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Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Nov. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said. The move...

Greece coach Pitino makes plans without Giannis

Nov. 11, 2019 11:10 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece coach Rick Pitino is planning on trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics without Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pitino officially took over as coach of the Greek national basketball team on Monday. He said he would leave a roster place open for Antetokounmpo in...

China's Xi on investment drive in EU member Greece

Nov. 11, 2019 9:24 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — China and Greece signed 16 bilateral agreements on Monday outlining cooperation in a broad range of sectors during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at furthering a major global investment initiative inside the European Union. China's state-owned shipping giant Cosco...

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Greece for visit

Nov. 10, 2019 1:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Greece on an official visit meant to deepen economic ties between the two countries. Xi is due to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who visited China last May, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday. Xi and Mitsotakis met a few...

30 years after the Berlin Wall, Cyprus' division endures

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — As the world commemorates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullet-riddled sandstone walls of abandoned, crumbling homes and concrete machine gun nests dotting Cyprus' no man's land serve as a jarring reminder of another divided capital — the world's last...

Greek counterterror operation yields 3 arrests, arms cache

Nov. 9, 2019 8:50 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities announced Saturday they had arrested three people and detained a further 15 in a "wide sweep" by the police's counterterrorism squad on suspected left-wing extremists that also yielded an arms cache. Another person is at large, police announced Saturday, adding that...

Greece: New bid to understand prehistoric engineering feat

Nov. 8, 2019 2:35 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — New excavations at an unusual prehistoric fortress northwest of Athens could hold the key to understanding one of ancient Greece's most impressive engineering feats, which converted a lake into rich farmland 3,300 years ago. The acropolis of Glas, with its three-kilometer (1.9-mile)...

Greece: New bid to understand prehistoric engineering feat

Nov. 7, 2019 11:37 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists excavating a vast 3,300-year-old fortress northwest of Athens are hoping to shed light on one of the most impressive engineering feats of ancient Greece. The Culture Ministry says the results of work at Glas, a low, flat hill commanding a sprawling plain, have been...

EU to pay Turkey millions to boost its coast guard

Nov. 6, 2019 12:26 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is preparing to pay Turkey tens of millions to help bolster its coast guard, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are leaving Turkey in hopes of finding sanctuary or jobs in Europe. Greek authorities are struggling to cope...

Extreme right Golden Dawn party leader testifies in court

Nov. 6, 2019 7:44 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece's extreme far-right Golden Dawn party testified in court on Wednesday for several hours as part of a long-running trial over the party's activities in which he and several former party lawmakers are accused of running a criminal organization. Nikos Michaloliakos is...