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Flight carrying over 100 evacuated Afghans reaches Greece

Nov. 22, 2021 14:54 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — More than 100 Afghans believed to have been at risk from the Taliban were granted temporary shelter Monday in Greece after being evacuated on a special flight to the northern city of Thessaloniki. Greek officials said among the 119 people on...

Greece: Vehicle carrying migrants crashes; 7 dead, 8 injured

Nov. 19, 2021 02:54 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say seven migrants have been killed and eight others injured after the driver of the vehicle they were traveling in lost control and crashed near a highway toll station in northern Greece. Police said Friday the vehicle...

Greeks hold peaceful march on deadly uprising anniversary

Nov. 17, 2021 15:34 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Some 20,000 people marched peacefully through Athens on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of a bloody anti-dictatorship uprising in 1973, police said. More than 5,000 police were deployed to keep order, as violence involving anarchist demonstrators...

Greek anti-vaxxers insult masked film festival attendees

Nov. 14, 2021 18:08 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s premier film festival took an unexpected turn Sunday night when anti-vaxxers showed up outside the theater where the awards ceremony was about to begin and shouted obscenities at arriving moviegoers and festival personnel. Police...

French film wins top prize at Greece's top film festival

Nov. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The French movie “Petite Nature” (Softie), the story of a sensitive, gifted 10-year-old boy growing up in a rough neighborhood and taken under the wing of a new teacher, won the top Golden Alexander prize Sunday at the 62nd Thessaloniki International Film...

Greek police say 9 men being held for ransom have been freed

Oct. 28, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Thursday that they have rescued nine men from Pakistan who were being held for ransom in the northern city of Thessaloniki and arrested another three — also Pakistanis — as their suspected kidnappers. Police said...

Greece marks WWII entry anniversary with military parade

Oct. 28, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Fighter jets flew over the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki Thursday as parachutists landed and troops marched in the city’s center to mark a national holiday commemorating Greece's defiance of Fascist Italy that forced it to enter World War II. ...

Car carrying migrants crashes in Greece; 1 dead, 9 injured

Oct. 19, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A vehicle carrying 10 migrants hoping to head from Greece north into the Balkans crashed in northern Greece overnight, leaving one person dead and nine injured, including one seriously, police said Tuesday. Police said Tuesday that the...

Bus tips into sinkhole as deadly storms lash Greece

Oct. 15, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A bus transporting oil refinery workers fell into a sinkhole in the center of Greece’s second-largest city Friday as storms continued to batter the country, damaging roads, closing schools and causing the deaths of at least two people. ...

Greece: Severe storm, floods batter Athens, fire-hit island

Oct. 14, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires. Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off...