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THESSALONIKI, Greece | Russians expelled over cash-for-protests allegation

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Greece has moved to expel two Russian diplomats accused of supplying funds to protest groups opposing a deal that would end Greece’s longstanding name dispute with neighboring Macedonia, a Greek official said Thursday. The expulsions were confirmed the day after NATO formally invited Macedonia to join the western military alliance pending the … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Russians expelled over cash-for-protests allegation

THESSALONIKI | Russia makes new request to Greece for cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Russian authorities have sent a new extradition request to Greece for a Russian cybercrime suspect also sought on criminal charges by the U.S. and France. Alexander Vinnik, 38, a former bitcoin platform operator, was informed of the new Russian request by Thessaloniki court officials Wednesday, and is not contesting it. Russia initially … Continue reading THESSALONIKI | Russia makes new request to Greece for cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece | France joins US, Russia, asks Greece for cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece — France has joined the U.S. and Russia in seeking the extradition from Greece of a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested in northern Greece last summer. Greek authorities say France wants to put Alexander Vinnik on trial for alleged cybercrime, money-laundering, membership of a criminal organization and extortion. The 38-year-old former bitcoin platform operator, … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | France joins US, Russia, asks Greece for cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: 8 EU countries to take in migrants from ship

THESSALONIKI, Greece — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The prime minister of Malta says that eight EU countries — not seven as he initially said — will accept migrants from a humanitarian rescue ship that has been at sea for nearly a week. Joseph Muscat initially identified seven countries … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: 8 EU countries to take in migrants from ship

THESSALONIKI, Greece  | The Latest: German far right wants rescue ships impounded

THESSALONIKI, Greece — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 1:00 p.m. The far-right Alternative for German party is calling for private ships rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea to be impounded. Deputy party leader Georg Pazderski on Wednesday accused groups such as the one that operates the German vessel Lifeline of being … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece  | The Latest: German far right wants rescue ships impounded

THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: German boat rescuing 200 migrants remains at sea

THESSALONIKI, Greece — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A German rescue ship with more than 200 migrants on board remains in a holding pattern off Malta for the sixth day after EU states failed to agree on a plan to equitably distribute the migrants. Mission Lifeline spokesman Axel Steier … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: German boat rescuing 200 migrants remains at sea

THESSALONIKI, Greece  | The Latest: Migrants head to Italy after standoff

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — The Latest on migrant issues in Europe (all times local): 8:35 p.m. An aid group is bringing a boat with 105 migrants to Sicily after a bureaucratic standoff by the Italian coast guard left the migrants exposed to the elements for over a day. The group SOS Mediterranee said Wednesday the passengers … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece  | The Latest: Migrants head to Italy after standoff

THESSALONIKI, Greece  | Migrant boat with 45 people spotted south of Crete, Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — Greece’s coast guard has located a wooden fishing boat with dozens of migrants on board who have sent out a distress call while sailing south of the island of Crete. Three coast guard vessels and an aircraft from the European border patrol agency Frontex were sent to search for the vessel. The … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece  | Migrant boat with 45 people spotted south of Crete, Greece