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Greece mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over 60

Nov. 30, 2021 10:43 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents in Greece over 60 years old will have to undergo mandatory vaccinations against coronavirus or face monthly 100-euro ($114) fines beginning next year, the prime minister announced Tuesday, declaring the country's first general inoculation mandate. ...

Migrant crisis front and center in pope's Greece-Cyprus trip

Nov. 30, 2021 08:36 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen refugees home with him. Speaking to reporters on the way home that...

Coronavirus again scuttles trade trip for Missouri governor

Nov. 29, 2021 17:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has again nixed Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plans for an overseas trade trip. Parson's office said Monday that a planned trip to Israel and Greece has been postponed because of coronavirus travel restrictions. That...

Cyprus: pope will transfer migrants to Italy after visit

Nov. 25, 2021 12:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis is arranging to transfer a number of migrants to Italy from the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, where he is opening a three-day visit next week, a Cypriot government official said on Thursday. Government spokesman Marios...

Missouri Gov. Parson plans trade mission to Israel, Greece

Nov. 23, 2021 18:06 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and the first lady next month will travel to Israel and Greece for a trade mission, the governor's office announced Tuesday. Parson will be overseas Dec. 2-11 for his third trade mission since taking office. He had...

Afghan referee sees no fair play in EU border policies

Nov. 23, 2021 04:26 AM EST

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Ibrahim Rasool loved his job as a referee because of sportsmanship and fair play. But the 33-year-old from Afghanistan says there's nothing fair about the way the European Union treats people flocking to its borders in search of a better life. ...

Flight carrying over 100 evacuated Afghans reaches Greece

Nov. 22, 2021 14:54 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — More than 100 Afghans believed to have been at risk from the Taliban were granted temporary shelter Monday in Greece after being evacuated on a special flight to the northern city of Thessaloniki. Greek officials said among the 119 people on...

New restrictions in Greece as pandemic deaths mount

Nov. 22, 2021 07:24 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday introduced a wide range of new restrictions aimed at curbing a COVID-19 infection spike that has pushed the rate of death to nearly double the European Union average. A government order went into effect through Dec. 6, mandating...

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: Turkey the 'common denominator' of region's troubles

Nov. 19, 2021 11:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister Friday called neighbor Turkey “the common denominator” of threats to stability in the region, including the use of migrants as a lever to apply geopolitical pressure. Nikos Dendias accused Belarus of copying...