Latest Athens News

Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou arrives at the prosecutor's office in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd act” after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss team preparations in 1998. Multiple claims by other female athletes of sexual misconduct from sporting administrators followed over the weekend. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Olympic champion's abuse claim triggers debate in Greece

Jan. 20, 2021 12:36 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou appeared before a public prosecutor in Athens Wednesday in relation to sexual assault accusations she made that have ignited a nationwide debate on misconduct and encouraged multiple victims to make their claims public. Bekatorou, who won...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right greets Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties as tensions ease

Jan. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union as Turkey and neighboring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute. Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between NATO allies...

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomes Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, left, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Bekatorou has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (Alkis Konstantinidis /Pool via AP)

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim

Jan. 18, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's first female president met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou on Monday to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week...

Brothers jailed for attacking subway stationmaster in Greece

Jan. 17, 2021 3:48 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two brothers, aged 17 and 15, who attacked an Athens subway stationmaster because he told them to wear masks on a subway train, will appear before a magistrate Tuesday for depositions. The two were jailed Saturday, charged with premeditated aggravated assault, a felony, as well as...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 file photo, Greek 470 class skipper Sofia Bekatorou, displays her gold medal during the medal ceremony of the women's double-handed 470 dinghy sailing event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, file)

Olympic sailing champ says she was assaulted by official

Jan. 15, 2021 2:15 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation...

University students clash with riot police during a rally in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Police have used tear gas to disperse crowds at a rally in the Greek capital organized to protest plans to set up a state security division at university campuses. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek police clash with protesters over campus police plan

Jan. 14, 2021 11:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse crowds at a rally in Athens organized to protest plans to set up a state security division at university campuses. Mass gatherings are banned under current lockdown rules imposed because of the pandemic, but members and supporters of student and...

2 passengers beat Greek subway official after mask order

Jan. 13, 2021 4:28 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two subway passengers assaulted an Athens stationmaster Wednesday after he told them they should be wearing masks for the coronavirus pandemic, and Greek authorities vowed to bring the attackers to justice. The public order ministry said the two young men behaved “like...

A medical staff member of the National Health Organization (EODY) conducts a COVID-19 rapid test on a man at a drive-through testing site at Aspropyrgos suburb, west of Athens, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The western municipality of the Greek capital remains in a hard lockdown due to their heavy epidemiological burden as Greece will ramp up the speed of its coronavirus vaccination drive, the country's prime minister said Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece extends lockdown past 2 months, expands vaccinations

Jan. 8, 2021 12:44 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has extended a two-month lockdown by at least one week, through Jan. 18, and announced plans Friday to increase the number of people getting COVID-19 vaccines from 5,000 per day to 8,000 per day. Restrictions the Greek government imposed in early November shut non-essential...

A limited congregation attends the service for the feast of the Epiphany in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Piraeus, the port of Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Greek government relented and allowed limited attendance at churches celebrating the feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, reversing a ban on attendance designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek churches open on Epiphany feast despite tight lockdown

Jan. 6, 2021 4:25 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government relented and allowed limited attendance at churches celebrating the feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, reversing a ban on attendance designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Not all churches opened their doors to the faithful during services but, in those...

Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

New Year's revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020

Jan. 1, 2021 12:01 AM EST

This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with many bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. From the South Pacific to New York City, pandemic restrictions on open air gatherings saw people turning to made-for-TV fireworks displays or packing it in early...