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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 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 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...

Greece: British Museum "damp" insults Parthenon Sculptures

Sep. 11, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Culture Minister says alleged damp in a section of the British Museum housing the Parthenon Sculptures is an "insult" to the 2,500-year-old works for whose return Greece has pressed long and unsuccessfully. Lina Mendoni's comments Wednesday followed publication in Greek media...

Greece: Turkey 'continues to provoke' over Cyprus

Sep. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Tuesday that Turkey "continues to provoke" in its approach towards ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and that Ankara was becoming isolated internationally. Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the comments during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President...

Turkey: Turkish Cypriot power parity key to new peace talks

Sep. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Relaunching talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus encountered another obstacle Monday when Turkey's foreign minister said Greek Cypriots had to agree Turkish Cypriots would have decision-making parity in governing the country before negotiations could resume. The minority...

Charity ship rescues 50 African migrants in sea off Libya

Sep. 8, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — A charity ship run by humanitarian groups in the Mediterranean spent a rainy Sunday searching open waters for a fragile rubber boat overloaded with migrants before finally plucking 50 people to safety not far off Libya's coast. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, which is...

Greece must restore its credibility, new prime minister says

Sep. 8, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said financial reforms such as reducing taxes, fighting bureaucracy and attracting investment must be implemented before the country asks its creditors to agree to lower budget surpluses. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis laid out his economic program...

Greece drafting bid for Parthenon sculpture loan from UK

Sep. 3, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is preparing a formal request to borrow the British Museum's sculptures removed more than 200 years ago from the ancient Parthenon temple on Athens' Acropolis. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni says her ministry is drafting a proposal for the loan, which would coincide with the...

Greece to tighten borders, speed asylum-seeker deportations

Aug. 31, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister and his national security advisers decided Saturday to transfer refugees from overcrowded migrant camps on its eastern islands to the mainland and accelerate the deportation of rejected applicants for asylum without giving them the right to appeal. The Greek...