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Greek police report seizure of nearly 1.2 tons of cocaine

Jan. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they seized nearly 1.2 tons of cocaine and arrested 8 alleged members of an international drug trafficking gang. Almost all of the cocaine, 1.18 tons, was found during a Friday afternoon raid at a house in the western Greek port of Astakos, police spokesman Theodoros...

Rescue workers search on a collapsed building after a 6.8 earthquake struck Sivrice town in Elazig in eastern Turkey, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least 14 people, Turkish officials said.(IHA via AP)

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

Jan. 24, 2020 8:17 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched...

Fitch upgrades Greek credit rating by 1 notch to BB

Jan. 24, 2020 6:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fitch ratings agency on Friday raised Greece's credit rating by one notch to BB with a positive outlook, implying that a further upgrade could come in the future. The country emerged from a ten-year financial crisis in 2018, and its credit is still rated between two and four notches...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands wit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, following their joint news conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Merkel met Erdogan for talks that are expected to focus on the future of a migration deal between Turkey and the EU that helped decrease refugee flows to Europe.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Erdogan urges international pressure on Libya's Hifter

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged international pressure to force the head of Libya's eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce and said Turkey was determined to continue supporting Libya's U.N.-backed government. Erdogan made the comments following meetings in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, left, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. Greece's justice minister has signed an order on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France - concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian former cryptocurrency trading platform operator. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)

France charges bitcoin expert Vinnik with money laundering

Jan. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French officials have filed preliminary charges of money laundering and extortion against Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik, who's tangled in a multi-country legal battle. The United States also wants to prosecute Vinnik, accusing him of laundering billions of dollars through...

Britain's Prince Charles, center, arrives at the Church of St Mary Magdalene where Charles' grandmother Princess Alice is buried, in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, Jan. 2020. Prince Charles is on a tour of Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories. (Neil Hall/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince Charles visits Jerusalem tomb of unique ancestor

Jan. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles on Friday paid a solemn visit to the tomb of his grandmother, who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust and whose tumultuous life was marked by exile, mental illness and a religious devotion to serving the needy. Princess Alice is interred at the Russian Orthodox...

Greece: fines for sea rescues if bad weather warning ignored

Jan. 24, 2020 8:44 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are putting into effect a law under which people using recreational watercraft at sea who disregard severe weather warnings and then trigger search and rescue operations will be liable for incurred costs and a fine. Greece’s coast guard made the announcement...

Greece to change election law, abandon proportional system

Jan. 24, 2020 7:28 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament is set to approve a proposal by the country's center-right government to abolish an election system based on proportional representation but is likely to fall short of the cross-party support needed for the changes to take effect before the next general election....

Greece: Government websites hit by cyberattack

Jan. 24, 2020 7:04 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government said Friday that the official state websites of the prime minister, the national police and fire service and several important ministries were briefly disabled by a cyberattack but have been restored. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said early Friday that the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, left, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. Greece's justice minister has signed an order on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France - concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian former cryptocurrency trading platform operator. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)

Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek high court on Thursday rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik's final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug-of-war between three countries seeking to put him on trial. Vinnik's Greek lawyer, Zoi Konstandopoulou, said...