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Residents in northern Greece oppose refugee children attending school

There were renewed clashes between angry residents and police in the northern Greek town of Oreokastro on Monday, where some locals have for months opposed children from a nearby refugee centre being taught at the local school.

Strike shuts museums and archaeological sites in Greece

The majority of archaeological sites and museums in Greece will remain closed on Monday.

Athens: Agreement with international creditors could be imminent

The Greek government and its international creditors could soon come to an agreement on the implementation of further financial reforms, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Greece extends detention of Turkish pilots pending asylum decision

Eight Turkish soldiers who applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a coup attempt in July must remain under temporary police custody, an Athens court ruled Wednesday.

Greek Supreme Court blocks extradition of Turkish soldiers

Eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece after a failed coup in the summer may not be extradited back to Turkey, the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, with Ankara quickly protesting the decision.

Greek industry association warns of Grexit without reforms

The Greek industry association SEB on Wednesday demanded that the government enact necessary economic reforms or else the country could be forced out of the European Union in a so-called Grexit.

Greek parliament approves 2017 budget

The Greek parliament approved the government's 2017 budget on Saturday evening, the parliamentary steering committee reported.

Greek ferry strike ends after eight days

A nationwide strike by Greek ferry workers that led to supply shortages on a several islands ended Saturday after eight days, a union leader said.

Greek court extradites some Turkish officers, others to stay

A court in Athens has agreed to a request from Turkey to extradite three military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the Turkish government, according to Greek media reports on Tuesday.

Greek ferry services remain disrupted as strike extended to Friday

Ferry services in Greece will remain disrupted through the week, after a seafarers' union extended an ongoing strike.

Migrant count grows on eastern Greek Aegean islands

The number of migrants stranded on the eastern Greek Aegean Islands is still growing, the country's Migration Ministry said on Wednesday.

Winter cold hits Greece's exposed migrants

A sharp temperature drop in Greece raised concern that thousands of migrants exposed to the cold may flee their inadequate shelters and seek new protection in city streets, local media reported Tuesday.

Northern Greece rocked by 5.0-magnitude earthquake

Northern Greece was hit by a 5.0-magnitude earthquake early on Saturday, causing panic in a region already shaken by numerous tremors in recent weeks.

Obama reassures Europe over NATO, Trump presidency

America isn't going anywhere, assured US President Barack Obama in Athens Tuesday, as he used his final international tour to soothe worries in Europe over the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

Hand grenade thrown at French embassy in Greek capital

A hand grenade thrown at the French embassy in Athens Thursday morning by unknown assailants slightly injured a policeman, local broadcaster Skai and state media reported.

New Greek government sworn in after cabinet reshuffle

A new government under Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was sworned in Saturday, following a cabinet reshuffle amid plunging public support for the government.

Russia lauds Greek scepticism towards EU anti-Russian sanctions

Greek scepticism on anti-Russian sanctions should be applauded, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday during a visit to the EU member country.

Greece can receive new 2.8-billion-euro aid tranche, EU sources say

Greece's creditors are expected this week to approve a further 2.8 billion euros (3.1 billion dollars) in bailout aid for the cash-strapped country, EU sources said Monday.

Offices set on fire in refugee camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Containers used as offices by an EU asylum body were set alight on Monday in the latest incident of violence at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Athens clearing up centre after overnight anarchist riots

The centre of the Greek capital Athens was being cleared up Thursday after a night of rioting by anarchists that prompted police to respond with tear gas after being pelted with Molotov cocktails and stones.

Hundreds of migrants arrive in Greece over four-day period

More than 600 refugees and migrants have arrived on the Greek islands from Turkey over the last four days, 280 of whom reached the country's shores by boat in the past 24 hours, the Greek refugee coordinating body announced Tuesday.

Outrage as tear gas used against senior citizens in Athens demo

Police in Athens used tear gas against a group of demonstrating senior citizens on Monday in Athens, triggering outrage in the media and from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to reports from the local Skai broadcaster.

Greece passes bailout hurdle with appointments to privatization fund

Greece has passed an important hurdle to receive its next bailout tranche by securing the European Commission's approval for top appointments to a new privatization fund, a spokeswoman for the European Union's executive said Tuesday.

Eighteen arrested for fire that destroyed Lesbos refugee camp

Greek police have arrested 18 migrants following a fire at a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, the Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini reported Tuesday.

Large fire in Lesbos refugee camp contained, arson suspected

A fire that forced thousands of people to flee a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos destroyed most of the camp but is now under control, eyewitnesses said Monday.

Thousands flee fire in refugee camp on Lesbos

More than 3,000 people fled a fire in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greek media reported.

Number of migrant arrivals in Greece rises sharply

The number of migrants reaching Greece has sharply risen, with at least 374 arriving from Turkey over the weekend, the country's migration crisis authority said on Monday.

Greek island firefighters work to limit blaze to southern half

The southern part of the Greek island of Thasos is in flames as efforts to control a forest fire continue, Greek broadcaster Skai reported Monday.

Large forest fire rages across Greek island

A forest fire on the Greek island of Thasos in the northern Aegean Sea has destroyed several homes.

Number of migrants from Turkey to Greece skyrockets

The number of migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands skyrocketed Tuesday, with 462 people arriving in the last 24 hours, the country's working group for the refugee crisis announced in Athens.

Greece reports spike in migrant arrivals to Aegean islands

Greek authorities reported Friday that they had seen a spike in migrant arrivals from Turkey to the Aegean Sea islands after months of dwindling numbers.

Charity warns that children at risk in crowded Greek migrant camps

Overcrowding in Greek migrant camps is putting thousands of Syrian children at risk, a charity group said Wednesday, as the coastguard reported hundreds of rescues in the last nine days.

Greek coastguard: More than 300 migrants rescued over last nine days

More than 300 migrants have been rescued from the Aegean Sea over the past nine days, the Greek Coastguard announced on Wednesday, when 59 people alone were saved near the island of Kos.

Greek coastguard saves 13 migrants in dramatic rescue

The Greek coastguard rescued 13 migrants from a boat caught in a storm off the island of Lesbos on Sunday.

Charity: Report on child abuse at refugee camps "vastly exaggerated"

Claims of sexual abuse of children at refugee camps in Greece is "vastly exaggerated" according to the head of the charity Doctors of the World (Medecins du Monde).

Report: Europol to hunt for Islamic State members in Greek camps

The European Union's police force is teaming up with the Greek authorities to search for Islamic State members in the country's migrant camps, according to a newspaper report on Saturday.

Greece moves migrants from crowded islands to the mainland

Greek authorities have started ferrying migrants stranded on the Aegean islands to the mainland in order to reduce pressure at the overcrowded camps, an official said Friday.

Greece intercepts sailboat with dozens of migrants in Aegean Sea

The Greek coastguard apprehended 67 refugees, most of them men, aboard a sailboat off the eastern Aegean island of Amorgos on Wednesday.

Greece: EU countries capable of sabotaging migration deal with Turkey

The migration deal between the European Union and Turkey could be endangered by EU member countries, said Greek migration minister Ioannis Mouzalas Thursday.

Greek opposition rebukes Tsipras' referendum-by-the-people proposal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' referendum-by-the-people proposal was met with criticism Tuesday, with opponents calling it an attempt to divert attention from high unemployment rates and the country's poor financial situation.

Absconding Turkish soldiers questioned in Greece

Eight Turkish soldiers were brought before the Greek public prosecutor in Alexandroupolis on Sunday on charges of illegally entering Greece and breaching air traffic rules, Greek media reported.

Turkish military group arrives in Greece to fetch helicopter

A helicopter carrying 13 Turkish military personnel arrived late Saturday in the Greek port of Alexandroupolis, broadcaster Skai shows.

Turkey demands Greece return soldiers who fled coup in helicopter

Turkish soldiers who landed in Greece in a helicopter on Saturday, seeking asylum after apparently fleeing a failed coup, should be returned to Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Children among four killed as migrant boat capsizes off Lesbos

Two adults and two children were killed when a refugee boat capsized off the coast of Lesbos, Greek authorities said on Wednesday.

Greek unemployment hits four-year low in April

Greece's unemployment rate in April was at its lowest in four years, dropping 2 percentage points year-on-year to 23.3 per cent, the crisis-stricken country's statistics office Elstat said Thursday.

Dozens of migrants found in truck in Greece headed for Macedonia

Greek police arrested a Slovenian truck driver, who was planning to bring 35 migrants, including children, in a hollow compartment of a truck to the Macedonian border.

UN chief Ban praises Greece's handling of refugee crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday praised Greece for its handling of the refugee crisis, as well as the solidarity and generosity that it has shown towards migrants.

Greece grants asylum to 800 refugees on Lesbos despite migrant deal

Greek authorities have granted asylum to 800 refugees on the island of Lesbos, the Athens daily Kathimerini reported Wednesday, despite an EU deal with Turkey under which people arriving from the country should be sent back.

Bodies of 117 migrants wash up in Libya; Greece rescues 340 off Crete

Aid workers said on Friday they recovered 117 bodies that have washed up on Libyan shores, as Greek rescuers pulled 340 people and four corpses from a capsized migrant boat south of Crete.

Boat with hundreds of migrants capsizes in central Mediterranean

Greek rescuers pulled 250 people from the Mediterranean and were searching for more survivors Friday after a boat with hundreds of migrants capsized south of Crete.

Report: Rioting at Greek migrant camp leaves at least four injured

Fistfights broke out among migrants in a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos during the night, injuring at least four people, public broadcaster ERT reported Thursday.

Putin makes pilgrimage during Greece trip as leaders talk up ties

On the second day of his trip to Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Mount Athos, also known as the Holy Mountain, which is home to numerous monasteries and sacred sites for Orthodox Christians.

Greece upholds relations with Russia as strategic partnership

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upheld his country's strengthening relationship with Russia as a strategic partnership on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Athens.

Putin arrives in Greece for two days of politics, business, religion

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Athens Friday for a two-day visit to Greece with trade, energy, migration and Moscow's relations with NATO on the agenda.

Greece shuts camp Idomeni, a symbol of Europe's migration woes

Greece has completed the evacuation of thousands of people who had been stranded for months at the country's squalid refugee camp at Idomeni.

Idomeni camp slowly depletes as Greece relocates stranded migrants

The population in the makeshift refugee and migrant camp at Idomeni dropped further Wednesday as authorities relocated people to organized facilities elsewhere in Greece.

Greece resettles 1,500 migrants on day one of Idomeni camp clearance

Greek police said they were able to relocate more than 1,500 people from the makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni without having to use force on Tuesday, the first day of a major operation to clear the squalid site.

Greece begins clearing migrant camp at Idomeni

The clearing of an informal refugee camp at Idomeni, Greece, began Tuesday, almost certainly dashing the hopes of thousands of people living there in miserable conditions who hope to travel further into Europe.

Greece set to clear migrant camp at Idomeni

Greek authorities confirmed Monday that they ordered special police units to clear the informal refugee camp at Idomeni, on the country's border with Macedonia.

Greek parliament approves new tax hikes, austerity measures

The Greek parliament approved a new package of tax hikes and austerity measures that are demanded by the country's international creditors.

Greek lawyers strike leaves 300,000 cases in limbo

An ongoing strike by Greece's legal professions against the government's austerity measures has left 300,000 cases pending, Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini reported on Sunday.

Cyprus: Divided island republic in the European Union

The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprushas been an independent republic since 1960. Since a Greek coup andTurkish military intervention in 1974, the island has been dividedbetween north and south and along ethnic lines.

Athens transport workers strike ahead of parliament bailout vote

Transport workers in Athens launched a 48-hour strike Saturday in advance of a vote in the Greek Parliament on a new package of tax hikes that are demanded by the country's international creditors.

Tsipras vows to cooperate with Egypt in search for missing flight

Egypt and Greece vow to cooperate closely in the search for Egyptair Flight MS804, one day after it disappeared in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Greece plans VAT increases on food and services

The Greek government is presenting new measures to raise value added tax (VAT) on food and services in order to save 1.8 billion euros as one of the preconditions set by international creditors for additional aid for the struggling country.

Desperate migrants in Greece attempt swimming back to Turkey

Migrants stranded in Greece are growing desperate, with some attempting to swim back to Turkey for a second shot at reaching Europe and others launching a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against miserable conditions at their camp.

Greek Parliament agrees to latest bailout measures

The Greek Parliament voted through the ruling coalition's latest package of including pension cuts and income tax hikes, amid clashes late Sunday on nearby Athens streets between police and rioters opposed to the austerity measures.

Protests outside Greek parliament turn violent ahead of bailout vote

Hundreds of rioters plunged a peaceful demonstration in front of the Greek parliament in Athens into chaos on Sunday as lawmakers were debating the details of new bailout measures.

Greek parliament to vote on next bailout package

The Greek parliament was debating Sunday the details of a new bailout programme set for vote in the evening, before eurozone finance ministers meet to discuss negotiations with the economically battered nation the next day.

Greece hit by new strikes in protest at planned bailout measures

Public transport, schools, rubbish collection services and broadcasters across Greece were paralyzed by strikes on Friday as trade unions protested against reforms demanded by the country's creditors in return for bailout aid.

Migrant arrivals to Greece fall sharply following EU deal with Ankara

Far fewer migrants arrived in Greece in April compared to the same period last year, latest figures show, following a deal signed by the European Union and Turkey aimed at curbing the flow of people boarding smugglers' boats to cross the Aegean Sea.

Amnesty: Thousands stranded in Greece at risk of being "forgotten"

Nearly 50,000 people stuck in Greece under miserable conditions are at risk of being "forgotten" while the world's attention is fixed on the EU-Turkey deal, Amnesty International warned Monday.

Human rights watchdog blasts EU, Greece over migration camps

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused Greece and the European Union of arbitrarily detaining and holding under miserable conditions all migrants and potential asylum seekers arriving on the Aegean islands from Turkey.

Police teargas migrants as Europe approves refugee aid for Greece

Macedonian police tossed teargas cannisters at migrants trying to cross the Greek border on Wednesday, Greek TV footage showed, as Europe approved more assistance to Athens to relieve the dire conditions of those stuck in Greece.

Police teargas migrants in another day of clashes at Idomeni camp

Clashes broke out again on Wednesday between Macedonian police and migrants stranded at the refugee camp in the Greek border town of Idomeni, Greek TV reported.

Influx of migrants to Greece dwindles; tensions still high at Idomeni

The inflow of migrants to the Greek islands continued to dwindle, figures from the Athens authorities showed Tuesday, but tensions remained high at Idomeni, where thousands of frustrated people are stranded at the sealed Macedonian border.

Athens officials, creditors locked in tough talks over bailout

Greek Finance Minister Euklid Tsakalotos was visibly exhausted on Monday morning after he emerged from overnight talks with the country's creditors in Athens, private broadcaster Skai reported, as Greece negotiates the terms of its bailout.

More migrants returned to Turkey from Greece under EU-Ankara deal

An overall 220 migrants were returned to Turkey from Greece Friday, partially as part of a deal between the European Union and Turkey aimed at curbing migration movements.

Second group of migrants returned to Turkey from Greece

A second group of migrants were returned to Turkey on Friday under the terms of an EU-Turkey deal aimed at curbing migration movements.

Number of migrants reaching Greece drops after returns to Turkey

The number of migrants reaching Greece from Turkey has dropped in the last 24 hours, Greek migration authorities said Wednesday, just days after authorities began to return migrants to Turkey as part of a deal with the European Union.

Greek parliament approves asylum bill, paving way for EU-Turkey deal

The Greek parliament has approved a bill that amends its asylum laws to pave the way for the planned return of asylum seekers to Turkey, according to the nation's parliamentary office.

Athens votes on asylum bill as EU defends contested migrant plan

The Greek parliament was Friday set to vote on a bill that prepares its asylum laws for the planned return of thousands of asylum seekers to Turkey, as the European Union defended its migration plans against criticism from rights advocates.

Athens to vote on asylum bill for return of refugees to Turkey

The Greek parliament is set to vote on a bill Friday readying its asylum system for the planned return of thousands of asylum seekers to Turkey, under a deal struck between the European Union and Ankara.

Athens parliament to vote on fast-tracking asylum to shift crowds

The Greek parliament is set to vote on a bill aimed at speeding up the country's floundering asylum procedure on Friday, a move aimed at paving the way for the planned return of thousands of migrants to Turkey.

Uncertainty among migrant crowds as EU readmissions to Turkey loom

Greece is planning to employ translators and print leaflets in Arabic to persuade at least 5,700 migrants crowding waiting areas in Athens' Piraeus port to move to regulated camps, Radio Athina 984 reported.

Greece, EU prepare to move some migrants to camps, others to Turkey

Greece is planning to employ translators and print leaflets in Arabic to persuade at least 5,700 migrants crowding waiting areas in Athens' Piraeus port to move to regulated camps, Radio Athina 984 reported Wednesday.

Greece seeks to move migrants out of Athens' port

Greece is planning to employ translators and print leaflets in Arabic to persuade at least 5,700 migrants crowding waiting areas in Athens' Piraeus port to move to regulated camps, Radio Athina 984 reported Wednesday.

Cypriot minister: Airplane hijacker was wearing a fake bomb belt

The hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday was wearing a fake explosive belt, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulidis says.

Cypriot police remove reporters from airport fence in Larnaca

Police ask journalists to leave the area around a fence at Larnaca International Airport where the highjacked EgyptAir plane landed, according to reports by official broadcaster RIK.

Cypriot president: EgyptAir hijacking not an act of terrorism

The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday is not a terrorist act, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades says on state television.

Migrants crowd Idomeni border fence after rumour of border opening

Hundreds of migrants gathered at a fence along the Greek-Macedonian border in Idomeni on Sunday, demanding that authorities open the border and let them pass.

Six arrested as human trafficking network smashed on Greece's Kos

Greek security forces said Sunday they have arrested six suspected human smugglers on the island of Kos.

Report: Athens police knew of plans for Brussels airport attack

Greek police found plans for a potential attack on Brussels airport in two Athens flats in January 2015 and informed the Belgian authorities, Skai news broadcaster reported Saturday, citing the police.

Steady arrivals of migrants in Greece despite EU deal with Turkey

Greek authorities said Monday that migrants and refugees were continuing to arrive through its Aegean islands despite an agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow.

Migrant arrivals steady as EU-Turkey deal gains momentum

Migrants continued arriving on Greek islands, authorities said Monday in Athens, even after an agreement between the European Union and Turkey seeking to stem the flow of people across the Aegean Sea went into effect midnight Saturday.

Migrant flow to Greece continues despite start of EU-Turkey deal

The number of migrants reaching Greece hasn't abated, despite an agreement reached between the EU and Turkey to help stem the flow of people entering Europe, which went into effect at midnight Saturday.

465 migrants arrive in Piraeus as EU-Turkey deal closes window

The Greek port city of Piraeus received 465 migrants on Saturday, the coastguard said, as the clock ticks down on the pending implementation of an EU-brokered deal to send back asylum seekers arriving by boats from Turkey.

Greek minister compares Idomeni refugee camp to Nazi camp Dachau

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis on Friday compared the overcrowded refugee camp at Idomeni to a World War II concentration camp.

Migrants in Greece protest border closures, deportations

Hundreds of migrants demonstrated Thursday in Greek reception centres against border blockades and deportations, demanding passage to wealthy parts of Europe.

Macedonia returns breakaway migrants to Greece

Macedonian authorities returned hundreds of migrants to Greece on Tuesday, one day after they set out from the Idomeni refugee camp and walked around a fence that Macedonia had erected to keep them out.
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