the country’s prime minister said Thursday, part of efforts to bolster its defense capabilities amid continuing tensions with neighboring Turkey. Speaking to...

Greece: Serbian vacationer held on war crimes warrant

Jun. 27, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece have detained a 59-year-old Serbian man wanted in Croatia for alleged war crimes committed in 1991, during the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia. Authorities said the man, who has not been named, was detained Monday after crossing the border...

Greece says 1,130 migrants turned back at sea in 3 days

Jun. 27, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard on Monday said it had prevented more than a thousand migrants and refugees crossing to its islands in boats from the nearby coast of Turkey over the past three days. The agency said it had turned back boats in 24 separate incidents...

North Macedonia: Police find 24 migrants, arrest 2 locals

Jun. 26, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they discovered 24 migrants hiding in a van on a major highway in the country’s south Sunday and arrested two men as suspected people smugglers. The two Macedonian nationals, 50 and 47 years old, were identified only...

Turkish state media: Detained Greek spied on border defenses

Jun. 25, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish security forces have detained a Greek citizen accused of spying for Athens’ intelligence service, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. The man, identified as Muhammed Amar Ampara, was allegedly involved in gathering information about the...

Brothers, basketball focus of Antetokounmpo family's 'Rise'

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t watch this year's NBA Finals. The series he dominated last year like few players have was too stressful to view as a fan. “Like, I get too tensed up, because I just start sweating on the couch,” Antetokounmpo said. He prefers being on...

Greece: Stranded on tiny island, migrant mother gives birth

Jun. 22, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say a woman from Eritrea has given birth on an uninhabited rocky islet after traveling with other migrants from nearby Turkey. A coast guard official said 29 Eritreans ‒ 24 men and five women ‒ were spotted Wednesday during a patrol...

Europe wildfire risk heightened by early heat waves, drought

Jun. 22, 2022 04:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Extended drought conditions in several Mediterranean countries, a heat wave last week that reached northern Germany and high fuel costs for aircraft needed to fight wildfires have heightened concerns across Europe this summer. And it's only June. ...

Greek coast guard rescues 108 migrants; 4 missing

Jun. 19, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Sunday they have rescued 108 migrants from a sailboat that was found rudderless and leaking water in the Aegean Sea in near gale force winds. The rescued migrants — 63 men, 24 women and 21 children — have told authorities there four...

EU: Turkish Cypriots must curb migrants arrivals to Cyprus

Jun. 18, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Breakaway Turkish Cypriots on ethnically-divided Cyprus must do their share in stemming migrant arrivals, a senior European Union official said Saturday, as the number of asylum-seekers has shot up significantly so far this year. European Commission Vice...