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Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP)  — A documentary about an Israeli human rights lawyer has won the top prize in its category at the Thessaloniki International Festival. “The Advocate,” a 108-minute film directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, focuses on Lea Tsemel, who has defended Palestinians of every stripe, from protesters to known … Continue reading Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

‘Zorba the Greek’ composer Theodorakis hospitalized

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — “Zorba the Greek” composer Mikis Theodorakis has undergone surgery in Athens to have a pacemaker installed. A hospital statement says Theodorakis, who is 94, had the operation Friday and is recuperating in his room. Theodorakis won international acclaim and inspired millions at home with his prolific work and political defiance during … Continue reading ‘Zorba the Greek’ composer Theodorakis hospitalized

Lawyer: Russian cybercrime suspect on hunger strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The lawyers for a Russian suspected of bitcoin fraud and wanted by three countries said Thursday that the man’s health is deteriorating due to a hunger strike, and criticized the Greek courts for detaining him for more than the maximum 18 months allowed. Lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou said Alexander Vinnik, 39, has … Continue reading Lawyer: Russian cybercrime suspect on hunger strike

United States | Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement

United States – The United States welcomes the decision by Greece’s Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement. The leaders of Greece demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name dispute, which will allow the future Republic of North Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU. … Continue reading United States | Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement

U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Implements Prespa Agreement

WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement today: The United States welcomes the decision by Macedonia’s Parliament to adopt the constitutional amendments needed to ratify the Prespa Agreement with Greece.  Macedonia’s leaders demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Macedonia Implements Prespa Agreement

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Police in northern Greece have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor Macedonia that would end a decades-long name dispute. The protesters challenged a heavily patrolled police cordon late Friday in the northern city of Thessaloniki where left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence

United States | Joint Statement Regarding the Inaugural United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue

United States – The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Greece on the occasion of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue. Begin Text: The Governments of the United States and Greece held the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on December 13, 2018. U.S. Secretary … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement Regarding the Inaugural United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue

ATHENS, Greece | Greece frees 4 migrant charity workers pending trial

ATHENS, Greece— Greek authorities have released from pre-trial detention four members of a charity working with migrants who had been arrested in August for allegedly helping migrant smuggling. Among the four was Syrian refugee Sara Mardini, who gained international attention when she and her sister — both competitive swimmers — reached the Greek island of … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece frees 4 migrant charity workers pending trial

ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Retrial ordered over Texas tourist killing

ATHENS, Greece — A prosecutor in Greece has ordered the retrial of seven suspects on murder charges over the fatal beating of Texan tourist Bakari Henderson on an island resort last year. The six men — five Serbian nationals and a British man of Serbian origin — were jailed from five to 15 years last … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Retrial ordered over Texas tourist killing

ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Creditors approve U-turn on pension cuts

ATHENS, Greece— Greece’s bailout creditors have approved a request by the country to scrap pension cuts planned in 2019 after the country delivered a strong budget performance. In a report published Wednesday, the European Commission said the previously agreed cuts were no longer considered necessary for Greece to meet a primary budget surplus of 3.5 … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Creditors approve U-turn on pension cuts

ATHENS, Greece | Greek police arrest man who had the top of an ancient column

ATHENS, Greece — Greek police say they have arrested a 51-year-old Greek man in  possession of a valuable archaeological artifact — the top of an ancient Ionic column. The arrest took place on Oct. 30, when police raided the suspect’s flat in the Athens area of Monastiraki, below the Acropolis, but was announced Saturday. The … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek police arrest man who had the top of an ancient column

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek, Italian presidents attend WWII commemoration parade

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday attended Greece’s annual military parade commemorating Greece’s entry into World War II — against Italy. Mattarella appeared at the parade in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, at the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who later hailed his counterpart’s presence. “We are leaving behind what divided us. We … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek, Italian presidents attend WWII commemoration parade

ATHENS, Greece | Drunken driver chase ends in Greek parliament courtyard

ATHENS, Greece — Greek police says they have arrested a drunken driver who led officers on a pre-dawn high-speed car chase through Athens before smashing through a barrier into the courtyard of parliament. Police said Monday that the 59-year-old Greek man was hospitalized with minor injuries after the collision. Tests there allegedly showed that he … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Drunken driver chase ends in Greek parliament courtyard

ATHENS, Greece | Greek strike to close Acropolis, other key sites on Oct. 11

ATHENS, Greece — A Greek union representing staff at the country’s ancient sites and state-run museums has called a 24-hour strike for Oct. 11. The protest is likely to close the ancient Acropolis in Athens that day along with multiple sites around Greece that are popular with tourists. The union announced the strike Thursday. It … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek strike to close Acropolis, other key sites on Oct. 11

U.S. Department of State News:Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States welcomes the results of the Republic of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum, in which citizens expressed their support for NATO and European Union (EU) membership by accepting the Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece.  The United States strongly supports the Agreement’s full … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News:Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

ATHENS, Greece | 3 people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities are looking for three missing people on a Greek island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region. The storm has been moving slowly in a northeasterly direction, affecting Aegean Sea islands as well as Greece’s central mainland. It is expected to hit parts of … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | 3 people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain

PIRAEUS, Greece | The Latest: Croatia detains 2 migrants for hijacking bus

PIRAEUS, Greece — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Croatian police say they have detained two migrants from Syria for hijacking an empty a bus. Police say the bus was stolen from a village near the Bosnian border early on Tuesday before police spotted it on a nearby road and … Continue reading PIRAEUS, Greece | The Latest: Croatia detains 2 migrants for hijacking bus

ATHENS, Greece | 2 Greek journalists detained after minister files complaint

ATHENS, Greece — The publisher and editor in chief of a Greek newspaper have been detained over an article that alleges mishandling of European Union funds meant to improve conditions in migrant hotspots across the country. The journalists were detained following a complaint by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, whose ministry is handling the EU funding. … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | 2 Greek journalists detained after minister files complaint

ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Violence at rallies to mark rapper’s killing

ATHENS, Greece — Violence has broken out at rallies in several Greek cities organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the killing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas that triggered a crackdown against the extreme right political party Golden Dawn. Clashes between protesters and police occurred near Athens and in the cities of Patras and Thessaloniki, where … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece: Violence at rallies to mark rapper’s killing

United States | Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to Europe from September 11 to 14. On September 11, he will arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he will meet with senior officials, other political leaders, and civil society representatives to discuss U.S.-Georgian cooperation on a range of … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje

ATHENS, Greece | Greek police recover Aphrodite stolen from island museum

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities have recovered a 2,000-year-old statue of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of love, which was among a batch of antiquities stolen from a museum storeroom on the island of Santorini. Police say a man who had allegedly been trying to sell the 80-centimeter (31-inch) marble work was arrested Tuesday in the … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek police recover Aphrodite stolen from island museum

ATHENS, Greece | Greek ferry crews debate extending two-day strike over pay

ATHENS, Greece — Greek island ferries are tied up in port for a second day because of a strike by crews, whose main union is debating whether to extend the walkout for another day in pursuit of salary increases. The strike, set to end Wednesday morning, has left tens of thousands of travelers and islanders … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek ferry crews debate extending two-day strike over pay

ATHENS, Greece | US military chief visits Greece amid strain with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece  — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has begun a two-day visit to Greece, starting off a week of high-level contacts between the two countries amid increased strain between the United States and Turkey. Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived Monday and is scheduled to meet his Greek counterpart Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | US military chief visits Greece amid strain with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece | Greek ferry strike leaves thousands of travelers stranded

ATHENS, Greece  — Thousands of travelers have been stranded on Greece’s islands due to a strike by ferry crews seeking higher pay and tax breaks. The main PNO crew union is meeting to decide whether to extend the one-day strike, which will normally run until early Tuesday. Ferry companies have said that the strike would … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek ferry strike leaves thousands of travelers stranded

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 jolts central Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — An earthquake with a provisional magnitude of 5.0 has shaken towns in central Greece. Police say there are no immediate reports of any serious damage or injury. The Department of Geophysics at the University of Thessaloniki said the quake occurred at 10:12 a.m. local time (0812GMT) 25 kilometers (15 miles) outside the … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 jolts central Greece