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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,...

2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece

Aug. 14, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two Greek soldiers freed after months in a Turkish prison returned to their home country by government jet early Wednesday after their unexpected release eased tensions between the neighbors and historical rivals. Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he phoned his Turkish...

The Latest: 2 soldiers now in Greece after Turkey freed them

Aug. 14, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the release from a Turkish prison of two Greek soldiers (all times local): 3:30 a.m. Wednesday A government jet carrying two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison has landed in the northern city of Thessaloniki. The men's release Tuesday evening...

Greek Prime Minister says Turkey has freed from prison 2 Greek soldiers held since March 1 for crossing border

Aug. 14, 2018 12:44 PM EDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister says Turkey has freed from prison 2 Greek soldiers held since March 1 for crossing border.

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...

Greece lashes out at Russia's expulsion of Greek diplomats

Aug. 10, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece lashed out Friday at Russia's expulsion of Greek diplomats from Moscow this week, as a spat between the two traditionally friendly countries grew more acrimonious. The foreign ministry issued a statement describing the Russian move as "arbitrary and vengeful, and not based on...

Firefighter's wife, baby among 93 victims of Greece blaze

Aug. 9, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime minister of Greece pledged Thursday to overhaul the national disaster response agency as authorities publicly named the people killed by the country's deadliest forest fire in decades — victims whose ages ranged from 6 months to 95 years. The list, which included four...

Greece's PM promises full investigation of deadly fire

Aug. 7, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister vowed Tuesday to have experts investigate all aspects of the country's deadliest forest fire in decades and said the seaside resort areas devastated by the blaze will be rebuilt to higher standards. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras led a meeting about the fire...

Eurozone rescue fund pays final bailout loan to Greece

Aug. 6, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A rescue fund set up to help euro-using countries paid its final 15 billion-euro ($17.3 billion) bailout loan to Greece on Monday after objections by Germany delayed the payment by several weeks. The European Stability Mechanism said 9.5 billion euros (nearly $11 billion) of the loan would...

Greece's police, fire chiefs fired in wake of deadly fire

Aug. 5, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government announced Sunday that the chiefs of the national police and fire service had been fired and replaced by their deputies in the wake of a forest fire that killed at least 91 people near Athens. The dismissed chief of Hellenic Police, Constantine Tsouvalas, had been...