Latest Athens News

Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university. Greece’s Culture Ministry said Wednesday that the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until...

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being...

Greece coach Pitino makes plans without Giannis

Nov. 11, 2019 11:10 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece coach Rick Pitino is planning on trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics without Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pitino officially took over as coach of the Greek national basketball team on Monday. He said he would leave a roster place open for Antetokounmpo in...

China's Xi on investment drive in EU member Greece

Nov. 11, 2019 9:24 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — China and Greece signed 16 bilateral agreements on Monday outlining cooperation in a broad range of sectors during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at furthering a major global investment initiative inside the European Union. China's state-owned shipping giant Cosco...

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Greece for visit

Nov. 10, 2019 1:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Greece on an official visit meant to deepen economic ties between the two countries. Xi is due to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who visited China last May, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday. Xi and Mitsotakis met a few...

Greek counterterror operation yields 3 arrests, arms cache

Nov. 9, 2019 8:50 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities announced Saturday they had arrested three people and detained a further 15 in a "wide sweep" by the police's counterterrorism squad on suspected left-wing extremists that also yielded an arms cache. Another person is at large, police announced Saturday, adding that...

Greece: New bid to understand prehistoric engineering feat

Nov. 8, 2019 2:35 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — New excavations at an unusual prehistoric fortress northwest of Athens could hold the key to understanding one of ancient Greece's most impressive engineering feats, which converted a lake into rich farmland 3,300 years ago. The acropolis of Glas, with its three-kilometer (1.9-mile)...

Greece: New bid to understand prehistoric engineering feat

Nov. 7, 2019 11:37 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists excavating a vast 3,300-year-old fortress northwest of Athens are hoping to shed light on one of the most impressive engineering feats of ancient Greece. The Culture Ministry says the results of work at Glas, a low, flat hill commanding a sprawling plain, have been...

Greece shifts migrants from overcrowded islands to mainland

Nov. 2, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The transfer of migrants from overcrowded camps on the islands to the Greek mainland continued over the weekend, with authorities saying 415 arrived at the port of Eleusis west of Athens Saturday afternoon and another 380 expected around noon Sunday. The migrants had been living on...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant to address such challenges. The legal opinion strikes to the...