Latest Aegean Sea News

Lesbos: Europe's migrant barrier nears breaking point

May. 11, 2018 6:12 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — At the heart of Moria, an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, is a dark rectangular building ringed with police guards and coils of razor wire. Taking photographs of it is prohibited. It's here that thousands of migrants are interviewed by asylum officers —...

Greece: 5 aid workers cleared on migrant smuggling charges

May. 7, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five members of international aid groups from Spain and Denmark have been cleared in court on charges of attempting to illegally bring migrants into Greece. The three Spanish firefighters and two Danish men were arrested in January 2016 on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Lesbos, and...

Turkish cargo ship, Greek warship collide in Aegean

May. 4, 2018 2:46 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a Turkish cargo ship and a Greek warship have collided in the eastern Aegean Sea, without causing injuries or severe damage. A Greek navy statement says the Turkish-flagged Karmate put on speed and made off into Turkish waters after Friday's pre-dawn incident,...

Turkey warns Greece after flag is hoisted on disputed islet

Apr. 16, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Greece on Monday to refrain from "provocations" after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that the Turkish coast guards had removed the flag from the island off...

Greek fighter jet crashes into Aegean Sea, pilot killed

Apr. 12, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek air force fighter jet crashed into the Aegean Sea on Thursday after returning from a patrol, killing the pilot, Defense Ministry officials said. The officials said the single-seater Mirage 2000-5 crashed north of the island of Skyros in the central Aegean. They gave no...

Greek minister says country vigilant against 'enemy' Turkey

Apr. 4, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister described Turkey on Wednesday as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and said he had ordered the deployment of more military personnel to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said 7,000 service members were being moved to the...

Greece: 58 migrants rescued off Greek island in Aegean Sea

Apr. 2, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of migrants who sent out a distress call while off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Samos were rescued Monday after their boat was towed to land, Greek authorities said. The boat, carrying 58 people, was located north of Samos in rough seas and was towed to the island...