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Economists see potential nightmare in new Italian government

May. 22, 2018 5:41 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The prospect of a populist government in Italy, the eurozone's third-largest economy, has spooked European partners and investors who fear its euroskeptic, budget-busting program could shake the region's cohesion and undermine its growth. Rival populist forces — the anti-establishment...

Popular Greek comedian Harry Klynn dies at age 78

May. 21, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek comedian Harry Klynn, who for decades poked fun at his countrymen and their political leaders, has died at age 78 in his native city of Thessaloniki. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed condolences for Klynn's family after the comedian's death Monday. Klynn, whose real...

4 charged in Greece over attack on Thessaloniki mayor

May. 21, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities charged four men Monday over a weekend mob attack on the 75-year-old mayor of the country's second-largest city, carried out in an apparent venting of nationalist sentiment. The suspects, aged between 17 and 36, were formally accused of grievous bodily harm and...

Iran names initial squad for World Cup

May. 21, 2018 6:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Jalal Hosseini and Vouria Ghaffouri have both been left off Iran's provisional 24-man squad for the World Cup. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not say why Hosseini, a Persepolis defender, and Ghaffouri were not included. There was space for midfielders Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi,...

Greek police arrest 2 in mob beating of Thessaloniki's mayor

May. 20, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two people have been arrested as suspects in an attack that left the mayor of Greece's second-largest city hospitalized, Thessaloniki police said Sunday. About a dozen people set upon Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris at a Saturday ceremony honoring Greek victims of purges...

Rikers Island inmates get a taste of ancient Greece

May. 19, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some inmates at New York City's biggest jail got a taste of ancient Greece this weekend. A theater company went to Rikers Island on Saturday to perform skits from plays by Sophocles that deal with wounded, traumatized warriors and how they deal with other people off the battleground. It was...

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

May. 19, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO. But Greek...

Official: Nationalist mob beats mayor of major Greek city

May. 19, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A city official says the mayor of Greece's second-largest city has been hospitalized with head, back and leg injuries after being set upon by nationalist extremists. Thessaloniki City Council President Calypso Goula said Mayor Yiannis Boutaris was attending a flag-lowering...

Greek parliament passes pharma probe over to judiciary

May. 18, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament has voted to hand over to the judiciary an investigation into 10 prominent politicians over allegations of involvement in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal. All opposition parties — with the exception of the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn — refused to...

British PM says courage needed on Macedonian-Greek name spat

May. 17, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Britain's prime minister has urged Macedonia and Greece to show courage in ongoing efforts to resolve a dispute over Macedonia's name, which has frustrated the country's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May says a solution will require...