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Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

May. 21, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization. Dimitris Koufodinas, a hit man for the now defunct November 17 group...

Greek fighter jets overfly North Macedonia under NATO tests

May. 21, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia says fighter jets from neighboring Greece have carried out NATO-linked test overflights of its territory as part of the country's process of joining the alliance. The defense ministry said Tuesday's two flights tested radar and communications coverage of North...

Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece

May. 20, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...

The Latest: North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

May. 20, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered eight migrants crammed into a hidden compartment in the roof of a truck, during a routine search at the border crossing with Serbia. The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday...

Greek far-left killer in intensive care after hunger strike

May. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's top prosecutor late Friday ordered a review of a decision to deny temporary leave from prison to a hunger-striking extremist who is serving multiple life terms for 11 murders by the country's deadliest far-left group. The move by supreme court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou came...

Migrants on the island of Lesbos find refuge on soccer field

May. 17, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — A 10-minute walk from Europe's largest refugee camp, across olive groves and open land scattered with thorns and wildflowers, sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It's a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about their...

US wildlife biologist pleads guilty to selling bobcat pelts

May. 16, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist has pleaded guilty in a yearslong criminal enterprise of hunting, skinning and selling dozens of Colorado bobcat pelts. The Daily Sentinel reports 46-year-old Thad Bingham pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a felony count of...

Greek court clears 9 jailed before Erdogan visit

May. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nine people jailed before a 2017 visit by Turkey's president and accused of belonging to a militant group were cleared of terrorism and criminal arms charges in Greece on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Aleca Zorbala said that the Athens court acquitted three of the defendants of all...

US Ambassador to Greece condemns vandal attack on his home

May. 15, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Greece has condemned a vandalism attack on his home in Athens, after paint was thrown at the wall outside his residence near the embassy. Geoffrey Pyatt said in a tweet Wednesday that the paint attack was "childish vandalism" and that he would work with Greek...

First 10 nations advance to this year's Eurovision final

May. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest came to a close late Tuesday, sending 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home. Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved ahead...