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Libya’s Tripoli government signs economic deals with Turkey

Oct. 03, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — One of Libya’s rival governments signed preliminary economic and maritime deals with Turkey on Monday, in a move that has inflamed tensions between it and the North African country’s other administration. The agreements also angered Turkey's neighbor and...

After years of EU scrutiny, Greece promises balanced budget

Oct. 03, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has promised to return to a budget surplus in 2023, submitting its first spending blueprint in 12 years that is not under the direct scrutiny of European bailout lenders. Finance Ministry officials said Monday that Greece was planning to return to a...

Minister: Greece can defend islands despite Turkey's threats

Oct. 01, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece has the right to take “all defensive measures” to protect its easternmost islands amid threats by neighboring Turkey that dispute Greek sovereignty rights and raise the specter of war, the Greek defense minister said Saturday. Speaking after...

Greece's Irene Papas, who earned Hollywood fame, dies at 93

Sep. 14, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Irene Papas, the Greek actress and recording artist renowned for her dramatic performances and austere beauty that earned her prominent roles in Hollywood movies as well as in French and Italian cinema over six decades has died. She was 93. The Greek Culture...

Greek leader says armed conflict with Turkey won't happen

Sep. 11, 2022 13:10 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says that he cannot imagine that tensions with neighboring NATO ally Turkey could ever escalate into armed conflict. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke at a press conference Sunday at the Thessaloniki International Fair,...

Greek leader: EU must respond as one to Putin's 'blackmail'

Sep. 10, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The European Union should have a coordinated response to the challenge posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “blackmail” with the supply of natural gas, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Saturday. He said Putin’s invasion of...

Live updates: Charles back in London as king; queen mourned

Sep. 09, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela offered condolences to the United Kingdom on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II’s death was headline news in several Latin American countries. ...

Greece ratifies deal to recoup 161 ancient treasures from US

Sep. 08, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

Greece has ratified a complex deal for the return, over coming decades, of 161 striking ancient Greek artifacts from a U.S. billionaire's collection after Athens conceded it had no evidence they'd been illegally excavated and exported. The mostly marble works date from 5300-2200 BC,...

Tension rises as Turkey, Greece voice festering grievances

Sep. 06, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Troubled relations between regional rivals Turkey and Greece worsened Tuesday, with Turkey's president doubling down on a thinly veiled invasion threat and Athens responding that it's ready to defend its sovereignty. Turkey and Greece have decades-old disputes over...

Greece heralds deal to recoup 161 ancient treasures from US

Aug. 30, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has struck a complex deal for the eventual return from a U.S. billionaire's private collection of 161 top quality ancient Greek artifacts dating from more than 4,000 years ago, marking a new approach in the country's efforts to reclaim its cultural heritage. ...