Update: Italian minister explains refusal of migrants

Europe 03/20/19, 06:43

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):1:40 p.m.Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has given an emotional defense of his decision last summer to refuse to allow migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship to disembark in a Sicilian port.Salvini spoke in the Senate ahead ...

Panathinaikos-Olympiakos game abandoned after clashes

Soccer 03/17/19, 19:02

Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium.With tear gas heavily used as police tried to get back control, referee Marco Fritz of ...

Greece backs Bolivian leader’s call for Venezuela dialogue

America 03/15/19, 06:16

Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is backing calls by Bolivia for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela.Many European Union member countries are among 50 nations, including the United States, which are backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Those ...

‘Zorba the Greek’ composer Theodorakis leaves hospital

World 03/14/19, 12:01

An Athens hospital statement says "Zorba the Greek" composer Mikis Theodorakis has been discharged after undergoing surgery to have a pacemaker installed.The 94-year-old Theodorakis was admitted to a private hospital Feb. 26 and had the pacemaker implanted last week. He left hospital Thursday.The composer won international acclaim with his prolific ...

On rare European trip, Bolivia’s Morales to visit Greece

America 03/14/19, 09:34

Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales is due to visit Greece on rare trip to Europe, with talks in Athens expected to include the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.Morales is due in Athens later Thursday, traveling from Vienna where he attended a United Nations conference on combatting drug trafficking and abuse globally. ...

Greek passenger stopped at gate from boarding doomed flight

Europe 03/11/19, 12:44

A Greek man who narrowly missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed Sunday said he had argued with ground staff in Addis Ababa to try to get on the plane after reaching the gate minutes too late."I saw the last passengers going through, but the gate had already closed. I ...

Greece: Poor response, planning blamed for wildfire deaths

Europe 03/07/19, 16:32

Greek prosecutors have concluded that public safety and government officials made grave errors in responding to a wildfire outside Athens last summer that left 100 people dead and dozens injured, according to parts of an investigation report shown to journalists Thursday.The damning report follows a seven-month investigation of Greece's deadliest ...

Greek economic growth slightly undershoots targets for 2018

Europe 03/07/19, 07:00

Greece's statistical authority says economic growth in 2018 was weaker than forecast, following a slight contraction in the third quarter attributable to a decline in investment spending.Provisional data released Thursday show the economy grew 1.9 percent in 2018, down from a 2.1 percent estimate by the government, but closer to ...

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Yannis Behrakis dead at 58

Europe 03/03/19, 06:34

Yannis Behrakis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, has died. He was 58.His death Saturday was confirmed by his employers, Reuters, where he had worked since 1987. Behrakis had long been ill with cancer.Born in Athens in 1960, Behrakis studied photography at a private school and worked at a studio before fulfilling ...

Greece: 1 wounded after car explosion, bombing suspected

Europe 03/01/19, 06:30

Greek police have closed off a busy road south of Athens after a man was seriously wounded in a car explosion that started a parking lot fire.Four cars were burned following the blast Friday morning in the upscale Glyfada area south of Athens. Authorities didn't immediately give any other details, ...

EU urges Greece to step up reforms to get debt relief

Europe 02/28/19, 12:34

The European Union's top finance official says the Greek government can step up its reforms to qualify for a large debt relief payout in 10 days.Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici visited Athens a day after the European Commission said Greece had fallen behind on at least six major reforms. Eurozone finance ...

Georgia basketball coach Joni Taylor gives birth to girl

Basketball 02/19/19, 12:38

Georgia coach Joni Taylor has given birth to a girl less than 12 hours after leading the Lady Bulldogs to a victory.The Bulldogs said in a release Tuesday that Taylor is resting comfortably with her second child, Drew Simone Taylor. Her husband Drew and their older daughter Jacie welcomed Drew ...

Pitino’s Greek team reaches final after walkout on refs

Basketball 02/14/19, 09:43

Rick Pitino is back in a final.However, the Greek team he's coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating.Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in ...

Update: Greece backs Macedonia’s NATO accession

Europe 02/08/19, 15:04

The Latest on Greece-Macedonia relations (all times local):10 p.m.Greece's parliament has approved a measure for Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute.Lawmakers late Friday voted 153-140 to back the NATO protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.The Greek vote means the former Yugoslav republic ...

Greek parliament set to back Macedonia’s NATO accession

Europe 02/08/19, 14:46

Greek lawmakers are set Friday to approve Macedonia's NATO accession, ending a process to normalize relations between the two neighbors and anchor the country — renamed North Macedonia — firmly within the western sphere of influence.Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a ...

Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership this week

Europe 02/05/19, 09:37

Greece is set to ratify Macedonia's accession agreement with NATO this week after the two countries reached a historic agreement to normalize relations.The alliance's 29 members plan Wednesday to sign Macedonia's accession protocol, which must then be ratified by each country individually before taking effect.In Athens, Greek parliamentary Speaker Nikos ...

Greece launches first bond sale since emerging from bailout

Europe 01/29/19, 08:33

Greece has launched a 5-year bond auction, the first time the country has tapped international capital markets for financing since it emerged from its bailout programs in August.State-run ERT television said the initial guidance for Tuesday's bond sale was a yield of 3.75-3.85 percent. Authorities are hoping the rate to ...

1 student killed after Texas school bus hit by train

U.S. 01/25/19, 23:46

One student was killed and two other individuals were injured after an East Texas school bus was hit by a train on Friday, authorities said.The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported the collision took place around 4 p.m. when the bus was at a train crossing in Athens, located about 70 miles ...

IMF sees Greek economy accelerating in 2019

Business 01/25/19, 10:42

The International Monetary Fund is optimistic on Greece's growth and employment prospects for this year, but is urging the government to stick to reforms to maintain the momentum. In a report published Friday following five-day talks with officials in Athens, IMF officials say that the battered Greek economy is set to ...

Update: Greek parliament passes name deal with Macedonia

Europe 01/25/19, 08:33

The Latest on ratification of an agreement to resolve the place name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local):3:30 p.m.Greek lawmakers have ratified an agreement for the country to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed to North Macedonia.The deal faced ...

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