Latest Athens News

New Greek PM calls bond auction "vote of confidence"

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece launched a 7-year bond auction Tuesday, the country's third effort this year to raise money from international markets while improved borrowing rates provide an advantage. The auction aimed at raising 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) followed 5-year and 10-year bond issues...

Police say Greek man detained in American scientist's death

Jul. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek man has been detained for questioning in the slaying of an American scientist on the island of Crete, police said Monday. Authorities said the 27-year-old man detained Monday was one of 10 people interviewed over the weekend for the investigation of Suzanne Eaton's slaying. He...

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Strong 4.7 magnitude tremor shakes western Greece

Jul. 13, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scientists say a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has struck western Greece. Athens' Geodynamics Institute reports that the tremor struck at 6:08 p.m. (1508 GMT) Saturday about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the city of Agrinio at a depth of 28 kilometers...

Greece recognizes Venezuela's Guaido as interim president

Jul. 12, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new government says it is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president, saying this would align Greece with the European Union's joint position. The foreign ministry announcement Friday reverses the previous government's position,...

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts

Jul. 11, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in an area of northern Greece after a violent storm tore through seaside resorts, killing six tourists. A fisherman, who had been missing, was also found dead Thursday taking the death toll to seven. The widespread damage wrought by the...

In Greece, 8 migrants hurt when high winds topple tree

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in southern Greece say eight migrants have been injured by a fallen tree caused by high winds north of Athens. The incident occurred Wednesday at a camp for migrants and refugees in Inofyta, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from of the Greek capital. The Fire Service said the...

'Criminal act' caused Crete death of likely American victim

Jul. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A state coroner on the Greek island of Crete who examined the body of a woman believed to be of a missing American scientist said she had died as a result of a "criminal act." Antonis Papadomanolakis told The Associated Press Wednesday that final confirmation was still needed to...

Greece's new finance minister to push ahead with tax cuts

Jul. 9, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new government will press ahead with tax cuts for households and businesses despite skepticism from creditors, the country's finance minister said Tuesday after he and his Cabinet colleagues were sworn in. Christos Staikouras' comments during a handover ceremony at the...

Sea rescue: Olympic swimmer Magnini saves tourist in Italy

Jul. 9, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A swimmer struggling in the sea off Sardinia soon discovered it was his lucky day. Italian news agency ANSA says the male tourist got in trouble Sunday afternoon after his inflatable swan was carried away by the wind. According to a witness, the swimmer's friends alerted a life guard —...