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Ethnic Greek politician returns to prison in Albania after attending European Parliament opening

Jul. 20, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A member of Albania’s ethnic Greek minority returned to prison Saturday after a five-day reprieve to attend the opening session of the European Parliament where he was elected to represent Greece's ruling party. Fredis Beleris, who holds dual Greek-Albanian...

Lightning strikes kill cattle, start fires in Greece during heat wave

Jul. 20, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Lightning strikes in northern Greece killed cattle and started fires during a dayslong heat wave affecting most of southern Europe. Several fires were reported near the city of Kozani, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Athens following a dry...

Greek singer Despina Vandi refuses to take the stage at a concert in Turkey over a flag dispute

Jul. 18, 2024 08:07 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greek pop star Despina Vandi refused to perform on a stage in Turkey adorned with its flag and portrait of the country's founding father, prompting the local mayor to ask her to leave her town, according to Turkish media reports. The 54-year-old singer was...

Jontay Porter, banned from NBA, is denied permission to resume career in Greece

Jul. 17, 2024 15:03 PM EDT

A federal judge has denied a request by former NBA player Jontay Porter to be allowed to resume his basketball career in Greece while he is awaiting sentencing for his role in a betting scandal that got him banned from the league. Porter, in a letter sent by attorney Jeff Jensen on...

New heat wave in Greece expected to last at least a week. North Macedonia also swelters

Jul. 12, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Friday warned of an impending weeklong heat wave during the summer tourist season, with a high risk of dangerous wildfires, as much of southern Europe sweltered under high temperatures. The ministry for civil protection and climate change...

Greek coast guard and a Turkish fishing boat collide in the north Aegean. Officials say it's minor

Jul. 11, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

A Greek coast guard vessel was involved in a minor collision with a Turkish fishing boat in Greek waters off a tiny Aegean Sea islet rock on Thursday, officials in Athens said. A coast guard statement said nobody was injured in the incident off Greece's Zourafa in the northeastern...

Clippers bring back Nicolas Batum and sign Derrick Jones Jr. and Kevin Porter Jr.

Jul. 10, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicolas Batum is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers, with the team signing the veteran forward along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. and guard Kevin Porter Jr. on Wednesday. Batum played in 60 games for the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers last season, averaging...

A crew member falls off a yacht and dies during a race on the Aegean Sea

Jul. 09, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A French crew member on a boat participating in a yacht race on the Aegean Sea has died after falling overboard in strong winds, Greek officials said Tuesday. A coast guard statement said the accident occurred late Monday off the eastern island of Kassos. It...

Migrant raft crashes into rocks and sinks off Turkish coast, killing 7. Nineteen others are rescued

Jul. 09, 2024 10:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A life raft carrying migrants crashed into rocks off Turkey’s Aegean coastal town of Cesme on Tuesday, killing seven people on board, the Turkish coast guard said. One person was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat which then alerted the coast guard....

Fishing boat carrying 283 migrants to Europe safely reaches southern Greek island

Jul. 08, 2024 04:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fishing boat carrying nearly 300 migrants to Europe has safely reached a southern Greek island after a large rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek authorities said Monday. There were no immediate reports of injury or ill health among the 283...