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Turkish Cypriot leader: Vote endorses 2-state Cyprus deal

Jan. 26, 2022 13:57 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Turkish Cypriot leader in split Cyprus' breakaway north says his hardline party's victory in weekend parliamentary elections is an endorsement for his controversial stance on resolving the island's ethnic division that's in line with Turkey's policy. ...

Snow blankets Athens, Greek islands and Turkey's Istanbul

Jan. 24, 2022 16:34 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A severe snowstorm disrupted road and air traffic Monday in the Greek capital of Athens and in neighboring Turkey's largest city of Istanbul, while snow blanketed most of Turkey and Greece, including several Aegean islands. The Greek government declared a...

Greece hopes marble foot will get UK to return sculptures

Jan. 10, 2022 11:47 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's only the size of a shoebox, carved with the broken-off foot of an ancient Greek goddess. But Greece hopes the 2,500-year-old marble fragment, which arrived Monday on loan from an Italian museum, may help resolve one of the world's thorniest cultural...

Defense minister warns Greece not to test Turkey's patience

Jan. 08, 2022 09:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece should refrain from testing Turkey’s patience with provocations, including with a threat to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean, Turkey’s defense minister warned on Saturday. Speaking to a group of journalists in Ankara, Hulusi Akar also...

Investigation ordered over movie with sex scene at Acropolis

Jan. 07, 2022 11:28 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Culture Ministry launched an investigation Friday following the online release of a short film showing two men having sex at the ancient Acropolis in Athens. The 36-minute movie, titled “Departhenon,” was released on Dec. 21 but came to the...

Greece orders private doctors to cover hospital shortages

Jan. 07, 2022 09:56 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government on Friday issued a civil mobilization order that will oblige some doctors in the private sector to support the state health service during a surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron variant. The emergency order will take effect...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 15:09 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...

Greece bans New Year's music at venues amid COVID surge

Dec. 29, 2021 11:29 AM EST

Greece’s health minister said Wednesday that music will be banned at all commercial venues for New Year’s celebrations as part of new restrictions announced in response to a surge in COVID-19 infections fueled by the omicron variant. The restrictions, originally planned to take...

Former Greek President Karolos Papoulias dies at 92

Dec. 26, 2021 06:18 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Karolos Papoulias, a former president of Greece has died at the age of 92, Greece’s state news agency ANA reports. Papoulias, a longtime socialist lawmaker and minister, was close to Andreas Papandreou, the founder of the Socialist PASOK party, and an...

Greece to extend border wall to stop migrants, wants EU help

Dec. 20, 2021 12:29 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says it will renew a request for European Union funds in 2022 to extend a border wall along its frontier with Turkey and promised to expand a powerful surveillance network aimed at stopping migrants entering the country illegally. A public order...