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The gods must be angry: Mexico 'cancels' statue of Greek god Poseidon after dispute with local deity

Jul. 12, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The gods must be angry — or just laughing at the hubris of humanity. Authorities in Mexico have slapped a “closure” order on a 10-foot-tall (3-meter) aquatic statue of the Greek god of the sea Poseidon that was erected in May in the Gulf of Mexico just off...

Albania's supreme court leaves ethnic Greek ex-mayor in prison

Jul. 12, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld a verdict of the lower courts keeping a former elected mayor from the country’s Greek minority in prison after he was convicted of buying votes. A Supreme Court statement said that it upheld the verdicts of the...

Greek authorities tame a wildfire that forced the evacuation of a hospital and a retirement home

Jul. 09, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Tuesday evacuated a children's hospital and a retirement home on the outskirts of the southern city of Patras after a summer wildfire flared in the area amid hot, windy weather. Fire service spokesman Vasilis Vathrakoyiannis said the...

Albanian authorities strip ethnic Greek mayor of his post for alleged vote buying

Jul. 05, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian election authorities on Friday stripped an ethnic Greek minority mayor of his post after he was imprisoned on charges of vote-buying in municipal elections last year. A new election will be held Aug. 4. Fredis Beleris, 51, was elected...

Greece's governing center-right party evicts lawmaker after airport altercation over flight boarding

Jul. 03, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's governing center-right party on Wednesday booted out a lawmaker and former minister who allegedly manhandled an airport worker who wouldn't let him board a domestic flight he'd turned up late for. Lefteris Avgenakis, who has held the sports and...

Firefighters battle wildfires on 2 Greek islands as premier warns of a dangerous summer

Jul. 01, 2024 23:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Firefighters battled wildfires that broke out on the eastern Aegean islands of Chios and Kos Monday and injured five people, as Greece’s prime minister warned of a dangerous summer ahead and said the public’s help was essential in limiting the impact of wildfires. ...

Ethnic Greek imprisoned in Albania hopes his election to European Parliament will boost rule of law

Jun. 27, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An Albanian prison cell wouldn't rank high among choice spots to run a successful campaign for election to the European Parliament. Fredis Beleris, a member of Albania's ethnic Greek minority, had no choice. Last year, he was elected mayor of a town in...

A Greek police officer guarding a top judge's house is injured in a predawn gasoline bomb attack

Jun. 27, 2024 05:00 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek police officer guarding the house of a top judge was hospitalized with burns after a gasoline bomb attack in Athens early Thursday, authorities said. The motive for the predawn attack in a city suburb was not clear and there was no immediate claim of...

Albanian appeals court upholds prison term for Greek minority mayor, raising tensions with Athens

Jun. 25, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Tuesday upheld a two-year prison sentence for an elected mayor of the country’s Greek minority, in a move expected to further exacerbate tension with neighboring Greece. The appeals court declined to change the verdict of the...

Greece claims neighboring North Macedonia broke historic name deal, warns its EU hopes may suffer

Jun. 24, 2024 12:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday accused neighboring North Macedonia’s new center-right government of breaking a historic deal on the country’s name, warning that this could harm its hopes of one day joining the European Union. Athens was responding a day after North...