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The French connection: Paris flame to make first stop in Greece at heart of modern games' founder

Apr. 14, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — Just outside the site of the ancient Olympic Games, hooting owls break the nighttime silence at a white marble monument containing what’s left of a singular Frenchman’s heart. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the driving force behind the modern...

3 girls found dead and 16 rescued after a boat carrying migrants is lost near a Greek island

Apr. 11, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescuers on the eastern Greek island of Chios on Wednesday recovered the bodies of three girls who died after a boat carrying migrants from nearby Turkey hit rocks, officials said. Fourteen people, including eight other children, were rescued by the coast...

Eid prayers held in a historic former mosque in northern Greece for the first time in 100 years

Apr. 10, 2024 06:42 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Stars of David adorning the balconies along the top of the building catch the first glimmers of the dawn light as worshipers pass through the gates of the historic Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, for morning prayers. Wednesday marked the first time since...

Greece will set up a national shelter network in response to woman's slaying outside police station

Apr. 08, 2024 08:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s minister in charge of police announced plans Monday to set up a nationwide network of domestic violence shelters, days after the fatal stabbing of a woman outside a police station. The April 2 killing of 28-year Kyriaki Griva occurred as she was...

As fire season fast approaches, Greece’s planners look for an edge in response time

Apr. 04, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

GLYKA NERA, Greece (AP) — In a drill at a 12th century monastery near Athens, a fast-approaching wildfire threatens to trap clergy and a group of people attending a baptism. Volunteers and firefighters race to pull them to safety through clouds of red smoke, as a drone buzzing...

A woman was killed just after asking police for protection from an ex-partner. Greece is asking why

Apr. 02, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday ordered an urgent investigation into a woman's fatal stabbing outside an Athens police precinct where she had just requested protection from an ex-boyfriend. The 28-year-old's death triggered new calls by left-wing opposition...

29 migrants rescued off small boat in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete

Apr. 02, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 29 migrants was rescued Tuesday off a crippled boat in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete, Greek authorities said, on an increasingly busy migration route from North Africa to Europe. A coast guard statement said the boat was located about 23.5...

Greece's coast guard says 74 migrants have been found in a wooden boat on the Mediterranean Sea

Apr. 01, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of migrants found in a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea between northern Africa and southern Europe have been transported to the Greek island of Crete, Greece's coast guard said Monday. Crete has recently seen a rise in migrant arrivals from Libya,...

Greek islands launch special visa program for Turkish visitors in diplomatic effort to calm region

Apr. 01, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials on the Greek island of Rhodes opened a new vacation visa terminal for Turkish visitors Monday as part of a diplomatic effort to ease long-standing tensions between the two countries. The limited-access visa will allow Turks to visit 10 Greek islands...

A moderately strong earthquake has struck southern Greece. No injuries are reported

Mar. 29, 2024 07:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck southwestern Greece off the coast of the western Peloponnese on Friday. Minor damage but no injuries were reported from the quake, which was also felt in the Greek capital and as far away as the southern island of Crete. The...