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Greek far-right lawmaker freed pending treason-related trial

Jun. 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have released from police custody an extreme far-right lawmaker pending his trial on treason-related charges. A council of judges on Wednesday ordered Constantinos Barbaroussis to pay bail of 30,000 euros ($35,000), and banned him from leaving Greece pending his...

Vandals smash copies of Egyptian gods' statues in Greek site

Jun. 20, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say unknown vandals have smashed replicas of Roman-era Egyptian gods on the site of an ancient sanctuary north of Athens. A culture ministry statement Wednesday said the plaster copies of the 2nd-century statues of Isis and Osiris suffered significant damage. It said...

Greek far-left terrorist granted new furlough from prison

Jun. 19, 2018 9:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A convicted Greek far-left terrorist serving multiple life terms for a string of assassinations has temporarily walked free after being granted a two-day furlough, the third since late last year. Dimitris Koufodinas, 61, was met by a small group of friends and sympathizers on Tuesday,...

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

Jun. 18, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens. A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone and cash, and...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

Jun. 18, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked criminal charges Monday, more than two days after he evaded arrest by speeding past a series of police highway checkpoints. Constantinos Barbaroussis was charged in Athens with committing preparatory...

Greek govt survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal

Jun. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-led coalition government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Saturday brought over a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia concerning the latter's name. But the government suffered a loss in its parliamentary majority after lawmaker...

The Latest: Greek lawmakers reject no-confidence vote

Jun. 16, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on a no-confidence vote in the Greek parliament (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece's...

Greek lawmakers mull no-confidence vote over Macedonia name

Jun. 15, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers debated a no-confidence motion against the government Friday over its tentative agreement to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia over that country's name. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-led government is expected to easily survive the vote set for...

Greek terrorist hitman on hunger strike granted 3rd furlough

Jun. 14, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials agreed late Thursday to grant a third furlough in eight months to a convicted far-left terrorist serving multiple life terms for a string of murders, and who was on a hunger strike pressing for his demand. The decision followed a series of protests and vandal attacks...

Greek govt faces no-confidence vote on Macedonia name deal

Jun. 14, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia faced political storms at home Thursday, two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name. Greece's Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-confidence in his government by Saturday afternoon, while...