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UN says issues 'narrowed' over Greece-Macedonia name dispute

May. 25, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. mediator trying to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name said Friday the issues "have been narrowed" and both sides are determined to reach an agreement. Matthew Nimetz told reporters that talks "have been...

Greek court clears way for Turkish servicemen to get asylum

May. 24, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court has cleared the way for the granting of asylum to eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country hours after an abortive military coup two years ago in a case that has heightened tensions between the two regional rivals. Omiros Zelios, a lawyer representing the...

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...

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...

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...

Greece changes asylum rules to fight camp overcrowding

May. 15, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament approved legislation Tuesday that is designed to speed up the asylum process for migrants, ease the overcrowding at Greek island refugee camps and to deport more people back to Turkey. Under the new law, staff will be added at the office that handles asylum...

Hungary says Europe remains 'defenseless' against migrants

May. 11, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister said Friday that Europe remains threatened by unchecked immigration and must focus on stopping it, three years after the mass influx of about a million people. Peter Szijjarto told The Associated Press that the European Union should screen asylum-seekers in...

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 —...

Cyprus, Israel, Greece push for gas pipeline to Europe

May. 8, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said Tuesday they're determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the East Med pipeline...