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Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...

Greece hosts 6 female Afghan lawmakers on their way to US

Sep. 22, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female lawmakers from Afghanistan have arrived in Greece as part of the wider evacuation effort and are expected to travel to the United States after a short stay, authorities said Wednesday. Afghanistan’s twin-chamber parliament was...

Europe's Med leaders pledge cooperation on climate, security

Sep. 17, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Europe’s Mediterranean countries pledged late Friday to expand cooperation in the fight against climate change and to back common security and defense initiatives in the European Union. The meetings in Athens were held in the...

Greece probes crash that killed witness in Netanyahu trial

Sep. 14, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece on Tuesday opened an investigation into the crash of a private plane from Israel that killed a prosecution witness in the corruption trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Haim Geron, a former senior...

Greek leader vows crackdown against migrant traffickers

Sep. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has promised to “break and smash” the human trafficking networks that smuggle migrants across the border from Turkey. Mitsotakis, in a news conference Sunday following his Saturday keynote speech...

Greece's economy to grow 5.9% in 2021, prime minister says

Sep. 11, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's economy will grow 5.9% during 2021, far more than the original 3.6% estimate, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Saturday. Mitsotakis gave the keynote address at the Thessaloniki International Fair, where heads of government...

Greece approves tough penalties for bogus COVID certificates

Sep. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has introduced tough penalties for the issuing of fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates after a worker at a state vaccination center was suspended for allegedly helping several dozen people acquire bogus documents. Health Minister Thanos...

Ataturk's legacy sparks row between Greek Cypriots, Turkey

Sep. 09, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The withdrawal of a book from Greek Cypriot high school classes over a disputed reference to modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Thursday triggered a war of words between Turkey and the ethnically-split island nation’s education ministry. ...

Turkey slams Greek 'dreams' to extend territorial waters

Sep. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister reiterated on Thursday that his country will never accept any Greek move to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean sea, dismissing any possible effort by Athens as “empty dreams.” Speaking at a symposium in...

Thousands gather in Greece for composer Theodorakis' funeral

Sep. 09, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

Political leaders, family members and thousands of fans paid their final respects to Greek music great Mikis Theodorakis who was buried Thursday on the island of Crete. Holding flowers and olive branches, onlookers dressed in black sang songs composed by Theodorakis as...