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Coronavirus delays Athens mosque opening

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The Greek government says works on the mosque were delayed due to the pandemic

FIRST MOSQUE. A picture taken in Athens on June 7, 2019 shows a view of the interior of a mosque, the first official place of worship for Athens Muslims in over a century. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Row over Greek police raids in bohemian Athens district

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The government says organized crime is rampant in Exarchia, but residents note the crackdown could be linked to gentrification

CONSERVATIVE PM. In this file photo, Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI/AFP

Firefighters contain major blaze near Athens

Aug 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

At least two houses are burned but there were no reports of injuries as police are able to quickly evacuate the area and block roads

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:56 AM

More than 90% of those who voted in the referendum on Sunday, September 30, supported the name change, but only a third of the electorate turned out, results show

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Death toll in wildfires in Greece rises to 91

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Another 25 remain missing, says a spokeswoman, giving a precise figure for the first time after mounting criticism over the issue

BURNED. A photo shows a burnt house following a wildfire at the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Greek wildfires toll rises to 81 amid search for survivors

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Firefighters continue to search for bodies after receiving numerous calls reporting people missing

WILDFIRE'S CASUALTY. A charred body lies next to a car during wildfires in the village of Mati near Athens, on July 23, 2018.  Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Greece in mourning as horrifying wildfires kill 74

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The death toll could surpass that from the blazes which hit Greece's southern island of Evia in 2007 in which 77 people perished

WILDFIRE. A firefighter reacts as a house burns during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. Photo by Valerie Gache/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Macron outlines plan for Europe revival from Athens

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Choosing a symbol of ancient Athenian democracy – Pnyx Hill – for his speech French President Emmanuel Macron says he intends to present fellow European leaders with a roadmap to fix Europe for the next decade

REVIVAL. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

When the bell rings: My story of getting bullied

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Bullying is more than just physical harm. It’s the harshest form of rejection, one that gets in the way of our growth and self-discovery

Ancient mass graves discovered in Greece

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The graves contain the skeletons of 80 men who could have been followers of nobleman Cylon

This undated handout photo released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on April 14, 2016 shows the remains of men buried in a mass grave, with all but one having their hands tied with iron chains, found in an area of the Falirikon Delta in South Athens. The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on April 14, 2016 the discovery near Athens of two mass graves containing the remains of 80 men, who could be the executed supporters of Cylon, an Athenian noble who attempted a coup in Athens in the Archaic period. Digging in the area for the new National Opera and the National Library in the premises of the old Horse Racing field in Faliron brought to light the "polyandreio", a mass grave for men who died and were buried at the same time. / AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY / ARIS MESSINIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

2,500 demonstrate in Athens against pension reform

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Greece is under pressure from its bailout creditors in the European Union and IMF to reduce spending on pensions the highest in the EU

Greek parliament urges government to recognize Palestine

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:31 PM

All parliamentary parties voted in favor of the move to call on the government to recognize the state of Palestine

Members of the Parliament vote for Greek President at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, 23 December 2014. TSimela Pantzartzi/EPA

Babies and children perish in new migrant tragedy off Greece

Sep 13, 2015 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED The stricken boat carrying 112 people sinks off off the southern Aegean island of Farmakonisi

REGISTRATION. Refugees wait for their registrations to be completed at a reception center in Mytilini, where some 3,000 refugees reportedly disembark daily, on the island of Lesvos in Greece on September 13, 2015. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

4 children missing after migrants' boat capsizes off Greece

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Coast guards rescue 24 people from the vessel but 5 people including 4 children remain missing


Thousands of migrants arrive in Athens

Sep 02, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Local news website Il Fatto 24 said some 15 000 migrants had used the crossing since January

Germany praises Greek stance shift in debt talks

Aug 16, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Germany s finance minister Wolfgang Shaeuble hails Greece but warns that Europe will closely monitor reforms in Athens

Eurozone approves Greek bailout in return for far-reaching reforms

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:58 AM

New loans of up to 86 billion euros 96 billion will be made available over the next 3 years to Greece says the European Commission

APPROVED. President of Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem leaves after a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis. Eurozone finance ministers on August 14 approved Greece's third bailout package in five years moving within reach of a deal that will commit the near-bankrupt country to wide-reaching reforms in return for urgently needed funds. Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Germany gained 100 bn euros from Greece crisis

Aug 10, 2015 - 10:37 PM

A new study says Germany which has taken a tough line on Greece has profited from the country s crisis to the tune of 100 billion euros

BAILOUT. An elderly man stands beside a lifebuoy hanging on a wall outside a chapel in central Athens on July 7, 2015. Photo by Aris Messinis / AFP

Athens in 'intense' talks to avoid another loan default

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:03 AM

European officials say sticking points still remain despite the progress being made with a generally positive reception towards Greek readiness to vote on reforms this week

In this file photo dated 20 July 2015, customers patiently queue up outside a National bank of Greece branch in central Athens, Greece. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Migrant crisis 'surpasses' Greek abilities – Tsipras

Aug 07, 2015 - 10:10 PM

The UN refugee agency s division for Europe says Greece provided no reception facilities for 124 000 refugees and migrants

REFERENDUM. A handout picture released by the Greek Prime Minister's press office on July 1, 2015 of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressing the nation about the referendum on July 5, 2015, during a speech broadcasted from his office in Athens, Greece. File photo by Andrea Bonetti/Prime Minister Of Greece Press Office/Handout/EPA

Eyes on banks as Greek stock exchange to reopen

Aug 02, 2015 - 8:45 PM

The reopening of the market comes after senior EU and IMF auditors held their first meetings with Greek ministers to finalize the new 3 year bailout which could be worth up to 86 billion euros 94 billion

An European Union and Greek flags fly in central Athens on July 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greek bailout talks with auditors begin as market to reopen Monday

Aug 01, 2015 - 1:04 PM

The government hopes to conclude the EU IMF fiscal audit before August 20 when it is scheduled to repay 3 4 billion euros to the European Central Bank including interest

REOPENING. The Greek stock market is set to reopen on August 3, 2015 as talks continue between Greece's finance and economy ministers with the representatives of the country's creditors on a new multi-billion-euro bailout. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Greece asks for fresh IMF aid in step closer to bailout

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:42 AM

In his letter to IMF Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos notes that Greek parliament has passed two laws enshrining a series of tough reforms demanded by the creditors including tax rises and a pensions overhaul

HELP. A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greek bank shutdown cost economy 3 billion euros – report

Jul 18, 2015 - 7:38 PM

The retail trade alone suffers losses up to 600 million euros

SHUTDOWN. Pensioners stand outside a closed branch of the Greek National Bank in Thessaloniki on June 29 as Greece ordered its banks to shut for one week and imposed capital controls. File photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

EU approves emergency loan to Greece

Jul 17, 2015 - 10:55 PM

The EU approves a short term loan of 7 16 billion euros to Greece allowing it to meet a huge payment to the ECB and repay the IMF while a new bailout is still being ratified

WAITING. A pensioner leans against the gate of the National Bank of Greece as he waits to withdraw money, with a maximum of 120 euros, in Athens July 7, 2015. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

ECB, Eurogroup give Greece breathing space after Athens vote

Jul 17, 2015 - 12:29 AM

Athens fails to make a key debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund and its next debt deadline is a 4 2 billion euro payment to the ECB on July 20

epa04573327 A picture taken with a wiping effect shows the 'Euro' sign shines bright in Frankfurt, Germany, 20 January 2015. Financial experts are eagerly expecting the announcement of the European Central Bank (ECB) to acquire state bonds on a large scale after an†ECB meeting to be held on 22 January. EPA/BORIS†ROESSLER

Greece faces 'difficult' eurozone judgment day

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:49 AM

Can the Greek government be trusted to do what they are promising in coming weeks months and years?

Defiant PM rejects Grexit fears as he rallies 'No' vote

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:29 AM

Greece s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tells the crowd of 25 000 cheering supporters: We are not simply deciding to remain in Europe – we are deciding to live with dignity in Europe

YES OR NO? Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses supporters of a 'NO' voting in the Prime Minister's referendum on bailout terms to be held on July 5, at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. Photo by Yannis Behrakis/POOL/EPA

Greek PM urges 'No' vote to strengthen his hand

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:18 AM

UPDATED Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says the government may very well resign if the people vote Yes

REFERENDUM. A handout picture released by the Greek Prime Minister's press office on July 1, 2015 of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressing the nation about the referendum on July 5, 2015, during a speech broadcasted from his office in Athens, Greece. File photo by Andrea Bonetti/Prime Minister Of Greece Press Office/Handout/EPA

Greek PM calls referendum on bailout for July 5

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:54 AM

Greece rejects its international creditors offer of a 5 month 12 billion euro extension of its bailout program on Friday June 26 arguing it is unacceptable

REFERENDUM. A general view shows a TV screen displaying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announcing a bailout referendum on the Greek debt deal to take place on July 5, 2015. Greek voters will decide in a referendum whether their government should accept an economic reform package put forth by Greece's creditors. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Eurozone looks at 'worst case' Greek default scenario

Jun 13, 2015 - 8:33 AM

The 5 month standoff over the refusal by Greece to agree on reforms demanded by its creditors is set to reach a climax at a meeting of finance ministers in Luxembourg on June 18

WORST CASE SCENARIO. View of the Acropolis hill on a cloudy day, in Athens, Greece, February 23, 2015. Fears had been rife that without a European bailout extension, Greece would run out of money and be forced to leave the eurozone. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Greek PM between rock and hard place as clock ticks on deal

Jun 06, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Greece and its international creditors wrangle for weeks as they try to hammer out a reform plan that will unlock the final 7 2 billion euros in bailout funds for Athens

DEFIANT. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/ EPA

Greece issues fresh warning on IMF payment in June

May 24, 2015 - 8:32 PM

A failure to honor the repayments could result in default raising the specter of a possible exit from the euro

IMF. A file photo dated May 18, 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Merkel says still 'a lot to do' for Greek debt deal

May 22, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The delay in reaching an agreement has led to concerns Athens is running critically short of cash and may soon end up defaulting which could set off a messy exit from the euro

MORE WORK. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the end of the European Council Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 19 October 2012. File photo by Thierry Roge/EPA

Greece PM seeks EU talks after European Central Bank snub

Mar 07, 2015 - 12:04 AM

The European Central Bank says it s prepared to give more room on financing once the Greek government reaches a debt deal with its eurozone partners

Pinoy chefs in Greece: Like cooking for the gods

Mar 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Pinoy chefs earn praise in Greece

Global powers sign declaration on sustainable fishing

Mar 15, 2014 - 7:31 AM

Environmental group Greenpeace stresses the need for more action when it comes to sustainable fishing

SUSTAINABLE FISHING. 6 global powers pledge to support measures to address fishing overcapacity

Filipino and gay in Greece

Feb 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Being openly gay in a country which still frowns upon public displays of same sex affection has not hindered them from working

Eurozone crisis spurs return to PH roots

Oct 04, 2013 - 1:19 AM

Since the Eurozone crisis the Philippine embassy in Athens has noticed an increase in the number of Filipinos opting for dual citizenship

Filipino worker in Cyprus exhibits artwork

Aug 19, 2013 - 6:11 PM

After kasambahay duties Rosita Sumagaysay turns to painting

KASAMBAHAY, ARTIST. 'Rosita's Flowers' by Rosita Sumagaysay. All photos courtesy of Miles Viernes

Former Filipino Olympian: 'It was worth it'

Jul 26, 2012 - 5:54 PM

A 2004 Filipino Olympian recalls the grueling journey to the Athens Games and the experience of competing in the world s biggest sports stage

Greek socialists make 'first step' toward coalition

May 11, 2012 - 6:30 AM

Greece s socialist leader on his way to forming a Cabinet after Sunday s inconclusive election

For rent: Greek policemen for 30 euros an hour

Apr 08, 2012 - 10:53 PM

The cash strapped Greek state is now looking to a new way of raising revenues