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Erdogan says Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Greece brands Turkey's move an 'open provocation to the civilized world'

HAGIA SOPHIA. An inside view of the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul, on July 10, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Greece extends migrant camp lockdown despite criticism

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:58 PM

Migrants are allowed to leave the camps from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm only in groups of less than 10 and no more than 150 people per hour

LOCKDOWN. Greece's announcement that it was extending the coronavirus lockdown at its migrant camps until July 5, cancelling plans to lift the measures on June 22, coincided with World Refugee Day on June 27, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

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

Greece woos tourists with pledge of 'maximum' virus safety

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:15 AM

With a quarter of Greece's economy dependent on tourism, the government faces an urgent challenge to reassure potential visitors they can safely vacation there

REOPENING. A staff member wearing a face mask works at the welcome desk of a hotel in central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Athens marks World Refugee Day with protest against evictions

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Thousands face homelessness in the country's refugee relocation scheme as Greek authorities plan to move more than 11,000 people to make room for other asylum seekers

WORLD REFUGEE DAY. A young child holds a poster as he joins refugees participating in a rally in Athens on June 20, 2020, marking World Refugee Day aS THEY demand rights and housing for refugees and migrants in Greece. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Balkan hoteliers hope for 'survival' as borders reopen

Jun 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM

In Greece's Halkidiki peninsula, most of the resorts lie empty. Operators are hoping travelers from neighboring Balkan countries can help lift business.

An employee wearing a visor walks at a beach bar near Paliouri on Halkidiki Peninsula, Greece, on June 20, 2020. - One of Greece's most popular tourism destinations, the Halkidiki peninsula provides hotels and apartments with around 100,000 rooms. Nearly 60 percent of business activity relies on the travel sector. Last year, some 1.5 million travellers visited the area, mainly from neighbouring Balkan countries. But for now, most of the resorts lie empty. And many operators dread an outbreak that would kill off their season for good. (Photo by Sakis MITROLIDIS / AFP)

Greece 'more than sea and sun', says PM in tourism launch

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Greece desperately needs to attract visitors to boost its coronavirus-hit economy

GREECE TOURISM. Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens, Greece, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek hoteliers reopen, anxious for bookings

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hotels in Greece are resuming operations, but it is uncertain how the rest of the year will play out

A staff member wearing face mask works at the welcome desk in a hotel central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures and reopening some of the hotels , priomary schools and nurseries. - Greece on May 30, 2020 expanded its list of approved flights from EU destinations to include airports in countries hard-hit by the coronavirus, but flights from the worst-hit regions will still be subject to quarantine measures. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Greek tourism operators see massive drop in 2020 arrivals

May 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Still recovering from a decade-long debt crisis, Greece badly needs tourism income that accounts for over a fifth of the economy

GREECE TOURISM. Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens, Greece, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Acropolis in Athens reopens after virus shutdown

May 18, 2020 - 4:06 PM

(UPDATED) With 163 deaths from the virus, Greece starts easing the measures this month after a six-week lockdown with an eye to salvaging the vital tourism season

REOPENING ACROPOLIS. People walk with in background the ancient Temple of Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill in Athens on May 17, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Splendid isolation: Islands prove safe ports in virus storm

May 07, 2020 - 12:44 PM

Cyprus is one of a clutch of normally highly open island nations – including Iceland, Malta and New Zealand – that have lately started easing, or are poised to ease, measures restricting internal movement

A couple walks along Finikoudes beach in the Cypriot coastal city of Larnaca on May 4, 2020, as the island country gradually eases lockdown restrictions placed for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Cyprus revealed a plan to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures and reboot the Mediterranean holiday island's economy. The Republic of Cyprus, which controls the southern two-thirds of the divided island, had imposed strict measures soon after its first novel coronavirus cases were confirmed on March 9. Christina ASSI / AFP

A decade after debt crisis, Greece on verge of virus recession

May 02, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Though Greece has so far been spared the coronavirus death toll of other European nations, it will not escape the resulting economic downturn

People walkon the waterfront of Thessaloniki on May 1, 2020, after a month of banned access to the promenade, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on April 28 announced a gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown rules from May 4 but said implementation would be monitored daily. (Photo by Sakis MITROLIDIS / AFP)

Extensive damage at Greek migrant camp after fire, protests

Apr 19, 2020 - 5:12 PM

A local police source says 3 persons had been detained in relation to the unrest, which erupted after a 47-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq died in the camp

VIAL CAMP. In this file photo, a woman eats her lunch as she sits on a hill overlooking the Vial refugee camp, on Greek the island of Chios on December 10, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

MVP Giannis donates 10,000 masks to Greek city

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As the world grapples with the virus pandemic, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo lends help to his home country

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots a free throw while playing the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Milwaukee won the game 126-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Second Greek migrant camp under coronavirus lockdown

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Officials say the camp in Malakasa, located northeast of Athens, had been placed under 'full sanitary isolation' for 14 days, with no one allowed to enter or leave

Greek hoteliers fear 'disaster' if virus lockdown persists

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Hotels in Greece will be temporarily shut until the end of April 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus

Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens on March 13, 2020. - Greece on March 13 shut down its museums and archaeological sites until March 30 because of a shortage of guards amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the culture ministry said. The government has shut down Schools and universities, courts, cinemas, gyms and other indoor public gathering areas for two weeks in an effort to curb the outbreak. Greece has so far declared 117 cases of the coronavirus, one of whom died on March 12 after 10 days in hospital. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Filipino tests positive for coronavirus in Greece

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The newest case brings to 126 the number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the coronavirus

Coronavirus death toll in Greece rises to 3

Mar 14, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The health ministry says 2 men who had underlying health problems died

Greece hands reins to 1st woman president

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a 63-year-old senior judge, becomes the new Greek head of state for a five-year term

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT. President of Council of State Katerina Sakellaropoulou looks on as the President of the Greek Parliament presents the result of a parliament vote for the election of the new President of the Greek Republic, in Athens on January 22, 2020. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/Pool/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

UN urges calm amid migrant surge at Turkey-Greece border

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The International Organization for Migration says some 13,000 migrants have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, including families with young children

FLEE ON FOOT. Migrants walk towards Greece along the Turkey-Greece border near Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on March 1, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Greece reports 1st coronavirus case in traveler from Italy

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Italy, making it the hardest-hit country in Europe

FIRST CASE. Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias (C-R) speaks during a meeting in Thessaloniki, in the region of Central Macedonia, on February 26, 2020. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Greece elects first woman president

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:03 PM

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs votes in favor of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas says

THE NEW PRESIDENT. A photograph taken on October 18, 2018 shows candidate for the Greek Presidency Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, then President of the Council, in Athens. Photo by Vassilis Rempapis/Eurokinissi/AFP

At least 12 dead in migrant boat sinking – Greek coast guard

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

The coast guard says over 20 other people had been found alive

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

PH closely monitors kidnap of 2 Filipino sailors in Cameroon

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The Filipino seamen are among 8 crew members of a Greek oil tanker abducted in a port in Cameroon on New Year's Eve


2 Filipinos among sailors abducted from Greek oil tanker in Cameroon port

Dec 31, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The 2 Filipinos are among 8 seamen aboard the Greek oil tanker Happy Lady who were abducted by armed men

Greece 'wants a say' in Libya peace process – PM

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'We do not want a source of instability in our neighborhood. Therefore we want a say in developments in Libya,' says prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, Greece's newly elected Prime Minister and leader of conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks to the press outside the party's headquarters after the official results of the elections, in Athens on July 7, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Newborn saved from garbage death in Greece

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:32 PM

'The baby was fortunate in its misfortune...there was a delay in the day's collection,' says Kalamata mayor Thanassis Vassilopoulos

41 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Greece

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Police say the migrants, of apparent Afghan origin, are mostly in good condition but 7 received first aid in the hospital

First Neanderthal activity found on Greek island – study

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'Until now, the earliest known location on Naxos was the Cave of Zas, dated to 7,000 years ago. We have extended the history of the island by 193,000 years,' anthropologist Tristan Carter says

Former NBA coach Blatt leaves Olympiakos

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:14 PM

David Blatt, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2015, is currently diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis

FAREWELL. It is uncertain, though, whether David Blatt leaving is related to his health. Photo from David Blatt Facebook page

Greek police evict over 200 migrants from Athens squats

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Some 230 people, including 70 children, are removed and taken to the police headquarters for identification, Athens municipal radio reported

GREEK POLICE. An anti-riot police officer detains a protester in Exarchia district in central Athens on September 14, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Large forest fire blazing near Athens

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Greek fire department says it had been called to nearly 80 fires over the past 24 hours

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

Greece seeks to ban referees after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos accuses referees of disrespecting NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo

FOULED OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo fouls out as Greece ends its bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown. Photo from FIBA

MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece fall to USA at World Cup

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Stop NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to stop Greece – Team USA did just that to advance to the quarterfinals

GANG DEFENSE. US stalwarts swarm Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo all game. Photo from

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/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

6 tourists killed in storms in Greece

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Officials declare a state of emergency and army crews are working around the clock to restore electricity

GREECE STORM. Tourists walk past a fallen roof covered in solar panels after a storm in Nea Plagia, in Chalkidiki, Northern Greece, on July 11, 2019. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. 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

PM-elect Mitsotakis vows to make Greece 'proud' after vote triumph

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Official results show Mitsotakis on track to crush leftist premier Alexis Tsipras, who oversaw austerity meausures after Greece's dramatic rescue by international creditors in the European debt crisis

THE NEW PRIME MINISTER. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister and leader of conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaks to the press outside the party's headquarters after the official results of the elections, in Athens on July 7, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Gilas Youth absorbs heartbreaking loss to Kiwis, settles for 14th

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The breaks of the game didn't go the Philippines' way as the young Filipinos end their U19 World Cup campaign with a painful loss to New Zealand

Photo from FIBA

Greece heads to polls with voters expected to oust Tsipras

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Polls forecast that Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker and scion of a leading Greek political family, will win an absolute majority in Sunday's legislative elections

ELECTIONS. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to overcome a 10-point deficit in opinion polls amid widespread dissatisfaction after years of high taxation. Photo by Milos Bicanski / AFP

Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

After scoring its first triumph over China, the Philippines goes for a best possible finish of 13th place

STEPPING UP. Carl Tamayo and Gilas Pilipinas Youth prove their mettle this time. File photo from FIBA

Australia pummels free-falling Gilas Youth in U19 World Cup

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:27 PM

A World Cup victory remains elusive as the Philippines gets mauled by Australia at the start of the classification phase

ONE-SIDED. Australia overwhelms Dalph Panopio and the Gilas Pilipinas Youth Team right from the get-go. Photo from FIBA

Serbia knocks Gilas Youth out of U19 World Cup contention

Jul 04, 2019 - 1:15 AM

Winless in 4 outings, the Philippines gets relegated to the classification round

MAJOR CHALLENGE. Kai Sotto and Gilas Pilipinas Youth find Serbia tough on both ends. Photo from FIBA

Russia destroys Gilas Youth to end U19 World Cup group phase

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:33 AM

The Philippines drops its third straight game to finish at the bottom of Group C

Photo from FIBA