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Hunger-striking Greek extremist wins new hope of jail leave

May. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Thursday ordered lower judges to reconsider granting a new temporary leave from prison to a far-left extremist serving 11 life sentences, who has been on hunger strike for three weeks after his initial request was rejected. Dimitris Koufodinas is in intensive...

Aging voters in Greece keep traditional campaigning alive

May. 23, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

KARPENISI, Greece (AP) — In the mountainous Evrytania region of Greece, fir trees cover the hills, deer and wolves roam the lush landscape and waterfalls add to the dramatic scenery, earning it the nickname "Little Switzerland." Harder to find, however, are young people. The area — a winding,...

Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

May. 21, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization. Dimitris Koufodinas, a hit man for the now defunct November 17 group...

Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece

May. 20, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...

Greek far-left killer in intensive care after hunger strike

May. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's top prosecutor late Friday ordered a review of a decision to deny temporary leave from prison to a hunger-striking extremist who is serving multiple life terms for 11 murders by the country's deadliest far-left group. The move by supreme court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou came...

Greek court clears 9 jailed before Erdogan visit

May. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nine people jailed before a 2017 visit by Turkey's president and accused of belonging to a militant group were cleared of terrorism and criminal arms charges in Greece on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Aleca Zorbala said that the Athens court acquitted three of the defendants of all...

US Ambassador to Greece condemns vandal attack on his home

May. 15, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Greece has condemned a vandalism attack on his home in Athens, after paint was thrown at the wall outside his residence near the embassy. Geoffrey Pyatt said in a tweet Wednesday that the paint attack was "childish vandalism" and that he would work with Greek...

Greek far-left extremist to carry hunger strike 'to the end'

May. 10, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek far-left extremist serving 11 life terms for a string of murders vowed Friday to continue "until the end" a hunger strike if his bid to get a new leave from prison isn't granted. Dimitris Koufodinas, chief hit man for the November 17 group that killed 23 people from 1975-2000,...

Greek far-left extremist in hospital after hunger strike

May. 7, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials say a far-left Greek extremist serving 11 life terms for a string of assassinations is in the hospital following a five-day hunger strike over prison authorities' refusal to grant him temporary leave. Dimitris Koufodinas, 61, was being treated in the central town of Volos...

Greek court reduces sentences over migrant's fatal stabbing

May. 6, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek appeals court has reduced from life to 21 years and five months' imprisonment the sentences imposed on two men convicted of the fatal racist stabbing of a Pakistani migrant in 2013. Monday's Athens court ruling took into account the two Greek men's good conduct after the...