Latest Athens News

Panathinaikos-Olympiakos game abandoned after clashes

Mar. 17, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium. With tear gas heavily used as police...

4.5-magnitude quake strikes Greek island; no damage reported

Mar. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek geological experts say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 has hit the western island of Zakynthos, but no damage has been reported. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics reported that the temblor struck at 1:49 p.m. (1149 GMT) Sunday. The epicenter was 16 kilometers...

Greece backs Bolivian leader's call for Venezuela dialogue

Mar. 15, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday backed calls by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela, in what marks a different approach to that pursued by key European allies. Many European Union countries are among 50...

Bolivia's Morales, in Greece, backs Venezuela's Maduro

Mar. 14, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bolivia's left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. "Are we returning to colonial times?" Evo Morales said in a speech in Athens, during a...

'Zorba the Greek' composer Theodorakis leaves hospital

Mar. 14, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An Athens hospital statement says "Zorba the Greek" composer Mikis Theodorakis has been discharged after undergoing surgery to have a pacemaker installed. The 94-year-old Theodorakis was admitted to a private hospital Feb. 26 and had the pacemaker implanted last week. He left hospital...

Greek passenger stopped at gate from boarding doomed flight

Mar. 11, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek man who narrowly missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed Sunday said he had argued with ground staff in Addis Ababa to try to get on the plane after reaching the gate minutes too late. "I saw the last passengers going through, but the gate had already closed. I...

'Zorba the Greek' composer Theodorakis hospitalized

Mar. 8, 2019 10:01 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — "Zorba the Greek" composer Mikis Theodorakis has undergone surgery in Athens to have a pacemaker installed. A hospital statement says Theodorakis, who is 94, had the operation Friday and is recuperating in his room. Theodorakis won international acclaim and inspired millions at home...

Inmate fight at maximum-security prison kills 1, injures 9

Mar. 7, 2019 4:44 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say a fight between two groups of prisoners at the country's largest prison left an inmate dead and injured nine others. The Justice Ministry said the fight broke out Thursday in the psychiatric unit of Korydallos prison, a maximum-security facility in Athens....

Greece: Poor response, planning blamed for wildfire deaths

Mar. 7, 2019 4:33 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek prosecutors have concluded that public safety and government officials made grave errors in responding to a wildfire outside Athens last summer that left 100 people dead and dozens injured, according to parts of an investigation report shown to journalists Thursday. The damning...

Greek economic growth slightly undershoots targets for 2018

Mar. 7, 2019 7:01 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's statistical authority says economic growth in 2018 was weaker than forecast, following a slight contraction in the third quarter attributable to a decline in investment spending. Provisional data released Thursday show the economy grew 1.9 percent in 2018, down from a 2.1...