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Migrant dies at sea off Greek island of Crete; 70 rescued

Nov. 21, 2021 16:18 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A migrant died and 70 more were rescued when their boat started taking in water southwest of the island of Crete, Greece's Coast Guard says. A Coast Guard spokesman told the Associated Press the 70 survivors, who have been brought to land after...

Greece: Unclear fate for rescued ship carrying 400 migrants

Oct. 29, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A small cargo ship carrying about 400 migrants that suffered engine problems in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete will be towed to a safe anchorage in Greece, the Greek coast guard said Friday. But by late Friday night, no...

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Greek island of Crete

Oct. 12, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday, two weeks and a day after another temblor killed a man and damaged hundreds of buildings. The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the undersea earthquake had a preliminary magnitude...

Strong aftershock strikes Greek island of Crete

Sep. 28, 2021 02:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, a day after a prolonged earthquake there left one man dead and injured several people. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said Tuesday morning’s...

Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 20 injured

Sep. 27, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong, prolonged earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring 20, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country's fourth-largest city. ...

Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...

Thousands gather in Greece for composer Theodorakis' funeral

Sep. 09, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

Political leaders, family members and thousands of fans paid their final respects to Greek music great Mikis Theodorakis who was buried Thursday on the island of Crete. Holding flowers and olive branches, onlookers dressed in black sang songs composed by Theodorakis as...

Hundreds pay their respects to Greek composer Theodorakis

Sep. 06, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of people, some carrying flowers, gathered Monday at Athens Cathedral to pay their final respects to Greek composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis, who was an integral part of the Greek political and musical scene for decades. ...

Greece begins giving COVID-19 vaccines outside churches

Sep. 06, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

ARCHANES, Greece (AP) — Greece has begun administering vaccinations for COVID-19 outside churches in a pilot program recently announced by the government as a means of encouraging more people to get the shots. Mobile National Health Organization units began...

Greek composer Theodorakis to be buried in Crete

Sep. 05, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis will be buried according to his wishes in Chania, Crete, on Sept. 9 next to his parents and brother, Greece’s Communist Party said Sunday. A family dispute had developed over Theodorakis’ burial...