Latest Athens News

Protesting Greek teachers clash with riot police, again

Jan. 14, 2019 10:46 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek riot police have used tear gas to disperse state schoolteachers protesting violently in Athens, days after the country's public order minister accused officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar circumstances. The new violence came during a protest by about 2,000...

The Latest: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Jan. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect....

Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits

Jan. 13, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defense minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and...

Greek minister criticizes police over clashes with teachers

Jan. 11, 2019 3:08 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's public order minister strongly criticized riot police for their handling of a violent protest Friday by school teachers in Athens who were demonstrating against government plans for hiring new teachers. Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past...

Greece, Germany put tension behind them in Merkel visit

Jan. 10, 2019 2:55 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany and Greece put years of tension over the painful Greek bailout program behind them Thursday, with Chancellor Angela praising the improvement of the country's finances during a heavily policed visit to Athens. Many Greeks blame Merkel for the austerity they suffered for much of...

Greece: 9 checked over powder-filled letters to universities

Jan. 10, 2019 12:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — At least nine people have received medical attention after about a dozen letters containing a white powder described as consisting of "industrial irritants" were sent to 11 university and college offices around Greece, authorities said Thursday. None of the people examined, including...

Greek far-left group claims bombing of Athens media offices

Jan. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A small far-left group in Greece has claimed responsibility for a bomb at the Athens offices of a private media group that caused damage but no injuries three weeks ago. The Popular Fighters Group says it targeted the Skai TV and radio station and daily newspaper Kathimerini to...

Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

Jan. 8, 2019 2:23 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight cancellations and increasing the risks of more deadly avalanches. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in...

Greece: 10 detained after paint thrown at US embassy

Jan. 7, 2019 7:08 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police detained ten people and formally arrested two of them Monday after the U.S. Embassy in Athens was vandalized with paint. Police said the 10 were detained after a group of people on motorbikes threw red paint at the embassy's parking entrance at around 3:30 a.m. local...

3 dead after heavy rain turns Greek creek into torrent

Jan. 6, 2019 7:32 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's fire service says the bodies of two men missing since a downpour on Thursday have been found separately in a creek southeast of Athens. The two men, 67 and 64 years old, along with the older man's wife, had set out from Keratea, a town about 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast...