Latest Athens News

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: 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...

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...

German far-right hopeful faces new extremism claims

Aug. 30, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A regional leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party on Friday dismissed new reports of ties to extremists groups that opponents say should disqualify him from being elected in a weekend vote. Andreas Kalbitz, the party's leader in the eastern state of Brandenburg, confirmed in a...

Power partially restored on Greek island after chopper crash

Aug. 21, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have restored electricity to much of the island resort of Poros, a day after a private helicopter hit its main power line and crashed into the sea, killing all three men on board. Tuesday's crash killed two Russian passengers and the Greek pilot, and knocked...

Greece says it won't assist Iranian tanker sought by US

Aug. 21, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said on Wednesday it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the U.S. but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a Greek port. Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis...

3 killed in Greek helicopter crash near island of Poros

Aug. 20, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A private helicopter crashed near a Greek island resort Tuesday, killing two Russian passengers and the Greek pilot and causing power outages after electricity lines were damaged in the crash. Authorities said the three bodies were recovered by navy divers at the crash in shallow...

Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

Kilroy was here: Athens walls awash in painted squiggles

Aug. 17, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Kilroy was here, and lots of his friends too. In Athens, illicit spray-painting forays leave an often-indelible mark on the Greek capital's public and private buildings, street signs and bus stops, while public artworks and even ancient ruins are not spared. Some parts of central...