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Epiphany celebrated in Greece after 2 years of restrictions

Jan. 06, 2023 08:46 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks celebrated Epiphany Friday with blessing of the waters ceremonies across the country. The holiday is known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and the Baptism of Christ for the Orthodox. Greece is predominantly Orthodox. Unseasonably warm...

Greece: Bail set for police officer who shot Roma teenager

Dec. 19, 2022 07:46 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A court in Greece ordered the release on bail of a police officer accused of fatally injuring a Roma teenager during a car chase over an allegedly unpaid gas station bill. The teen's father plans to appeal Monday's decision to free the officer pending trial, a Roma...

Greece: Funeral held for Roma teen shot during police chase

Dec. 15, 2022 08:10 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — More than 1,500 mourners gathered in a Roma settlement in northern Greece on Thursday for the funeral of a teenager who died days after being shot in the head by a police officer during a chase over an unpaid gas station bill. The shooting of 16-year-old...

Greek Roma leaders urge calm after teen shot by police dies

Dec. 13, 2022 15:46 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched through the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki and the capital Athens Tuesday night, as Roma community leaders appealed for calm hours after the death of a teenager shot in the head last week during a police chase over an allegedly...

Greece: House arrest for police officer in shooting of teen

Dec. 09, 2022 05:48 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek police officer accused of shooting and seriously wounding a Roma teenager during a police chase over an allegedly unpaid gas station bill will remain under house arrest, after a prosecutor and an investigating judge disagreed Friday on whether he should be...

Greece: 3rd night of riots over police shooting of Roma teen

Dec. 08, 2022 16:01 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out for a third night Thursday outside Roma settlements near Athens over the police shooting of a teenage Roma boy in northern Greece, after the government issued a public appeal for calm. Authorities ordered road closures lasting several hours...

Greece: Police officer appears in court over teen shooting

Dec. 06, 2022 15:27 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out Tuesday at a police station outside Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki as residents of a nearby Roma settlement protested the police shooting of a teenage driver during a chase over an unpaid gas station bill. Protesters...

Nearly half a ton of cocaine seized in Albania, 10 arrested

Nov. 25, 2022 10:04 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities on Friday said they have seized 430 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of cocaine in a coordinated operation with neighboring Montenegro and other law enforcement international institutions. Albania’s corruption and organized crime squad said 10...

Greek police nab German suspect sought on 4 arrest warrants

Nov. 19, 2022 15:32 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say that they have arrested a 35-year-old German citizen who has four outstanding arrest warrants on him for fraud and cybercrime, three from Germany and one international. The Thessaloniki police's organized crime and human trafficking...

Greece: Thousands march on anniversary of student uprising

Nov. 17, 2022 14:57 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of people marched Thursday through central Athens, accompanied by a heavy police presence, to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising that was brutally crushed by Greece's military dictatorship at the time. The anniversary is observed each...