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FILE - In this Friday, May 4, 2018 file photo, migrants and refugees wait outside the European Asylum Support Service offices inside the camp of Moria on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. 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)

Amid protests, Greece suspends migrants detention plan

Feb. 17, 2020 6:52 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government says it is suspending an emergency plan to build migrant detention camps on Greek islands near the Turkish coast to allow for negotiations with local authorities who strongly oppose the move. Notis Mitarakis, the migration affairs minister, said Monday the plan...

Oliver Spasovski, center front, the new prime minister of the caretaker government, and the members of the Cabinet pose for the media after the parliament voted in favor on a session in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The prime minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation Friday, paving the way for a new caretaker Cabinet to be named in order to organize a snap election. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

N Macedonia minister who stood by nation's old name removed

Feb. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament voted to dismiss a government minister Saturday after she appeared at two news conferences in front of a large wall sign bearing the country’s old name, Republic of Macedonia, and refused to change it. Prime Minister Oliver...

The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek 10-year bond yield makes historic dip below 1%

Feb. 12, 2020 2:53 PM EST

Greece's 10-year government bond yield fell below 1% Wednesday for the first time, bolstering the country's effort to ease strict budget conditions set by bailout lenders. The yield dropped to 0.957% but remains among the highest borrowing rates in the 19-country eurozone and roughly level with Italy —...

Lawmakers, party leaders and guests attend the session of the parliament to ratify the NATO accession agreement, in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. North Macedonia's parliament is to pass the law on ratification of NATO treaty on Tuesday, the last step this small Balkan nation to become the 30-th full-flagged member of Western military alliance.(AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia parliament backs NATO accession

Feb. 11, 2020 12:13 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia unanimously ratified an agreement Tuesday to make the landlocked country in southern Europe the 30th member of the NATO military alliance. All 114 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament voted in favor of ratification. A NATO flag was raised...

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...

In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 photo refugees and migrants aboard an overcrowded dinghy as they cross the Aegean Sea, from Turkey, that is seen in the background, to the coast of Lesbos island, Greece.  Greek authorities have invited private contractors to bid on supplying a 2.7-kilometer-long (1.7 miles) floating barrier system aimed at stopping migrants from reaching the country's islands from the nearby coast of Turkey. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Rights group criticizes Greek sea barrier plan for migrants

Jan. 30, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday criticized Greece's plans to deploy a floating barrier as a way to prevent migrants from reaching the Greek islands from nearby Turkey. The international rights group’s research director for Europe, Massimo Moratti, described the plan as...

Greece set to ratify new military deal with United States

Jan. 30, 2020 11:15 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament is set to ratify an agreement with the United States for a major expansion of military cooperation as it faces an escalation of tensions with neighboring Turkey. Lawmakers from the governing center-right party said they would vote later Thursday to ratify the...

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks speaks during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP)

Macron: Turkey is sending warships, mercenaries to Libya

Jan. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday accused Turkey of breaching an agreement to halt foreign interference in Libya by sending warships and mercenaries to the North African country. Following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Macron also described a maritime...

Italy, Cyprus say Turkey-Libya maritime deal 'unacceptable'

Jan. 29, 2020 1:59 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-backed government is “unacceptable," violates international law and flouts the sovereign rights of other countries, the foreign ministers of Italy and Cyprus said Wednesday.. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his...

In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 photo refugees and migrants aboard an overcrowded dinghy as they cross the Aegean Sea, from Turkey, that is seen in the background, to the coast of Lesbos island, Greece.  Greek authorities have invited private contractors to bid on supplying a 2.7-kilometer-long (1.7 miles) floating barrier system aimed at stopping migrants from reaching the country's islands from the nearby coast of Turkey. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece plans floating border barrier to stop migrants

Jan. 29, 2020 10:25 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The government in Greece wants to use a floating barrier to help stop migrants from reaching the Greek islands from the nearby coast of Turkey. The Defense Ministry has invited private contractors to bid on supplying a 2.7-kilometer-long (1.7 miles) floating fence within three months,...