Latest Greece News

Greek government safeguards majority with new election rule

Mar. 20, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece have approved a proposal to allow candidates in upcoming European elections to retain their seats in the national parliament — an amendment needed to preserve the government's razor-thin majority. Two independent lawmakers backing left-wing Prime Minister...

The Latest: Greece mulls racism charges as migrants targeted

Mar. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Greece's top prosecutor has ordered a probe into whether charges of racism can be brought in connection with two incidents where asylum-seekers have been targeted. In the first case, on the eastern island of...

Greek police suspect racist motive in attack on Afghan teens

Mar. 20, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they are investigating a possible racist motive in a violent attack by hooded men on a group of teenage Afghan asylum-seekers in the northern town of Konitsa. A police statement Wednesday said the racist violence department is trying to identify the assailants. The...

3 years on, what's become of the EU-Turkey migration deal?

Mar. 20, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In March 2016, European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading into the heart of Europe. For many of those who had fled war, hunger and poverty hoping for a bright...

Building bridges: Soccer diplomacy in divided Cyprus

Mar. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An initiative to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus faltered Tuesday after the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots skipped a soccer match over a dispute of the game's location. Mustafa Akinci said he couldn't attend...

The Latest: New Zealand's biggest gun show is canceled

Mar. 17, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local): 10 a.m. The organizers of New Zealand's largest gun show say they have canceled the event to show respect for victims of the Christchurch massacre and because of "elevated security risks."...

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...

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

Mar. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies. Hundreds of flowers were piled up amid...

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...

Police in North Macedonia arrest man smuggling 5 migrants

Mar. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested a man suspected of smuggling five migrants from Greece, headed north toward Serbia. Police said Saturday that one Afghan citizen and four Pakistanis were discovered during a routine checkup on a car late Thursday on the main...