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Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks Greece

Mar. 25, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek government voiced opposition Monday to the suggestion from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia — a Byzantine-era cathedral that now serves as a museum — could be reconverted into a mosque. In a television interview Sunday ahead...

Greek PM: Turkish fighter jets harassed my helicopter

Mar. 25, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Monday that Turkish fighter jets harassed the helicopter he was traveling on during a visit to a remote Greek island to celebrate Greece's independence day. Alexis Tsipras said he was "welcomed" by Turkish fighter jets violating Greek airspace during his...

Firebomb thrown at home of Greek deputy minister

Mar. 25, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An unknown assailant threw a firebomb at the Athens home of Greece's deputy health minister in a pre-dawn attack Monday that caused minor damage and no injuries, police said. Authorities detained four people on suspicion of involvement in the attack outside the home of Pavlos Polakis....

Turkish, Greek ministers meet with 'positive agenda'

Mar. 21, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the announcement during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart...

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: 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."...

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...

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...

Greek bond sale marks milestone in nation's recovery

Mar. 5, 2019 2:30 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece successfully launched its first 10-year bond auction since 2010 on Tuesday, as it seeks to gradually regain the confidence of international investors and wean itself off bailout funds. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the issue attracted strong interest from investors,...