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A migrant pulls a crate with bottles of water on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Police on the Greek island of Lesbos resumed an operation Friday to move migrants made homeless by fires to new camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. It came a day after 5,000 people were taken to the army-built camp, 135 testing positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Police move more homeless migrants to new tent camp

Sep. 18, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested positive for...

In this photo provided by the Greek Prime Minister's Office, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, meets the popular British author Victoria Hislop at Maximos Mansion in Athens, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Hislop has been granted honorary Greek citizenship and met with the prime minister of Greece. Hislop has used Greece as the setting for several of her historical novels. In her first book, “The Island,” published in 2005, the action takes place near the Greek island of Crete. Her most recent, “Those Who Are Loved,” is set in Athens and other Greek islands. (Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Popular UK author Victoria Hislop granted Greek citizenship

Sep. 17, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — British author Victoria Hislop was granted honorary Greek citizenship Thursday and met with the prime minister of Greece. Hislop has used Greece as the setting for several of her novels. In her first book, “The Island,” published in 2005, the action takes place near the...

Greece: Contact with Turkey restarted over East Med crisis

Sep. 17, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says it has resumed high-level political contacts with neighboring Turkey to try and de-escalate a dispute over offshore energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Stelios Petsas, the Greek government spokesman, said Thursday that direct contacts had restarted after Turkey...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

European Union Council President Charles Michel, left, is greeted by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the entrance of the Presidential Palace following their meeting in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Michel is visiting Cyprus after travelling to Greece amid a diplomatic drive to de-escalate a weeks-long standoff at sea over Turkey's hydrocarbons search in waters were Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus: EU sanctions an option to halt Turkey's gas search

Sep. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union shouldn’t discard imposing tougher sanctions to get Turkey to give up an “unlawful” hydrocarbons search in the eastern Mediterranean that has ratcheted up tensions, the president of Cyprus said Wednesday. President Nicos Anastasiades said the...

European Council President Charles Michel, center, accompanied by Greek officials, looks at the new temporary refugee camp in Kara Tepe during his visit on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Greece has called on the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps being built on its eastern islands as part of a planned overhaul of the bloc's migration policy. (Dimitris Tosidis/Pool via AP)

Greece wants the EU to help run its island migrant camps

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Tuesday urged the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps on Greece's eastern islands as part of an overhaul of the EU's migration policies. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the proposal at an Athens meeting with European Council...

Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the return of a Turkish survey vessel to port Sunday from a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean that has been at the heart of a summer stand-off between Greece and Turkey over energy rights.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey: Survey ship at heart of Med row at port for resupply

Sep. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s top diplomat said Monday that a research ship at the center of a diplomatic row with Greece pulled back to shore for maintenance and resupply, but its survey of hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean will continue. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Oruc...

In this photo provided by the Greek President's office on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, Greece's President Katerina Sakellaropoulou arrives at Kastellorizo to attend the celebrations marking when the southeastern island of Kastellorizo, formally became part of Greece. Greece's prime minister outlined plans Saturday to upgrade the country's defense capabilities, including purchasing new fighter planes, frigates, helicopters and weapons systems amid heightened tensions with Turkey over rights to resources in the eastern Mediterranean. (Thodoris Manolopoulos/Greek President's Office via AP)

Greece, Turkey signal willingness to talk about sea dispute

Sep. 13, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — After weeks of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey have signaled a willingness to start talks aimed at resolving a long-standing sea dispute tied to potentially lucrative offshore gas deposits. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the return of...

FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2016 file photo, Pope Francis blesses a man kneeling in front of him, at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis expressed solidarity Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, with the thousands of migrants who had been left homeless by the fires at a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, and called for a

Greek leader calls for greater EU involvement on migration

Sep. 13, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

MORIA, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister demanded Sunday that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly to...

A general view of the temporary camp for refugees and migrants near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday Sept. 13, 2020. Greek authorities have been scrambling to find a way to house more than 12,000 people left in need of emergency shelter on the island after the fires deliberately set on Tuesday and Wednesday night gutted the Moria refugee camp. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek PM demands more EU help to handle homeless migrants

Sep. 13, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister demanded Sunday that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly...