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After bailouts, Greece wants easier budget targets

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new conservative government said it wants to ease tough budget restrictions set by bailout lenders two years ahead of schedule, as lawmakers on Monday formally confirmed the new administration. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Athens will seek negotiations with...

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt

Jul. 19, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake centered northwest of Athens shook Greece on Friday, causing frightened residents to run into the capital's streets and damaging several buildings. Authorities said four people were hospitalized with injuries, none of them serious. The Athens Institute of...

A strong earthquake has been felt in the Greek capital of Athens, causing people to run out into the streets

Jul. 19, 2019 7:19 AM EDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake has been felt in the Greek capital of Athens, causing people to run out into the streets.

Greece gets nod from creditors to ease bailout-era taxes

Jul. 18, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior officials from Greece's creditor institutions are meeting in Athens with the country's new conservative government, which is planning to begin dismantling bailout-era taxes next month. Representatives of the European Commission, European Central Bank, the International Monetary...

New Greek PM calls bond auction "vote of confidence"

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece launched a 7-year bond auction Tuesday, the country's third effort this year to raise money from international markets while improved borrowing rates provide an advantage. The auction aimed at raising 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) followed 5-year and 10-year bond issues...

Police say Greek man detained in American scientist's death

Jul. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek man has been detained for questioning in the slaying of an American scientist on the island of Crete, police said Monday. Authorities said the 27-year-old man detained Monday was one of 10 people interviewed over the weekend for the investigation of Suzanne Eaton's slaying. He...

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Strong 4.7 magnitude tremor shakes western Greece

Jul. 13, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scientists say a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has struck western Greece. Athens' Geodynamics Institute reports that the tremor struck at 6:08 p.m. (1508 GMT) Saturday about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the city of Agrinio at a depth of 28 kilometers...

Greece recognizes Venezuela's Guaido as interim president

Jul. 12, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new government says it is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president, saying this would align Greece with the European Union's joint position. The foreign ministry announcement Friday reverses the previous government's position,...

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts

Jul. 11, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in an area of northern Greece after a violent storm tore through seaside resorts, killing six tourists. A fisherman, who had been missing, was also found dead Thursday taking the death toll to seven. The widespread damage wrought by the...