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Greece wants new talks with Britain on Parthenon Sculptures

Aug. 20, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government has launched a new bid to engage Britain in talks over the return to Athens of a celebrated group of ancient sculptures originally ornamenting the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis. Greece's culture minister has written her British counterpart to formally propose...

Firefighters battle forest blaze near southern Greek village

Aug. 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters are battling a forest fire that briefly threatened a village in southern Greece but so far has caused no injuries or damages to buildings. The fire service says more than 80 firefighters, three water-dropping planes and three helicopters are trying to extinguish the...

The Latest: EU recognizes Greeks may not see benefits yet

Aug. 20, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's exit from its bailout program (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Even though the European Union welcomes Monday's end of Greece bailout program as the beginning of a new era, it does recognize many Greeks will not see it as an immediate improvement. EU Financial...

Nasty, brutish and long: A timeline of Greece's debt crisis

Aug. 20, 2018 7:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — During its eight years of bailout programs, Greece suffered an economic hit comparable to the Great Depression in the U.S. in the 1930s. People became poorer, hundreds of thousands of businesses went bust, skilled workers emigrated, and extremist politicians made gains. As the...

Greeks see little cause for joy as 8-year bailout era ends

Aug. 20, 2018 6:59 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — There'll be no dancing in the moonlit streets of Athens. For all the official pronouncements that Greece's eight-year crisis will be over as its third and last bailout program ends Monday, few Greeks see cause for celebration. Undeniably, the economy is once again growing modestly,...

Woman whose family perished in Greek fire files lawsuit

Aug. 17, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A woman whose family perished in a deadly Greek forest fire filed a criminal lawsuit Friday against seven officials, including Greece's interior minister, asserting they share the blame for the blaze that killed dozens. Barbara Voukaki, who lost her husband Grigoris Fytros,...

Greek forest fire death toll climbs to 96

Aug. 14, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say the death toll from last month's devastating forest fire near Athens has climbed to 96 after a 68-year old man died of his injuries in a hospital. The fire service said in a statement late Tuesday that a total 13 people have succumbed to burns in hospital...

Greek island wildfire that forced villages to evacuate eases

Aug. 13, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A large forest fire in Greece that forced the evacuation of two villages overnight on the island of Evia was abating Monday but was not fully controlled yet. The fire service said four water-dropping planes and another four helicopters were participating in Monday's operations on...

Wildfire forces Greek villages on island of Evia to evacuate

Aug. 12, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's fire service says a wildfire raging on the island of Evia, in central Greece, has forced them to evacuate two villages and a monastery. No casualties have been reported so far. Traffic on the main road that runs across the length of the 180-kilometer (110-mile) island has...

Toll from Greek seaside resort wildfire rises to 94

Aug. 11, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek health officials say the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati, near Athens, has risen to 94 after a 57-year-old woman in intensive care died of her injuries. The Ministry of Health announced that the woman, who died Saturday morning, is the 11th person...