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Greece: Striking hospital staff hold protest in Athens

Oct. 21, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers marched Thursday through central Athens as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and compulsory coronavirus vaccinations. About 500 protesters demonstrated in the center of the capital, heading...

Georgia loses only returning starter Horne to knee injury

Oct. 20, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Senior forward P.J. Horne, Georgia's only returning starter, will miss the 2021-22 season after suffering a knee injury in practice. Georgia coach Tom Crean said Wednesday on Twitter that Horne had season-ending surgery on his right knee last weekend....

Scott Cochran returns to Georgia staff in off-field capacity

Oct. 19, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Assistant coach Scott Cochran has returned to No. 1 Georgia's staff in an off-field capacity after being away from the team for the first seven games for health reasons. Coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday that Cochran will assist the special teams staff...

Greece vows to link Egypt's energy grid to European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece pledged Tuesday to link Egypt to the European Union’s energy market with an undersea cable that would carry electricity across the Mediterranean. “(Egypt’s) link to Europe will be Greece,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis...

Rights activists urge boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Oct. 19, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Human rights activists urged international governments, sponsors and athletes on Tuesday to boycott what they called China's “genocide games” as Greek officials handed over the Olympic flame to 2022 Beijing Winter Games organizers. Activist...

Protestors disrupt flame lighting for Beijing Winter Games

Oct. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Greece (AP) — Three activists protesting human rights abuses in China sneaked into the archaeological site where the flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was being held Monday and ran toward the newly lit torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner...

Weather, protest cloud Beijing flame-lighting rehearsal

Oct. 17, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — A sunburst at the overcast birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece was too short-lived to light the backup flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Sunday’s dress rehearsal. It was the second blip of the day, after two...

2 arrested in Athens for protesting Beijing Olympics

Oct. 17, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two women attempted to hang a banner from the Acropolis in Athens Sunday morning in protest at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, and were detained by Greek police. The activists, 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old exiled...

Bennett, Bowers, D lead No. 1 Georgia past Kentucky, 30-13

Oct. 16, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The final seconds were meaningless. Except to the Georgia defense. For the first time all season, the fearsome Bulldogs gave up two touchdowns in a game Saturday. It didn't really matter as they romped to another victory — their...

No. 1 Georgia's PAT streak ends with miss vs. Kentucky

Oct. 16, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 1 Georgia's record extra-points streak of 363 ended Saturday when Jack Podlesny missed a PAT against Kentucky. After the Bulldogs scored a touchdown to increase their lead to 30-7, Podlesny was wide right with the kick. That...