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Amnesty: Refugees in Greece live in 'appalling conditions'

2016-09-22 19:13

Most of the roughly 60 000 refugees and other migrants stranded in Greece are living in "appalling conditions" and face "immense and avoidable suffering," rights group Amnesty International has said.

Wildfires rage on northern Greek island

2016-09-11 21:39

Nearly 300 firefighters, volunteers and soldiers are trying to contain large forest fires on the northern Greek island of Thassos, which has damaged homes and forced the evacuation of a village.

World’s 'first weather station' opens to public

2016-08-26 22:51

Built more than 2 000 years ago, the Tower of the Winds is said to be the world's first weather station - and now, for the first time in nearly 200 years, it's has been reopened to the public.

Greece hears asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer

2016-08-20 10:16

Greece has heard the asylum claim of the first of eight Turkish military officers who have fled their country after the failed coup of July, the asylum service says.

Arsonists target Church of Greece offices in central Athens

2016-08-08 16:57

A key Church of Greece office site in central Athens has been attacked by arsonists, who destroyed two cars in the courtyard but caused no damage to the building

High winds, dry weather stoke wildfires in Greece

2016-07-31 22:45

Several wildfires are burning in Greece, notably on island of Evia, where a village, a monastery and a hotel have been evacuated.

Turkish officers who fled coup get suspended sentences in Greece

2016-07-21 15:27

A Greek court has sentenced eight Turkish military officers who fled last week's failed coup, to suspended two-month prison terms, reports say.

Games of Thrones villain blasts EU over refugees

2016-07-02 18:00

British actress Lena Headey visits refugee camps in Greece with Games of Thrones co-stars.

Russians no show at historic Orthodox meeting

2016-06-19 17:43

Orthodox church leaders from around the word are meeting in Greece for the first such gathering in a millennium, but Russia's delegates failed to arrive.

Migrants face Ramadan challenge in Greece

2016-06-10 10:12

Muslims celebrating Ramadan in a Greece refugee camp are facing tough times because they say the facilities are letting them down.

 

Greece finds shelter for Lesbos migrants after fire

2016-09-21 17:32

Greece has managed to find shelter for around 5 000 migrants on the island of Lesbos two days after a fire ravaged part of the main asylum seekers' camp, officials say.

Floods after heavy rain in Greece leave 3 dead

2016-09-07 22:23

Greek authorities say floods caused by heavy overnight rain have left three people dead.

Greece searches for 60 people on smuggling boat

2016-08-24 21:17

Greek authorities have been searching by air and sea for a boat with about 60 migrants on board that had issued a distress signal off an eastern Aegean Sea island.

50 migrants rescued after being stranded off Greece

2016-08-19 13:40

Around 50 migrants were rescued after their boat ran aground off Greece's southwest coast, police said, after an uptick in arrivals.

Amid migrant crisis, Greece to build Athens mosque

2016-08-04 20:22

Lawmakers in Greece have approved construction of a state-funded mosque near central Athens amid heated public debate on how to manage the migrant crisis.

Greece lowers voting age to 17

2016-07-23 08:34

Greek lawmakers have voted to amend electoral law to lower the voting age by a year to 17, and eventually eliminate a 50-seat bonus for the winning party.

Ancient ship graveyard found off Greek island

2016-07-11 19:14

Forty-five shipwrecks, many dating back to ancient times, have been discovered off a Greek archipelago that is one of the Mediterranean's richest underwater archaeological sites.

Greek people-smuggler gets 103 years

2016-06-19 19:24

A Greek people-smuggler has been sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe.

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

2016-06-10 20:27

Athens is to store away dozens of outdoor sculptures after five brass busts went missing last month and a marble statue was vandalised, officials say.

Migrant deaths in Mediterranean top 10 000 since 2014

2016-06-08 06:05

More than 10 000 people have died attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, the UN says.

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