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Summer wildfires plague Greece and Turkey. The worst ones have been contained

Jun. 19, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scores of Greek firefighters and water-bombing aircraft succeeded late Wednesday in taming a large wildfire on the fringes of Athens that forced authorities to evacuate two nearby settlements. Summer wildfires also plagued Greece's Mediterranean neighbor...

Greece denies new report of brutality to migrants, including claim dozens were left to die at sea

Jun. 17, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday denied a new report that accused its coast guard of brutally preventing migrants from reaching Greek shores, which also alleged that the practice had resulted in dozens of deaths. A BBC report said it had been ascertained that 43 migrants...

American tourist found dead on small Greek island west of Corfu. 3 other tourists are missing

Jun. 16, 2024 14:55 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A missing American tourist has been found dead on a beach on a small Greek island west of Corfu, local media reported. The body of the man was found Sunday on a rocky, fairly remote beach on the island of Mathraki by another tourist. He had been reported...

Dutch tourist found dead on Greek island and 4 other foreign tourists are missing on 3 islands

Jun. 15, 2024 12:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A missing Dutch tourist was found dead early Saturday on the eastern Greek island of Samos, local media reported, the latest in a string of recent cases in which tourists in the Greek islands have died or gone missing. Some, if not all, had set out on hikes in blistering hot...

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

Jun. 14, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The United Nations' refugee and migration agencies on Friday criticized Greece's failure over the past year to shed light on one of the worst migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea that left hundreds dead. UNHCR and IOM stressed the “critical"...

Greece's prime minister tweaks his government to focus on cost of living and labor

Jun. 14, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweaked his Cabinet on Friday with a focus on cost-of-living and labor policies after his center-right party's victory in Europe's parliamentary elections. Despite a recent dip in inflation, polls consistently show most...

Heat forces Greek authorities to shut down Acropolis during afternoon hours for a second day

Jun. 13, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece closed down the Acropolis in Athens during the afternoon on Thursday for a second day as the country swelters under unseasonably high temperatures. The Culture Ministry said the hilltop citadel, which is Greece's most popular ancient...

One year later, migrants who survived wreck off Greece seek justice and struggle to cope with life

Jun. 13, 2024 04:15 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Desperate hands clutched at Ali Elwan's arms, legs and neck, and screams misted his ears, as he spat out saltwater and fought for three hours to keep afloat in the night, dozens of miles from land. Although a poor swimmer, he lived — one of just 104...

Heat wave in Greece halts visits to Acropolis as drones with thermal cameras monitor temperatures

Jun. 12, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Athens announced the closure of the Acropolis for five hours on Wednesday due to heat wave temperatures that also shut many schools. The ancient site in the Greek capital — which drew nearly 4 million visitors last year — was closed from...

4,000-year-old Greek hilltop site mystifies archaeologists. It could spell trouble for new airport

Jun. 11, 2024 14:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A big, round, 4,000-year-old stone building discovered on a Cretan hilltop is puzzling archaeologists and threatening to disrupt a major airport project on the Greek tourist island. Greece's Culture Ministry said Tuesday that the structure is a “unique and...