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Ancient mariners: Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

Oct. 16, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For a NATO-member warship, Greece's Olympias is pretty unusual. It's got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an antiquated propulsion system. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the trireme, the sleek...

Greece: Molotov cocktails injure 4 police officers

Oct. 15, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say four police officers were injured when a police station in central Athens was attacked with Molotov cocktails. Police said about 30 people participated in the assault near Omonia Square that also damaged several vehicles outside the police station on Monday....

Greek police say 2 officers part of drug trafficking ring

Oct. 13, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say two policemen were involved in a drug trafficking ring that moved large amounts of cocaine, cannabis and other drugs. Police said Saturday that a Friday operation in the Athens area and in the central Greek region of Thessaly netted nine suspects, including one police...

In Greece, German president apologizes for wartime 'horrors'

Oct. 11, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has apologized for "horrors" committed during the Nazi occupation in Greece, as that country prepares to relaunch claims for hundreds of billions of euros in World War II reparations. Steinmeier visited a former concentration camp used by the...

Greece: Strike closes Acropolis, main museums

Oct. 11, 2018 4:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The ancient Acropolis in Athens and most of Greece's archaeological sites and publicly-run museums are closed to the public because of a 24-hour strike called by a union of Culture Ministry employees. Scores of tourists gathered Thursday outside the Acropolis, initially unaware of the...

Drunken driver chase ends in Greek parliament courtyard

Oct. 8, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police says they have arrested a drunken driver who led officers on a pre-dawn high-speed car chase through Athens before smashing through a barrier into the courtyard of parliament. Police said Monday that the 59-year-old Greek man was hospitalized with minor injuries after the...

Greek strike to close Acropolis, other key sites on Oct. 11

Oct. 4, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek union representing staff at the country's ancient sites and state-run museums has called a 24-hour strike for Oct. 11. The protest is likely to close the ancient Acropolis in Athens that day along with multiple sites around Greece that are popular with tourists. The union...

Greek bank shares tumble amid fears over bad loans

Oct. 3, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek banking shares have fallen sharply amid investor fears over lenders' needs to reduce their large stock of bad loans resulting from the financial crisis. The index of bank stocks closed nearly 9 percent lower in Athens on Wednesday. Piraeus Bank led the losses, at 20.7 percent,...

3 people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain

Sep. 30, 2018 9:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are looking for three missing people on a Greek island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region. The storm has been moving slowly in a northeasterly direction, affecting Aegean Sea islands as well as Greece's central mainland. It...

Powerful storm in Mediterranean brings heavy rain to Greece

Sep. 29, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A rare and powerful Mediterranean storm brought torrential rain to southern Greece Saturday, reaching the capital Athens late in the night. Civil protection services remained on alert across most of the country Saturday despite word that the turbulent weather had lost force as it...