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Greece: 3 dead after boat with migrants hits rocks

Feb. 07, 2023 06:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three migrants died and 16 others were rescued off the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday after a dinghy transporting them from the nearby coast of Turkey hit rocks in high winds, authorities said. The coast guard said the three bodies were recovered off the eastern coast of...

5 dead after migrant boat sinks off Greek island

Feb. 05, 2023 23:14 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Four children and a woman died when a boat carrying at least 41 migrants crashed Sunday on a rocky coast on the Greek island of Leros, authorities said. Greece’s Coast Guard said it was alerted by a person who saw a body floating at sea. Three vessels and a...

Zenhaeusern beats Greek skier Ginnis to win World Cup slalom

Feb. 04, 2023 09:20 AM EST

CHAMONIX, France (AP) — Ramon Zenhaeusern threw his ski poles in the air Saturday right after finishing the last men’s World Cup slalom before the world championships. The Swiss skier had just beaten unheralded AJ Ginnis, who was just as pleased with his second place. Zenhaeusern...

Jailed leader of Greek far-right party faces election ban

Feb. 03, 2023 08:08 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government is seeking to ban a far-right political party led by a jailed former lawmaker from participating in a general election later this year, with a legislative initiative that has gained cross-party support. Ilias Kasidiaris, 42, founded the...

In Greece, artists’ strike closes theaters, music schools

Feb. 02, 2023 09:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Performing artists and art students ‒ some banging drums, playing trumpets and dressed in clown outfits ‒ gathered outside Greece’s parliament Thursday during a strike that closed theaters, halted TV shoots and disrupted art school classes. More than...

Greece: 2nd airman found dead after fighter jet crash

Feb. 01, 2023 08:55 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Air Force rescuers have located the body of a second airman missing in a deadly training accident in southwestern Greece, ending a two-day search at sea and on land, officials said Wednesday. The two-seater F-4E Phantom II crashed in the sea during a...

Greek opposition to boycott parliament over wiretap scandal

Jan. 31, 2023 12:57 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main opposition party said Tuesday that it won't participate in parliamentary votes until a general election is held later this year, in response to the alleged wiretapping of senior officials by the state intelligence service. “We will not...

Fitch ups Greece's rating to a notch below investment grade

Jan. 27, 2023 18:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit ratings company Fitch has raised Greece’s credit rating to one notch below investment grade. In a report issued Friday, Fitch estimates that Greece's deficit will shrink to 1.8% of its gross domestic product in 2024 from an estimated 3.8% last year. ...

Greek government survives no-confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 27, 2023 09:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government on Friday survived, as expected, a no-confidence vote following a motion by the country’s opposition leader over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right governing party in the run-up to elections. Of parliament’s 300...

Greek government faces no confidence vote over wiretaps

Jan. 25, 2023 11:04 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Greece’s main opposition party filed a no confidence motion against the government Wednesday over a wiretapping scandal that has stung the center-right ruling party ahead of elections this year. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza...