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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 fiba.basketball

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

Gilas Youth falls short vs Argentina, stays winless in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:18 AM

Dave Ildefonso finishes with a double-double and does most of the late heavy lifting for the Philippines, but Argentina builds enough lead to escape

ACHING TO WIN. Dave Ildefonso and Gilas Pilipinas Youth are still looking for their first win in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


AJ Edu 'most probably' suffered ACL injury, says SBP chief

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The Filipino-Nigerian started for the Philippines in its first match against Greece in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, but hurt his knee on a drive attempt early

BIG LOSS. Gilas Pilipinas Youth standout AJ Edu sustains what appeared to be a knee injury early in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sotto, Gilas Youth fall to Greece in FIBA U19 World Cup opener

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:19 AM

The Philippines could not maintain its hot start as AJ Edu goes down after hurting his knee early

BAD START. Gilas Pilipinas Youth drops its opening game in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Greece – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Bookmark for updates on the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team's match versus host Greece in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

GAME SCHEDULE: Gilas Youth at FIBA U19 World Cup 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The tallest Gilas Youth team sizes up to lofty expectations in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health, education

May 12, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Public hospitals and schools in Greece continue to struggle as a result of the country's debt crisis, affecting poverty-stricken patients and the quality of education

Retired tenor Achilleas Papadopoulos looks at the medicines he received at the social pharmacy of Elliniko in this picture taken on February 27, 2019. - The pharmacy runs on donated medicine and disposables. Some 40,000 people have brought medicine, many from abroad. During nearly a decade of cuts imposed as Greece struggled to avert national bankruptcy, public education and health were among the sectors hit the hardest as the country lost a quarter of its national output. Amid sweeping layoffs, wage cuts and tax hikes, many found themselves unable to keep up with their social insurance contributions, and were therefore pushed out of state-provided health support. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece in unique island exhibition

May 11, 2019 - 11:23 PM

British contemporary artist Antony Gormley is showing 29 of his sculptures on the island of Delos

A tourist walks past the steel sculpture "Shift II" by renowned British artist Antony Gormley and part of his exhibition "Sight" and displayed at the archaeological museum on the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on May 3, 2019. Near the Greek island of Mykonos, in the Cyclades, the uninhabited island of Delos, known for its archaeological riches, hosts for the first time on an ancient Greek site an exhibition of contemporary art: 29 sculptures by the British artist Antony Gormley. The exhibition will run until October 30, 2019. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

Grenade blast outside Russian consulate in Greece – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) The attack occurs at around 0200 GMT, with no one immediately claiming responsibility

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

Greek MPs approve Macedonia name change in 'historic' deal

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approve the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition

HISTORIC. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on January 25, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

4 arrested in plot to target Muslims in New York state

Jan 24, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Police identify 3 young men arrested for allegedly planning a 'potentially lethal, attack on a Muslim community. A fourth unidentified suspect, aged 16, was also detained.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 23, 2019 shows booking photos courtesy of the Greece Police Department, of three of four suspects (L-R)Vincent Vetromile 19,of Greece, NY, Brian Colaneri, 20, of Gates,NY and Andrew Crysel, 18 of East Rochester,NY. - Four young people between the ages of 16 and 20 have been arrested in northern New York State and accused of preparing a "potentially lethal" attack on a Muslim community regularly targeted by extremist sites, police said Wednesday. Police in the small town of Greece, near the Canadian border, recovered three explosive devices and 23 weapons - mostly shotguns - from the homes of arrested youth, according to spokeswoman Jared Rene. (Photos by HO / The Greece Police Department / AFP)

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia deal amid political turmoil

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on January 23 and 24 before the vote

PROTESTS. Protestors hold a flag of the Greece's Macedonia region in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on January 20, 2019 during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonian accord

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Greeks are protesting a planned name change for its neighbor: 'There is only one Macedonia, the Greek Macedonia'

NAME CHANGE. Greeks protest the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. The proposal faces resistance in Greece because of what critics see as the implied claims to Greek land and cultural heritage. For most Greeks, Macedonia is the name of their history-rich northern province made famous by Alexander the Great's conquests. Photo by AFP

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Our parliament found the strength but it wasn't easy. But I am convinced that the Greek parliament will also find the strength to make the decision,' says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

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

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

But the switch to 'the Republic of North Macedonia' is an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament

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

Gloves come off as Greek elections loom

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:59 PM

With the ballot scheduled for October but expected as early as March, hostility between the ruling leftist Syriza party and the frontrunning New Democracy conservatives has hit fever pitch

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, wearing a tie, waves before addressing the parliamentary group of leftist Syriza and coalition partner Independent Greeks in Athens, on June 22, 2018, after Eurozone financial ministers have agreed to complete the eight-year bailout program for Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 22, 2018 said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun out of control, sparking three bailouts and threatening the country's euro membership. Tsipras, who hates ties and hasn't worn one since becoming prime minister in 2015, had pledged at the time he would wear one "only when (Greece's) debt is cut".  Milos Bicanski / AFP

Greek silk road town finds itself back in fashion

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

There is an air of revival in this dormant, isolated Greek town now that silk is again de rigueur on the world's most prestigious catwalks, and demand from designers for the luxurious fabric is rising

A woman shows silk cocoons at a silk fabric factory in the Greek northern town of Soufli on October 10, 2018. The small town of Soufli has been a key centre for Greek silk production since the 19th century. This was also the first area in Europe to rear silkworms after they were smuggled by Byzantine monks out of India in the 6th century AD. Silk, much of it homemade, has sustained the town of around 4,000 inhabitants for decades, although the number of factories has fallen.   ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

6.8 magnitude earthquake causes Greek island damage, no injuries

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The tremor is followed by over a dozen aftershocks, the national observatory in Athens says

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

Macedonia votes on new name to end Greek row

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Though non-binding, a majority vote to rename the country "North Macedonia" will give the parliament a political mandate to change the constitution

VOTE. Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his son Dushko cast their ballot for a referendum to rename their country North Macedonia in a bid to settle a long-running row with Greece and unlock its path to NATO and EU membership in Strumica on September 30, 2018. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

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

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Forensics experts press ahead with the difficult task of identifying the bodies of those who perished in the catastrophe, where at least 87 people perished

WILDFIRE. A fireman investigates the interior of a burnt out restaurant at the seaside resort od Mati, in the eastern Attica region after the deadly fires swept the area earlier in the week on July 27, 2018. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Serious' signs arson started deadly Greek wildfire

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Authorities are also examining whether another fire, which broke out hours earlier on July 23 near Kineta to the west of the Greek capital, was 'intentionally' lit

WILDFIRE. A picture taken on July 26, 2018 shows burnt cars parked outside a football stadium following a wildfire at the village of Rafina, near Athens. 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

Macedonia MPs ratify Greece deal, paving way for referendum

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says the referendum on the name change would take place 'probably at the end of September'

WATCH: Thirdy Ravena sinks buzzer-beater to nip Greece U21 squad

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The UAAP Finals MVP breaks the Greek team's heart with a clutch 3-pointer for the Ateneo Blue Eagles

CLUTCH. Thirdy Ravena has made Ateneo's Greece visit an avenue to showcase his wares. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Officials in Athens insist that the deal will help stabilize the historically volatile Balkan region, permitting Greece to focus on other regional challenges

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

May 28, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Built at the end of the 19th century, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP