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Greek archaeologists uncover riches overlooked by robbers

Sep. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists in northern Greece have explored more than 200 new graves in a vast ancient cemetery that was plundered in antiquity but still retained rich finds, including a gold mask and bronze helmets. In a statement Friday, the Culture Ministry said the most impressive finds came...

The Latest: Migrant killed by train in North macedonia

Sep. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say a 23-year old Pakistani migrant has died after being hit by a train. The man, identified only by his initials A.I., died late Thursday near the central city of Gradsko. Migrants who...

The Latest: Aid ship rescues 36 migrants at Malta's request

Sep. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 10:45 p.m. A rescue ship run by two nonprofit groups has pulled 36 people from an overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea based on a request from Maltese authorities. The migrants were taken aboard the Ocean Viking in...

Greece: Oxygen-starved fish dying in drought-hit lake

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KORONEIA, Greece (AP) — Tens of thousands of dead fish have been found on the banks of a lake in a protected nature reserve in northern Greece after high temperatures and drought conditions caused a severe drop in water levels. State environmental officials said Thursday that the water level at Lake...

Cyprus president: Turkey's aim for control scuppers peace

Sep. 17, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey is undercutting efforts to quickly revive peace talks aimed at solving Cyprus' decades-long ethnic split by imposing unacceptable terms, the island nation's president said Tuesday. Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey's "obsession" to permanently station troops, secure military...

EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

Sep. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President...

Greek island ferry crews to launch 24-hour strike Sept. 24

Sep. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country's powerful seamen's union. The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24. Coastal shipping firms...

Greek schools to stop recording pupils' faith, nationality

Sep. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Education Ministry says it's agreed to remove all references to schoolchildren's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates. Tuesday's announcement complies with a ruling by the country's independent privacy authority that responded to a complaint by...

Greece: Biker hurt after man's fatal fall from bridge

Sep. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say a motorcyclist is being treated with non-life-threatening injuries after a man who suffered a fatal fall off a highway flyover hit his passing motorcycle, causing him to lose balance and crash. The incident occurred late Monday at the eastern entry to the...

Greece seeks Europe's OK to repay part of IMF loans early

Sep. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has asked its European creditors to approve the early repayment of part of its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund, the country's finance minister said Monday. Christos Staikouras said paying off the IMF loans ahead of schedule would reduce debt servicing costs...