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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...

Vandals react as North Macedonia changes historical plaques

Aug. 16, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Efforts by North Macedonia's government to re-label public statues of historic figures, under a deal with neighboring Greece, have gotten off to a rocky start. Overnight, vandals removed plaques installed Thursday on three statues in the capital, Skopje, of ancient Greek...

Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day

Aug. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters struggled for a third day Thursday to tackle a wildfire burning through a pine forest on the Greek island of Evia. Nearly 400 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 13 planes — including two from Italy and one...

Firefighters battle blaze in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MAKRYMALLI, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire on the island of Evia for a second day Wednesday, with flare-ups in hard-to-reach areas hampering efforts to bring the blaze fully under control. The fire was burning through a protected nature...

Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a...

Greek court sets bail for French skipper in fatal accident

Aug. 12, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has released on bail a French speedboat skipper whose vessel rammed a small fishing boat, killing two people and seriously injuring a third. The court on Monday set a 50,000-euro bail and ordered the 44-year-old to appear once a month at the French embassy in Belgium,...

Fire east of Athens under control; some homes damaged

Aug. 12, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A big fire that spread quickly overnight in an eastern suburb of Athens appeared to be under control soon after dawn Monday. The fire had raced up the slopes of 1,026-meter (3,366 feet) Mount Hymettus, which separates suburban Peania from the main city. Flames shooting up the mountain...

2 ancient, unlooted tombs unearthed in southern Greece

Aug. 11, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry says two intact chamber tombs dating from 1400 to 1200 B.C. have been unearthed near the southern town of Nemea at a site already known for its cluster of tombs, most of which had been looted before their discovery. The ministry said Sunday that the newly...

Tourists evacuated from Greek island camp as wildfire rages

Aug. 11, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A tourist camp and nearby houses on the southern Greek island of Elafonisos were evacuated Sunday for the second day in a row as a wildfire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds. Authorities had pronounced the fire "under control" Saturday night but said the flames...

North Macedonia police find 22 migrants packed into SUV

Aug. 11, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say border patrol officers found 22 migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh packed into an SUV and arrested the driver. A media statement issued Sunday said the officers made the discovery on Saturday afternoon in southern North Macedonia, near the...