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Greece asks Turkey to help migrants reported stuck on islet

Aug. 11, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece on Thursday asked neighboring Turkey to help about 40 migrants, some urgently requiring medical aid, reported by aid groups to have been stranded for days on a river islet inside a restricted military zone at their border, police said. A police...

N Macedonia: Truck full of migrants overturns; 35 injured

Aug. 11, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A truck carrying Syrian migrants believed to have entered from neighboring Greece overturned on a road in North Macedonia, injuring 35 people, police said Thursday. A police statement said 49 people were in the heavy vehicle during the crash late...

Greece: Dozens still missing after migrant boat sinks

Aug. 11, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is ongoing for a second day for dozens of migrants missing after the boat they were on sank in rough seas off a southeastern Greek island. A Greek navy vessel and three nearby merchant ships were still...

Cyprus protests meeting of Azerbaijan, Turkish Cypriot heads

Aug. 11, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The foreign ministry of Cyprus said Thursday it’s lodging formal protests against a meeting between the leader of the ethnically split island nation's breakaway Turkish Cypriots and the president of Azerbaijan amid concerns of a stepped-up partition campaign. ...

EU to stop Greek budget watch in formal end to major crisis

Aug. 10, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s budget watchdog announced Wednesday that it is winding up years of surveillance of Greek government spending. The move marks a formal end to a major crisis that threatened to see Greece ejected from the euro single currency group, imposed severe hardship on...

Greece: Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks, 29 rescued

Aug. 10, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities conducted a major search and rescue operation Wednesday for dozens of people believed missing at sea east of the island of Karpathos after a boat reportedly carrying up to 80 migrants towards Italy sank during the night. The coast guard said...

Turkey sends off new drill ship into eastern Mediterranean

Aug. 09, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president inaugurated the country's newest and largest undersea hydrocarbon drill ship Tuesday that he said would head for a spot northwest of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, which is not claimed by any other country. “Our exploration and drilling...

Greek PM 'unaware' of prominent politician's wiretap

Aug. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Monday he was unaware that the country’s intelligence service had been bugging an opposition politician's mobile phone for three months, insisting that he wouldn't have allowed it had he known. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who faces...

Greece's intelligence chief resigns amid spyware scandal

Aug. 05, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece’s intelligence service and the general secretary of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office have resigned amid a scandal involving the targeting of the head of an opposition party and a journalist with spyware. National Intelligence...

Greece charges 5 with smuggling 96 migrants to Italy by sea

Aug. 03, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five people were arrested on a Greek island Tuesday and charged with trying to smuggle nearly 100 migrants into Europe on an unsafe vessel last week, using what appears to be a new direct sea route from crisis-afflicted Lebanon to Italy. It was the second such...