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Greek lawmakers vote in crucial presidency ballot

2014-12-17 19:36

Greece's lawmakers will vote in a crucial presidential election process that risks a government collapse if the sole candidate fails to win enough votes.

Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

2014-12-12 10:53

Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage.

Greece passes budget unpopular with unions

2014-12-08 09:45

The Greek government has passed a 2015 budget that has come under attack by both union leaders and the country's international creditors.

Greece rejects demands for tax rises

2014-12-03 10:30

Greece has rejected its international lenders' demands for tax rises and income cuts next year, arguing such measures would be disastrous for the country.

Alexander tomb skeleton to undergo DNA testing

2014-11-29 07:43

Greek Culture Ministry officials said the recent discovery of a skeleton buried at the Amphipolis tomb from the time of Alexander the Great will undergo DNA testing.

Ship with 700 migrants safely in Greece

2014-11-27 14:01

More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship.

Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete

2014-11-25 22:27

Ships from Greece have rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours in gale-force winds in the Mediterranean Sea, officials say.

Despite tourism boom, Greek recovery softens

2014-11-19 09:45

The Greek economy may be basking in the glow of a record summer tourism season, but it is just one bright spot in a fragile recovery overshadowed by weak exports.

2 tons of rejected vegetables feeds 5 000 Greeks

2014-11-10 08:38

More than 5 000 Greeks have eaten over 2 tons of fruit and vegetables rejected by food stores in an event that highlighted the waste of food in advanced societies.

Cyprus former central banker jailed

2014-10-27 12:15

A former governor of Cyprus's central bank has been sentenced to five months in jail on charges of evading tax on earnings following his retirement.

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

2014-10-22 11:57

The head of a near-intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, northern Greece, the culture ministry says.

Greek bond yield surge threatens bailout exit

2014-10-15 19:27

Greek stocks have posted their biggest one-day loss since the height of the eurozone crisis, while soaring bond yields may threaten plans for an early bailout exit.

Greece confident of exiting bailout scheme

2014-10-13 15:30

Greece says it is in the process of securing an early exit from its EU-IMF bailout scheme, which would make it the third eurozone country to leave the programme.

Greek debt sustainability won't be a problem

2014-10-10 18:31

The sustainability of Greek debt should not become a problem because Athens has exceeded expectations of reforming its finances, says Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Greek doctors, nurses protest wage cuts

2014-10-02 14:15

Greek state doctors and nurses have gone on a nationwide strike against an austerity plan to cut staff and wages.

Autopsy carried out on woman allegedly buried alive

2014-09-27 07:00

Greek authorities were carrying out an autopsy to determine whether a 49-year-old woman was buried alive in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.

Rescue underway of 300 Syrians on boat near Cyprus

2014-09-25 20:33

A rescue operation is underway after 300 migrants from Syria were located in a fishing vessel south of Cyprus, the defence ministry said.

Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' wreck

2014-09-15 21:28

Archaeologists have begun using a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

Court hitch for Greek privatisation project

2014-09-11 15:45

Greece's top privatisation project, the long-awaited development of the former Athens airport, is facing new delays.

International lenders will return to Greece

2014-09-04 17:00

The European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund will return to Greece later to study reform progress.

Mystery over massive tomb unearthed in Greece

2014-08-13 12:47

Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece, but are stumped about who was buried in it.

World's largest solar boat on Greek adventure

2014-07-29 10:09

The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser says.

Greece to privatise biggest power producer

2014-07-10 08:46

Greece has approved a reform bill paving the way for the sale of nearly a third of its biggest power producer, the Public Power Corp.

Short-term bond sale tempting for Greece

2014-07-08 13:14

Greece may be tempted to capitalise on increasing demand for short-term eurozone debt with a three-year bond sale in coming days.

Wanted: Owner of Greek isle's mystery croc

2014-07-07 21:20

As reptile experts scale up plans to capture a two-metre crocodile that mysteriously appeared on the tourist island of Crete, appeals have gone out for its owner to come forward.

 

Greek central bank chief warns of risk

2014-12-16 10:11

Greece's economy faces the risk of "irreparable" damage as the political crisis of recent days takes increasingly serious proportions.

Greek police defuse bomb in Athens

2014-12-10 16:46

Greek police have defused a bomb outside a bank in Athens, after a local newspaper received a warning call.

Greek labour unions demonstrate ahead of budget

2014-12-07 14:28

Greek labour unions have prepared to take to the streets of Athens ahead of a budget vote by lawmakers.

Ancient coins found in Greece's mystery tomb

2014-12-01 09:07

Coins featuring the face of Alexander the Great have been found at the largest tomb ever unearthed in Greece, where archaeologists are hunting for clues to solve the mystery of who lies buried there.

Greeks finally start to spend

2014-11-28 17:35

Economists say prices in Greece were unreasonably high for a long time, but lower prices have since made Greek products more attractive.

Greece paralysed by major strike

2014-11-27 12:30

Greek labour unions have staged a 24-hour strike that cancelled hundreds of flights, shut public offices and severely disrupted local transport.

Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound

2014-11-24 16:42

Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies.

Greek unemployment dips

2014-11-13 15:04

Unemployment in Greece has dropped in August to 25.9% in seasonally-adjusted terms, from July's revised estimate of 26.1%, the statistics agency says.

Eurozone backs Greece credit lifeline

2014-11-07 13:00

Eurozone finance ministers have backed a precautionary credit line for Greece after the country exits its bailout at the end of the year.

Greece's labour unions to hold mass strike

2014-10-24 17:27

Greece's biggest labour unions have called a 24-hour walkout to protest against planned layoffs and pension reform demanded by international lenders.

Eurozone in firing line over growth, Greece

2014-10-16 15:45

After a two year rest, the eurozone is back in the financial markets' firing line over stagnating growth, low inflation and budget problems in France and Greece.

Greek bailout exit to test eurozone resilience

2014-10-14 10:15

Greece is not yet giving European leaders sleepless nights again, but political uncertainty in Athens is set to test the currency area's resilience.

IMF to maintain routine post-bailout review

2014-10-13 10:45

Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews.

Greek police foil far-left militant bomb plot

2014-10-02 22:30

Greek police say they have foiled a planned weekend bomb attack by a far-left militant group against the headquarters of the country's ruling centre-right New Democracy party.

And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

2014-10-02 11:14

Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow - the Acropolis is crumbling.

Cyprus cruise liner rescues 300 refugees

2014-09-25 22:05

A cruise liner returning from Greece was pressed into action in rough seas off Cyprus to rescue some 300 people thought to be Syrian refugees whose trawler had run into trouble.

Greece could exit bailout early

2014-09-23 16:30

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expects his country to exit its international bailout ahead of schedule and to cover its own financing needs from next year.

Greek posts budget surplus

2014-09-12 18:19

Greece has posted a primary budget surplus in the first eight months of the year that was more than double the amount targeted under its international bailout plan.

Greece sees growth for 1st time in 8 years

2014-09-06 12:23

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says the country's economy is expected to expand in the third quarter for the first time in eight years.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Greece to evacuate Libya embassy, foreign nationals

2014-07-31 13:20

Greece is sending a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli as well as a few hundred Chinese and European nationals.

Family can sue over US Marine's missing heart

2014-07-16 08:20

A family can sue the US over a Marine's missing heart, lost after an autopsy in Greece, but the Greeks are immune.

Greek state workers strike against job cuts

2014-07-09 13:00

Greek doctors, prison staff and other state workers are protesting against public sector firings imposed as part of the country's €240bn international bailout.

Greek central banker warns of political risk

2014-07-08 10:45

Greece's newly appointed central bank chief says political uncertainty around a presidential election set for 2015 is the main risk to the debt-laden country.

Mystery crocodile confounds Crete cops

2014-07-06 22:02

Greek police have been left baffled by the mysterious appearance of a two-metre long crocodile spotted lounging near an artificial dam on the tourist island of Crete.

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